The Night Stalker (Erika Foster Series #2)

The Night Stalker (Erika Foster Series #2)

by Robert Bryndza

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Overview

The #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling breakout detective Erika Foster series—with over two million copies sold—is back again to find a serial killer with a motive shrouded in secrecy.

If the Night Stalker is watching, you're already dead...

In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer's night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head.

A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer - stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike.

The victims are all single men, with very private lives. Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer?

As a heat wave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker before the body count rises, even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched... Erika's own life could be on the line.

The global bestselling author of The Girl in the Ice is back with a heart-racing, electrifying thriller. If you love Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Peter James, you'll be hooked on Robert Bryndza.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538730249
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Series: Erika Foster Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 15,220
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestselling Detective Erika Foster series. Robert's books have sold over 2 million copies and have been translated into 27 languages. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

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The Night Stalker 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
4.5★s The Night Stalker is the second book in the Detective Erika Foster series by British author, Robert Bryndza. It’s a stinking hot summer, some eighteen months into DCI Erika Foster’s time at Lewisham Road Police Station, when she takes the lead in an asphyxiation case. The death of GP Gregory Munro looks like a gay bashing rather than an auto-erotic mishap, but Foster is not convinced. Two weeks later and, despite her team’s hard work, the case is almost at a stand-still; DCI Foster is about to lose the lead to a rival when another murder takes place. Jack Hart’s controversial tabloid TV show has made him not a few enemies, but his manner of death is almost identical to Gregory Munro’s, and a few pieces of trace evidence, along with a fortuitous paparazzi photo gives the team a better handle on the case. Unfortunately, that’s not enough when a third victim is found. Bryndza once again gives the reader a fast-paced thriller with quite a few twists and red herrings, both for the reader and the police team. In this case, the reader knows who the killer is, and it’s the excellent deductive work by DCI Foster and her team that keep the pages turning. This instalment features a paedophile ring, “exit” bags, an internet chat room, an abusive husband getting inspiration from crime novels, and some greedy relatives. There’s also a bit of backstory for Erika and some of her colleagues. Again, as in the first Erika Foster novel, the murderer manages to enter her home and, at a certain point, Erika is thrown off the case. Perhaps this will not repeat when she moves to a new station in the third novel, Dark Water, but with Erika’s abrasive personality, her impulsive nature and her disdain for police politics, there are no guarantees. Excellent crime fiction.
Deadheaddaisy More than 1 year ago
Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza. I must confess, I love DCI Ericka Foster ! Mr. Bryndza writes the perfect thriller, a perfect combination of police procedure and storyline. DCI Foster is a character that appeals to everyone, she beautiful, flawed, intelligent, and headstrong, actually all of the characters are memorable. The Night Stalker is a great read and a stand alone story. If you are looking for a cast of familiar characters with a great story, The Night Stalker is a perfect choice. I promise you want to read the entire series. Enjoy!
JHSEsq More than 1 year ago
There's a summer heat wave in London, in the midst of which Detective Erika Foster is called to the scene of a murder. A local doctor, his wrists bound, suffocated when a clear plastic bag was placed over his head and tied securely. He had also ingested Rohypnol, commonly known as a date rape drug or "Roofies." When another victim, murdered in precisely the same manner, is discovered a few days later, Erika knows a serial killer is on the loose. What do the victims have in common? They are single men. Erika is determined what links the victims. Do they harbor secret pasts? What is the killer's motive? As usual, she must deal with administrative short-sightedness and superior officers seeking political expediency. Undeterred, Erika will stop at nothing to solve the mystery before the killer claims more victims. And when the killer gets close to Erika, she becomes even more focused. Robert Bryndza introduced Erika in The Girl in the Ice, and follows up that fast-paced thriller with another deftly-plotted mystery in which he continues exploring Erika's tragic past and the manner in which her emotional state fuels her determination. The second anniversary of her husband's untimely death is upon her, and she is unwilling to let grief slow her down. Indeed, her mourning has taken on new characteristics as time passes, a fact that she examines and must cope with. Bryndza reveals the killer and the motive fairly early in the story, setting up a game of cat and mouse between the tragically deranged murderer and Erika that keeps readers turning the pages. Despite interference and direct orders (that she of course disregards) from her superiors, Erika places herself in danger in order to catch the killer and save a dear friend & colleague. In the process, the action never stops until the satisfying conclusion. Despite reveal the killer's identity, Bryndza throws in a few curveballs to sustain readers' interest and delivers an exciting adventure. The Night Stalker is a worthy second installment in the Erika Foster series. Thanks to Net Galley for an Advance Reader's Copy of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will love it!
Elik More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing from beginning to end!
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the DCI Erika Foster Series and it was just as good if not better than the first. Erika Foster is a woman who trusts in her instincts even when it gets her in trouble. She is impulsive, speaks her mind and is a strong, gutsy character. She engenders loyalty in her co-workers as they see how dedicated she is. Once again, she puts herself, her life and her career on the line to find a serial killer, who becomes known in the press as "The Night Stalker". This story starts with a bang, as a well-known and respected doctor is drugged and murdered in his home. Erika and her team are called in, but hit a wall. As more murders pile up, it is easier for the higher ups to transfer the cast to another team and pick an easy suspect. Erika, although told to take a vacation, once again investigates off the books. The story is told from Erika's perspective as well as from the culprit, a black-clad figure involved in the first murder. I do not want to spoil the plot so that is about all I will say about the story. The characters continue to evolve (Moss, Peterson, Isaac Strong, Marsh and even Erika). We see a bit more of their backgrounds and home life. Once again the detested Stark shows up in the story and causes Erika more problems. Bryndza does a great job with the serial killer as well. What we find out about the killer's past makes you almost like this psychotic killer. The ending brings everything into the open and ties up any loose ends you might have had. A wonderful addition to the series and I would recommend this book to any and all lovers of Police Procedurals, Mystery/Suspense, and Serial killer stories.
Thebooktrail-com More than 1 year ago
The book opens with a scene of creepy claustrophobia and never lets go really. Nope, it seemed to draw me back even when I got up to make a cup of coffee, I feltI had to return quick as if I was somehow leaving everyone in suspense. I think Robert has a good thriller here. The sense of stalking, someone hiding in the shadows, a woman nervously opening a door to her sons apartment – even though you can sense the tension with her, what you see is shocking. In between of scenes of the police investigation, the murderer speaks and has conversations with a hidden person. The stilted conversation is creepily good and leads neatly to the next thing Erika does. Stalking in words as well as actions. See the locations on thebooktril.com if you dare! This is one heck of a creepy serial killer read and it affects the reader as well as Erika and her team. And I like Erika I do, she’s got a backstory and a real grief carried around with her. She has some strength and will take great risks to get a result. I think she is a unique character in crime fiction and has a great deal of depth I can only imagine is going to be explored in further books. Oh and as for Isaac, his relationship with Erika has been nicely developed from book one. This is one creepy and disturbing read – from the MO to the scenes so vivid, it’s like watching an episode of 24 Hours in A and E hardcore. Stomach churning but tell you something, my name’s down for the next one! Thanks Bookouture! You’ve got a cracker here. I’m just relieved I read this in broad daylight.