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by Dorsey Fiske

Free eBook Raptor download ISBN: 0312872631
Author: Dorsey Fiske
Publisher: New York, NY, U.S.A.: Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, 2000; First Edition edition (2000)
Language: English
Pages: 224
Category: Unexplained Phenomenons
Subcategory: Thrillers and Suspense
Size MP3: 1158 mb
Size FLAC: 1459 mb
Rating: 4.1
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Kate Marbury is a police artist as well as a detective, and in this lively procedural, her two jobs converge to put her directly in the sights of a rapist who's been stalking the women of Wilmington, Delaware, and attacking them in their homes. Now the violence has escalated: he's mutilating and murdering his victims as well as raping them, and the task force assigned to the case can't find any connection among his targets. Only one of them, Janet, has survived to give Kate enough of a description to work with, and author Dorsey Fiske uses the friendship that develops between the two women to keep the plot moving speedily along. When Janet thwarts an attack on Kate and saves her life, Kate is taken off the case. When she can't get her colleagues on the task force to believe her when she says she knows the rapist's identity, she takes the law into her own hands and sets up the violent denouement.
User reviews
When I first read the synopsis of this book upon its initial release, I was intrigued and excited by the premise. And then I read the book only to be terribly disappointed. RAPTOR, is the story of a serial rapist and the police investigation that follows.
A good police novel relies on detailed police procedure and characters that the reader can care about. RAPTOR has neither.
The story is flat and unconvincing, the characters are one dimensional, and it appears that the author Dorsey Fiske, did absolutely no research in police investigation while writing this book. It also seems as if the author is a foreigner (perhaps British?) attempting to pass his or her self off as American. The dialogue and expressions the author chose to use are definitely not ones that Americans use. In fact, the dialogue and relationships, particularly the one between Kate and her ex-husband seem forced and pretentious.
Perhaps I read a completely different book, but I'm puzzled by some of the other reviews I've read here raving about it. RAPTOR was hardly worth the time it took me to read it.
I bought this book based on the Amazon recommendation - boy was I disappointed. The writing style is very hard to read, the characters are one dimensional and the pace is slow.
Kate is a police sketch artist in the Rape Task Force. She is troubled by the current serial rapist and becomes friends with one of his victims. In addition, there is a side story about the relationship between her and her ex-husband. A love that hasn't faded. The concept of the story is a good one that gets lost in a very dry, slow, sometimes unreadable style. I agree with one reviewer that stated the author seems to be British and trying to write dialogue like an American. The dialogue was too simple. After reading Cornwell, Grafton and Patterson - this author does not have an understanding of police work and the culture of police detectives.
The only reason I finished the book was that it was short (only a little over 200 pages). It was a struggle to complete it.
His life turned ugly the day his mother walked out on him and his father. His efforts to stop her failed as she viciously threw him to the ground. Years later his grudge has generalized into an obsession that has The Watcher, as he affectionately calls himself, stalking young and elderly women. He waits for the right moment to break into their homes. He rapes them even as he brutally beats them. His latest pigeon, Janet Davis, is in more danger than his usual victim is, as The Watcher has found a knife that he intends to use on her. However, Janet's boyfriend interrupts the proceedings before The Watcher completes his dastardly deed.

Janet is a strong woman who refuses to allow The Watcher to turn her into a victim. She reports the incident to the police, who assign Detective Kate Marbury, a sketch artist to the case. Kate works for the task force trying to apprehend the serial rapist. However, The Watcher raises the ante when he kills for the first time. Kate becomes one of The Watcher's victims. After healing, Kate goes on the hunt as the prey becomes the predator.

RAPTOR is a fascinating work because it is told from multiple perspectives to include The Watcher and the detective. This enables the audience to understand the point and counterpoint between the protagonist and antagonist. Dorsey Fiske has structured the story line in such a fine way that the audience is haunted by the stark story. This exciting novel could clearly serve as the springboard for a very good series.

Harriet Klausner
I read the initial positive reviews and actually thought I might have found a new thriller writer in the vein of early Thomas Harris. Instead I found a short book which was very difficult to finish, as the plodding prosaic storyline was exacerbated by often-trite dialogue. Beyond being trite, most characters at one time or another sounded as if they were voiced by Myrna Loy in the Thin Man movies. Not only does the protagonist (early thirties, in Delaware and a gritty profession) throw around more "darlings" than Mrs. Howell, but speaking to even grittier police colleagues uses phrases like "See you in a trice" and at one point refers to a vicious rapist as "that stinker." I believe it was her hard-boiled lieutenant who actually has "Well met" extruded from his gob when running into someone in the hallway he wants to talk to. Shakespeare, anyone? In short, every character speaks in jarringly pretentious tones at one time or another, and the plotline is about on a par with a boilerplate '70s cop show.
This is not a large (many pages) book, but with a wonderful economy of words, Dorsey Fiske brings Kate Marbury to life. Weaving Kate's effort to stop a serial killer and The Watcher's story (as chilling as it is) allows the reader access to the entire scenario. Also, letting the reader in on Kate's pesonal life makes her feel like a 'real' person. References to art and liturature further enhance the story.
This is a very good read that I can recommend highly. I will certainly by looking forward to more Kate Marbury books!
Hilarious Kangaroo
The plot, about a serial rapist who has moved up to viciously murdering his victims, is serviceable. But the DIALOGUE - oh good grief!!! If you have no problem believing that a modern-day police officer uses phrases like "Damn and blast!" and "boyo", then you may actually get some enjoyment from this tripe.
This book could be read with pleasure solely for the art with which it is written, but it offers much more.
Very disappointing. Almost a literary murder mystery. A traditional serial killer type storyline, delving into the past of the serial killer. Too descriptive of rape scenes. Not a good read. I didn't enjoy it and can't get past page 65.