The Death Collectors by Jack Kerley

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The Death Collectors

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Set in Mobile Alabama, The Death Collectors, follow homicide detectives Carson Ryder and Harry Nautilus as they stumble upon a bizarre murder that reopens a case thought to have been closed thirty years ago. A middle aged woman is found murdered in a sleazy motel room surrounded by candles and wilting flowers. Through their investigation, Ryder and Nautilus discover she was a member of a homicidal 1970's art cult that emigrated from Paris. As other former cult members begin turning up dead, it appears as if the leader Marsden Hexcamp has regained power and reassembled his murderous band, except for the fact that he was shot dead in a court room thirty years prior.

The detectives delve into Hexcamp's cult, and travel to Paris to discover Hexcamp was an art student who valued his art above life. He and his...

(The entire section is 267 words.)