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When the body of a young woman is discovered in a derelict cottage in the middle of Los Angeles National Forest, Homicide Detective Robert Hunter finds himself entering a horrific and recurring nightmare. Naked, strung from two wooden posts, the victim was sadistically tortured before meeting an excruciatingly painful death. All the skin has been ripped from her face - while she was still alive. 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 are about to enter a nightmare beyond imagining.

©2009 Chris Carter (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio UK

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  • Holly H.
  • 05-03-17

Riveting

Absolutely adored this book so dark and real brilliant would definitely recommend this to anyone

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  • yvonne Bradley
  • 01-03-18

The Crucifix Killer

I have read many thriller books this is my first Chris Carter and audible book . The love the book and recommend it to those who love thrillers. Looking forward to his other books .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-06-17

A great start

I've read Chris Carter out of order over and over. This is a great introduction to a superb team with the best grisly imagination on the planet.

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  • Kerry N.
  • 10-16-17

NOT X-Files' Chris Carter. Immensely disappointing

Firstly - Audible have listed X-Files under 'by the same author'. The author's own website show's its NOT the same person. I've only ever had good experience with Audible so I suspect this was laziness rather than deliberate but please, Audible, find some way of un-linking this as this served as an endorsement that it shouldn't have.

Secondly - the book itself. Some readers have left fantastic reviews but I found this a very disappointing read. Hunter (The hero of the piece) was just too good to be true; Garcia, his obligatory rookie partner existed solely to (Very mechanically) enable Hunter to demonstrate his brilliance. Conjured images of 60s TV series of Batman - several times Garcia may as well have thumped his hand in realisation and let out a "Holy crime solving Hunter."
Formulaic, predictable, unsophisticated. Reminiscent of Blue Book 2: Watch Peter Jump. Gave this one star only because I couldn't work out how to give it no stars.

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  • Mr
  • 08-03-17

Disappointing

A good plot, written to an average standard and with weak dialogue. The reader made the best of a bad job.... It was still a bad job.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-12-17

hooked all the way through

great thriller that kept me hooked all the way through. the main characters worked well

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  • fuzzy
  • 04-04-18

Brilliant

Brilliant. Absolutely loved and it. The story was captivating and the narration was amazing. Thank you everyone involved

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  • Mr. S. M. Elliott
  • 03-28-18

decent story

This was quite a good story and the pace kept me listening. the narrator was ok. I liked the 2 main characters and have already got the next in the series.

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  • Ladyboss
  • 03-14-18

Could be much better

Filled with corny cliches, the usual hyper intelligent Detective with ‘issues’ ........ All a bit ho hum sadly.

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  • Matthew
  • 02-20-18

Pretty Good

Never heard of Chris Carter before, so this is an impression as a new reader.

On the positive side, this was an interesting story. Mr Carter clearly has a very creative mind and a flair for the more grim side of life.

I never felt the story dragged, and the premise itself was intriguing enough to carry the book.

The narrator did a good job also.

On the negative side, the writing felt amateurish in places. Aside from maybe "D-King", there was little difference in speech patterns between characters. Everyone spoke in the same voice.

Also, I feel the author tried too hard to tell the reader how clever and talented Robert Hunter is. Whether it's characters singing his praises in most interactions or narration telling us that he seems to know everything. "Show, don't tell" I suppose is what I'm saying. There were better ways he could've achieved the same objective.

Overall, a good effort at a crime thriller. I wouldn't be opposed to getting another book.