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Detective Porter and the team have been pulled from the hunt for Anson Bishop, the Four Monkey Killer, by the feds. When the body of a young girl is found beneath the frozen waters of Jackson Park Lagoon, she is quickly identified as Ella Reynolds, missing three weeks. But how did she get there? The lagoon froze months earlier. More baffling? She's found wearing the clothes of another girl, missing less than two days. 

While the detectives of Chicago Metro try to make sense of the quickly developing case, Porter secretly continues his pursuit of 4MK, knowing the best way to find Bishop is to track down his mother. When the captain finds out about Porter's activities, he's suspended, leaving his partners, Clair and Nash, to continue the search for the new killer alone. 

Obsessed with catching Bishop, Porter follows a single grainy photograph from Chicago to the streets of New Orleans and stumbles into a world darker than he could have possibly imagined, where he quickly realizes that the only place more frightening than the mind of a serial killer is the mind of the mother from which he came.

©2018 J. D. Barker (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Excellent Taught Fast Paced Thriller- Loved it...

I'm always happy when I see a new book by an author I like and if it's narrated by Eduardo Ballerini it's Christmas !!!!
This is the second book in the 4MK series. If you haven't listened to book one in this series you will be lost. There is a lot of reference to book one.
The character development is excellent and the protagonist, Detective Porter's in the thick of things with a serial killer again. First the body of a young girl is found frozen in fresh water but the forensics show that she drowned in salt water. She's wearing another young girl's clothes. Then that girl is found the same way. Also the girl was suspended by strings in the water until she was at least partially frozen in to the water so she wouldn't float away under the ice. The killer wanted her to be found.
The FBI has taken over the case but Detective Porter can't just let them have it. He begins his own investigation. He believes Anson Bishop (the four monkey killer) has something to do with these killings. It's a long shot but 4MK got away. Porter has a hard time believing this second killer is a coincidence, he thinks there's a connection.
The two stories run parallel and finally begin making connections.
You will also be anxiously waiting for book three because this book has no conclusion!!!!!
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!
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16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
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  • 07-14-18

Excellent dark suspense mystery!

The Fourth Monkey, Book 1 in this Detective SAM Porter series, was one of my favorite suspense mysteries of 2017. I like THE FIFTH TO DIE a lot but not as much as The Fourth Monkey. I struggled whether to rate the novel 4 or 5 stars and settled on 4 stars. Narration is outstanding.

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Less of a review and more of a tip before starting

Listen to The Fourth Money again before starting The Fifth to Die. This is a direct sequel. There are numerous references to the first book that may affect your experience if you don't remember certain plotlines/characters. After a couple hours of TFTD, I had to pause and burn through TFM on 2x speed as a refresher. Made things much easier to take in. This series isn't Bosch or Reacher or Pendergast where you can move around the series and not miss much. This book is a Part II.

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Loved the first book!

Just finished TFTD and I have to say... not sure I’ll listen to any future books in the series. It was hard for me to follow most of it and when twists and turns were revealed toward the end, I was left feeling totally confused. I would love to have someone explain the last 90 minutes, if not the whole book to me.

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A different niche

Well this is the 3rd book I read so far with Barker
I loved all of them
Each one has left me hanging only to want more!
Hope the series continues
If you love thrillers Barker will have you on the hook in no time

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Must read !

Wow! Talk about a thrill ride !!!!
Never seen that end coming . You won’t regret purchasing this book .
A great Thriller 👏👏👏👏👏

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Best Suspense/Thriller Author and BEST Narrator!

Barker writes so beautifully. I loved the Fourth Monkey and was SO excited to download this follow-up. Did not disappoint! At first, I thought it might be a little fantastical. But, once all the pieces start galling in to place, you realize that this book is as brilliant as Monkey.

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Even Better than MK4

This page turner picks up where Barkers first MK4 - Sam Porter novel left off. Each chapter ends in a cliffhanger which compels you to continue on. I won’t spoil it but suffice it to say that sociopath Anson Bishop is back and he’s still at it with all his twisted evil genius.
The narration is superb
Can’t wait til part 3!

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I’m done with this series.

With the exception of not caring for the so-called diary of the serial killer, Bishop, in book #1, The Fourth Monkey, I thought that the initial book in the series was great. I looked forward to a good listen from The Fifth To Die. No doubt it was well received by others, but I didn’t care for this sequel. Once again, the best part for me consisted of the well written interactions and dialogue between the cops on the case. But that positive aspect wasn’t enough. The plot in this second book is wildly convoluted. The main police officer from the first book, Porter, makes one dumb decision after another in the second book, very unlikely given his already established character and talents in the first. Bishop’s character deteriorated as well. He is less well rounded and void of any cause for sympathy. The revelation of whom Bishop’s mother happens to be was not a surprise, though it should have been. There are too many plot holes, too many improbabilities, too many threats against too many people, too much gratuitous torture and death. And the ending isn’t an end, just a creepy segue to future book #3. For those who still like the series, that’s good news. I’m taking my reaction to this book as my cue to stop listening while I’m ahead.

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Exceptional

I sincerely hope this series will continue. Superb characters, plot, and surprises, with quality narration.