|Taking Lives (1999) [Novel]|
by Michael Pye
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A riveting, psychological novel about a young serial killer who takes on the identity of his victim.
The first one he didn't really have to kill. The young college-bound kid had been hit by a car. He was almost, if not already dead when Martin Akenhout smashed his head with a stone.
With this chilling opening scene, Michael Pye begins a brilliantly daring and suspenseful novel about the fragile boarders that define who we are and the hidden desire in each of us to reinvent ourselves. When Arkenhout can no longer maintain the identify of his first victim, he takes another. then another. He thinks he can live their lives better than they can do, and he continues this pattern until he happens to choose the wrong victim and his secret begins to unravel.
We are taken to New York to the Bahamas, to Amsterdam, and finally to Portugal, where Arkenhout (now living the life of Professor Christopher Hart) is finally tracked down by the story's narrator, John Costa, who is in pursuit of the real Hart because of a theft he committed. Costa has his own set of troubling circumstances: a failing marriage, a slow uncovering of his tormented family history, a growing desire to leave it all behind by tasting Arkenkout's brand of dangerous freedom.
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Suspense