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The Crucifix Killer (Robert Hunter Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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?!
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a great book. I could put it down. Each character had his/her own personality. Thrilling, gritty and absolutely enjoyable.Published 9 days ago by maria davis
This book seemed to come alive as I was reading it. It also keeps you guessing right to the end. One of the best thrillers I have read for a while.Published 12 days ago by Mrs Sue Kirkpatrick
Loved this book full of twists love Hunter the detective and wow what an ending. Can't wait to read more, totally hooked.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A truly amazing book didn't want to put it down. One of the best crime and murder books I have ever read. Can't wait to get stuck into Chris Carter's other books.Published 1 month ago by LL
Recommended to me by a friend , this author has quickly gone to the top of my list of writers to follow.Published 1 month ago by Footychick6