If you're scared of the dark, put this book down now. If you like fairy tales, go read Alice In Wonderland. If you like things nice and tidy, then go check out a Good Housekeeping Magazine. This book is about the pit of darkness that exists in the human psyche. It's about the twists and turns that can happen in human nature, and turn a child into a psychopathic killer. Somewhere in this story, you might find a little bit of yourself--hopefully in one of the characters on our investigative team. When I was a kid, there was a television program that started out with the words, "The story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent." The story you are about to read is written through the eyes and language of an investigator. Every person herein, is actually someone from real life. Their names I have fictionalized to protect their true identities. My name is Brent Dulac. I'm a private investigator writing about a serial killer, named Richard Michael Minton. The hunt for this killer began in my early teens, and continued well into my thirties. If you're ready to take this ride, then let's begin. You may not be the same after this journey, but such is life. You never know what lies beyond that bend in the road, or on the other side of the door. I'll release your hand now and point you toward the darkness. Hopefully, you'll find a light on the other side.
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As I first started reading this book, I thought there were either two writers, or the author was as creepy and psychopathic as his killer. I was worried to almost a point of paranoia, as I had recently friended this other writer on Face Book. Brian Benson masterfully seduces us, with smooth detailed writing, into the world of a Creeper/Peeping Tom escalating into a killer. At the same time, he shows us through the stilled writing the other young man who would become a detective tracking down this killer. It is one thing to tell me that a person is a serial killer, but Benson is not a teller… he is a seducer. He slowly unzips the skin of the small child, and carefully inserts our blinking numb mind into the skin. We feel each touch, each step and know why we are doing what we are doing and to whom. When I came to this realization, I had to put down the book and walk away. It was my own inner demons that he had drawn out, and invited to play. Finally, I couldn't resist the siren’s song and sat mesmerized as I turned the pages and watched the count-down to the end…
If you like psycho thrillers this book is a must read. It's not the usual cop looking for bad guy story. I love the way this author created the storyline - a chilling and very dark tale of a young man whose life becomes entwined with a serial killer. Uniquely written from the point of view of two characters, this story will literally take you inside the very twisted mind of a deranged killer and the man who is hunting for him. Hard to put down, this book thrills. I finished it a week ago and I'm still thinking about the ending!
I started Cob:Search for a Serial Killer several months ago, only to finish it this week. This is not a bad reflection on the author and his writing by any means. No, it's a validation of his ability to tell a compelling story and do it quite well.
This story is true, which made it all the more frightening.
What an endorsement...a mystery so well written, I was afraid to continue with the story.
The writing is detailed and concise, almost like a police report, leaving no doubt about the bizarre and growing psychoses
that plagued this psychopathic killer. It is best described as Ted Bundy meets Norman Bates~from his abusive childhood to his sick proclivities as an adult, the author takes the reader through his transformation with great detail...so much so, you know him.
The scenes are graphic and frightening...bringing forth nightmares we all have about those that are unhinged...on the fringes. Mr. Benson takes the reader on an intricate journey to find and subdue this madman, and he does it by making the characters real and believable.
I will definitely buy his next book...sequel maybe...but I will read it during the DAY!
Well done Mr. Benson!