by Judith Woolcock Colombo
Category: Fiction / Crime
0 pages; ISBN: 1-58851-174-X
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Carolyn Howard-Johnson
By Judith Woolcock Colombo
By Carolyn Howard-Johnson,
author of "This is the Place"
Night Crimes is as much about love as it is about insanity, as much about psychology as it is about crime. It's also about soul, self-expression and art.
That makes it a lot more than a tense thriller for a lonely night. Still, although no one gets cannibalized in Night Crimes, in terms of pure terror, this is a novel that will give "Silence of the Lambs" a run for its money.
Colombo not only writes us into the heads of a sweet-souled cop, an artistically edgy mother and wife but also into the very minds of a psycho or two. Well, OK. More than two. One is an artist, the other a poet; both love their victims. As readers we get to compare their motives, their reasoning, their modus operandi. We come to respect their talents and their humanity, we are angered by their lapses in reasoning, their uncontrolled insanity.
My favorite villain--if you can call him that--is an observer of the night. He is a poet, though he may not be aware of this talent (He views himself as God's instrument for death). Still, he treats us to simple poetic descriptions of his world:
"The moon paints patterns on the water's surface," he says. He is a bard with an intimate knowledge of death: "The desire for death cannot be a passing whim. It is an unreturnable gift." He knows death up close, can feel it, express it, smell it. If you are curious, you'll want to experience death a different way, the way he sees it and tells it.
If some Hollywood director doesn't pick this up to chill the summer of 2003, it's their loss.
(The reviewer, Carolyn Howard-Johnson, is the author of the award-winning novel, "This is the Place." James W. Ure, author of "Leaving the Fold," says the book “…instills the conflicts of Mormonism gracefully and incisively.”
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