The Death Collectors

The Death Collectors

by Jack Kerley

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In 1972, on the day of his sentencing, renowned artist and serial killer Marden Hexcamp is shot dead in the courtroom. Members of his Mansonesque band of followers are imprisoned or simply disappear.

Fast-forward more than thirty years: A suspected prostitute is found murdered in a candlelit motel room, the first in a series of horrors suggesting Hexcamp’s art remains alive and treacherous. Following a trail of beautiful – and profoundly disturbing – artwork, homicide detectives Carson Ryder and Harry Nautilus descend into the shocking world of the Death Collectors, people who spend vast sums to collect serial-killer memorabilia. As Ryder and Nautilus race to solve a thirty-year conspiracy, it becomes sadly evident that at the intersection of art and madness, death is beauty, tragedy a memento, and suffering suitable for framing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451218292
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/02/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 4.24(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Born in Covington, Kentucky, in 1951, Jack Kerley studied art history and philosophy at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, before going into advertising as a writer and creative director. He left ad-agency work several years back to pursue novel writing, simultaneously writing on a freelance basis and substitute teaching. He lives in Newport, Kentucky. Mr. Kerley is married and has two children.

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Death Collectors 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
itchyfeetreader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the earlier outings for Nautilus and Ryder. Here they investigate a horrific murder that carries strong similarities to the murders committed by a long dead serial killer. The underlying ploy here is the fairly horrific idea that there is a small group of weathy people who choose to collect serial killer memorobilia - an idea Ifound distastful and difficult to rid myself of upon finishing the book. The resolution of the crime requires several leaps of faith but is a good read for all of that. I'd like to see more of the relationship between the 2 leads develop further.
SonicQuack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kerley has matured with his writing style since The Hundredth Man, with less jarring dialogue and more engaging narrative. The industry is pumping these novels out at an incredible pace and this story is typical of the genre, a suspenseful journey to uncover the murderer, with additional bodies along the way. The Death Collectors does not offer any insightful and new content, it relies on the banter of its central characters to hold interest beyond it's mediorce plot. It has some decent moments and readers will surely return for further helpings in the future.
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I don't often read murder mysteries but this novel is very well writen and a pleasure to read. A real page turner. Excellent character development and a truely unpredictable ending.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1972 in Mobile Alabama Circuit Court, as he sentences Marden Hexcamp, Judge Penfield does not hide his repulsion for the convicted serial killer, whose trial led to the hospitalization of two jurors with nervous conditions. The Judge makes it clear that the electrocution at Holman Prison will somewhat clean this evil. Marden states that only art is worth living for. However, before he can be escorted out of court, the ¿Crying Woman¿, who sat outside the courtroom with a vigil during the trial, pulls out a gun, tells Marden she loves him and kills him before shooting herself to death.................. Three decades later Mobile Police Detectives Harry Nautilus and Carson Ryder spend 99% of their time on homicides but the remainder of their work involves the only specialists assigned to the renowned 'PISS' squad, the Psychological and Sociological Investigation Team. Currently, they investigate the murder of a hooker; other killings follow. The link appears to be Hexcamp¿s paintings. Apparently, they, as are other items of famous serial killers, become valuable collectibles; one death collector apparently has crossed the homicide line to obtain the blood memorabilia of his or her diabolical heroes................. This is a weird police procedural that starts with a bang and never slows down while fascinating the audience with the ghoulish memorabilia that THE DEATH COLLECTORS covet. Making what seems a farfetched tale realistic is the recent pack of cards that showcased infamous serial killers and mass murderers that sold rather gruesomely fast. Harry and Carson (NY football Giants fan?) are two solid cops whose PISS case leads to good citizens collecting the macabre. Jack Kerley writes an eye opening grisly dark thriller..................... Harriet Klausner