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Published by Simon & Schuster, 30 July
2015. ISBN: 978-1-4711-3223-0
RobertHunter is a specialist catching serial
killers.Leading the Ultra-Violent Unit
of the Los Angeles Police Department is his unenviable task and in this, his
seventh outing, there is no let up.
is abducted whilst baby sitting and so begins this harrowing story about kidnapping,
torture and long term damage.When
bodies killed in bizarre and gruesome ways turn up, the killer leaves a clue,
which doesn’t really help the police to find him.It is a message “I am Death”.Robert Hunter and his partner Carlos Garcia
are called in for their specialist talents in dealing with homicides exhibiting
excessive brutality and/sadistic tendencies.
Hunter’s fictional background in psychology means that uncomfortably you are
taken through the thinking of the killer and his motivation.The story oscillates between the police
investigation and the experience of a young boy trapped by a killer.As Robert and his partner unravel the clues,
the stories begin to knit together.
a gripping but disturbing novel, with some extremely brutal descriptions,
interspersed with some the police procedures and some lighter elements.The characters, including the victims in
part and the killer, are fleshed out, but avoiding some of the clichés often
seen in this style of book.It is not a
comfortable read and has some distressing scenes, but they are portrayed as a
snapshot and most of the brutality is in the readers’ extrapolation of what
might come next.
writer gets into the minds of the killer and this is not surprising given that
Chris Carter has spent time studying the psychology of criminals in one of his
past careers.I have “enjoyed” his
characters, especially Robert Hunter, and his interesting storytelling from his
first novel The Crucifix Killer.This latest instalment does not disappoint,
but is not for the fainthearted.
Reviewer: Amanda Brown
Chris Carter was born in Brazil. He received
his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Oxford. He is the
author of Science and Psychic Phenomena and Science and the Near-Death
Experience. Originally from Canada, Carter currently teaches internationally.
He now lives in London.