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L'autore

SIMON DUKE was born in Stoke-on-Trent (UK) in 1979. He obtained a B.A. in French with Film Studies in 2001 and has been working in journalism ever since. He currently lives in France. Out of Bounds, his first novel, was published in 2014.

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  • Copertina flessibile: 378 pagine
  • Editore: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (21 ottobre 2015)
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ISBN-10: 1517648491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1517648497
  • Peso di spedizione: 481 g
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5.0 su 5 stelle Superb book! 25 gennaio 2016
Di Bibliophile Book Club - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle
I was really looking forward to reading The Perfectionist as I loved the premise of the book, and I wasn't disappointed.

The book started off relatively slow for me, but once we go forward 20+ years, and meet Gerry again, it starts to gain pace. I'll be honest, Gerry wasn't the most likeable characters to begin with but owing to the events in the book, he changes completely. Stokes goes from a solitary life as a borderline alcoholic, to a driven and focused reporter again.

Stokes is contacted by his old editor in Clarion, Earl De Vries. Earl tells him a woman has been asking to contact him as she thinks the John Doe from back in '88 is her grandfather. Gerry isn't too willing to talk with her but Sarah Howard isn't easy to say no to.

In the search for the truth regarding Sarah's grandfather, Stokes finds another similar case and begins to formulate his theory of a serial killer. As more and more murders appear from the past 20 years, with some unusual modus operandi, Stokes and Howard uncover much more than they could ever have imagined.

The Perfectionist really picks up pace from here on in and becomes a much more enthralling read. I loved the dynamic between Gerry and Sarah, they work well together trying to piece everything together. When an unusual murder occurs, they go to the FBI with their findings, and the FBI enlist their help. Both groups essentially are in a race against time to find The Perfectionist, before he commits any more murders.

Stokes, during his hunt for the killer, has decided to turn his research into a book. It is about tracking the serial killer, and it will end by disclosing the murderer. A publishing feat never done before.

I wont go into any more detail, I'm useless at trying to explain plots without spoilers. The Perfectionist has a brilliant twist in the last quarter, one which I may have suspected slightly earlier on, but the big reveal and events surrounding it are superbly written.

Simon Duke has written a very well crafted novel, with a truly evil villain. If I had to pick a favourite character, honestly, I'd pick The Perfectionist. Intelligent, patient, calculating and just wicked. I liked Stokes as well, but The Perfectionist won out.

I would highly recommend The Perfectionist. Fans of crime thrillers and serial killer novels would devour this book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads! Thanks again to Simon for giving me the opportunity to read The Perfectionist! :)
4.0 su 5 stelle Thrilling 11 febbraio 2016
Di Amazon Customer - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile
If you like crime fiction, then The Perfectionist by Simon Duke is for you.

The story spans more than twenty years, and it begins with a mysterious, horrific murder in a small town in Iowa in 1988. At the time, a young reporter named Gerry Stokes gets involved, and is told to help cover up the murder. Frustrated, he tells no one about the murder or the cover up, and ends up moving to Chicago, where he becomes a senior reporter at The Chicago Tribune.

Gerry is an astute man, though he does not have any close relationships in his life, and he has all but severed ties with his immediate family. However, in 2010 the gruesome murder from his hometown surfaces again, when the granddaughter of the dead man, Sarah Howard, finds Gerry and demands to know what happened.

This sends Gerry on what ends up being a three year obsession, as he uncovers a bigger, and more shocking story than just the one murder. He realizes he is dealing with a serial killer, one who is both smart and careful.

During these three years, Gerry undergoes a transformation, where he becomes more empathetic and even likeable. He travels, further hones his investigative journalism skills, and manages to make amends with his older brother. He stops being someone who spends his free time on booze and paying for sex, and thinking dirty thoughts about all the attractive women he encounters.

Along the way, he learns about, and studies, some very graphic, terrible murders. At times The Perfectionist comes across as a well-researched article, which fits in with Gerry Stoke’s job as a journalist. There are some grisly details not for the faint of heart, and Simon Duke does a good job of keeping you guessing about who the killer is, plus there’s a nice surprise twist at the end.

The book sometimes jumps around in years, which can be confusing, and it wasn’t always clear how they were related. Gerry also has some intriguing recurring dreams that didn’t seem to tie in to the rest of the story that strongly.

However, Gerry Stoke’s journey as a reporter was enjoyable to follow along—he is so resourceful and confident that he is able to connect a lot of dots that even law enforcement can’t connect. At times, his reasoning for keeping law enforcement out of the loop seems off base, though that can be chalked up to a character flaw. The way he does handle law enforcement once they are involved seems almost too easy, at least towards the end as they close in on their killer.

The action-packed, climactic scene at the end—which as the reader I came to expect will happen about halfway through the book—was satisfying, though it felt like it was over quickly.

Overall, The Perfectionist is a thrilling read. And it’s fun to watch Gerry Stokes grow as a person and have real human relationships. Don’t read it alone at night though—it can definitely make you jumpy.
4.0 su 5 stelle Riveting 22 gennaio 2016
Di booklover - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle
Who knew that finding a severed head in a cornfield 20 years ago would lead to a
3-year odyssey into finding a serial killer? Gerry Stokes, a journalist, helped
cover up the discovery and now he's sorry.

Sara Howard approaches Gerry about her missing grandfather, who hasn't been seen
in the past 20 years. She more or less blackmails him into finding out exactly
what happened to him.

What Gerry finds is unbelievable.... a trail of dead bodies across several
states. He starts seeing the connections, something no one else has seen. A
serial killer who has gone entirely unnoticed for all these years.

The murderer seems to kill two or three random people in one way, until he
perfects his technique, always taking his victims from one state and leaving
their bodies or body parts in another state. Then he goes on another spree,
killing in a different way, repeating the pattern to perfection.

Gerry goes from state to state following very thin threads and tying them all
together. His idea is to document all his findings in a book. He wants to write
the book before notifying authorities, a first. He sees lot of fame and lots of
dollars in his near future.

This book almost reads like a textbook on how to investigate and locate
suspects. It's fascinating watching how he goes about it, some of it being
gut-feelings.

There are several twists and turns along the way, a major one popping up at the
end...which took me entirely by surprise.

An intriguing book, there is only one small criticism I have ... the cases of
all the victims are repeated multiple times and I found myself skipping through
a lot of those descriptions after reading the very first ones.
5.0 su 5 stelle A Best of 2016-Innovative, Creative, Thriller 3 febbraio 2016
Di The Haunted Reading Room - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle
Review: THE PERFECTIONIST by Simon Duke

A totally "wow factor" novel, and definitely one of the year's Best. The author has a finely-tuned grasp of American geography and culture, of human psychology (normal and abnormal), of the FBI and local law enforcement; and perhaps most importantly in the context of the story, the creative imagination to develop a "new" kind of serial killer, innovative and basically untouchable. I am reminded of a psychiatrist's study purporting that sociopaths are a new form of human evolution. Certainly the subject of this novel is a different breed of human entirely, and in the denouement, that difference is definitely borne out. I'll say no more, in order to maintain the incredible suspense level. I read this in one sitting [all day and all evening].

The author quite generously provided a digital copy, for purpose of review, with no remuneration exchanged.
5.0 su 5 stelle Written by a Perfectionist! 20 gennaio 2016
Di Paul - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle
The second book from up and coming crime thriller writer Simon Duke, The Perfectionist shows clearly how the author is now mastering the genre, a bit like the serial killer in his novel! With a new take on the serial killer and a new perspective on an anti-hero, the story shows inspiration from the genre's greatest (Michael Connelly, RJ Ellory, Henning Mankell...). The warts-and-all main character Gerry Stokes is at first hardly relatable but through the evolution of the story, and his own experience, he becomes what he was always meant to be - an investigator and more likeable guy. The several twists along the way make The Perfectionist a real page-turner. Highly recommended.

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