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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (749 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. T. Ellison Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN:
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Homicide detective Taylor Jackson thinks she's seen it all in Nashville - from the Southern Strangler to the Snow White Killer. But she's never seen anything as perverse as The Conductor. Once his victim is captured, he contains her in a glass coffin, slowly starving her to death. Only then does he give in to his attraction.

When he's finished, he creatively disposes of the body by reenacting scenes from famous paintings. And similar macabre works are being found in Europe. Taylor teams up with her fiancee, FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin, and New Scotland Yard detective James Memphis Highsmythe, a haunted man who has eyes only for Taylor, to put an end to this horror.

Has the killer gone international with his craft? Or are there two artists, competing to create the ultimate masterpiece?

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alsjem | 2/16/2014

    " Another great story from J T Ellison and more twists for our heroine. Very interesting! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bklynbella | 2/15/2014

    " This book had so much potential, and it started off so well... then it just fizzled. I was highly disappointed because the first few chapters of this book had everything. It was gripping, mysterious, and thought provoking. The charcters were exciting, intriguing, and likable. Then all of a sudden everything started to unravel which is weird since it was done so neatly. By neat it was complete chaos but alls well ends well. There was no more excitement, no more police work because everything magically presented itself to the detectives working the cases. From what I can tell, the author started spinning too many webs and in an effort to not confuse herself she sold the audience short. The story consisted of the detectives trying to catch a serial killer and solve murders, and they were engaged, or best friends, so we had the relationship angle. Then another detective is brought in to assist, but he is also attracted to the lead detective who happened to remind him of his former lover and he was working with the lead detectives fiancé. So there's the ever popular potential love triangle. Then here are the killers, who never met but are working with eachother, and they happen to be twin brothers. Then there's the lead detective's partner who happens to be gay and romantically interested in a potential suspect because the first body was found in his house. Then there's the new police captain who suffering from undiagnosed alzheimers. Confused yet? Well it's confusing. As a reader, I would have appreciated the author choosing one story and telling it well as opposed to poorly juggling every unrelated thought that popped into her head, and then trying to neatly sweep it all together at the end, especially since the original concept was fascinating on its own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 2/11/2014

    " Another good book in the Taylor Jackson series. Although for someone who says that real serial killers are rare, Taylor sure hunts a lot of them down. This time around, an interesting wrench is throw into Taylor and Baldwin's relationship in the form of Detective Inspector James "Memphis" Highsmythe. I wondered if maybe he and the Pretender would get into a scuffle at the end of the book, but alas... Maybe in the next book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayla | 2/8/2014

    " This was a good one. I'm really sad that I read them out of order (the library was out of Judas Kiss) but even so, I liked this one a lot. Good suspense, VERY disturbing villains, and on top of that The Pretender keeps showing up at all the wrong moments. Gotta love JT Ellison. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mindy | 1/17/2014

    " It started out good. I loved this serial killer's style, but the coincidences and all the intertwining story lines drove me crazy. It was too predictable, and the whole love triangle... was that really necessary? A little romance is okay, but it took more time in the book than I would've liked. There didn't seem to be very much solving... It was like things magically presented themselves to the detectives and whatnot. I brought this with me on a trip. It took me the entire six weeks to actually finished it not because I didn't have time, but because it just didn't interest me enough. It ended up pretty predictable, and just your average thriller book. Nothing real special, but not real bad either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Book Sp(l)ot | 1/9/2014

    " reviewed on Book Sp(l)ot Reviews here (in a post reviewing Books 1-4 in the series) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri | 12/26/2013

    " It was sick and twisted all rolled up tightly into a great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 12/5/2013

    " A murder mystery, but not one which I would recommend for an average mystery reader. This one was a little more gruesome than most, dealing with necrophilia. I also wish the ending told us what happened to Gavin & Tom. It kind of left you hanging.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne Stehr | 11/22/2013

    " Excellent! Reading these books consecutively is better than waiting for them to come out one by one, absolutely spectacular thriller, ready to pick up book 5! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louisa | 9/18/2013

    " I loved this book! It was a great continuation of the series, and I'm glad that I got into the author, she is a wonderful writer who has complex plots, and real characters that you can really understand! Great book for murder mystery novelist readers! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 8/28/2013

    " This book was just creepy. I didn't realize it was a series when I read it and read it out of order. Since then, I have been working to get through the series and have come to love the work of JT Ellison even more. If I had to reread and rerate this work, it would easily go to 4 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Church | 5/8/2013

    " I liked the suspense "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 3/27/2013

    " OMG I loved this story! A definite page-turner that I couldn't put down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary G. | 1/12/2013

    " Although I found some things about this book a little predictable, I found that I liked the characters. The mystery was interesting. This is one of Ellison's later books and now I want to go back to the first book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 11/24/2012

    " This has been my favorite so far of the Taylor Jackson stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KatMcD | 10/23/2012

    " Good story. Held my interest and I liked the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glennie | 7/17/2012

    " This book was OK,, definitely the killers were strange enough to hold your interest. But I found the whole thing with Memphis distracting from the story, and that's the reason I only gave it 3 stars. Hopefully his character doesn't make repeat visits in the future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 6/19/2012

    " Just your average thriller but good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 5/2/2012

    " This book was full of twists and turns, love it. This book had me wondering how J.T Ellison comes up with the killers for her books? Each one is scarier than the next. Just picked up book five and can't wait to see what it holds. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 February Four | 1/22/2012

    " Creepy, well-written, definitely the kind of crime story you try not to think too much about. J.T. Ellison is fast becoming my number one crime thriller writer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 1/15/2012

    " Boys with each one in this series it gets better, loved it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darlene Wolfe | 11/29/2011

    " This was by far the best in the series. This is much better than Patricia Cornwell. She sucks my will to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bigd_041555 | 10/1/2011

    " Well, what a thriller this book is - another OMG - great story line, very sick and twisted (just the way I like them). Some good twists and turns and conflicts thrown in - J.T. Ellison really knows how to tell a good story and keep you interested! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 3/16/2011

    " Although I found some things about this book a little predictable, I found that I liked the characters. The mystery was interesting. This is one of Ellison's later books and now I want to go back to the first book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 2/26/2011

    " Excellent - the only problem is now I have to get her other books. I hate reading backward. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 11/27/2010

    " This book was just creepy. I didn't realize it was a series when I read it and read it out of order. Since then, I have been working to get through the series and have come to love the work of JT Ellison even more. If I had to reread and rerate this work, it would easily go to 4 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 11/7/2010

    " Great book! Wish istarted with the first one first!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 10/31/2010

    " Wow, an amazing twist in serial killing and made me feel like I was back home in Nashville too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 9/22/2010

    " Just your average thriller but good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susy | 4/16/2010

    " The book was good but I didn't connect with the characters. I do however love the concept of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michalele | 4/13/2010

    " this was definitely the most shocking of ellison's books. I didn't know about necrosadism before reading this and it was interesting reading this fictional tale about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camille | 3/31/2010

    " I love JT Ellison and this is another great book. It's fun to read her books and know the locations she talks about. The subject matter is dark, but she writes great books that I don't want to put down. Can't wait for the next one in October. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl | 3/19/2010

    " This is another Taylor Jackson book. Nothing special just a typical murder mystery. "

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About the Author

J. T. Ellison is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Taylor Jackson series, including All the Pretty Girls, 14, Judas Kiss, and The Cold Room. She is the bi-monthly Friday columnist at the Anthony Award nominated blog Murderati and was named the Best Mystery/Thriller Writer of 2008 by the Nashville Scene.

About the Narrator

Joyce Bean is an accomplished audiobook narrator and director. In addition to having won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has been nominated multiple times for the prestigious Audie Award. Equally adept at narrating fiction and nonfiction, and she also narrates audiobooks under the name Jane Brown.