BRIAN BENSON AUTHOR.NET


As I first started reading this book, I thought there were either two writers, or the author was as creepy and psychopathic as his killer. I was worried to almost a point of paranoia, as I had recently friended this other writer on Face Book. Brian Benson masterfully seduces us, with smooth detailed writing, into the world of a Creeper/Peeping Tom escalating into a killer. At the same time, he shows us through the stilled writing the other young man who would become a detective tracking down this killer. It is one thing to tell me that a person is a serial killer, but Benson is not a teller… he is a seducer. He slowly unzips the skin of the small child, and carefully inserts our blinking numb mind into the skin. We feel each touch, each step and know why we are doing what we are doing and to whom.When I came to this realization, I had to put down the book and walk away. It was my own inner demons that he had drawn out, and invited to play. Finally, I couldn't resist the siren’s song and sat mesmerized as I turned the pages and watched the count-down to the end… 

                                                                                                                                      

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Brian Benson has written the type of book you read with the lights on. There are some very creepy scenes. Mr. Benson is a former private investigator and his story about the search for a serial killer contains an insider's knowledge of how such investigations are conducted. He gives us compelling characters and a fast pace in the search for the killer whose nickname is Cob. This book is a great summer read.

                                                                                                                                      

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This is a stunning psychological thriller. Private Investigator, Brent Dulac, shares his experiences tracking down a serial killer in a novel titled Cob. Part of his motive for authoring the book may be to flush out this madman. This is a gripping read with all the elements of a well-executed thriller and a hard book to put down. I wanted to ride the case to its conclusion even as I looked over my shoulder and jumped at noises in the night. Now where is the sequel? Highly recommended.

                                                                                                                                                                                     

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Novels with twisted plot lines and psychological undertones are not my first choice for a weekend read, but I'm pleased I ventured beyond my comfort zone when a friend recommended I read Cob Search For A Serial Killer by Brian Benson. Benson's research is impeccable. His depth of knowledge in police work creates a realistic framework to support the cutting conversation, and complicated, not always likeable characters. These qualities add layered dimension to a novel, heavy on action and meant to be read during the day.

This well crafted thriller engages from the start with a compelling concept that builds momentum in synchronicity with plot progression.Don't miss it. You won't be disappointed.

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I can't wait for Brian's next book. Cob kept me up all night! couldn't put it down! SCARY, but real!

                                                                                                                                                  

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This is an entertaining first novel from Brian Benson. The story reads much like a police procedural, only the investigators here are private rather than police and/or FBI. The action takes place in the late 1970's before technology made investigative work easier and faster. We've come to rely so heavily on technology that we forgot what it was like before everyone had cell phones with computer access. The hurdles the team has to overcome to gather information made for a fascinating glimpse back.

I would have liked to get to know Brent Dulac, the main character, a bit better. We do get to know the Cob killer quite well. The metamorphosis from his disturbing childhood to psychotic adulthood is chilling in it's realism.

This book leaves plenty of room for a sequel, and I'm looking forward to spending more time in Brent's world.

                                                                                                                                                   

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If you like psycho thrillers this book is a must read. It's not the usual cop looking for a bad guy story. I love the way this author created the storyline-a chilling and very dark tale of a young man whose life becomes entwined with a serial killer. Uniquely written from the point of view of two characters, this story will literally take you inside the very twisted mind of a deranged killer and the man who is hunting him. hard to put down, this book thrills. I finished it a week ago and I'm still thinking about the ending.

                                                                                                             

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When I first saw this book I thought it was non-fiction, true crime. As I was reading it, it read like true crime, but something was off, so I went back and re-read the description and discovered it was fiction. The copy I got was in desperate need of editing and proofreading, however the plot line was solid and the writing good.There were no twists and turn this is straight mystery, guy is killing girls and investigators are trying to find him. The story is how they go about it and the interactions between the team. I believe this is his first and is an impressive debut novel.

                                                                                                                                                 

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Brian Benson's first novel, Cob Search For A Serial Killer is a tell-tale sign of great things to come. Mr. Benson's investigative background comes to good use in this gripping, and frightening, tale of a serial killer. His characters are realistic, his storytelling sharp and the suspense generated in each chapter kept me reading from front to cover in less than three days.

I highly recommend this novel. As this was a first step into novel writing, and without the aid of an editor, please discount this aspect, as I quite certain the story is strong enough to keep you interested; I am certain his next novel will be polished to perfection. once you read this novel, you will be as eager as I am for his next one. I firmly believe Mr. Benson is going to be held in high regard in the publishing world in the near future.

                                                                                                            

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COB is a great book for the reader who is not interested inthe emotional element of crime stories but is instead concerned with the research; investigative strategy, time, patience and teamwork involved in solving crimes. This writer, Brian Benson, is able in this book to weave threads of the evolution of a serial killer case together over the course of many years and present them in a way which is easy to read and follow. It is the details themselves which are very disturbing and not for the faint-hearted. COB is filled with the stuff that nightmares are made of -- A great read....at your own risk!

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