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The Crucifix Killer (Robert Hunter Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Chris Carter
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The first Robert Hunter thriller, from the Sunday Times bestselling author of One by One and An Evil Mind
When the body of a young woman is discovered in a derelict cottage in the middle of Los Angeles National Forest, Homicide Detective Robert Hunter finds himself entering a horrific and recurring nightmare. Naked, strung from two wooden posts, the victim was sadistically tortured before meeting an excruciatingly painful death. All the skin has been ripped from her face - while she was still alive. On the nape of her neck has been carved a strange double-cross: the signature of a psychopath known as the Crucifix Killer.

But that's impossible. Because two years ago, the Crucifix Killer was caught and executed. Could this therefore be a copycat killer? Or could the unthinkable be true? Is the real killer still out there, ready to embark once again on a vicious and violent killing spree, selecting his victims seemingly at random, taunting Robert Hunter with his inability to catch him?

Hunter and his rookie partner are about to enter a nightmare beyond imagining.

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    About the Author

    Born in Brazil of Italian origin, Chris Carter studied psychology and criminal behaviour at the University of Michigan. As a member of the Michigan State District Attorney's Criminal Psychology team, he interviewed and studied many criminals, including serial and multiple homicide offenders with life imprisonment convictions. Having departed for Los Angeles in the early 1990s, Chris spent ten years as a guitarist for numerous bands before leaving the music business to write full-time. He now lives in London.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 843 KB
    • Print Length: 416 pages
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (1 Oct. 2009)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B002SW8Y1K
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (312 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,876 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    I was born in Brasilia, Brazil where I spent my childhood and teenage years. After graduating from high school, I moved to the USA where I studied psychology with specialization in criminal behaviour. During my University years I held a variety of odd jobs, ranging from flipping burgers to being part of an all male exotic dancing group.

    I worked as a criminal psychologist for several years, during which I interviewed and worked on over one hundred cases involving serial killers, murderers and serious offenders, before moving to Los Angeles, where I swapped the suits and briefcases for ripped jeans, bandanas and an electric guitar. After a spell playing for several well known glam rock bands, I decided to try my luck in London, where I was fortunate enough to have played for a number of famous artists. I toured the world several times as a professional musician.

    A few years ago I gave it all up to become a full time writer.

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    38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars This is the book after the movie 4 Mar. 2013
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Some wonderful books get made into films, and we despair at the quality; wailing about how much was left out and the lack of depth. Well, Chris Carter has bypassed the "write a brilliant book and hope it gets made into a film" nonsense and gone straight for a ready made film script and plot. It's all there; the blood, guts, and gore; some excrutiating dialogue - including some classics such as, "Just make sure you get the bastard/sonofabitch/evil (something or other)" and various reworkings thereof; lots of beautiful people that have no character or depth who we don't care one jot about (I have read all the books and still cannot get a picture of what Hunter, Garcia, et al look like or experience any feelings towards them other than wondering if Hunter is how Chris Carter imagines himself); make sure at least one of the good guys gets badly hurt or killed and then end with good triumphing over evil and the killer getting caught.

    And yet here I am giving it four stars and buying another one. Why? Because it's like eating a bag of Skittles.

    Skittles have no nutritional quality whatsoever; they rot your teeth and play havoc with your waistline, but they flash with great colours, taste good, are easy to handle and digest, and are scoffed in ten minutes. You think you won't eat them again but then you see another bag...

    Chris ends each chapter with a 'cliffhanger' and you just HAVE to turn the page to see what's next but more often than not he keeps you waiting, and you have to read more chapters to find out. In the meantime, three more cliff hangers have been set up and you are desperate to find the answers to those too! On it goes.

    All the books are pure, unadulterated, addictive drivel; enjoyable light relief from the intellectual and clever things that we would like others to think that we read. They are the treat "as part of an otherwise healthy diet". And how many of us stick to that?!
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    40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing police thriller! 1 May 2011
    By A. Douglas TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    In this book we meet Detective Robert Hunter who put away the Crucifix killer two years ago - or did he. At the time he wasn't convinced but the public needed a conviction. When a girl is found murdered in an abandoned cottage, Robert is called because the similiarities are too much to ignore! I found this a really gripping read and loved the characters. Robert is a loner who gets a new partner who happens to be quite witted and really takes no prisoners. They get on really well and Garcia's wife doesn't hate Robert which seems to happen in quite a few books these days. It isn't obvious until quite late in the book who the killer is and I was surprised when it was revealed. It's really well done and I didn't want to finish it. I was so gripped that I found myself reading the bit at the back which previews the next book!!
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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 26 Sept. 2011
    Someone at work lent me this book and pressed me to read it and, ever the obliging gent, I did so. I quite enjoyed it.
    Other reviewers have covered the plot adequately, so I'll just mention it - American serial killer re-emerges after a period, showing that the man executed for the crimes wasn't the real eponymous murderer. Wizard detective Robert Hunter, who always knew that the executed man wasn't the Crucifix Killer, gets on the case and eventually nails the real culprit.
    Hunter is a bit on the incredible (i.e. unbelievable) side as a character - a child prodigy who gets a Ph.D in forensic psychology so good that his thesis becomes a standard manual for the FBI, he elects not to become a Professor at Harvard (or something like it) but instead becomes a cop. A likely story - though, having said that, Gene Rodenberry gave up a career as an airline pilot to become a cop, and I recently read about another retired airline pilot who did the same - in his sixties! - so maybe the idea isn't so incredible after all.
    The plot, though clever, didn't stop me guessing the identity of the killer about a quarter of the way into the book (I felt smugly vindicated when the killer's identity was revealed at the end), but there is a really good red-herring sub-plot that'll throw you right off the scent just when you least expect it.
    So, a good read. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel - when my friend at work has finished it!
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting 7 April 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Loved this book. I kept thinking "I'll just read one more chapter". Consequently, I finished it in two days. Looking forward to the next one.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant!!! 19 Oct. 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This is a book that I really enjoyed reading. I found myself drawn into the story from the first gasp I let out in the first shocking chapter to the last "Oh My God" that I uttered in the very last pages. It is absolutely one of the best police procedural thrillers I have ever read.

    Mr Carter has a very fertile imagination, especially where gruesome crime scenes are concerned. No murder is like the other and thanks to the author's descriptions, I found myself wincing more than once and feeling as though I was actually there in the same room with the victim. All characters and dialogues are also very realistic.

    Ex child prodigy detective Robert Hunter (who is also a criminal profiler with a PhD) and his new rookie partner Carlos Garcia from the LAPD Robbery Homicide Division are called to a horrific murder scene. The victim is a young woman who was sadistically tortured and left to die a very slow, painful death. She is found in an abandoned cottage tied to two poles.

    "He likes to watch them suffer, he wants to savor their pain."

    A symbol has been carved on the victim's body. A shocked Hunter recognises the symbol as being that of a serial murderer known as the Crucifix Killer. But wait!! The Crucifix Killer was arrested and executed two years earlier after having murdered seven people. Is this a copycat killer? But the symbol was never made public to the media. No one knows about it. How could this be?

    "Another phone call - another victim."

    Then a second victim displaying the same symbol is found, murdered in an equally horrendous but different way. Hunter and Garcia are desperate to catch this monster. But with no clues it won't be easy. The killer knows well the business of killing and never leaves a trace.
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    Even in a world of grim inevitability, the rave reviews for this horrendously written, absurdly plotted "thriller" seriously jar.
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