A freak accident in rural Wyoming leads the Sheriff’s Department to arrest a man for a possible double homicide, but further investigations suggest a much more horrifying discovery – a serial killer who has been kidnapping, torturing and mutilating victims all over the United States for at least twenty-five years. The suspect claims he is a pawn in a huge labyrinth of lies and deception – can he be believed? The case is immediately handed over to the FBI, but this time they’re forced to ask for outside help. Ex-criminal behaviour psychologist and lead Detective with the Ultra Violent Crime Unit of the LAPD, Robert Hunter, is asked to run a series of interviews with the apprehended man. These interviews begin to reveal terrifying secrets that no one could’ve foreseen, including the real identity of a killer so elusive that no one, not even the FBI, had any idea he existed …until now.
@bookaddictshaun sent me a copy of this book to read and review. Thank you, Shaun!
This is the sixth in a successful series written by Chris Carter, featuring Robert Hunter.
I have been meaning to get my hands on a Chris Carter novel for some time. I am so glad that this one was my introduction to Robert Hunter. I did not feel at any time that I was missing anything jumping into an established series, at this point.
It is a dark crime reader’s dream: a fascinating lead in Detective Hunter, a chilling off the wall psychopath and a story that just blows your mind. The drama starts when Hunter is asked by the FBI to question his old university friend, Holter. We get to know two very different men, Hunter and Holter. It is the classic good versus evil, with plot twists and psychological insight into evil.
At times, I was reminded of the TV series ‘Hannibal’, ‘Silence of the Lambs’ and the 1950s killer Ed Gein. You will get the gist that there is some severely creepy graphic stuff going on.
I loved the way we really got to explore the mind of a killer, in explicit detail. I found myself thinking how reasonable Holter sounded at times. He had the perfect arguments for the darkest of crimes.
Brilliant and fascinating! I cannot wait to meet Robert Hunter again. Chris Carter has a new fan.