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The Death Sculptor
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...or so it certainly seems, as Detectives Hunter and Garcia are faced with a gruesome sculpture whenever they come across Carter's killer's latest victim.
This book had perhaps the most creative aspect to the series so far, and had an extra main character - Alice - who shone in her aptitude for research, as well as having an endearing personal history with Hunter.
But, though the deaths remain brutal and the plot has plenty of twists and turns, this novel lacked a certain je ne sais quoi that the others had.
The Night Stalker
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Chris Carter's third novel, The Night Stalker, again sees Detectives Hunter and Garcia facing a serial killer of immense brutality, only, this time, there's something different: the victims were not killed by the "killer".
The book begins with a bang (excuse the pun) and doesn't let you go until you reach the end. The twists, the suspense, the sheer horror of the deaths, all converge to make this book his best yet.
Carter's way of pulling the reader in and keeping them guessing until the very end is sublime - he throws names all over the place and the reader is left thinking the person behind the killings could be a whole number of characters. The ending of the book is an action-packed affair, and you really feel as if you're there in person as Hunter finally comes face-to-face (of sorts) with the killer.
Top stuff once again.
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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.
The Crucifix Killer
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Chris Carter's first novel sees Detective Robert Hunter, a criminal psychologist, team up with his new partner, Robert Garcia - the young kid - in tracking a brutal murderer nicknamed "The Crucifix Killer" for the signature left marked on their victims. With plenty of twists - including a surprising one at the end - this book keeps you hooked until you reach its climactic finish.
The only qualm I have is that the chapters are so short, but this in no way does the book any great harm, for, if anything, it means that you can read about six chapters in the space of a ten-minute train journey, which in itself means you fly through the book.
I did enjoy his first novel; the premise wasn't original by any means, but the characters are all likeable and the action and suspense kept me gripped sufficiently.
I went on to buy the rest of his books, so Carter must have done something right.