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A sterilized skull, a deranged forensics expert, a plunge into the deepest recesses of the criminal mind. In her most challenging case yet, Chalice must turn to a madman to deliver a killer. Detective Chalice is called into action when a unconscious man is found in Central Park. Barely alive, John Doe is clad only in a torn bed sheet and has sustained a life threatening woA sterilized skull, a deranged forensics expert, a plunge into the deepest recesses of the criminal mind. In her most challenging case yet, Chalice must turn to a madman to deliver a killer. Detective Chalice is called into action when a unconscious man is found in Central Park. Barely alive, John Doe is clad only in a torn bed sheet and has sustained a life threatening wound. His body is covered in scars, essentially a tapestry chronicling his history as a torture victim. Stranger still, a human skull lies just inches away. Chalice has just two leads in this case, a skull that has been sterilized and found to be evidence free, and an comatose witness to a murder-tough odds, even for NYPD's best and brightest....

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ISBN : 9781456572860
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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The Brain Vault Reviews

  • Laina Parker
    2019-03-16 13:41

    Just like Lawrence Kelter's other books (Ransom Beach, Don't Close Your Eyes), The Brain Vault is a captivating thriller that keeps your attention from beginning to end. I love Stephanie Chalice and the fact that not only is she a strong, feminine character but that she's multi-dimensional. I find the characters that Kelter develops throughout his novels are just so real and easy to relate to. You get so involved in the story and their interactions, you don't want to put down the book. I think that the Stephanie Chalice series is just going to continue to grow and I can't wait for the next installment.

  • Katy
    2019-02-22 14:46

    Stephanie Chalice (pronounced Cha-lee-see) and her partner Gus Lido are homicide detectives in the NYPD. On their way back from a retirement reception, they discover a man in the park – he is covered with scars and burns, and bleeding from a bad cut on his ankle. When Gus leaves to bring the ambulance team to the site, Chalice is attacked and Tasered – however, Gus returns before she is injured anymore than the concussion she received when she fell and hit her head. A skull is also discovered at the site, one that belongs to the headless body of a young man who – along with the son of the Chinese ambassador – had disappeared some time prior. Who is abducting people? Why was this man tortured? Why was the young man decapitated, and the skull so carefully cleansed? Can they solve the mystery and discover the perpetrator before anyone else dies?Overall, this was an entertaining story with a nicely twisty plot. I should note, however, that it seemed there was a less-than-complete knowledge of police procedures, and a couple plot holes. When Chalice was attacked at the park after she and Gus had discovered the torture victim, she is taken directly to the hospital, along with the victim. The park was, apparently, not searched, because it is only when she regains consciousness and remembers seeing a white object – a skull – under some nearby shrubbery that a team is taken to the park to search for it. This would never have happened – when an officer is attacked, the police take things very seriously and there would have been a complete search performed pretty much right away – not only for clues to her attacker, but also for any clues regarding the victim. Additionally, later on it is mentioned that the skull was found in a brown paper bag, held in the victim’s hands, which was not what was said earlier in the story – obviously it couldn’t have been visible under a shrub AND in a brown paper bag in the victim’s hands at the same time. However, those issues aside, this is a fun and suspenseful thriller and one I can recommend to fans of mysteries and thriller/suspense novels.

  • Carol
    2019-03-25 21:54

    Stephanie Chalice, a NYPD homicide detective, is always on-the-job, even on her way home from a formal dinner. Kicking off Jimmy Choos, she races through central park to where a man lies, partially covered by a torn sheet, bleeding, barely alive. She rips her Donna Karan gown to provide a tourniquet while noting his strangely patterned skin, obvious marks of ongoing torture. And then she sees a very white skull staring out at her from under a shrub. And then, having been tasered, she loses consciousness, too.And that is the beginning of "The Brain Vault" and one of the most fun reads I've had in a long time.I rarely find myself smiling, snickering, even laughing while reading details concerning gruesome murders, but Detective Chalice is not in the majority of other murder mysteries. Understand, she is a gifted detective often following a sixth sense that rarely leads her wrong. She possesses the skills necessary to be a top rank detective - observant, logical but not rigid, and a crack shot among them. And she is humorous. Her reaction to, oh, bugs crawling around throws a different balance to things. But know this is a well-rounded character and these books are not comic. They are intricate murder mysteries. There are just the right number of twists and turns along the way - keep things moving, not confusing. And the writing is a joy to read - think of some all-night bull session among friends where one can tell a story for hours and hours and never lose your interest, the intelligent flow of words carrying you along. I hope to get to the beach before summer ends and if I can't get to them beforehand the earlier books in this series will be at my side.Thank You, goodreads and Lawrence Kelter, for this book - I could have easily missed it and that would have been a true loss.

  • Rachel
    2019-02-22 19:36

    SUMMARYDetective Chalice is called into action when a unconscious man is found in Central Park. Barely alive, John Doe is clad only in a torn bed sheet and has sustained a life threatening wound. His body is covered in scars, essentially a tapestry chronicling his history as a torture victim. Stranger still, a human skull lies just inches away. Chalice has just two leads in this case, a skull that has been sterilized and found to be evidence free, and an comatose witness to a murder—tough odds, even for NYPD’s best and brightest.The opening chapter of this book plays out like the opening scenes of an episode of Bones - feisty, flirty dialogue between the two characters, skulls popping out, and a perp attack with a Taser! I love crime thrillers, the grisly the better and as one of the baddies turns out to be reminiscent of the freak in Creep, complete with dark train tunnels and the odd rat, this book satisfied my appetite and then some. Stephanie Chalice (Cha-lee-see) is a formidable girl in blue, complete with hot body, penchant for gym sessions and an uncanny sixth sense which never lets her down. Team that with FBI Agent Ambler and her sexy partner, Lido and you have yourself a fantastic book. Realistic, gripping, gritty, this meaty story is easily one of the best books I have read for a while. My only regret is not reading the books in order. Not that this detracts from the story in any way, but I shall be checking out the other works in the series as soon as I can. Kelter is a master, pure and simple. Stephanie is right up there with James Patterson's character, Lindsey Boxer, and we all know how strong a female she is...Rachel Dove, The Kindle Book Review

  • Bailey Meeker
    2019-02-25 14:34

    I received an electronic copy from the author. This is an interesting mystery with a heroine with a sixth sense for finding the next step in an investigation. Literally. If you like that sort of thing, you should read this. Typically, I don't like stories that take place in the real world and also contain some kind of magic. This book is no exception. In this case, the main character has bouts of intuition about the crime that seem too perfect. All of her hunches are right. She solves the crime too quickly without really having enough clues to do so. The only other aspects I'm not too fond of are more personal, and probably wont apply to others. I felt like the main character is deliberately made rather girly. The references to designer items were a bit excessive. Also, the religious content of the book made me uncomfortable. Still, the story was quite interesting, and it was a quick read. I don't think I will be reading more in the series, however.

  • Julia
    2019-03-17 15:38

    This was a really good book! It was the first book by Lawrence Kelter that I have read, but I would definitely like to read more from him. Stephanie Chalice is the main character of the book, and she is funny and well written. The book was fast paced and exciting. The villain of the book was a truly evil character. His identity is not revealed until near the end, but he is felt throughout. At times the sadistic level was a little too high for my taste, but I felt that the reasons behind his crimes was truly unique and something I have not read before. I truly enjoyed reading this book.

  • Carole
    2019-03-18 20:51

    This was the first book I have ever read by Lawrence Kelter. I am so glad I did. I loved this book and it has earned a place on my all time favorites list. It was creepy and terrifying in all the right ways. I became so engrossed in this book, I put a lot of things (chores) on hold just to sit and read it. The plot was very clever and extremely well played out. Hands down Zugg was my favorite character in the entire story. I loved the ending and the way “justice” was dealt. I can’t wait to read more titles in the Stephanie Chalice series.

  • Mandy
    2019-02-28 20:32

    I purchased this for my kindle via amazon,began reading it immediately and couldn't put the kindle down. It has just about everything - interesting lead characters written in a believable manner. There's stacks of well placed humour, even though it is a detective thriller with murders, bodies etc. Lots of twists and turns. As you read the book you want to know what happens next - you never feel ready to put it down. I am now going to seek out the authors other works as I have just found out there's more like this!!

  • Lynda
    2019-02-23 13:36

    very interesting story about detectives in NYC trying to find a missing man after they find the skull of the man he disappeared with. For a little while I thought I knew who the killer was but I was completely wrong. There were two things I did not like about the end of the story but I dont want to give out any spoilers. Overall it was a good book. I found it interesting that it was written from the point of view of the female detective when the author is a male.

  • Shawn Warren
    2019-03-10 20:46

    Creatively written, often humorous, witty, murder mystery. I wish it had been more suspenseful and the author had described Lido and Chalise better. Couldn't get a visual on Lido, although many of the other characters were well-described. Third of the Stephanie Chalise Series. I had not read the first two books of the series, however I didn't feel lost reading the third.

  • Renne
    2019-03-06 20:50

    I know not everyone will agree but I liked The Brain Vault and am interested in reading the other two in this series as well. Already added them to my reading list. Good strong characters and a fun storyline.

  • Trevor Tupper
    2019-02-23 20:54

    I won this book from the Goodreads giveaway and was worried at first I would not be able to pick up starting with book 3. But the book stood well on it's own, no problems jumping in to the story. I thought it was a fun read with good suspense and mystery.

  • Mishka
    2019-03-15 15:44

    This one was longer than the others so the plot was a bit more flushed out. It was still an enjoyable quick read although the author totally turned me off in his continued use of the word Oriental when writing about people of Asian origin.

  • Shirley Laundrie
    2019-03-07 17:46

    Best one yet!Reading from book one in this series about Chalice my interest grew as the strong female character did. She is doing the things your mind leads up to and then twists with an intelligent turn of her own personality. Well done!

  • Patricia Mccammon
    2019-03-11 14:29

    Good storyFrom the finding of a tortured man in Central park, to a forgotten subway, to an insane asylum, Detective Chalice and her partner have to struggle to sort out what is going on.

  • bonnie kirchner
    2019-03-25 20:36

    The Brain Vault This was a very good mystery book . I really am enjoying the Stephanie Chalice thrillers. I highly recommend this series. I about to start book four

  • Kay
    2019-03-23 17:29

    I loved this book...very interesting throughout...a true pleasure to sit and read.

  • Ellen Kelter
    2019-02-24 21:26

    Another terrific Chalice thriller! Great read.

  • Steve
    2019-03-06 17:43

    great story - and again love the writing style.

  • Adrienne Testa
    2019-03-02 14:49

    save yourself from this series. It is not a thriller it is the same old same old romance triangle that takes away from the thriller.

  • Lori Tatar
    2019-03-23 13:47

    Lawrence Kelter has written a great story. The editing leaves more than a little to be desired. Still, "The Brain Vault" is well-worth worth the read.

  • E.J.
    2019-03-19 21:38

    Good story...lots of twist and turns.

  • Michele bookloverforever
    2019-03-19 15:54

    non-stop action, zany characters. a wild plot full of violence, cruelty, insanity and a dash of humor.

  • Shelby
    2019-03-16 17:49

    Interesting, fast paced, in general a decent book. I'm not running out to get the rest of the series, but would read them if they came my way.