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Julia Vargas is a cop with a mission. When she's not chasing down bad guys, Julia dedicates her time to investigating the Hangman serial killer...the same unsolved case that her father, Jim Vargas, was working on when he supposedly shot and killed himself three decades before. While rumors continue to swirl around her father's death, Julia attempts to hunt down the truth.

The case once again hits dangerously close, however, when a woman's bones are discovered in a historic downtown home, together with a photograph of Jim and Julia as a young girl. As horrifying as this discovery is, it may just be the break Julia has waited for. Working alongside Tobias Novak, a homicide detective with whom she shares a complicated - and steamy - history, she's forced to confront her own past even as the Hangman looms in the shadows. But as the mysterious killer circles closer, Julia can feel her own noose begin to tighten...

©2017 Mary Burton (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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the story was really good it took until the end of the book to figure out who done it.
my only complaint is when the narrator tried to do a man's voice not only did she lower the timber but also softened the volume of her voice which made it difficult to hear and very annoying

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  • Tracy T
  • Jacksonville, FL USA
  • 05-25-17

It was okay. Good Narration

Well, this wasn't my favorite in the series.

The story line and plot had potential but it seemed to drag on a bit too much for me. It also started to become confusing and a bit all over the place, not easy to follow along. This could have been a much better book. IMO.

The romance part was just okay. The chemistry between these two seemed forced and you really didn't get to know them very well. But it was a mystery story so I guess it didn't matter. The got the bad guy.

As for the narration. It was good. The only issue was that when she did Novak's voice it always seemed to be in a whisper. Strange, but at least he sounded like a man so there is that.

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 04-28-17

Great read and listen..



I really like books on serial killers but, man, I just hate when the story lets you KNOW the person being killed. I don’t want to hear her talk and beg and see her cry as she’s being killed. Just tell me he killed someone and then tell me how the police went about the solving of the case. He can even keep killing; I just don’t want to “meet” the “killee.” Ya’ know what I mean? I really didn’t need to know Rita Gallagher before he killed her in such a horrible way.

I did like Novak and Julia, and that there seemed to be a little more romance from the beginning of the story. Romance just gives you a break from the killer for a few minutes, that’s all I’m saying.

I liked that 25 years passed in between the Hangman’s first victims and his next ones. And I liked all the evidence that showed itself throughout the book, leading Julia and Novak in the right direction. And the deal with Julia’s father?, I never believed it for a second. I liked Andrews too. I wouldn’t mind seeing a story about him in the future. I liked Ken and Wendy and Riggs, too.

The bad guy? I didn’t see that coming, or his helper. He was one sick and vicious A-hole. You didn’t know who he was but it was easy to hate him. (My kind of bad guy.)

Again there wasn’t an ounce of desire or sexual tension in this book but there were 3 pretty explicit sex scenes. And the F-bomb was used 15 times.

My only complaint for this author is I think she’s a little lazy when it comes to her way of describing how someone is saying something. I’ve complained about this before but it’s usually with a male author. Ms. Burton used the word “said” 694 times. That’s way too many for a 350 page book, and it does become very noticeable after the first 400 times. A thesaurus will help find a word you can use instead of “said.”

As to the narration: Christina Traister did a very good job on all the male and female voices and the emotions. I would definitely listen to her again.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 05-13-17

The trilogy is complete!

The Hangman is an excellent serial killer suspense mystery. The novels is set in Richmond VA. I've down rated this novel by one star because of the excessive time the author spends having Julia and Jim exploring each others bodies rather than working to find the hangman.

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  • loretta
  • fort myers, florida, United States
  • 12-12-17

Naration kills the story

The narration .... "Novac" was impossible to listen to....story was not interesting enough to finish or overlook the irritating narration.....

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  • Melanie
  • FORT WORTH, TX, United States
  • 10-18-17

So suspenseful I almost skipped to the end to just to know who the Hangman was

I love this series and was not disappointed! I've become rather picky in my mystery & thriller choices, but this one was worth the credit!

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First book is better

This book isn't as good as the first was, it's fine for something to listen to though. Has a twist and attempts to keep things interesting and it was a fine listen but wasn't the best. I could just have listened to too many cop books though too.

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Great series

Loved the series. Hopping for a 4th. I enjoy how the stories intersect with each other but are stand alone novels.

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Completely Awful Book of Games

The narrator's voice as female was fine. She Struggled very hard with the male voice of the main character. The voice through off the novel so bad ... I couldn't finish it with a decent comprehension. RETURNED!!!
Author DeAnn DeVille..blogger, narrator,author,audiofile reviewer.

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Great Plot Twists

I have continued to read this author's mystery/thrillers because I like the stories she tells, with plot twists diverting the reader enough to be surprised by that identity of the villain. The problem I had was in the characterization of the other players. I felt like I didn't have a real picture of them physically, psychologically or emotionally. This book featured more richly drawn characters, enhancing the storyline, an improvement .

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  • Mini Ward
  • 10-17-17

The Hangman: Forgotten Files, Book 3

This book, The Hangman: Forgotten Files, Book 3 is a fantastic story and the audio was great to listen to.
I liked the characters and and the excitement all the way through. Very nice. A traditional beginning, middle and a very satisfactory ending.
I will be buying more books by Mary Burton. ✔️👍