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A COPYCAT OF THE MOST FAMOUS MURDER IN HISTORY... A serial murderer nicknamed the Blood Dahlia has been terrorizing the quiet suburbs of Pennsylvania. Brutally mutilating his victims in the fashion of the most famous murder in Hollywood, the killer leaves no trace behind. The FBI's elite Behavioral Science Unit, the section responsible for the study and investigation of A COPYCAT OF THE MOST FAMOUS MURDER IN HISTORY... A serial murderer nicknamed the Blood Dahlia has been terrorizing the quiet suburbs of Pennsylvania. Brutally mutilating his victims in the fashion of the most famous murder in Hollywood, the killer leaves no trace behind. The FBI's elite Behavioral Science Unit, the section responsible for the study and investigation of serial murder, has little evidence to go on. Believing the killer to be beyond their reach, the agents in the BSU decide they must simply wait for the killer to make a mistake… until they meet Sarah King. Sarah, a mysterious outcast of the Pennsylvania Amish community, claims she has a unique ability: she can speak to the dead. And the victims of the Blood Dahlia are calling out to her. When the FBI enlists her help, special agent Giovanni Adami is skeptical of her abilities, but begins falling for the young woman. His feelings for her are clouded with his distrust of psychic phenomena, but as the Blood Dahlia grows in his barbarism, he knows the FBI has little choice but to explore every avenue available. Whether or not Sarah can speak with the dead ultimately doesn't concern Giovanni. He is interested in results, and when Sarah begins providing some, he must question everything he knows about the world and his place in it. She is either the cleverest fraud he has ever met, or a true psychic with an unexplainable gift. But when the Blood Dahlia takes an interest in Sarah personally, it will take every ounce of strength she has to survive. And as she prepares for him to come for her, she realizes that not everyone is what they seem… ABOUT THE AUTHOR Victor Methos is a former prosecutor specializing in violent crime, and is currently a criminal defense attorney in the Midwest. His more than 30 books have sold nearly half a million copies worldwide.


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A COPYCAT OF THE MOST FAMOUS MURDER IN HISTORY... A serial murderer nicknamed the Blood Dahlia has been terrorizing the quiet suburbs of Pennsylvania. Brutally mutilating his victims in the fashion of the most famous murder in Hollywood, the killer leaves no trace behind. The FBI's elite Behavioral Science Unit, the section responsible for the study and investigation of A COPYCAT OF THE MOST FAMOUS MURDER IN HISTORY... A serial murderer nicknamed the Blood Dahlia has been terrorizing the quiet suburbs of Pennsylvania. Brutally mutilating his victims in the fashion of the most famous murder in Hollywood, the killer leaves no trace behind. The FBI's elite Behavioral Science Unit, the section responsible for the study and investigation of serial murder, has little evidence to go on. Believing the killer to be beyond their reach, the agents in the BSU decide they must simply wait for the killer to make a mistake… until they meet Sarah King. Sarah, a mysterious outcast of the Pennsylvania Amish community, claims she has a unique ability: she can speak to the dead. And the victims of the Blood Dahlia are calling out to her. When the FBI enlists her help, special agent Giovanni Adami is skeptical of her abilities, but begins falling for the young woman. His feelings for her are clouded with his distrust of psychic phenomena, but as the Blood Dahlia grows in his barbarism, he knows the FBI has little choice but to explore every avenue available. Whether or not Sarah can speak with the dead ultimately doesn't concern Giovanni. He is interested in results, and when Sarah begins providing some, he must question everything he knows about the world and his place in it. She is either the cleverest fraud he has ever met, or a true psychic with an unexplainable gift. But when the Blood Dahlia takes an interest in Sarah personally, it will take every ounce of strength she has to survive. And as she prepares for him to come for her, she realizes that not everyone is what they seem… ABOUT THE AUTHOR Victor Methos is a former prosecutor specializing in violent crime, and is currently a criminal defense attorney in the Midwest. His more than 30 books have sold nearly half a million copies worldwide.

30 review for Blood Dahlia

  1. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    This book has a fascinating concept. what if there was a copy cat of the Black Dahlia murder in Pennsylvania, or ever better what if there were 2 ten years apart. For those who don't know the Black Dahlia was a woman who was brutally murdered in Los Angeles in 1947. You can read about here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Da... Her killer was never caught. This is a book about a serial torturer / murderer so if you are squeamish or can't read about violence against women, you should walk away. This book has a fascinating concept. what if there was a copy cat of the Black Dahlia murder in Pennsylvania, or ever better what if there were 2 ten years apart. For those who don't know the Black Dahlia was a woman who was brutally murdered in Los Angeles in 1947. You can read about here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Da... Her killer was never caught. This is a book about a serial torturer / murderer so if you are squeamish or can't read about violence against women, you should walk away. The book begins ten years in the past and reveals that the first copycat is operating in the Lancaster area. He is caught by a clever sheriff and a psychic Amish girl. I read this book because it was set in PA. The author needs to do more research on PA, the Amish and our colleges. We have sheriffs in PA but they have different jobs than in this book, The Amish do speak differently but not like Hillbillies; and I guarantee there isn't a single Amish child in North America named Star. They are a strict religious sect not Hippies. In the story the baddie is a college professor at Penn State. Penn State is located in State College, PA [I never said we were the best at place names, we have Blue Ball & Intercourse, too] The book is set in Philadelphia. Penn State doesn't have an undergraduate campus or even a class room in Philadelphia. There is an Ambler campus, a Brandywine Campus, an Abington Campus and a graduate school at the Navy Yard. I was very confused trying to figure out how the baddie was getting from Penn State to Philly - a distance of 193 miles - easily. Anyway 10 years later the psychic Amish child is now a bar tender in Philly and the FBI tracks her down to help with the case. There is more crazy driving around. Like from Quantico to Philly (useless fact Quantico is closer to Philly than State College.) I couldn't figure out where anyone lived... and time goes all timey whimey (H/T to the Doctor). Things happen in a time frame that is impossible. Then FBI see obvious clues and ignore them. This is one of those stories where you know who the killer is and you have to wait for the good guys and girls to catch up. And everybody blames the psychic. At the end one of the agents suggests that she join the FBI. She a Amish girl who was working as a bartender. The FBI requires a college degree and she never went to high school. This is the first of two books and I am going to read the second book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    R-Cee*Jay

    Apparently I have been very ignorant of the fact that the Black Dahlia was real - that is some fucked up shit right there, I hope the fucker is sizzling in hell forevermore. This was a great read!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Janell Beamon

    I have become an avid Victor Methos fan, and I really enjoy the stories that involve Sarah King. Mr. Methos.... when will you write another??? Great story and the serial killer was a well developed character. I think I read this book in a day and a half! Couldn't put it down! I have become an avid Victor Methos fan, and I really enjoy the stories that involve Sarah King. Mr. Methos.... when will you write another??? Great story and the serial killer was a well developed character. I think I read this book in a day and a half! Couldn't put it down!

  4. 5 out of 5

    R Linda Ball

    Good story, but lose the "F" bombs. So many authors think that by adding the four letter words people will enjoy reading it. I'm sixty five years old and I read a lot of books (I mean a lot) and I get so tired of reading all the curse words, frankly I tend to not to read that authors books again. Also I'm on a limited budget so being able to read the free books are wonderful, so please do more free books... Thank you for your book. Yes I would recommend your book to my friends. Please continue to Good story, but lose the "F" bombs. So many authors think that by adding the four letter words people will enjoy reading it. I'm sixty five years old and I read a lot of books (I mean a lot) and I get so tired of reading all the curse words, frankly I tend to not to read that authors books again. Also I'm on a limited budget so being able to read the free books are wonderful, so please do more free books... Thank you for your book. Yes I would recommend your book to my friends. Please continue to write more interesting books, and tell all authors you may know to lose the curse words.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michele bookloverforever

    if he writes a 2nd Sarah king, I'd read it. this was pretty good. interesting characters, a shocking twist or two. Oddly, I re-read this exactly 3 years after my first reading. Still a strange, creepy, horrific tale. if he writes a 2nd Sarah king, I'd read it. this was pretty good. interesting characters, a shocking twist or two. Oddly, I re-read this exactly 3 years after my first reading. Still a strange, creepy, horrific tale.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Blood Dahlia This book was a fun read but the author wrote in a stilted style. Sarah, the heroine, has a short backstory. The author's voice is unclear. Philadelphia is an okay setting. I would recommend this book to a novice mystery/horror enthusiast. Blood Dahlia This book was a fun read but the author wrote in a stilted style. Sarah, the heroine, has a short backstory. The author's voice is unclear. Philadelphia is an okay setting. I would recommend this book to a novice mystery/horror enthusiast.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Beca Silva

    Great Thriller I LOVE this author. I have never read anything bad. I was so excited to find this series. Sarah is great addition to his books. If you love crime thrillers, you won't be disappointed. Great Thriller I LOVE this author. I have never read anything bad. I was so excited to find this series. Sarah is great addition to his books. If you love crime thrillers, you won't be disappointed.

  8. 5 out of 5

    michael hussey

    Great Book Again Methos does not let anyone down, this book was a great read from beginning to end. I couldn’t put it down and ready to read number 2. Keep up the good work my man!!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    3.5 to 4 stars Solid fast paced thriller.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lori Potter

    Thriller Really enjoyed this book! Good mix of suspense and crime drama. A reluctant psychic helps FBI agents . I'm ready for the next book. Can't wait to read more. Thriller Really enjoyed this book! Good mix of suspense and crime drama. A reluctant psychic helps FBI agents . I'm ready for the next book. Can't wait to read more.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gidg

    No regrets in reading this book. I gave it 4 stars cause I really wish there was more intensity to the story and heart pounding moments because then I would have given it 5 stars. But I did enjoy the pace of the story and that the writer didn't waste time with unnecessary filler info that didn't help move the story along. Any detail or back story info mentioned is there to help the reader to understand why a character has certain character traits or mindset. Although some things were a bit simpl No regrets in reading this book. I gave it 4 stars cause I really wish there was more intensity to the story and heart pounding moments because then I would have given it 5 stars. But I did enjoy the pace of the story and that the writer didn't waste time with unnecessary filler info that didn't help move the story along. Any detail or back story info mentioned is there to help the reader to understand why a character has certain character traits or mindset. Although some things were a bit simplistic. And I was left with a couple of things unanswered. Most of the time when I start a book I read about 5 chapters or 7 tops on the first day but this time I read 10 because the story moved so fast and didn't drag. On the second day I read 18 chapters, again a first for me. That's how much I was engrossed in the story. I took a couple of days off reading but once I was back in I just couldn't stop. I became invested not only in seeing how the killer is caught but to see how Arnold, Giovani, and Sarah's characters all develop together. I was invested in them as a team. I've read many psychic related mysteries/thrillers before and not all are very good but I will say this book was one of the better ones. I look forward in continuing to see what murder investigation Sarah King gets pulled into in the second book, Murder 42.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tracy T.

    So this was a decent 2.5 star story. Terrible narration by Mackenzie Leigh Barmen. (audible review) I liked the premise and the story line. Sarah being able to talk to dead people or see peoples past and/or present was interesting. The story line was good enough, it did get a bit much since Sarah's character seemed to be somewhat callous at certain times. It wasn't a fantastic book and it wasn't boring. Just decent. I think part of my problem was the narration, it was not good. Mackenzie Leigh Ba So this was a decent 2.5 star story. Terrible narration by Mackenzie Leigh Barmen. (audible review) I liked the premise and the story line. Sarah being able to talk to dead people or see peoples past and/or present was interesting. The story line was good enough, it did get a bit much since Sarah's character seemed to be somewhat callous at certain times. It wasn't a fantastic book and it wasn't boring. Just decent. I think part of my problem was the narration, it was not good. Mackenzie Leigh Barmen did NOT even try to do a male voice or give anyone their own distinct voice at all. She basically read it in all in one voice. So that was a downer and since I was just listening I had to make sure I was listening for who was talking. A good narrator will do several voices in stories so you can keep track of who's who. Not this girl. Nope. So I would say to read the book and not listen to it. Those 5 star performance ratings are baffling to me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Clayson

    Oddly normal I passed over this book several times because I am "close minded" and don't really like my crime fiction to err on the side of overly fictional, if that makes any sense? Maybe it's because I am so tired but when she broke into her "psychic-ness" it didn't make me uncomfortable. It wasn't so outlandish that I just couldn't read anymore. It was oddly normal. I could actually see something like that happening. I appreciate the fact she didn't have to endure too much scrutiny and that it Oddly normal I passed over this book several times because I am "close minded" and don't really like my crime fiction to err on the side of overly fictional, if that makes any sense? Maybe it's because I am so tired but when she broke into her "psychic-ness" it didn't make me uncomfortable. It wasn't so outlandish that I just couldn't read anymore. It was oddly normal. I could actually see something like that happening. I appreciate the fact she didn't have to endure too much scrutiny and that it focused purely on catching the killer. Good and quick read!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Silk

    "Psychic Power Helps FBI" In Pennsylvania, a serial killer, dubbed Blood Dahlia, has been brutally murdering and mutilating his victims. The killer seems to be always out of reach. However, Sarah King believes she can help the investigators. She can speak to the dead and the victims are all calling out to her. FBI Agent Giovanni Adami will help her. This is a thriller beyond belief. The story is gripping and spine-tingling. Now I'm going forward to the second book in this outstanding series. "Psychic Power Helps FBI" In Pennsylvania, a serial killer, dubbed Blood Dahlia, has been brutally murdering and mutilating his victims. The killer seems to be always out of reach. However, Sarah King believes she can help the investigators. She can speak to the dead and the victims are all calling out to her. FBI Agent Giovanni Adami will help her. This is a thriller beyond belief. The story is gripping and spine-tingling. Now I'm going forward to the second book in this outstanding series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mary Nicole Rigot

    Really intriguing possible spoilers: At first I was skeptical of a psychic FBI mystery but I was wrong. It hooked me and I couldn’t put it down. I love how Sarah was a mess. She’s a little slutty, a little bit of a drunk and no real direction. I enjoyed watching her make choices to make her a person she knew could help others. Yes there were some parts where you had to “just go with it”, but overall this was an excellent read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    David Layne

    Wierd,wonderful. Those are the first words that came to mind when I started to think about something to say about this unusual book. Well defined characters? How do you describe a person who sees and talks to dead people for "real". Well this is Sarah,an uneducated young Amish girl ,who was cast out of the Amish community ,mainly because after revelations,they were afraid of her gifts. How this girl with all her problems ends up working for the FBI is a story you have to read. Wierd,wonderful. Those are the first words that came to mind when I started to think about something to say about this unusual book. Well defined characters? How do you describe a person who sees and talks to dead people for "real". Well this is Sarah,an uneducated young Amish girl ,who was cast out of the Amish community ,mainly because after revelations,they were afraid of her gifts. How this girl with all her problems ends up working for the FBI is a story you have to read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    paula laguaite

    Wow! Just Wow! What an awesome read! I have read more paranormal,psychic books that could fill up a small library but none have put me on the edge of my seat and left me there like this one! Fantastic story. Love the good guys, hate the bad this writer made me feel like I was with them every step of the way! 5+++++

  18. 5 out of 5

    Charlette

    Wow! Another gripping book! I loved Sarah Kong's character. I have always found the Amish interesting and to read about it in a novel was exciting. The book is like a different version of Silence of the Lambs. Giovanni and Arnold were interesting characters, as well as Daniel. I am going to read every book in this series and suggest you do also. Certainly a 5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 book! Wow! Another gripping book! I loved Sarah Kong's character. I have always found the Amish interesting and to read about it in a novel was exciting. The book is like a different version of Silence of the Lambs. Giovanni and Arnold were interesting characters, as well as Daniel. I am going to read every book in this series and suggest you do also. Certainly a 5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 book!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lee-sa Day

    Wow, so scary what can be right in front of you. I am from South Central Pennsylvania, lived in Hershey and Harrisburg and 30 minutes from Lancaster in York, then moved to Philadelphia where I currently reside so it was very exciting to read a book that had so much familiarity to it and I am a nurse.

  20. 4 out of 5

    christina coleman

    Gripping This book kept me wanting to turn the page and find out what happens next. The end was a bit rushed. But overall an interesting read. Downloaded book 2 in the series looking forward to reading that as well.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Intriguing story but not a masterpiece. If Methos had let the story steep a bit, like a tea bag, then polished the draft a time or three, it could have been a masterpiece. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the story.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Saunders

    Sorry not nearly as well thought out of as interesting as the John Stanton series The book has an interesting premise. But it wasn't as well written as most of the Stanton books. It seemed a bit sloppy at times too! Sorry but I am being honest. Sorry not nearly as well thought out of as interesting as the John Stanton series The book has an interesting premise. But it wasn't as well written as most of the Stanton books. It seemed a bit sloppy at times too! Sorry but I am being honest.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann Mulvihill

    A real nail biter Couldn't put the book down. It kept you on the edge of your seat guessing what was going to happen next. Intriguing from start to finish. Can't wait to read the next book in the series. A real nail biter Couldn't put the book down. It kept you on the edge of your seat guessing what was going to happen next. Intriguing from start to finish. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Gable

    This was a good read. I like this author, very straightforward in his writing, which I like. Interesting story line, a bit graphic here and there but necessary to explain the extent of the killings. Sorry about one of the main characters towards the end. Hope to read book 2 in this series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sherrie Colbourn

    Breath Sucking Terror Well written with interesting characters both main and secondary to the story. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. I recommend without hesitation. Breath Sucking Terror Well written with interesting characters both main and secondary to the story. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. I recommend without hesitation.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Karen Sheldon

    Absolutely wonderful author This is the second book I’ve read by this author, and I’m blown away by his talent as a writer! Move over John Sanford and James Patterson. This author is not for the faint of heart, but I recommend his books 1000%.

  27. 5 out of 5

    lynette curtis

    FBI thriller w/mystic center Great book, captivating story line , the author's writing flows so that you can't wait for next page. Highly recommend this author and his books if you like thrillers and law and order stories. FBI thriller w/mystic center Great book, captivating story line , the author's writing flows so that you can't wait for next page. Highly recommend this author and his books if you like thrillers and law and order stories.

  28. 4 out of 5

    lenora crenshaw

    New series Interesting new character for a new series. Will be interesting to see how the author develops this new character especially since she is female.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Breia

    A bit paranormalish but fun. I'm a reading machine! A bit paranormalish but fun. I'm a reading machine!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michele Smith

    Blood Dahlia Excellent book will definitely read it again was put together extremely well! Glad I chose to read it and recommend you do as well

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