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Acid Bath   By: (1917-)

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Acid Bath by Bill Garson is a thrilling crime novel that takes readers on a captivating journey through the dark underbelly of society. From its gripping opening scene to its shocking finale, Garson expertly weaves together a complex plot filled with twists and turns that will keep readers guessing until the very end.

The story revolves around Detective John Taylor, a seasoned investigator with a troubled past. When a series of brutal murders rocks the city, Taylor is assigned to lead the case. As he delves deeper into the investigation, he becomes entranced by the mind of the psychopathic killer, who leaves behind a trail of cryptic clues.

What sets Acid Bath apart from other crime novels is Garson's incredible attention to detail and his ability to create a vivid and gritty atmosphere. The author's descriptive prose allows readers to vividly visualize the gritty streets and shadowy alleyways that make up the setting of the story. The dark and unsettling ambiance perfectly complements the twisted nature of the crimes, creating a sense of unease that lingers throughout the book.

Garson's characterization is another standout aspect of this novel. Detective John Taylor is a well-rounded protagonist with flaws and vulnerabilities, making him relatable and easy to root for. The supporting characters are equally well-developed, each with their own distinct personalities and motivations. The author masterfully uses these characters to slowly unveil the intricacies of the crime, keeping readers on the edge of their seats.

One aspect that may not appeal to all readers is the graphic nature of the crimes depicted in Acid Bath. Garson holds nothing back in describing the brutality of the murders, and the scenes can be quite disturbing. However, this gritty realism adds an additional layer of tension and suspense to the narrative, making it hard to put the book down.

The pacing of the story is near perfect, with Garson expertly balancing moments of intense action with quieter, character-driven scenes. This ensures that the story never drags and maintains a constant sense of momentum. The plot twists are genuinely surprising and unexpected, and will leave readers in awe of Garson's ability to craft such an intricately plotted novel.

In conclusion, Acid Bath is a dark and gripping crime novel that will leave readers captivated from start to finish. With its atmospheric setting, well-developed characters, and a plot filled with twists and turns, it is a must-read for fans of the genre. Garson's writing prowess shines through in this book, making it a standout addition to the world of crime fiction.

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ACID BATH

By VASELEOS GARSON

The starways' Lone Watcher had expected some odd developments in his singular, nerve fraught job on the asteroid. But nothing like the weird twenty one day liquid test devised by the invading Steel Blues.

Jon Karyl was bolting in a new baffle plate on the stationary rocket engine. It was a tedious job and took all his concentration. So he wasn't paying too much attention to what was going on in other parts of the little asteroid.

He didn't see the peculiar blue space ship, its rockets throttled down, as it drifted to land only a few hundred yards away from his plastic igloo.

Nor did he see the half dozen steel blue creatures slide out of the peculiar vessel's airlock.

It was only as he crawled out of the depths of the rocket power plant that he realized something was wrong.

By then it was almost too late. The six blue figures were only fifty feet away, approaching him at a lope.

Jon Karyl took one look and went bounding over the asteroid's rocky slopes in fifty foot bounds.

When you're a Lone Watcher, and strangers catch you unawares, you don't stand still. You move fast. It's the Watcher's first rule. Stay alive. An Earthship may depend upon your life.

As he fled, Jon Karyl cursed softly under his breath... Continue reading book >>




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