Face of a Killer (Sydney Fitzpatrick #1)

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  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • Face of a Killer (Sydney Fitzpatrick #1)
  • Robin Burcell
  • English
  • 17 July 2019
  • 0061122300

About the Author: Robin Burcell

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Face of a Killer (Sydney Fitzpatrick #1) Facts Lie Two Decades After The Murder That Shattered Her World, FBI Agent And Forensic Artist Sydney Fitzpatrick Confronts Her Father S Killer Face To Face But The Inmate Who S Scheduled To Be Executed For The Crime Is Not What She Expected Heightening Sydney S Unease, She Receives A Photograph Sent To Her By A Man Just Prior To His Suicide, Causing Her To Question Everything She Believed About Her Father Now She Wants The Truth No Matter Where It S Hidden, No Matter How Painful Or Dangerous But Sydney Fitzpatrick Is About To Trespass On Sacred Ground And Being A Federal Agent Will Offer Her No Security Or Shelter If It S Her Own Government That Wants Her Dead

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10 thoughts on “Face of a Killer (Sydney Fitzpatrick #1)

  1. Jen says:

    Sydney Fitzpatrick is a forensic artist for the FBI On the twentieth anniversary of her father s death, she s called in to do a sketch of a rapist When her suspect starts baring resemblance to a suspect in another rape case, Sydney is partnered up with Tony Carillo to investigate.Meanwhile, Sydney decides it s time to confront her father s murderer who is awaiting execution at San Quentin She simply wants to know why he killed her father, but instead she ends up having doubts that the man DID Sydney Fitzpatrick is a forensic artist for the FBI On the twentieth anniversary of her father s death, she s called in to do a sketch of a rapist When her suspect starts baring resemblance to a suspect in another rape case, Sydney is partnered up with Tony Carillo to investigate.Meanwhile, Sydney decides it s time to confront her father s murderer who is awaiting execution at San Quentin She simply wants to know why he killed her father, but instead she ends up having doubts that the man DID kill her father Then when her father s old army buddy sends her an envelope before he commits suicide, things looks evensuspicious Everything seems to be tied to a picture in the envelope A picture of her father with several other men a picture of a group of men who look sort of likespecial forces.I m not sure I know exactly where to start with this review because I loved every aspect of this book The characters were wonderfully developed Their interactions together were absolutely smooth and completely believable at every level.Sydney s ex comes in to town because he s on surveillance He s surveying Sydney due to a hit the FBI believes has been put out on her This obviously causes internal conflict for Sydney and tension between the two of them.Sydney and Carillo cracked me up as partners Imagine the most fun pairing of law enforcement officers from television or the movies Sydney and Carillo match if not surpass any great combo Their banter was so realistic and their personalities fit like Yin and Yang And the best part about Sydney and Carillo They DON T jump in the sack together don t even hint at doing anything like that It is so refreshing to have a male female team that doesn t end up in bed together Another refreshing element of this book the law enforcement characters aren t swearing every other word They are intelligent enough to carry on a conversation in which they can express themselves without excessive profanity It s a beautiful thing.The plot kept me glued to the pages in this book I was in the dark about the outcome until the very end And Burcell does an outstanding job of throwing in twists each time the reader thinks they have the mystery nailed It is also a plot that keeps you guessing without throwing in some unknown factors right at the end In addition the two subplots kind of weave in and out of each other leaving the reader wondering if they re connected or if it s just all a strange coincidence The reader is challenged at every page turn in this book.While the plot was very well constructed, I have to admit that the element of the book that hooked me right away was the authenticity Or at least in my limited knowledge what I perceived to be authenticity And, it s very subtle which makes it that muchpowerful A final element about this novel I really enjoyed is Topper Topper is a poodle that Carillo calls a sheep The endearing thing about Topper is not that he s a poodle it s that his personality reminds me of my own dog Very happy go lucky, likes to be around people, but if someone is not the right people Topper lets you know If my dog growls about a person, I know something isn t right I m sure a lot of people who aren t dog people would find Topper unbelievable, but having experienced such a dog myself, I know Topper is realistic, and for me he added a lot to the dimension of the book.I loved Face of a Killer The humor, the three dimensional characters, the authentic plot all make this an outstanding crime fiction novel I m looking forward to the next one

  2. Carol Hunter says:

    I met Robin Burcell when she spoke as a woman mystery writer during the Leesburg Library Book Festival this year Aa an FBi trained forensic artist, and a skilled law enforcement officer, she brings authenticity and depth to her writing When I listened to her on a panel of other women authors I was so impressed with her humor and intelligence This book drew me in and kept me reading through the night I have already ordered another in this series for my Nook.

  3. Gentle says:

    I bought a copy of Face of a Killer at the Great Valley Book fest recently I didn t know anything about Robin Burcell at the time, but she was there showcasing her book and speaking about her interesting law enforcement background She was friendly, knowledgeable, hilarious, and made her book sound like a must read So of course I had to get a copy Needless to say I was not disappointed with Face of a Killer From the very first chapter I was drawn into the world of FBI Agent Sydney Fitzpatric I bought a copy of Face of a Killer at the Great Valley Book fest recently I didn t know anything about Robin Burcell at the time, but she was there showcasing her book and speaking about her interesting law enforcement background She was friendly, knowledgeable, hilarious, and made her book sound like a must read So of course I had to get a copy Needless to say I was not disappointed with Face of a Killer From the very first chapter I was drawn into the world of FBI Agent Sydney Fitzpatrick I love a story with a strong woman The family dynamic presented in the book, the suspense, and the fast approaching deadline for it all to come to a head kept me flipping pages quickly to find out what would happen next The sketches in the book were a creative touch I hadn t seen anyone else do I look forward to reading my next Robin Purcell book and finding out what happens next for FBI Agent Forensic Artist Sydney Fitzpatrick

  4. Jodi says:

    This is a first in a new series by Robin Burcell It features Sydney Fitzpatrick, an FBI agent and forensic artist Burcell herself is a forensic artist and was a police officer for many years in California All in all I really enjoyed the book There is a very good and interesting story line, and I felt connected to and enjoyed spending time with Sydney and the entire cast It dragged a bit in parts Burcell also writes a series about Kate Gillespie, and I enjoyed that series greatly.

  5. Betsy says:

    If you like government conspiracies, then this would be the book for you Unfortunately, I am not a fan I would have preferred if the book stayed with the current and local crimes that Sydney was investigating 3 stars

  6. Kay says:

    A totally enjoyable book that I did not want to put down The characters were great and the plot was outstanding If I have any complaint it was that the romantic plot did not develop the way I wished.

  7. Sue Coletta says:

    Beautiful writing, strong characters, fascinating sub plotthis book has it all Highly recommend.

  8. Marlyn says:

    I ve known Robin Burcell virtually for many years I didn t actually meet her in person until Left Coast Crime in Hawai i in March, at which I was pleased to obtain a signed copy of her latest book,Face of a Killer .I have read her previous books, featuring SFPD Homicide Investigator Kate Gillespie The latest book is not part of the series, although the protagonist, FBI agent Sydney Fitzpatrick, does mention knowing Kate.Sydney has recently transferred to San Francisco, partially with the ult I ve known Robin Burcell virtually for many years I didn t actually meet her in person until Left Coast Crime in Hawai i in March, at which I was pleased to obtain a signed copy of her latest book,Face of a Killer .I have read her previous books, featuring SFPD Homicide Investigator Kate Gillespie The latest book is not part of the series, although the protagonist, FBI agent Sydney Fitzpatrick, does mention knowing Kate.Sydney has recently transferred to San Francisco, partially with the ulterior motive of meeting the man who is in prison for murdering her father 20 years earlier He has maintained since his arrest that he is innocent, and when Sydney visits him, she finds herself believing his story Beginning to investigate it, she finds herself the object of a serial killer Or is it a hit man This is a gripping story We learn quite a bit about Sydney s and Robin s talent and training as a forensic artist The character of Sydney is sympathetic, and her thought patterns and relationships with family and co workers are realistically portrayed I had to force myself to readslowly than usual so I could enjoy the excellent writing I m now planning to go back and reread the Kate Gillespie books

  9. Diane says:

    A new author to me and one that was actually on the police force as a forensic artist, so she writes with 30 years experience in that field.A different main character FBI Agent Sydney Fitzpatrick she s a forensic artist and is good at that aspect of her job Sydney is a likeable, naive character who matures fairly quickly in this book.This first book deals with building her background to present day and how the first case comes to be Bullets are flying, stuff is getting blown up, boat chase A new author to me and one that was actually on the police force as a forensic artist, so she writes with 30 years experience in that field.A different main character FBI Agent Sydney Fitzpatrick she s a forensic artist and is good at that aspect of her job Sydney is a likeable, naive character who matures fairly quickly in this book.This first book deals with building her background to present day and how the first case comes to be Bullets are flying, stuff is getting blown up, boat chase, helicopter chase, you name it and it s pretty much covered.Twists and turns, very little romance although it is hinted at Not a bad read, so 2 thumbs up and 4 stars

  10. Bill says:

    Goodread s description covers the basics What it doesn t capture is the suspense, the let me read onechapter before I turn out the light pacing that keeps you going relentlessly Burcell s many years experience as an agent and a cop give her the knowledge to translate into fine fictional realism, and her sleuth Sydney Fitzpatrick is warm and likeable and matures as you watch her work her way to multiple solutions and wrestle with demons I met the author at a book festival in Mount D Goodread s description covers the basics What it doesn t capture is the suspense, the let me read onechapter before I turn out the light pacing that keeps you going relentlessly Burcell s many years experience as an agent and a cop give her the knowledge to translate into fine fictional realism, and her sleuth Sydney Fitzpatrick is warm and likeable and matures as you watch her work her way to multiple solutions and wrestle with demons I met the author at a book festival in Mount Dora, FL, and knew Face of a Killer would be good I was right