The Hundredth Man A serial killer in Mobile, Ala., enjoys beheading his victims and scrawling cryptic words onto their lifeless bodies. It's a job for maverick detective Carson… 2004-06-03 Fiction
Book Review

The Hundredth Man (2004)

Details Release Date: Jun 03, 2004; Writer: Jack Kerley; Genre: Fiction

A serial killer in Mobile, Ala., enjoys beheading his victims and scrawling cryptic words onto their lifeless bodies. It's a job for maverick detective Carson Ryder, who butts heads with police bureaucrats (''If the chief was beside me while I choked on a gumball he'd...call a deputy chief...'') and grapples with his own demons. But Kerley's remarkably gruesome first thriller isn't very thrilling and gets weaker when focused on Ryder's romance with a boozy pathologist. Ryder believes it takes a psycho to catch a psycho and relies heavily on a mental patient named Jeremy, whose incoherent rants are more pathetic than menacing.

Originally posted Jun 25, 2004 Published in issue #771-772 Jun 25, 2004 Order article reprints