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- Publisher: Claude Bouchard (30 Dec. 2013)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004J8HVK6
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From the police procedural aspect this is laughable. For example we had a possible sighting of a serial killer in a bar. The police rush there, ignore a car fleeing from the immediate area (and never bother later to check who owns a tan BMW in the city), interview none of the customers for a description, and don't bother to pick up and fingerprint the suspect's glass etc. etc.
The whole thing is as sloppy as 'The Consultant' predecessor. Anyone who doesn't guess the 'twist' before a third of the way through probably isn't paying attention. I am poor at discovering who did it in a whodunit and I knew the answer before my Kindle said 18% read which does rather detract from the tale. The idea is good but very poorly executed.
My other complaint is the dialogue, particularly between Chris and Dave, which is generally utterly banal or downright unlikely. Captain of detectives Dave 'BURST with laughter' (my capitals) after Chris said 'I get you' and nodded with a wink. Really!
There are other examples of strange word usage. Dave 'recuperated the morning paper on the front doorstep' and 'he was busy at something which impassioned him'.
The interaction between Sandy and Chris is also utterly shallow.
Occasionally bursts of unnecessary adverbs mar the prose. For example: 'greeted her brightly', 'nodded grimly', 'asked suspiciously', 'grinned sheepishly' all within a dozen lines or so. Nothing wrong with the odd adverb but when they come along in tight groups like London buses they read badly.
I shall not be buying the next in the series.
I guessed the plot very early on and was a bit surprised that the police consultant psychiatrist, Barbara, hadn't worked it out.
Others have given the plot, involving murders committed with 4 different MOs but similar in some ways - mutilated genitals being the main one. The problem concerning the police and Discreet Activities group is whether there are four killers or one. An emminent criminal psychiatrist is called in and obviously knows more than he is telling.
For those who didn't guess, the twist at the end will have been a surprise. As with all the books, Chris Barry and Dave McCall return home to their loving wives. There are a lot of innuendos about what activities take place throughout the book!
I am reading my way through the series - in the wrong order - and in spite of the niggles, enjoying it very much.
I still really like the Chris Barry character and his wife Sandy and look forward to more in the series. I did guess whodunit around a third of the way in but that didn't spoil it in any way. I'd highly recommend this set of stories. They're always fast-paced and easy reading but interesting too.
Secondly, the plot was not exactly complex, and it was just a case of plodding through to confirm that I had guessed it right, all along wincing at the language.
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This is also a page turner. You always want to see
what will happen next, never a dull moment.
Highly recommended like all the vigilante series I read
Good recreational reading. Well translated. Not too demanding . Enjoy!
On his last week at work, Chris has a visitor, Jonathan Addley (Director of Police Relations with the Ministry of Defence). Jonathan has a story to tell. It seems that a witness has come forward and has evidence that Carl Denver was not the vigilante -- there were receipts & witnesses that prove Mr. Denver couldn't have committed the murders because he had alibis for most of them. The witness, the late Carl Denver's widow, admitted that her husband HAD embezzled six million dollars and deposited it into an account in the Cayman Islands, but the money has disappeared (however, some worthy charities received anonymous and much-needed donations). Mrs. Carl Denver is homeless and broke, but has no idea who the VIGILANTE is, she only knows that her husband was not.
Chris has a job offered to him by Jonathan to become a Consultant with an agency sometimes referred to as "Discrete Activities". "The purpose of this special network was to offer whatever help it could to ensure national security and the well-being of the member countries’ citizens. Emphasis had been put on the whatever" -- "Chris accepted Jonathan’s offer and embarked in a new career; that of a secret consultant specializing in clandestine activities for the government". After he has discussed the job offer with his wife, Sandy (who just asks him to be careful), he accepts the offer.
Meanwhile, Captain Dave McCall and his Special Homicide Task Force are trying to solve a series of vicious sex slayings. They've asked the police department psychologist (Dr. Barbara Jenkins) and a noted psychiatrist (Dr. Samuel Bowman) to assist them in solving these cases. Chris Barry, who has become friends with Dave, "unofficially" assists whenever he can.
Are the sex slayings the work of one serial killer -- or is there more than one person involved in these heinous murders? Will the perpetrator(s) get caught or will he/she/they commit more gruesome murders? Is anyone being manipulated -- or are they just evil?
This series is turning out to be very interesting to me. The characters are vivid, the action nonstop. The books are well written and the story lines are easy to follow. Once you think you have solved the "whodunit", you find out that you do not yet know the whole story. You will find yourself lost in time as you race through to see what happens next. The end of each book is a cliffhanger and you have to start the next book in the series (which quickly brings you up to speed by summarising the high points of the previous book) to see how the cliffhangers are resolved.
I highly recommend this series to readers of mystery and thriller genres. Well done, Mr. Bouchard!
I'm still shaking !!!!
Mind Games is far and away the best, so far, of Claude Bouchard's Vigilante, or Barry/McCall, series and I'm sure on board for the next one - The Homeless Killer.
Although it is possible to read these in any order as standalone novels it is very much better to read 'em in order to see not only the character development in the stories but, also, the development of Claude's writing.
The weird Kindle formatting of the first two books has improved immensely with only a couple of curiously almost blank pages and the editing has improved to the point where the very few remaining and very minor proof reading gaffs don't affect the story flow making this a very pleasurable read indeed! Great Stuff!
I don't like or approve of the main character who in the past has committed so many horrendous crimes that he should have been put away for several lifetimes instead of living a carefree multimillionaire life occupying himself with very illegal hacking. It is completely implausible that this ex-businessman/computer whiz with no military training should have the combat skills that he demostrates in all these novels. I don't think that his character or any of the others are very well developed and I had the plot figurered out at 50%.
However, despite all this I found the story fast paced and captivating and I couldn't put it down until I had finished it!
The Vigilante novels are best read in the right order, and those who have enjoyed the first two will probably like this, in my opinion it is the best of the first three.
This was an outstanding read with a puzzling outcome. How many people could join up for such a horrific 'competition' and will Chris Barry succumb to the satisfaction of revenge...or will his friend, McCall finally become aware of Chris's past transgressions?
The fast pace doesn't stop and the story will keep you guessing. An absolutely great book. Well done!
I did appreciate the author's explanation at the beginning as to how Chris got to where he was. He did a very nice synopsis of the first two books so that you really wouldn't have had to read them to understand this book. The interaction between Chris and his wife and McCall and his wife added a lot to the story. Based on others' opinions of subsequent books I may or may not check out the rest in the series.
A couple of others had mentioned they didn't see the twist coming. I saw it coming, but that was only because of some other things I do. Needless to say, this book continues on in the same vein as the others preceding it.
My favorite parts of all three books is the relationship between Dave/Cathy and Chris/Sandy. I like the author has made them friends with a sense of humor and true love for each other.
Captain Dave McCall and Chris Barry are back in the third Vigilante series. This time Dave and his special force task is investigating, gruesome sex killings. With the help from psychiatrist Dr. Samuel Bowman they hope to catch the killer.
As they get closer to the truth Chris decides to go undercover as a psychiatric patient, to try to get into the minds of a killer. As they get closer to the truth their lives are in danger, will they be able to stop this killing spree?
Fantastic, psychological thrill. I look forward to the next book by
You can skip this book and the next one. Books 5 and 6 really revitalize the series, and there's nothing happening in Books 3 and 4 you need to know to enjoy the next two.
What started out as some trite little expressions grows into really irritating triteness. Interactions are out of a dime novel between husbands and wives. Instead of walking, they pad around. Please.
Well worth the read but by the third one I was done.