Eight Of Swords

Eight Of Swords

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Tarot reader Warren Ritter has never believed in the cards' power to foretell the future. But recently his predictions have come true with an unsettling regularity. When the first eight cards of teenage Heather Wellington's Tarot are ominous, Warren stops the reading at nine cards instead of ten. After Heather leaves, he looks at number ten-the Death card...
Warren knows the Death card isn't a guarantee of doom, but it doesn't mean there are good things ahead either. So he can't help feeling horror later that day when he sees Heather's face on the TV screen with the word "Kidnapped " slashed across the top...
Now Warren finds himself pulled into the mystery of Heather's kidnapping--and then a bizarre murder heightens his fear for her life. Suddenly the cops, a beautiful lady, and a killer are all complicating Warren's life. But the tarot cards have a final message for Warren: Only he can untangle the mystery of a young woman's disappearance before it's too late...
ISBN: 9780312352257
0312352255
Alternative Title: 8 of swords

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 05, 2017

Easy reading but ultimately not satisfying. The central character wasn't very appealing, and acted like a jerk a lot of the time (he's 50-something and complimented himself for restraint in not having sex with an underage teenage girl; plus his interactions with police were pretty juvenile). Book was too long for the subject matter with a few too many side trips down memory lane. It gave a little detail about tarot cards, but so does Wikipedia. Not recommended.

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DavidBale
Sep 14, 2009

The characters are both the strength and weakness of this novel. The characters have interesting backgrounds, and it would be easy to care about them, except that they are portrayed doing ridiculous things during the novel. (A minor example from early in the novel: the main character's sister sees him for the first time in forty years, and walks over to him for the express purpose of telling him that she doesn't want to talk to him. In the first place, how did she instantly recognize him after not seeing him for forty years; and in the second, if she didn't want to talk to him, why didn't she just not talk to him?) It is simply not believable that anyone would react the way these characters do in these situations.

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