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The Hanged Man's Song (Sandford, John) [Hardcover]

John Sandford
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Nov 2003 Sandford, John (Book 4)
A super-hacker friend of Kidd's named Bobby suddenly disappears from cyberspace, and Kidd - artist, computer whiz and professional criminal - knows that isn't a good sign. Going over to his house, he finds Bobby dead on the floor, his head bashed in and his laptop missing - and Kidd knows that really isn't a good sign. The secrets on that laptop are potent enough to hang Kidd and everybody else in Bobby's circle - just to start with. But before Kidd and his partner LuEllen can get very far in their attempts to track the laptop down, the secrets start coming out anyway - and they're much more staggering than even Kidd imagined. Because it's not just about the lives of a circle of friends and colleagues now - it's about something much, much bigger. And much, much scarier ...
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 321 pages
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons; First Printing edition (Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399151397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399151392
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,174,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Sandford is the pseudonym of Pulitzer prize-winning journalist John Camp. He is the author of seventeen PREY novels, four KIDD novels and the stand-alone thriller, DEAD WATCH. He lives in Minnesota. Visit

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Pulitzer prize-winning journalist John Sandford is the author of twenty Prey novels, four Kidd novels and the stunning new Virgil Flowers series. He lives in Minnesota. Visit for more information. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hacking 101 10 Aug 2005
By Amanda Richards VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my first John Sandford book, and even though it is the fourth installment of the Kidd series, it can be read as a separate novel, and I was able to follow along without any trouble.
These are the adventures of Kidd, a computer genius/super hacker/criminal mastermind who happens to paint as a sideline, and his on and off girlfriend LuEllen, a cat burglar. I have no idea if the computer stuff is accurate, and if it is, it's certainly scary that people can track you with every step you make, but it makes for good reading anyway.
The murder of a secretive uber-hacker named Bobby causes a lot of problems for Kidd and co, and it becomes a matter of life and death for them to retrieve Bobby's laptop, which contains enough dirt to bring down many major politicians, as well as Kidd, LuEllen and many more in the network.
Fast paced, vividly detailed and extremely plausible, at least to non-techies, it makes for a quick and thoroughly entertaining read.
Amanda Richards
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kidd on the run. 5 July 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The lynch pin of the hackers has been murdered and his files gone missing. Kidd and his cronies have to work fast to find the killer and the files before the law finds the files and comes after them. This game of cat and mouse is an exciting and fascinating read. Helps if you've read all the Kidd series but it isn't essential.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book - No Kidding 3 July 2008
Kidd is a computer hacker who has become part of a network of people who work outside the law. At the centre of this group is a man called Bobby who has just been found beaten to death. If this is not bad enough it seems that the killer has stolen Bobby's laptop, a devise crammed with state secrets. Kidd must join with his pals to not only catch a killer, but save their network.

Being a huge fan of John Sandford's other hero Lucas Davenport I felt it was time to try a Kidd novel. Although this is the 4th instalment I was able to pick up the thread easily. Kidd is similar to Davenport in many ways - edgy, charismatic, and intelligent. In fact it could be a Davenport novel apart from the writing structure. This novel follows Kidd throughout, rather than in Davenport novels that parallel the killer and Davenport's point of views. I think for this reason the book does not shine as much as the rest of Sandford's work as you never understand why the bad guy is as messed up as he is - a shame.

Overall it is still a good action thriller with enough thrills and spills to keep fans happy. I advise people to start the Davenport books first to get the best that Sandford has to offer.
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Kidd is a computer hacker par excellence who is also into painting. He hacks information and sells it to the highest bidder. Kidd's friend and sidekick LuEllen is a cat burglar who is usually involved in Kidd's shady schemes. When they learn their friend Bobby, a super hacker, has been hacked to death and his hard drive stolen, they are determined to find Bobby's killer. For two reasons, Bobby was their friend and there could be damning evidence against Kidd on that drive. While trying to catch the Killer, Kidd and LuEllen uncover a secret government organization, not a lot unlike what we have going on in Washington now that is apparently legal, that is illegally monitoring U.S. Citizens in the name of national security. It appears the info on Bobby's hard drive is also damning to some high level government types and it also appears that once again Mr. Sandford has written a super thriller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book I Have Ever Read 10 Oct 2007
This is easily the best book i have ever read. Follow the adventures of Kidd and LuEllen track down the killer(s) of Bobby, the worlds best computer hacker. Not to hard to read, but make note this is the last book in the series (dont make the same mistake i did!).
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