Gillian Flynn
October 29, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Killing Game

Current Status
In Season
Fiction, Horror,

We gave it a B+

Every so often, you’ve got to indulge in a slice of Literature Lite, preferably one featuring a brilliant-but-mad serial killer. If you’re jonesing, consider Johansen’s latest: The heroine is forensic sculptor Eve Duncan, who mourned her murdered daughter in last year’s The Face of Deception. The love interest is Joe Quinn, an ex-FBI agent and Navy SEAL, who woos Duncan with great lines like ”I’m here and I’m serious as hell.” Finally, there’s the Bible-quoting maniac Dom, who claims he offed Duncan’s daughter — and she’s next. The killings are lurid, the romance is lusty, and the zigzag plot zips along. You’ll find your quick-read needs thoroughly sated. B+

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