by Robert Walker
Category: Fiction / Mystery
0 pages; ISBN: 0425196933
Rating: 10/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Berkley, August 2004, $23.95, 377 pp.
Laura Graham caught her seven-year-old son Giles drinking the fluid and eating the marrow of her beloved cat’s spinal column. When he reached adulthood he graduated to dining on the spine of humans while they were still conscious and after drinking the fluid and eating the marrow he made the spine a part of his sculpture. In Portland Oregon, a black man was found guilty of killing his white wife and hiding her spinal column. FBI agent Darwin Williams doesn’t believe that the man sitting on death row, Robert Towne is guilty.
When Giles takes the spine from a woman in Milwaukee, the M.O. is the same as two other homicides including the one in Oregon. Darwin calls on Dr. Jessica Coran to prove that all these crimes were performed by the same man so an innocent person can be released from prison. When Jessica is finally convinced by the evidence, she talks to the governor for a stay of execution but the racist governor insists he needs more proof. Jessica has Darwin and the death row inmate devise a daring plan to free the prisoner while she offers herself up in a cat and mouse game with Giles who wants to make her his next victim.
This action packed thriller starts off at light speed and only gets faster but the heart of ABSOLUTE TERROR lies with the characters each in their own way going extraordinary lengths to find a way to free a man three days from his date with the needle. Jessica is her usually feisty self, taking daring chances to save an innocent man she does not know. Robert W. Walker is at his absolute best with ABSOLUTE INSTINCTS.
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