The Night Season

The Night Season

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With the Beauty Killer Gretchen Lowell locked away behind bars once again, Archie Sheridan--a Portland police detective and nearly one of her victims--can finally rest a little easier. Meanwhile, the rest of the city of Portland is in crisis. Heavy rains have flooded the Willamette River, and several people have drowned in the quickly rising waters. Or at least that's what they thought until the medical examiner discovers that the latest victim didn't drown: She was poisoned before she went into the water. Soon after, three of those drownings are also proven to be murders. Portland has a new serial killer on its hands, and Archie and his task force have a new case.

Reporter Susan Ward is chasing this story of a new serial killer with gusto, but she's also got another lead to follow for an entirely separate mystery: The flooding has unearthed a skeleton, a man who might have died more than sixty years ago, the last time Portland flooded this badly, when the water washed away an entire neighborhood and killed at least fifteen people.

With Archie following the bizarre trail of evidence and evil deeds to catch a killer and possibly regain his life, and Susan Ward close behind, Chelsea Cain--one of today's most talented suspense writers--launches the next installment of her bestselling series with an electric thriller.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312619763
Branch Call Number: M CAI
Characteristics: 322 p. :,map ;,25 cm

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LauraSteinert
Sep 15, 2014

Thank goodness Gretchen Lowell is not the center of this story--I am so tired of her and of Archie being besotted by her. It was time for a change and this was a delightful homage to healing and moving on as well as a thrill ride. (And Susan changed her hair again.) The flooding of Portland, the familiar places, and the history were spellbinding. I doubt that people who have never survived a spring in the PNW can relate to the cement skies and the endless downpour, but it was all vividly real to me.

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Cmw8319
Aug 24, 2014

I enjoy the Gretchen Lowell and Archie sheridan series. I found the start of the book was interesting then half way thru it lost something, I kept reading hoping for something to draw me back in.

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CharmedLfe
Jun 27, 2013

The 4th Book in the Gretchen Lowell/Archie Sheridan series gives Susan Ward the chance to have the spotlight focused on her and for Gretchen Lowell to take a step back. The book focuses on the flooding of Portland and a new serial killer that is staging his killings as drownings. The book finds some of the new and old characters having their lives put at risk once again.

Archie and Susan's relationship appears to grow in this book and makes the reader question the true depth of their bond. I look forward to the next book in this series to see how the characters develop and progress. While Gretchen wasn't a major player in this book, I still found this book to be an enjoyable read.

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rahmmie
May 20, 2012

Very disappointing effort by Cain

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Maya80499
May 01, 2012

I was a little disappointed that Gretchen wasn't the focus of this one, but i still loved the book. Hopefully Susan and Archie will be around for a long time to come and if Gretchen 'slithers by' from time to time to say hello, I think I can live with it. Keep up the good writing Chelsea Cain and hope to see more of your work soon!

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bonenglish
Aug 25, 2011

I started out really loving this story, thinking it was the best of the series. But, I felt like it got lost somewhere along the way. And, the ending was too neat and clean. As long as Cain keeps writing about Archie and Susan, I'll keep coming back for more.

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Nords
Jul 11, 2011

An excellent thriller. Technically this is the 4th book in a series that follows the same detective(s), reporter and serial killer, however, unlike the last 3 books, this one puts the Gretchen Lowell serial killer storeyline on the side. And I really liked the change. By book 3 I was getting sick of all of Archie's issues with Gretchen so it was nice to have a bit of a stand alone story here. This book was a very fast, exciting read with some neat twists and turns. However, the killer in this book wasn't very interesting (although his methodology was cool) and the climax was pretty anti-climatic (they solved the crime too easily). Still, it was fun read and I can't wait for the next chelsea Cain book.

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emerge
Jun 11, 2011

SOOOO glad to finally read an installment of Archie's life that doesn't focus on Gretchen Lowell. I thought the author was going to milk that one forever & quite frankly, she & their relationship had become predictable. She's still there but in the background & Archie is making progress....professionally & emotionally.
But there are other crazies to take her place & Archie has his hands full. Susan Ward figures prominently & she is an interesting & entertaining counterpart to Archie's fragile demeanor. Good read.

rdrlady May 09, 2011

Exciting search for an exotic serial killer during a devastating flood.

debwalker Feb 28, 2011

Another serial killer on the loose in Portland, Oregon.

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