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4.07 out of 54.07 out of 54.07 out of 54.07 out of 54.07 out of 5 4.07 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Nasaw Narrator: Lee Sellars Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2001 ISBN: 9780743548977
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For ten years, the charmingly disheveled veteran FBI Special Agent E.L. Pender has been investigating the apparently random disappearances of a dozen women across the country. The only detail the cases have in common is the strawberry blond color of the victims' hair, and the presence of a mystery man with whom they were last seen.

Then, in Monterey, California, a routine traffic stop erupts into a scene of horrific violence. The local police are stunned by a disemboweled strawberry blond victim and an ingenious killer with multiple alternating personalities. Pender is convinced he has found his man, but before he can prove it, the suspect stages a cunning jailbreak and abducts his court-appointed psychiatrist, Irene Cogan.

In a house on a secluded ridge in Oregon, Irene must navigate through the minefield of her captor's various egos -- male and female, brilliant and nave, murderous and passive -- all of whom are dominated by Max, a seductive killer who views her as both his prisoner and his salvation. Irene knows that to survive she must play along with Max's game of sexual perversion. Only then will she be able to strip back the layers to discover a chilling story of a shattered young boy -- and all the girls he adored.

A sexually charged thriller of extraordinary originality and page-turning suspense, The Girls He Adored moves furiously from the inner recesses of the psyche to its final, startling climax. Jonathan Nasaw brilliantly portrays two equally intense characters -- a deviant killer and the expert who can unlock his darkest secrets -- and introduces one of the most likable sleuths in recent fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A superior thriller.” 

    Washington Post

  • “Compelling and intellectually stimulating.” 

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Readers should get their bloodmoney’s worth out of this twisted tale of a serial killer with a taste for strawberry blondes.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An entertaining thriller.” 

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leszek Buczak | 2/5/2014

    " Good Book. Not very good, but good. Some cliches should've been avoided to make it very good. I liked it mainly for a non-superhero main role, but sometimes I thought "exageratted" and "too much". For all thriller likers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Krubski | 2/1/2014

    " An excellent suspense book. Liked the psycho villian and the detective chasing him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 1/22/2014

    " So good I read it twice "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 1/7/2014

    " Couldn't put it down! Gave me nightmares but I couldn't stop reading. Can't wait to read the sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Mccurdy | 12/5/2013

    " Creeeeepy! What a great suspense novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 11/4/2013

    " A solid psychological thriller. The main antagonist will leave his (their) mark on you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne Marshall | 10/9/2013

    " Tight crime story with interesting plotline. Good escapist read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracey | 6/26/2013

    " Great thriller. Like seven. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanillahugz | 3/30/2013

    " A MUST read !!! You can't put it down , Max and company will not be soon forgotten. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/25/2013

    " LOVED this one.....multiple personality serial killer "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/23/2013

    " Gave this a 3.5 since the writing was well done. Couln't bring myself to go higher due to the gruesome nature of the storyline. Too much gore for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lori | 9/11/2012

    " it was okay. I wouldn't recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candice | 5/8/2012

    " I have read this book 3 times and will probably read it again. The story is engaging and the characters are well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ricardo | 4/13/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. Good writing, entertaining plot, it grabbed me from the beginning and didn't let go until the very last page "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn Olson-Thorner | 3/21/2012

    " I'm hoping theTre is a sequel to this book! This is the first Jonathan Nasaw I've read and I will definitely be reading more of his. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DW | 2/17/2012

    " A real page turner and nail biter. I'd definitely read more by this author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy | 1/4/2012

    " This was so graphic and awful we could only get through about 1/3 of it. We listend to the last tape and that was it. Terrible!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 11/22/2011

    " LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 10/4/2011

    " A very good psychological thriller! Well done, good character development and great description of a muli-personality serial killer. Kept me on the edge of my seat! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DW | 1/2/2011

    " A real page turner and nail biter. I'd definitely read more by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 10/5/2010

    " great pyschological thriller......couldnt put it down, a great read if u like that sort of genre! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 9/19/2010

    " decided to give Jonathan Nasaw a try...absolutely loved this book...simply could not put it down and am onto his next one in the series!!! I say give him a try...you won't be disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 7/9/2010

    " A solid psychological thriller. The main antagonist will leave his (their) mark on you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee | 11/30/2009

    " I picked this book off the public library shelf and realized it started in Monterey County, so I was hooked. A really creepy serial killer novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 6/21/2009

    " Suggest you read these Nasaw books in the order they were written. Good luck in finding them! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 3/29/2009

    " I wish I wouldn't have wasted my time reading this book. Someone from work gave it to me to read with a good recommendation. It wasn't totally bad but one of the worst books I've read in a while. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Marie | 9/14/2008

    " Very psychological read.

    One of those books that keeps you thinking after you've read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimmi | 9/9/2008

    " This book terrified me. I loved it!! I couldn't put it down! It is possibly the best thriller I have ever read. "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan Nasaw

Jonathan Nasaw is the acclaimed author of Fear Itself and The Girls He Adored, both Literary Guild Selections. He lives in Pacific Grove, California.