27 November 2019

The Crucifix Killer (Robert Hunter #1)

Photo of the book cover of The Crucifix Killer by Chris Carter

By Chris Carter

Paperback 448 pages
Publisher Simon & Schuster UK; Reissue edition (31st Jan 2013)

'A gripping debut ... Not for the squeamish.' Heat

📕My Review

The Crucifix Killer is the first book in the Detective Robert Hunter series by acclaimed author Chris Carter. Having read and reviewed book #8, The Caller, I decided to go to the beginning and read these books in publication order.

When the mutilated body of a young woman is discovered in an abandoned house in Los Angeles, Hunter leads the investigation to find her killer. The woman has been strung up between two posts and the skin expertly removed from her face. On the back of her neck a symbol resembling a double-crucifix has been carved. Shockwaves of horror hit Hunter at full force; he's seen that symbol before. . .

Two years earlier the Crucifix Killer had been captured and executed, or so Hunter thought. Is it possible they made a terrible mistake or is this new discovery the work of a copycat killer? Hunter's worst nightmare is about to begin.

If you like gruesome with a capital 'G', this is one heck of a read! Fast-paced and thrilling from beginning to end, I devoured this book with gusto.

Psychology expert Robert Hunter and rookie partner Carlos Garcia are an excellent pairing. Despite initial misgivings, they bounce off one another and develop a strong bond. This case will have profound and far-reaching effects on both their lives.

Although I correctly guessed the killer's identity (yes, really I did!), the plentiful twists and turns along the way were fantastic. I read a lot of crime fiction, particularly British, so I'd like to think I'm reasonably good at spotting little nuances here and there. It didn't spoil my enjoyment at all.

I should just mention that although this is definitely a book well worth seeking out, be prepared for some very graphic descriptions of mutilation and murder. It won't be everyone's ideal bedtime read.                           

Book Source: Purchased copy
Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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📗The Blurb

When the body of a young woman is discovered in a derelict cottage in Los Angeles, Robert Hunter is thrown into a nightmare case. The victim suffered a terrible death, and on the nape of her neck has been carved a strange double-cross: the signature of a psychopath known as the Crucifix Killer.

But that's impossible. Because two years ago, the Crucifix Killer was caught and executed. Could this therefore be a copycat killer? Or could the unthinkable be true? Is the real killer still out there, ready to embark once again on a vicious and violent killing spree, selecting his victims seemingly at random, taunting Robert Hunter with his inability to catch him?

Hunter and his rookie partner, Garcia, need to solve this case and fast.

📘The Author

Photo of author Chris Carter
Biographies can be an absolute drag, so I won’t bore anyone with a long life story.

I was born in Brasilia, Brazil where I spent my childhood and teenage years. After graduating from high school, I moved to the USA where I studied psychology with specialization in criminal behaviour. During my University years I held a variety of odd jobs, ranging from flipping burgers to being part of an all male exotic dancing group.

I worked as a criminal psychologist for several years before moving to Los Angeles, where I swapped the suits and briefcases for ripped jeans, bandanas and an electric guitar. After a spell playing for several well known glam rock bands, I decided to try my luck in London, where I was fortunate enough to have played for a number of famous artists. I toured the world several times as a professional musician.

A few years ago I gave it all up to become a full time writer.

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