The Painted Killer

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
A sex-crazed psychedelic slasher targets women and girls. He's got a knife. It's 1969 in middle America and nothing is the same anymore. Detective Al Gaetano and his team must find the killer before he strikes again. Their only clues are a few flakes of paint from his body and a modus operandi. A dark and funny novella.
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About Zach Neal

Zach Neal has been writing ever since he can remember. A forestry management professional, he prefers the outdoors to the office. He lives in the Halton Hills overlooking the Greater Toronto Area. He studied at the University of Toronto. Zach’s a single father of two healthy and energetic children. Zach’s boys, Aaron and Jason, mean everything to him.

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Nora Lee reviewed on Aug. 10, 2014

A good story by not great. It does pack a surprise ending. I felt the naked scene brought nothing to the main story and was just filler to increase the length.
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David H. Keith reviewed on March 7, 2013

Being a child of the Sixties, I was transported back to happier memories. Even though Vietnam raged and the Civil Rights movement was accused of tearing the country apart, it was a simpler time. Neal captures the flavor of that time so well in this book. I could smell the incense and see all those beautiful flower children. For that alone, I thank him.

He doesn't just let it go at that, though. Nope. He writes a compelling mystery story as well, one with a refreshing twist to the end. His cops are what I remember of those times and my time in the streets as a Paramedic: cynical, hard-bitten, but very human - a marked contrast to what we see today.

This is a human story, peopled by real people with real fears and wants and foibles. And, to top this treat off, Neal writes with intelligence, style, and no discernible editorial faux pas. Can't beat that combination.

My heartiest recommendation to anyone who enjoys a compelling whodunit.

David H. Keith
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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