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Jump Cut is a Criminal Minds novel by Max Allen Collins.


The BAU team is dispatched to Lawrence, Kansas, to investigate a series of fatal stabbings among the town's homeless population. The victims have all been found freshly bathed, neatly groomed, and wearing new clothes. To profiler Jason Gideon, these look like carefully staged murders in isolated settings, fulfilling the sick fantasies of one or more Unknown Subjects.

When the kidnapping of a young heiress presents a second, seemingly unrelated crime for the BAU to solve, Gideon deduces a sinister connection, despite the variance in MOs. The kidnap victim must be found – before she too is a player in the mind games of a pair of unsubs who are inventing horrific new ways to kill.

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  • "In film murders are always very clean," Alfred Hitchcock said. "But what a messy thing it is to kill a man."
  • "Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures," the poet W.H. Auden said, "so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest."

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