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The Executioner: A brilliant serial killer thriller, featuring the unstoppable Robert Hunter by [Carter, Chris]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 329 customer reviews
Book 2 of 6 in Robert Hunter (6 Book Series)
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'Don't pick this up unless you have a whole day to read it as you will not be able to stop until you have finished it! *****'
--Crimesquad

About the Author

Chris Carter 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 881 KB
  • Print Length: 492 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; Reissue edition (21 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003M69WPI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 329 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,296 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A truly basic crime novel, I was thoroughly disappointed. I didn't love the first in this series either but thought I'd give it another shot. Maybe I shouldn't have. Carter seems to be able to come up with decent enough stories, but there are so many things around the plots that just don't work. For on the dialogue is atrocious. Utterly unconvincing and stilted on almost every page. IN this one, the captain of the LAPD seemed to be a dimwitted woman who knows nothing about detective work, so how did she become the captain? The lead detective, Hunter, is a stereotypical macho cutout, with zero personality other than that he drinks whiskey and does whatever he likes (and is also a genius with no explanation beyond 'he reads a lot') and the plot progresses with no pace either. In addition, the chapters seem to be about a paragraph long, and I can only presume this was written for people with no braincells or attention spans. Give it a miss. You'll get more action and character in ten minutes of an episode of CSI.
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I bought this unaware that it was Chris Carter's second book - containing the same central characters. I was worried I'd miss something having not read the first one, but it works very well as a stand-alone book. It had plenty of twists and turns, and the story was fast-paced. It reminded me of how James Patterson used to write before he sold out. I just received The Crucifix Killer in the mail and I look forward to starting it. A very promising new author.
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By Brett H TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
Chris Carter writes well, and this is an impressive second novel. It is well plotted, develops logically and the tension builds up nicely towards the climax. I have not read the first novel, which also stars Robert Hunter, but I can confirm that this book can be read on a stand alone basis.

Early in the story I did not expect it to be this good. Serial killer novels are almost a genre in their own right these days and it seems that there is a new offering almost each week of varying quality. Authors seem to take it on themselves to try to win the 'most improbable and ludicrous way of offing a victim' competition. Unfortunately the author here puts a strong entry in with the first murder and as a result I found a lot of trouble in taking the tale at all seriously for quite a while until it really picked up momentum.

The story concerns number of murders, which the culprit goes out of his way to show are connected. When the first victim is found, decapitated and with a dog's head replacing his own the thought is it may be a ritualistic killing. However, when more bodies appear, Robert Hunter is soon looking at their backgrounds and considering whether these are in some way randomly chosen victims or if there is any connection. The investigation of these crimes is well put together and becomes quite absorbing, with plenty of drama towards the climax. The end is logical and ties up the loose ends.

Ultimately I thoroughly enjoyed this story in a way that I did not expect during the first part of the book. I imagine Hunter will have further outings and I look forward to reading his future cases.
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This is the second book by Chris Carter. His debut 'Crucifix Killer' was riveting and set a very high standard. Lots of twists and turns kept you guessing to the end. I was looking forward to his second book but wasn't sure it would/could be as good. Well I was wrong. I loved it, loved it loved it!!!! This book is every bit as good and kept me turning the pages - I read it in two days and felt almost bereft when I finished it. I will need to leave it a few days before I look at another book, because I will almost certainly compare it to this one.

You don't have to have read the previous book to follow the characters - it is a good stand alone book. However, if you don't read the previous one - you has missed a gem.
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I found this book pretty confusing. It bounced around a bit between suspects, as if that were meant to add some mystery to what was a simple, if unlikely tale.

I found none of the characters interesting enough to "connect" with. I did plug away with this novel, to the end. But I shall not be reading any more from Chris Carter, even though I have one more novel on my kindle.
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brilliant. I enjoyed this as much as the crucifix killer. different and gory. I like the detectives hunter and garcia who bring the human touch to such horror.
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this is a great book not for the fainthearted have read all this authors books and would recommend them. hunter is a great character
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Thoroughly enjoyable thriller, and I have to say, although his first Robert Hunter novel was good, this was much better.

There's a killer on the loose praying on people's fears and killing them in the most brutal way. Hunter has to stop him and finds an unlikely ally in young Mollie with her visions. Don't worry, this does not turn supernatural, I did think it was heading that way but thankfully it didn't.

I really like how Carter writes short chapters, it breaks down the story and allows you to digest information whilst having you begging for more. Carter has now got a faithful follower in me and I'll definitely be reading more of his novels!!
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