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The Executioner | Paperback

Released on 17 March 2011

Author: Chris Carter | Format: Paperback

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Inside a Los Angeles church, on the altar steps, lies the blood-soaked, decapitated body of a priest. Carefully positioned, legs stretched out, arms crossed over the chest, the most horrifying thing of all is that the priest's head has been replaced by that of a dog. Later, the forensic team discover that, on the victim's chest, the figure 3 has been scrawled in blood. At first, Detective Robert Hunter believes that this is a ritualistic killing. But as more bodies surface, he is forced to reassess. All the victims died in the way they feared the most. Their worst nightmares have literally come true. But how could the killer have known? And what links these apparently random victims? Hunter finds himself on the trail of an elusive and sadistic killer, somone who apparently has the power to read his victims' minds. Someone who can sense what scares his victims the most. Someone who will stop at nothing to achieve his twisted aim.

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This was a fantastic book, even better than The Crucific Killer (which was also excellent). I just wish Chris Carter had written more books, as I could not put this down. One of the best thriller writers around at the moment.

 Very Good Read, Couldnt Put It Down

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This book is a great read, couldnt put it down. Usually stick with authors like Karen Rose and Martina Cole but Chris Carter is definately being added to the list...


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The second Chris Carter book sees Detectives Hunter and Garcia come up against a particularly clever killer, who seems to know what scares people the most, and then carries out almost ritualistic acts of torture on them before allowing his victims to die.

Another clever book from Carter, although not quite as good as The Crucifix Killer (in my opinion). The idea of the markings was something he experimented with in his opening novel, so although it added to the plot of the second, I was disappointed to see him using something so similar - but hey, if it worked first time...

The deaths were equally as brutal, and they hit a psychological spot in the reader as well, drawing on our own fears that we share with the characters. This definitely added to the effect, which I think must have been an intention of Carter's when he was writing.

Staccato-style chapters means that once again you find yourself flying through the book, and helps to keep that steady pace throughout.

Overall, another decent effort, and I enjoyed the many twists again. Keep 'em coming.

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AuthorChris Carter
PublisherSimon & Schuster Ltd (United Kingdom)
FormatPaperback - 480 Pages