A riveting psychological novel about a young serial killer who takes on the identities of his victims. The first one he didn't really have to kill. The yound college-bound kid had been hit by a car. He was almost, if not already dead when Martin Arkenhout smashed his head with a stone. With this chilling opening scene, Michael Pye begins a brilliantly daring and suspenseful novel about the fragile borders that define who we are and the hidden desire in each of us to reinvent ourselves. When Arkenhout can no longer maintain the identity of his first victim, he takes another. Then another. He thinks he can live their lives better than they do, and he continues the pattern until he happens to choose the wrong victim and his secret begins to unravel. We are taken from New York to the Bahamas to Amsterdam, and finally to Portugal, where Arkenhout (now living the life of one Professor Christopher Hart) is eventually 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, the slow uncovering of his tormented family history, and a growing desire to leave it all behind by tasting Arkenhout's brand of dangerous freedom. With exhilarating apeed and psychological suspense, the plot of this extraordinary novel drives to its startling conclusion.
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|author||Pye, Michael, 1946-|
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|owning_library_basalt||Basalt Regional Library|
|record_details||ils:.b10962979|Book|Books|1st ed.|English|A.A. Knopf,|1999.|295 pages ; 24 cm.|
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|subject_facet||Fiction, Impostors and imposture -- Fiction, Psychological fiction, Serial murderers -- Fiction, Thrillers (Fiction)|
|title_full||Taking lives / Michael Pye|
|topic_facet||Impostors and imposture, Serial murderers|