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Chilling and taut, NAMELESS, introduces a fresh and exciting twist on the deadly game of cat and mouse. By virtue of one impulsive and deeply human, but all too grave mistake, a good and decent man finds himself pitted against the embodiment of evil and threatened with losing everything and everyone he loves and values; including the pristine reputation he has endeavored aChilling and taut, NAMELESS, introduces a fresh and exciting twist on the deadly game of cat and mouse. By virtue of one impulsive and deeply human, but all too grave mistake, a good and decent man finds himself pitted against the embodiment of evil and threatened with losing everything and everyone he loves and values; including the pristine reputation he has endeavored all his adult life to establish. FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel Falcone unwittingly steps onto course for a head-on collision with a frighteningly brilliant psychotic serial killer, whose harrowing childhood abuse and neglect left him devoid of humanity and salivating for revenge. Framed for a brutal murder on a commercial cruise ship, and fighting for the right to raise his sons and clear his name, Falcone races against the clock and struggles to keep his eyes on the prize, even while his profound guilt and self-loathing threaten to destroy him faster than his maniacal adversary....

Title : Nameless
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ISBN : 9780989038003
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 364 Pages
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Nameless Reviews

  • Jamie
    2019-05-28 21:47

    Fantastic book! When I started reading this, even though it sounded interesting, I did not have high hopes. I had never heard of the author (being this is his first book) and I am very picky about my thrillers. This is one of the best I have read is some time.We have a nameless serial killer who does not exist in any record. He was not born in any hospital, never saw a doctor, never even left home growing up. Abused in every way possible as a child, he has a lot of resentment to certain people in life and is very perverse in his killings as he grows up. He sets his sights on a woman named Annie. His jealous nature gets the better of him for those who get too close. So while stalking her, he is also acting out various murders that are baffling the FBI. When he sees FBI agent Daniel Falcone is close to Annie, his jealousy reaches boiling point as he sets of a chain of events that soon have the FBI on his trail and his on Daniel and his family. A true game of cat and mouse but one in which I kept wondering which is the cat. The writing is nicely down. Very vivid descriptions (sometimes almost too vivid). I must say this book is not for the faint of heart. it has several gruesome, perverse scenes. The killer, Daniel and Annie are all very well created. So are other characters. The fear and reactions of the victims comes across so nicely. The inter-personal relations of the main characters realistic. The one character I did not like is Deborah, Daniel's wife. She comes across as very needy, insecure and judgemental. Especially when she demands he hand over his cell phone for a full week, knowing he is working a serious case! Now this is not saying she is not well written, I just didn't like her. I really liked how the author gave us backrounds on each main character throughout the story. It made them that much more real.Like I said earlier, I am picky about my thrillers. This author has made a strong impact on my radar and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for his future books.

  • JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust
    2019-06-07 22:49

    *** 3.5 SHEMY STARS*** Started off strong but the build up was rather long. In the end I was actually hoping the villain would prevail. Well, well, well..........

  • Irene
    2019-05-25 00:50

    If you want to read a book that literally has you on the edge of your chair,not being able to concentrate on anything else because It's that good, then this Is the book for you. It has all the ingredients a thriller needs, a complex clever plot that has you trying to guess the killers next move but is always one step ahead of you.You will go through every agony of FBI agent Daniel Falcone's quest to find a psychotic serial killer, not for the faint hearted.I might add there are some really gory scenes intricately described.That did not put me off though and i'm quite a squeamish person, I just needed to know what happened next.I'm now a huge fan of this author and considering this Is his debut novel, I'm really impressed,cannot wait for the next novel.If I could give It ten stars I would.

  • Up All Night Book Addict
    2019-06-05 04:03

    This is one book that you will not be able to get out of your head for a long time. The most effective way for me to describe this book is Criminal Minds uncensored, unplugged and unglued! If you are looking for a suspenseful and gripping thriller, look no further! This book will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole way through.Joe Conlan is a genius. Not many people can create and execute such gory and realistic portraits of his characters; yet still keep the plot and details of the story in place. This book is a true work of art. I love scary movies, now I am in love with scary books. This book gave me the goosebumps.. and maybe a small nightmare or two here and there (and not in my sleep)!Shem... he is a serial killer. He is the product of a low-life prostitute. He has learned to survive on his own since he was a little child. Despite his lack of real name, semblance of any kind of upbringing, schooling, etc, he has managed to show that he has the mind of a genius. He is cunning, calculating, intelligent and successful in his endeavors. He stalks his prey. He is patient. He strategizes his kills. It is hard to remember that he is a work of fiction and not a real psychopath. He gets off on the kill itself. The feel of warm blood from his victims on his skin gets him off in ways that will make you sick, yet intrigued.Daniel, FBI agent in charge of finding this psychotic serial killer... He is married with two boys. His life is mundane, but he loves his job. He portrayed as the typical law enforcement agent; married to his job. Enter his college sweetheart, the center of Shem's obsession. Joe Conlan does a good job at getting you into Daniel's head. To see things the way he sees them. To feel them the way he feels them.Believe it or not, you will have a hard time figuring out who to root for in this book. One would think you should want the psycho to be caught and jailed, but it is hard. You get to know Shem so intimatiely, you almost feel sorry for him... maybe even empathy for him. It becomes hard to consider him the bad guy, even though he methodically stalks and hunts his prey, then kills them in such a gruesome manner. How can you not want him stopped? Well, in order to figure that out, you will have to read this book! It will be one of the best books you have read, ever! NamelessClick the link to enter a giveaway of this book!http://upallnightbookaddict.blogspot....

  • Howard
    2019-06-08 23:47

    I received an autographed copy of the book on a Goodreads give-away, and the author was kind enough to send the book quickly. The physical book is a large, well constructed paperback, with nice easy-to-read typeface, which is nice for those of us who are experiencing the effects of presbyopia. This is a story about an FBI agent and his quarry, an apparently omnipotent master criminal. One of the problems with the book is the rather profound lack of character development, as well as some of the more outrageous caricatures that are portrayed. To start with Shem, he's imbued magically with every talent known to a criminal. He needs a driver's license, credit card, passport, whatever... no problemo. Despite his abysmal beginnings, he gains, apparently through a few trips to the library and hanging out with street hoods, the financial perspicaciousness of Warren Buffet, the computer skills of Steve Jobs (who by the way was more of a marketer than a true computer nerd, but that's besides the point), better computer hacking ability than the Chinese government.... you get the point. He needs to break into an apartment - no sweat; he's imparted with the ability to do it. He needs to kill a subject who’s an avid diver – poof! He’s a master diver, with amazing abilities in the water. He needs to render people unconscious - no sweat, he's not only a master pharmacologist, but he has access to drugs which have never been invented (immediate predictable effects whether administered orally, or intravenously, for example). And of course Shem is a master phlebotomist, who can administer iv's to uncooperative subjects; no easy feat. A rather easy way to develop a master criminal; much TOO easy for the author. And the FBI, unfortunately, seems to be comprised of idiots who overlook even fundamental clues. Shem taunts them on a surveillance video by waving around a bottle of ether. One would think that in criminology 101 one should be able to trace the sales of ether, not to mention all of the other mystically potent anaesthetic agents which he uses in the commission of his crimes. Nope, the FBI isn't that smart. (Of course, these agents aren't readily available in the local drugstore). A crime scene is wiped clean of fingerprints by Shem; the FBI doesn't think that it's suspicious to find a ship cabin door, into which numerous people, from the cleaning staff, porters, etc. have access. Nope; they're all idiots, and consider the crime scene exonerated of any potential suspects. The idiots manning the FBI allow for the plot to proceed, but makes the whole thing something of an absurdity.As far as Annie, the girl who never made it to the altar with the FBI agent hero, much to their chagrin in retrospect now that he’s gotten married and has kids, again she’s something of a caricature Not only is she inordinately attractive (which can be forgiven), but she's not only the sole person responsible for communications AND is head of security (for which she apparently was never given any formal law enforcement experience prior to getting this top job) of one of the largest corporations in the world. If one looks across the management teams of any large company, on would realize how absurd this is. In reality this is again something of a caricature: having a single person (even if she did go, of course, to Harvard law school, was elected to moot court and was at the top of her class - of course she was!). Similarly, Daniel, the FBI agent protagonist, is something of a Dudley Dooright, although perhaps a little bit more believable.Some of the dialogue (for example, page 23 which is the most egregious, but not the sole example by any means) seems to be in the style of young adult fiction - think Hardy Boys, for example.From the rave reviews, I take it that many of the readers are willing to go along with characters who don't have any real development, but have all of their traits fully formed. I suspect these are also people that enjoy the daytime soap operas, which share many of the same characteristics.

  • Chris Taylor
    2019-06-08 00:44

    I don’t know if it’s just because I’m entering my 30th year on this planet, or if I’m just being introduced to new authors through Amazon’s kindle daily deals but I’ve abandoned more books this year than I have my entire life thus far.I am reading new authors,i've found a few gems and that isn’t a bad thing but this book seems to typify the issues with leaping into the unknown.This book isn't a gem by any means. I started off and the book was ok, it was interesting and seemed to be following along the lines of what other reviewers have said in terms of it being akin to a gruesome “Criminal Minds” plot. All was going well until I reached 30% (reading on Kindle no page numbers grrr) then all progress seemed to stop. The story began to float around the same issue and stagnate. Nothing seemed to move on for what felt like ages, I really lost my temper when Conlan added in a Wikipedia style definition of Interpol and VICAP that ran for a number of paragraphs. I thought, this guy doesn’t know his target audience, he hasn’t a clue. I fumed how dare he LECTURE me in this manner. I was very unhappy. Anyone who would be attracted to this story and its subject matter would know who Interpol are and what VICAP is and if they don’t they’ll look it up! I don’t need a detailed and patronising break in the story to “inform” me of this. At this point I thought, I’m nearly 30…I’m nearly 1/3 of the way through my life. There are better books out there, better authors, why waste any more time on this. Life is too short and I want to explore literature and not get bogged down with reading this kind of trite. As a screenplay it would work, a film or a mini-series on HBO or ITV it would work quite well. As a novel I think it is poor. I will now put my soap box away for the time being.

  • siobhan Quinlan
    2019-06-14 02:59

    4 cups of tea read. I was glued to this book from page one. I found the writting style to be really good and I enjoyed dthe story. I knocked off one cup of tea as i found it slow at times and i found the characters to be a bit flat but this was still a great book and i only found out after i read it that it was the authors first book which shocked me as it was so good. (view spoiler)[ The book starts with the horrific murder of Nikki and it sets the tone for the whole book and it truly is chilling. I felt so sorry for FBI agent Daniel Falcone (hide spoiler)]

  • multitaskingmomma
    2019-05-19 01:44

    Update! Watch out for the blog tour with Joe Conlan starting May 27th which I will be participating in. This review PLUS! an Excerpt of Nameless and an Interview with the author will be posted onMy Blogon May 29th. See you there! Intensely Terrifying! Spine Tingling! Gripping! Can't continue, can't stop! Nameless by Joe Conlan gets you from the first page. It can trap you in the world of a psycho so twisted and evil, it is hard to escape the mind of the serial killer. The detailed and intimate relationship that develops between the words of the author and his readers is intense.The Blurb:Chilling and taut, NAMELESS introduces a fresh and exciting twist on the deadly game of cat and mouse. By virtue of one impulsive and deeply human, but all too grave mistake, a good and decent man finds himself pitted against the embodiment of evil and threatened with losing everything and everyone he loves and values; including the pristine reputation he has endeavored all his adult life to establish. FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel Falcone unwittingly steps onto course for a head-on collision with a frighteningly brilliant psychotic serial killer, whose harrowing childhood abuse and neglect left him devoid of humanity and salivating for revenge. Framed for a brutal murder on a commercial cruise ship, and fighting for the right to raise his sons and clear his name, Falcone races against the clock and struggles to keep his eyes on the prize, even while his profound guilt and self-loathing threaten to destroy him faster than his maniacal adversary.Our thoughts....Stop! Warning to readers: Spoiler contents ahead!I have to confess that after reading the first chapter I shut off my Kindle and set it aside, looking at it from a distance. I was scared. Plain and simple, I was terrified. I did not get to pick it up until my curiosity drove me to open the book once more and just made sure I was sitting with my kids playing with their PC games while I continued to read it. I have lost count of the times I had to shut my own mouth from screaming.I have never, ever! reacted this way to a thriller before. Joe Conlan is a master of the descriptive word. He has a strange talent in making and describing such a graphic novel into something beautiful. It is picturesque yet crisp, leaving just enough to get a clear view into the movie playing in his head. The story line is well worked and it was a surprise to find out this is his debut!On the first chapter, I screamed the book shut in fright. By the second chapter, the readers may already have a list of several suspects of who might have framed Daniel Falcone, apart from that very overt hint of a name that jumps out from nowhere. The only thing that bothers me is how the serial killer developed from an illiterate abused child to an expert who knows how to read, write, and do excellent research. Ten years of educating yourself would not be enough if you had to start from scratch. Plus, such abuse would tend to make a person underdeveloped both mentally and physically. Yet, Nameless is exceptionally intelligent and strong. Hmmm...Now for my criticisms....Mind you, these do not, in any way, reflect on the writing ability of the author Joe Conlan, but these do need to be mentioned. Take note that I am reviewing from an ARC copy and if these have been corrected in the final editing, then please disregard.1. I feel the book is well-written but sloppily edited. I hope corrections can be made, as it's too good a story to flop because of a few inconsistencies and typos. 2. I noticed 3 blatant inconsistencies: A. The author describes how Glamorosa Champagne was killed in the beginning yet when the body was found, the placement of the cut off penis went from the ass to the mouth. Although the mouth placement would be more believable. Was this a typo? B. Nameless disguised himself with black hair and a full beard to eavesdrop on Daniel and Annie yet straight from the scene morphs into a blond god to pick up a gay john to murder. C. The cell phone was off in a safe yet the message Leland sent was marked "received?" May be received but NOT opened? 3. Finally, I can't figure out how no one asked about the surveillance tapes in the ship and linked the connection to the last murder on board when the cameras went out at a very opportune time. Final Words....Joe Conlan has the ability to get his readers' heartbeats on a constant suspense-filled staccato beat. So here, I have to warn readers: BEWARE! If you do not want to get ensnared in a beautifully described world of good vs. evil, if you don't want to risk your getting out of breath from the endless thrill, action and suspense that is the whole book, then this is not for you.Review based on an ARC sent by Netgalley.

  • Linda Strong
    2019-06-18 03:56

    If you like your mysteries deep, dark, gritty and suspensful, then you don't want to miss Nameless. This debut book is not for the faint of heart and is right up my blood-thirsty alley.The premise of this book is based on a guilt-ridden FBI SAC, his relationships with wife and mistress, co-workers that he has passed on his way to the top and who is now facing a serial killer with a personal vendetta. Make no mistake --- this is not your everyday monster. This one is smart and patient and one of the most vicious and cunning sources of evil I have ever seen between the pages of a book.Nameless takes you into a realm involving many characters who are so well- fleshed out they could be your neighbors, co-workers, the gardner. The excitement starts on page 1 and doesn't let up until the nervous toe-tapping finish and trust me, this is not a book you will forget as soon as it's done ---- you'll continue thinking when the lights go out. My only complaint is that Joe Conlan can't write as fast as I can read. I'm really hoping we see much more of his writing in the future. He's not NAMELESS ... his name is Joe Conlan.

  • Pat O'Meara
    2019-05-29 03:51

    Sometimes a child is born unloved, neglected, uncared for and suffering from physical, sexual and emotional abuse which sets them off on a dark and chilling journey of obsession, death and destruction. So we have NAMELESS, Joe Conlan’s skillfully woven thrilling plot , which follows Daniel Falcone, a guilt ridden FBI Agent , who must pit his wits against a dark, evil, psychotic killer ...NAMELESS is a pulse raising, fast paced, action packed thriller full of suspense, tension, gripping characters and an adrenaline fuelled rush that lasts from the first to the last page. This thriller has it all. Hunter and hunted, pursuit and flight, love, obsession, good and evil and the ability to keep you on the edge of your seat through the whole, exhausting roller coaster of a ride to a nail biting climax.It is amazing to think that this is Joe Conlan’s debut as an author. A brilliant first and I for one can’t wait for the next one. NAMELESS comes highly recommended.

  • Deborah Sastroredjo
    2019-06-15 02:04

    It’s an awesome read, I can tell you that much! And it’s almost like you are reading a movie! Yes I said it! I was sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time, rooting for Daniel! And man, Joe really got to me, he did something I did not think he would. I don’t even know how to review this book without giving away anything. It starts out really good and gets better. I kind of got to understanding the killer, but I still don’t like him. But one cannot help but admire certain traits of him. To me Daniel seems to be the All American Hero, but then he stumbles and you get reminded that he’s just a human man.I could not help not liking the wife. Am I saying that right? The thing is, I liked her just fine and then she got stupid. And yes yes, I know she’s the victim here, just read the book and we can chat about that. And the murderer. What an ingenious son of a beep!!! This was a really good written and thought out story. I loved it and I think you should give it a try too!

  • Simon Jenner
    2019-06-05 19:44

    FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel Falcone, framed for a brutal murder, finds himself pitted against the embodiment of evil and threatened with losing everything and everyone he loves. The baddie is downright disturbing and with plenty of the story told from his point of view, you follow his warped journey in a terrifyingly intimate way. The back stories of the main characters are all vividly drawn in the first few chapters and as you begin to see how their paths will all intersect, the tension mounts. This book will elicit emotions of terror, anger and sadness and there are plenty of parts where your pulse will be racing. Be warned: this is not a cozy thriller - there are many truly graphic scenes. It may be gruesome but it is certainly captivating.

  • Amy
    2019-06-16 23:04

    Predictable, needlessly long and I felt like I was treated like an idiot. Maybe I've just read too many crime novels but this was overly simplistic and had every tiny boring detail explained. The premise seemed engaging but I'm left deflated and disappointed. I'm not a fan of books that spell everything out for me; sadly this was one of them. I don't understand why this book has such good reviews, if anything it's nothing more than mediocre.

  • Annie
    2019-05-27 22:02

    Absolutely brilliant!! Edge of your seat stuff. I loved it beginning to end. About a very clever man who is quite gruesome to be honest-not for the faint hearted, I felt at times e was too clever, i loved every second of this book an cant wait for when white fades to black.

  •  PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
    2019-06-14 01:02

    ** I was given a free copy from the Publisher in an exchange for an honest review**WOW!!!! This was an awesome adrenaline ride! Nameless has so many thrilling parts that it will leave you wanting more! If you like gore and fictional crime then this is the perfect book for you! I really enjoyed how the storyline puts the reader into the mindset of the serial killer. It really made Shem very real and very twisted. I have never read of a person masturbating with blood before. (Very twisted!) I think this was a very interesting characteristic to add to this character because it distinguished him and it also made him stand out in the reader's mind. I have read many true crime books and in most cases, it is a known fact that some serial killers are remembered by their name because of their unique crimes and twisted characteristics. I think this is the case with Shem. Since he was such a bizzare and odd individual, he will be a character that I will remember for a while. All of the characters in the story are very well developed and have detailed personalities. I really disliked Annie as a person though. She made me mad with her seducing ways towards Daniel. I did feel sorry for her towards the end though for what happens to her! (Oh no!) The story itself is about a serial killer who develops an obsession with a woman and an FBI agent Daniel who makes a mistake in his marriage and it ultimately puts him in a killers path. Shem the serial killer was a very scary and horrific character. There were many times in the story where I was horrified at his actions and could not believe what I was reading. This of course just made me want to keep reading more. Even during the days when I did not have the time I wanted to read more of the book, I pushed myself at night to get more pages in, and when I did I just could not put it down because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. This is one book that a reader can obsess over. It was simply terrific!!! I loved it and highly recommend it to everyone reading this review!

  • Laura Pilcher
    2019-06-05 00:09

    One of the best thrillers I have read in ages. A boy was born into a house of abuse and neglect to a mother who couldn't even be bothered to name him. Being left for days had its advantage, this nameless boy starts to explore the local area. He gets involved with the local gangs and there starts his first lessons in crime. At 15 he takes the ultimate revenge and starts a life for himself. He teaches himself to read and to become an expert in everything from capitalising on investments to technology. He is methodical and patient, and has an ultimate disgust for all women; all women that is except for Annie Byron! She is special.Annie Byron is investigating a death/missing person aboard one of her cruise ships. Surely it can not be foul play? there is after all no body and the only other anomaly is a missing crew member by the name of Damien Drysdale? Her neighbour has gone missing, she heard movement in her it possible she is being stalked?FBI agent Daniel has skeletons in his closet which have driven him forward to be the best agent he can be. He ultimately finds himself staggering around a cruise ship, covered in blood, holding a meat cleaver and a gun. Really enjoyed this book, the serial killer was sickening, the Crimes were revolting. The characters had so much baggage it would have held up Heathrow for a week. Okay....yes if you analyse it into how realistic it is some of it is far fetched - how he became an expert in everything, why on earth would you accept the cruise? etc but I think you would be very hard pushed to find a thriller that is "realistic". Overall a very good read that kept me reading and reading to see if "Nameless" could get away with the perfect murders!

  • Marc
    2019-06-15 01:53

    While this novel managed to achieve the 'edge of your seat' thrills and was in all respects a good story, this book let me down in a number of ways. Firstly the characterisations are pretty much polarised and way too one dimensional. You have the unnaturally super intelligent psychopath with endless riches as your supervillain. You have your driven but tortured supercop, an urbane beautiful successful woman with commitment issues and so on. The cast list reads more like a comic than a book. The twists are predictable and the endless escapes by the villain start to grate after a while. But what really niggles is the endless prose doled out to procedural elements of the story as though it was trying to teach the reader how they worked but by the same token skipping merrily lightly over things that you know would have driven huge holes through the plot.For instance you have a sketchy inference that he purchased an immigration official uniform and badge from an online store (but later removes the fact that he did over three weeks later) has nobody ever heard of daily backups? Not the least that usually officials don't just stroll up newly minted into an area, they are usually well known to staff and new people are usually introduced by existing officials.The action was great, the suspense great too but there are far too many irritations for me to want to chase down the next one.If you like comic book action interspersed with education about court procedures, and with your difficult bits glossed over then this is for you. If you want something a little more believable, go elsewhere

  • Annette
    2019-05-21 21:49

    Got Nameless by Joe Conlan as part of first read program. Prior to receiving this book I have never heard of the author Joe Conlan, by page twenty five I was googling `Joe Conlan`. Not only is Nameless well written, the plot is intense and gripping. If you are a fan of crime novels this is a must read. The scenes are very detail and vivid. Joe Conlan did a good job of taking readers in the mind of a serial killer. Amazing book and I really hope there will be another book soon.

  • Kelly
    2019-06-02 01:10

    I wasn't sure what to expect with this book but I was pleasantly surprised. This was a terrific " edge of your seat" thriller with lots of blood and gore. There were some slow parts and the ending seemed a bit rushed. Overalla great read!

  • Nina Goldschmidt
    2019-06-02 00:45

    I could not put this book down, a very well written thriller, very violent tho, definitely not for the feint hearted....

  • Melanie
    2019-05-29 01:56

    RIFE WITH SPOILERS. I finished Nameless a while ago and I was so enraged that I wrote a review right then. I decided not to publish it because it was scathing and I was angry and I do understand the amount of hard work that goes into writing a novel. So I left it, thinking I would return at a later stage, when the few pence I had paid for it didn’t seem like a king’s ransom in light of what I got.It’s been a few weeks now and I don’t feel any different. I can quite easily say this is one of the worst books I have ever read. It’s inconsistent, overly indulgent, badly written, badly edited. It’s just a hot mess from start to finish.Where to start? Nameless is about a serial killer named Shem (don’t ask) who starts a cat and mouse game with FBI Special Agent In Charge, Daniel Falcone. If you don’t remember the Special Agent in Charge bit don’t worry, Daniel reminds us every time he talks to someone. Daniel and everyone else in this book seem to suffer from some kind of grammatical quirk, or maybe it’s a hearing problem because they repeat themselves Ad Nauseum (“Hi, I’m Daniel, the FBI Special Agent in Charge. Did you get that? Oh don’t worry I’ll say it again. Hi, I’m Daniel…). They also really like to swear. It’s not the swearing that bothers me, it’s the fact that Joe Conlan can’t spell the swear words properly.Anyway, we have Daniel, who had dreams of being Special Agent in Charge in a Martin Scorcese movie but found out at the last minute that Uwe Boll was taking over. So he talks like someone out of a 1980s mobster flick. He is handsome, intelligent, wonderful, he has an eight pack, yes an eight pack. He’s the absolute best FBI SAC who has ever graced the earth with his divine presence. Shem is depraved, disgusting, evil, intelligent (but not as intelligent as Daniel). Daniel has a wife. She’s nice, she’s a mom. This is important because Deborah’s cipher-like presence is very deliberate.And then there is Annie, the one that got away. Daniel’s OTP who he pines after like a lovesick schoolboy. Did I mention she beautiful, intelligent “compassionate”, sexy, amazing, understanding? Did I need to?Oh and then there’s Shem’s mom, she just sucks and there’s nothing in the world she wouldn’t do for a quick fix.Ok, so Shem is running around killing people and Daniel is trying to catch him, but Shem also has an obsession with Annie (of course he does). And that’s essentially the plot. You might not think a plot this simplistic could be riddled with holes big enough to drive a truck through. You’d be wrong. Also the inconsistencies within these characters is almost too much to bear.My personal favourites include:Shem has the worst mother in the world (everything in this book works in absolutes) yet after not being able to talk for 15 years it takes him a mere six years before I quote “he knew more about computers than Bill Gates.” He’s also a multimillionaire and can literally do anything. Deepsea diving? Check. Dog training? Check. He also knows everything about every religion and well, everything else. Shem is like the Superman of serial killers. No, Shem is Superman’s kryptonite but he could still overpower Superman without it.Ok, my next gripe. So far the FBI have established that not only is Shem an employee on Annie’s ship (I love how Annie is the head of security on the ship but never actually has to be present on the ship) but he also seems to have a personal thing with Annie. After all, he kills her best friend and sends the ears to Annie’s boyfriend. He sends incriminating pictures of Daniel and Annie doing the nasty to Deborah. However, this does not stop Daniel Falcone, FBI Special Agent in Charge, taking his family away on a cruise on Annie’s ship even though he knows he is on Shem’s radar. Speaking of this I have to wonder at Shem’s apparent brilliance. He wants Annie, so I suppose it makes sense to send the photos to Deborah as it will mess up Daniel’s life. But surely for Shem the best outcome if he can’t murder Daniel is to get him back with his wife and kids. Not kill his wife so there is no one in the way between Daniel and Annie? I know the plan was to frame Daniel for the murder but why go to the trouble? Even he must realise that if even the tiniest bit of evidence does not stick he’s done nothing but send Daniel into Annie’s arms? Or he could just kill Daniel, he's done it to everyone else.Still this does not have a patch on their actual affair. Annie invites Daniel for dinner at her home. He demurs but then goes anyway. So Annie tells her mom about her plans for Daniel (now my mom would have rightly boxed my ears to hear about my planned seduction of a married man but bad moms seem to be a theme in this book), then she cooks a fancy dinner, gets some expensive wine and dresses up in a clingy dress. Previously she's tried to get him to share a romantic meal with her numerous times behind his wife's back. Daniel meanwhile thinks to himself that if Annie is up for it he won't say no (then feels bad for considering taking advantage of Annie if she's upset, not bad that he'll be cheating on his family! As I said Deborah is a placeholder, intended only to c**kb***k her poor husband because how, how, how could she not be a Daniel/Annie shipper?). In short, there was never a more planned seduction in the history of seductions. Never. But when the deed is done both Annie and Daniel are all "how could this have happened?", "we weren't thinking", "it just happened". Um no, you both planned this to the letter. Take some responsibility. And just to top it off, a few days later Daniel thinks to himself that he has to admit his feelings for Annie are not platonic. Um wow, Mr FBI Special Agent in Charge when did you come to this staggering realisation? When you were giving Annie those multiple orgasms (Daniel is of course the best lover)? For an FBI Special Agent in Charge I have to wonder if his mother didn't drop him on his head as a baby.And poor Deborah, she's just a nothing, a blank slate with secondary sexual characteristics, biding her time until she's tossed aside for the real woman in Daniel’s life. Every single sentence about her is only to drive home that Daniel really doesn't love her. How very dare she expect him to stay faithful in the face of vampy Annie? She's really just cramping his style with all that breathing and stuff she does. Luckily Shem is there to kill her off because she has no purpose other than to be a uterus for Daniel’s kids and a sexual outlet for the man himself until, you know, Annie comes along. And yet somehow we are still supposed to believe Daniel when he claims to love her and wants their marriage to work. And finally, the ending. Annie is kidnapped and abused by Shem but she has an elaborate plan to escape. A plan that is explained in miniscule detail. Letters and conveniently placed franking machines just add to the nowhere plot, when in actual fact, Annie could have just talked to the postman when he arrived. She knew he was on his way. Stand on the opposite side of the fence and say “Hello Mr Postman, would you please tell Daniel Falcone, FBI Special Agent in Charge - oh you’ve heard of him, wonderful - that I’m being held at this address by a psychopath. Thanks, have a good day.”Yes, it’s bad and not even in a so bad it’s good way. You know it’s a problem when you hope the serial killer kills everyone in the story and then accidentally falls off a cliff. If Conlan is planning on a sequel I suggest he not only does a writing course but also does some work on understanding the basics of storytelling because there’s a real lack of that in Nameless.

  • Diane
    2019-06-12 01:47

    This may be more of a 2.5 for me. I liked the plot. The IDEA for this story was interesting. The serial killer was so horrificly abused and neglected as a child, he did not even have a name. That explains his complete lack of empathy and cruelty. I'm not sure his particular mo was ever explained. He fixates on a particular woman, and becomes jealous of any man in her life, including a certain married FBI rock star. His plan to eliminate the competition is fairly brilliant.All that said, I have some issues with the writing:--The characterizations are unbelievably flat. Even Daniel and Annie, who are the main characters, are undeveloped. The story starts with a horrible accident that results in the death of Daniel's brother as a child, for which Daniel blames himself. I'm not sure of the point because there's no further development on this issue. Evidently, it was supposed to establish Daniel's overdeveloped sense of responsibility and guilt. Really? He's cheating on his wife and should feel guilt. All of his "honeys" and "sweeties" in conversations with his wife made me ill. And he is supposed to be a rising star FBI agent? I saw no evidence of any type of skill at all. And he's a family man? The kids could have been cardboard cutouts for all the attention paid to them by the author. To me, Annie was just a homewrecker with no personality at all. --The serial killer being called "nameless" is not actually accurate. He was referred to as "Shem" throughout. It's hard to believe that someone that neglected could function so well in society as to be charismatic enough to fool so many people, could have been so financially successful, and could know so much about so many subjects. --< Mini-spoiler. > A supposedly intelligent FBI agent whose family is under protection is going to go on a cruise on the cruise line he has just discovered is the home base for the serial killer? Yeah, right! And he's going to let his wife lock his cell phone away when he's in charge of a major investigation about to break? And two parents leaving their kids at home [kids under FBI protection] are going to have no cell phone access? Another "Yeah, right!"I didn't find this to be the best-written thriller I've ever read, but it is fairly entertaining.

  • Ian
    2019-06-11 03:04

    Having entered for and won Nameless as a Giveaway I was grateful to receive a signed copy and communication with Joe Conlan was convivial, so I was looking forward to reading the book.Sadly I am less positive about the experience and was left frustrated by so many aspects of Nameless.It is clear this genre has appeal and there is a market for easy terror which relies upon base fears and graphic detail for impact. I wasn't expecting so much gore from Nameless, the manner in which successive murders is portrayed, and with so much detail, there is little room left for the power of suggestion. Not only is every despicable act by our serial killer entirely predictable they are often inexplicably telegraphed to the reader in advance ensuring any possibility for dramatic suspense is eradicated.The book is overly and unnecessarily lengthy yet still manages to rush connecting scenes inviting the reader to ignore eye rolling events and the ludicrous super powers of Mr Nameless not least the ability to leave not even a microscopic trace of his presence having drugged and brutally slaughtered three people in a ship's cabin and left the room so swimming in blood and gore that hardened agents could not stomach the scene.I ploughed on out of sense of duty and to be fair there are sections of the book which roll nicely, which are technically well written, and suddenly the pages turn nicely for a while, only for the story to descend again into ridiculousness not least the final scenes which had me wondering why I had allowed myself to get this far; if it was TV I would have switched channels long before.The all too obvious ending of course sets us up for a sequel. Mr Conlan can write, of that there is no doubt so if there is to be a Nameless 2 I hope for his readers he constructs a better story, with more believable happenings and rather better developed characters than those to be found in Nameless.I can't recommend what potential readers should do other than read the reviews which are quite polarised and then decide if Nameless is likely to be your thing, it could have been mine in theory but in practice just left me as cold as one of Shem's victims.

  • Liz Barnsley
    2019-06-13 23:48

    A terrific twisted tale of a serial killer and the FBI agent bound and determined to catch him, this novel is a no holds barred ripping yarn bound to keep you up at night. For once you get a proper background for the killer - the novel is as often told from his point of view as it is from the view of the main protaganist and I strangely ended up feeling at times quite sympathetic towards him despite the fact that he is evil personified. Not for the faint of heart - the violence is properly violent as all real such acts are - and adds a nuance to the story often missing in this type of novel where the authors worrying about the sensibilities of the reader may overcome the more natural urge to write it as it is. Don't get me wrong - the violent scenes are not overtly intrusive, and only there when the telling of the tale requires it, but they do ensure that your reading heart is entirely with FBI Agent Falcone as he follows the trail, often to his own detriment, to the bitter end. It twists and turns - the "filling out" of each major character you meet is cleverly done - you are left in no doubt as to the motivations for their actions, even when you are screaming at them to stop being so completely idiotic (as some of them, most especially for me Daniel's wife, often are). The ending was superb and very unexpected - therefore this authors next book is high on my list of reading priorities. If you like crime fiction, most especially "serial killer" thrillers then I would say they don't come much better than this.

  • Kelly Graham
    2019-05-29 23:52

    For a book designed to make the reader cringe and check that the locks are bolted before going to bed, Joe Conlan certainly hit the mark with his debut thriller, NAMELESS. Indeed “chilling and taut,” NAMELESS explores the (fictional) exploits and psychology of a psychopathic serial killer exacting revenge on a world which he despises and works towards dominating and destroying in order to satisfy his own twisted desires. Uncharacteristically, the killer becomes increasingly obsessed with beautiful King Cruise Line Director of Security Annie Bryan, and after witnessing a reigniting of physical intimacy between herself and former lover FBI Agent Daniel Falcone, the grandiose and bloodthirsty Shem formulates and enacts his “most brilliant masterpiece to date,” to frame Daniel for murders committed by his own hand and to forever deprive him of all that he cherishes.NAMELESS is not for the faint hearted. With explicit descriptive detail, Conlan goes where many other authors fear (or refuse) to tread. Moreover, he allows the reader to follow the thought processes of the deranged killer and to understand the world as he does. As with Shem, each of the other characters are fleshed out equally as well and this allows the readers to move through the story's differing points of view smoothly and quickly. Lovers of serial killer fiction which rattles the senses will not be disappointed.

  • Valerie
    2019-06-01 22:01

    If you enjoy rooting for the bad guy - If you secretly wish the serial killer would get away with it at the end of the episode - If you want an anti-hero who is a total bad-ass, foiling his adversaries at every turn, procuring the assets he needs for himself by his own design - then Nameless is a must read for your list. Written with imagery both detailed and disturbing, Nameless has a relentless pace that obsesses time and again over the anti-hero serial killer's process, his need for violence and death, his arousal from the destruction he reaps, and his genius capabilities for foiling authorities and technology at every turn. With a vividly told back-story that defies his transformation, Nameless' anti-hero is a villain that can not be defied.This first-time novel is an engaging read. The characters are well-developed, with details exposed and reviewed and broken down only to be examined again. The level and detail of violence is not for the lighthearted. The story arch stays true to itself, and the reader is driven towards the conclusion with an expectation that is wholly delivered. Fans of the work will be pleased at the suggested staging for a sequel.I received a handsome trade paperback, the cover a full-wrap of glossy black, with sharp, graphic novel-esque artwork. With 360 pages of tight, small print, this novel does not shy away from engaging you in an immersive experience.

  • Heather Karr
    2019-05-23 02:00

    This book had my attention from the first page. A total emotional roller coaster from fear, anger, hope, despair to the restlessness felt by the law enforcement looking for this psychopath. I read this book over the course of two days, could not put it down, and cannot wait for the next one! The author gives details in the scenes that makes them FEEL that they were real. What the NAMELESS boy goes through that turns him into a monster put my stomach in knots. EEK!! What he does as a man is crazy, sick, gross, and completely believable! YUCK! The reality of some of the scenes that law enforcement officials experience makes me wonder, could this ever be true??? No. But we have police officers for a reason. Then, maybe? We do have FBI for a reason, too. OMG the possibility of the "Yes" answer. YIKES! I know it is fiction in my head but this book really makes me FEEL it was real. After all, isn't that what the avid reader looks for in a good book? I'll be thinking about this one for who knows how long... It's not for everyone but I highly recommend this book if you are up to an adrenaline pumping thriller!Joe Conlan

  • Melinda
    2019-06-15 04:01

    Tense And EdgyPros: the plot was very imaginative for a serialkiller novel, with the moves made by the serialkiller not the standard bragging in the media or leaving love notes for chief detective. This killer broke all the standard killer rules. No territory, more than one M.O., does not take souvenirs or pictures, doesn't stake out his victims ahead of time - he's just a eok ( equal opportunity killer) who goes with the flow. You are on the edge of your seat all the way through this book. I will admit there were two paragraphs I didn't read because I was too freaked out by what was happening. This is only the second book amongst thousands where that has happened. The author doesn't let up one iota until the last page. Pacing Lickety Split Quick.Cons: Dialogue in the book makes everyone sound exactly alike, from the Director of the FBI to the prostitutes. Typically their speech patterns are dissimilar between these classes of people. It just struck me as odd hearing the same voice coming out of everyone's mouth.Overall, the book was an intense, swift and vivid read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Highly recommended!

  • Courtney
    2019-06-11 01:58

    I read a lot of books.... a LOT! I don't write reviews often, because if I did, that's all I would be doing. I had to write one for this book because it took me by such surprise.I've read a few Thrillers before and although the genre is good, it's never been one I've been completely into.... until Nameless. This was a book that caught my attention from the very beginning. I was in awe of the details in which the Author wrote about. I enjoyed how much depth each character was given. I felt like I could actually see what I was reading. Mr. Conlan wasn't afraid to be gory and at some of the scenes, I literally gasped (had it been a movie, I would have screamed). I enjoyed trying to figure out what was going to happen next.... sometimes I was right, other times I was very wrong. I even had dreams about this story! I can't believe this was the first Novel written by Mr. Conlan. He is definitely going places with Nameless. I would recommend this book who is into Thrillers; however, I would recommend it anyone who isn't. Well done, Mr. Conlan! I look forward to reading more of your books!

  • Mandy
    2019-05-24 00:07

    Wow, what a ride this was. Make no mistake, this book is very dark, and extremely grisly in parts but it is so well written it just held my attention constantly.I was worried that I would start to empathise with the "bad guy" because as I read about his childhood I did begin to feel a little sorry for him. I mean he never had a chance.Pretty soon though, all of that vanished as the murders he commited were described in such gruesome detail that I could feel nothing but utter contempt for him.I found that I was unable to have much sympathy with Daniel though because I couldn't get past the fact that he was a bit of a shit. He didn't treat his wife too well and I couldn't get past that.I did however have sympathy for Annie, even if she was the "other" woman. I thought she went through absolute hell and I was so worried that it would end a lot differently I stayed up halfway through the night to finish this book.I agree with another review that this book will not be for everyone. I do like dark tales, but some descriptions of events are really grisly but this is one hell of a story and excellently written.I will most definitely read more from this author.