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The Fourth Monkey Audiobook

The Fourth Monkey

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Publisher's Summary

Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called "a talented writer with a delightfully devious mind".

For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one that proves he has taken another victim, who may still be alive. As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own. With only a handful of clues, the elusive killer's identity remains a mystery. Time is running out, and the Four Monkey Killer taunts from beyond the grave in this masterfully written, fast-paced thriller.

©2017 J. D. Barker (P)2017 Recorded Books

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    shelley Raleigh, NC 07-09-17
    shelley Raleigh, NC 07-09-17 Member Since 2010
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    "This is a MUST HAVE mystery..."

    This book is a must have book for anyone who loves a good mystery. I don't know why but I always hesitate when I see a new unproven author but for a change I didn't and boy am I glad I didn't. This book is one of my better finds this year and the way it's written it looks like it could easily become a series with some very interesting characters.
    You have the protagonist aka the police and the antagonist who appears to be a very demented killer. The women he kills are all somehow related to the person he really wants to get at. In his mind killing a loved one will cause the person to suffer more knowing they are to blame.
    The killer's story of his life from childhood up is told in the form of a very descriptive diary. You learn early on that he learned his lessons from his parents and grows up to become the 4MK or fourth monkey killer. When he abducts a woman first he sends home an ear, then the eyes and finally their tongue and left to die.
    In this book the police are looking for a live victim, thinking that the killer is dead after being hit by a bus. And the race is on in a fast paced heart thumping thriller. The ending is great and leads me to believe there will be more to come.
    This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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    Thank You.

    30 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    DobieChuck Colorado 07-01-17
    DobieChuck Colorado 07-01-17 Member Since 2017

    Blind listener reading everything, especially mystery/thrillers and sf&f. Restricted to audio so picky where credits spent. #BooksRule

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    "What a Fabulous Find"

    A simply outstanding novel that'll grab you and not let go... The back and forth between the detective and killer as a child pov is done w/ panache, subtlety, and extreme skill... wonderful mood and atmosphere that encourages a binge read... Along w/ some great suspense, gotchas, and chills is some crafty humor of both the dark and light varieties... The Diary format of the killer's life is surreal and engrossing... Talk about a family that slays together stays together, or do they??? Those segments feel like Dexter meets Father Knows Best;). Great characters will have you invested immediately, and chuckling here and there... The mystery flows beautifully between past and present thanks to excellent narration... My only complaint is that now I have another series to be hooked on, and make no mistake, this setups for a dandy of a second book, and I'll be greedily awaiting... If you need a comparison point - I believe fans of Robotham and Deaver will fall ass over tea kettle for this gem... Definitely worth the price and a hungry read...

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Disturbing. highly recommended"

    Twisted. Very good performance. The story keeps you guessing as to what will happen next. What do the various characters stories have to do with one another? you soon figure this out and eagerly listen with much anticipation.
    The author doesn't bore you with unnecessary filler.
    can't wait for the sequel.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    itinerant 08-02-17
    itinerant 08-02-17
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    "different is good"

    With shades of Nabokov's Pale Fire, parallel narratives intersect nicely. Despite some grotesqueries (essential for the plot), this book is a lot of fun, and the narrator is up to the task of playing along with it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    CHRIS 08-05-17
    CHRIS 08-05-17
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    "I believed the review."

    I took the reviewer's word about listening to a new author and I am really glad I did. it's been a few books since I didn't want to put a book down!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    M.K. Merrill Anchorage, AK United States 08-02-17
    M.K. Merrill Anchorage, AK United States 08-02-17 Member Since 2016

    ~I love to read & listen to the mystery & crime genre. Give me a good detective, legal or psychological mystery book over TV any day!~

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    "Fantastic Listen! Give it a Try"

    This is a great book. The storyline has the police investigation one chapter and then the "autobiography" diary excerpts from the dark,twisted 4MK - Four Monkey Killer - the next chapter. It took me a bit to get used to the plot due to this but soon I was captivated and listening for the entire day.

    The two person narration works wonderfully. The best performance by Graham Winton I've listened to this far. He has portrayed the serial killer perfectly and in my opinion make the listen even better. The performance by Edoardo Ballerini is very similar to the other books he has narrated. It's very good as well.

    Well worth a credit or buying! The writing by Baker show great talent. The characters are very well written. I knew the killer was detestable but yet his diary had me liking him a lot and rooting for his family. Then as the police investigation unfolds I found myself rooting for them. This is the greatest surprise of the book and what make it so hard to stop listening.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Atagirl 07-04-17
    Atagirl 07-04-17
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    "Guessing 'till the end."

    Good mystery. Was sometimes hard to follow with all the characters but mostly because I was distracted. Highly recommend if you like murder mystery with a story behind the story. Surprises right up to the end. Love that!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 07-16-17
    Jennifer 07-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, great narration, kept me guessing"

    Great story, lots of twists and turns to keep the listener guessing. Narration was perfect for this audiobook. Wanted to skip to the end! Figured out a big part of the plot early on, but still couldn't figure out the whole thing. Lots of pieces to this puzzle that any mystery/thriller fan will enjoy!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    night owl 08-07-17
    night owl 08-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Thomas Harris Move Over"

    Outstanding , terribly gruesome plot. Both the current investigation and the diary of loving family from shell are engrossing. The cops excuse me the police officers are fun to know and the bad guys very compelling. Great Narration. If you can handle the gore ,which is more about the people inflicting it than the actual blood and guts, The Fourth Monkey is worth a credit for sure.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 07-13-17
    Wayne Matthews, NC 07-13-17 Member Since 2017

    I am a husband/dad/granddad who loves books. My reviews are my subjective opinions. My hope is they will help others make buying decisions.

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    "Mind blowing dark, dark suspense mystery!"

    The Fourth Monkey keeps you guessing until the end and to some degree beyond the end. It's classified as modern detective, but it is so much more. I purchased The Fourth Monkey due to the 5 star review by Audible listener Shelley.

    The story is mind blowing. Among other things it demonstrates an extreme example of bad parenting. I was not a fan of J.D. Barker's first audio book which is the horror novel Forsaken, but this one is a big winner.

    The two narrator situation works extremely well in this novel.

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful

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