Face of a Killer by Robin BurcellFace of a Killer by Robin Burcell

Face of a Killer

byRobin Burcell

Mass Market Paperback | November 25, 2008

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Facts lie . . . Two decades after the murder that shattered her world, FBI agent and forensic artist Sydney Fitzpatrick confronts her father's killer face to face. But the inmate who's scheduled to be executed for the crime is not what she expected. Heightening Sydney's unease, she receives a photograph sent to her by a man just prior to his suicide, causing her to question everything she believed about her father. Now she wants the truth—no matter where it's hidden, no matter how painful . . . or dangerous. But Sydney Fitzpatrick is about to trespass on sacred ground. And being a federal agent will offer her no security or shelter if it's her own government that wants her dead.

Facts lie . . . Two decades after the murder that shattered her world, FBI agent and forensic artist Sydney Fitzpatrick confronts her father's killer face to face. But the inmate who's scheduled to be executed for the crime is not what she expected. Heightening Sydney's unease, she receives a photograph sent to her by a man just prior ...
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Title:Face of a KillerFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1 inPublished:November 25, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061122300

ISBN - 13:9780061122309

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Average... First time reading this author and have decided, unless its a hardcover clearance, its not worth the price of a hardcover book. One the plot was established, it was very east to see who is doing what, who is the good guy, who is the bad guy and what is going to happen next. The character of Sydney was alright but we don't learn much of per and her personality. Its a woman who lost her father as a child and seems defined by that as in, all the books allows to show for her personality.
Date published: 2011-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a ride! Wow! What a ride! I had never read anything by Robin Burcell before, so I did not know that I was in for such a treat. Face of a Killer features a very likeable and sympathetic main character in Sydney. Sydney has had to live through some traumatic events in her youth when her father was brutally murdered - the police think they have his killer and he has been in prison. Fast forward to present day in which Sydney is an FBI agent and forsenic artist. She comes face to face with a crime victim who seems to be describing her father's murderer as the person responsible for her rape! But this can't be!!! Sydney is haunted by this and decides to visit her father's murderer in prison in order to get things straight in her own head - but this backfires. As Sydney tries to make sense of what is happening, she discovers that her entire family is now in danger. With the clock ticking down, she needs to get to the bottom of this and fast! While the plotline I have just described sounds like pretty standard stuff, I have to say that Burcell manages to take a so-so storyline and turn it into an explosive thriller. She really had me wondering how Johnnie Wheeler could be in prison AND brutally raping women at the same time. I also liked the fact that while Sydney is digging, she is discovering things about her dad she did not know and I am sure, did not really want to know about. The relationship between her and Carillo is fun and fresh and I also enjoyed Burcell's obvious firsthand knowledge of all things forensic. However, unlike some other authors Burcell does not get bogged down in givins us too much forensic information. I really, really liked this book and recommend it.
Date published: 2008-11-25

Editorial Reviews

“Robin Burcell is among the best writers of crime fiction. This book has it all—characters you care about, a complex plot, great pacing, and plenty of intriguing forensic detail. I can’t wait for the next entry in the Sydney Fitzpatrick series.”