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The Crucifix Killer [Hardcover]

Chris Carter
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6 Aug 2009
In a derelict cottage in L.A, a young woman is found savagely murdered. Naked, strung from two wooden posts, the skin has been ripped from her face - while she was still alive. On the nape of her neck is carved a strange double-cross: the signature of a psychopath known as the Crucifix Killer. But that's not possible. Because, two years ago, the Crucifix Killer was caught and executed. Could this be the work of a copycat? Or is Homicide Detective Robert Hunter forced to face the unthinkable? Is the real Crucifix Killer still out there, taunting Hunter with his inability to catch him? Robert Hunter and his rookie partner are about to enter a nightmare beyond imagining ...
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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; UK First Edition; 1st printing. edition (6 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847376223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847376220
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the book after the movie 4 Mar 2013
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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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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing police thriller! 1 May 2011
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 26 Sep 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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4 of 4 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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars well worth a read 15 Jun 2012
The crucifix killer is the first book I have read by Chris Carter, and I really enjoyed it. I won't go into the storyline as lots of other reviews have, but I think Chris Carver has done a great job writing the crucifix killer, as it was his first book. Chris Carter has written an easy to read crime thriller, one that has many twist and turns along the way. The characters were interesting, and well thought out, and it was interesting to learn more about profiling a serial killer. Gruesome in parts with well detailed forensics, red herrings to throw the reader off the scent, this book has all this and more. If you are looking for a good thriller, and not worried about the dialogue being perfect, this book maybe for you. I will certainly be reading Chris Carvers next two books The Executioner and The Night Stalker
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this if you like crime thrillers 7 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Well written crime thriller this is the second one I've read by Chris Carter but will not be the last. This book kept me hooked from the first page and had a great twist, gritty but compassionate, definitely recommend it.
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