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Fifteen years ago, an unidentified killer terrorised Northern Georgia, killing hikers with two shots from a pistol before disposing of the bodies along the remote trails and in the rivers in the vicinity of Blood Mountain. The killer was never brought to justice. 

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Carter Blake has returned home for the first time in many years. The visit stirs old memories, including a girl from school who vanished without a trace. Blake runs into the mother of the girl, who mentions a case she's come across in Georgia, where someone is convinced their relative is still alive, 15 years on. Adeline Connor was the Blood Mountain Killer's last suspected victim. She vanished without a trace. So why is her brother so convinced she's still alive? 

©2018 Mason Cross (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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"Mason Cross is a fast-paced, high octane thriller writer." (Simon Kernick)
"One of the best new series characters since Jack Reacher." (Lisa Gardner)

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Good twist at the end

Enjoyed this very much, had it right but in the wrong order, looking forward to my next book now by the same author

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Top notch crime thriller.

Mason Cross and Carter Blake are definitely at the top of my 'must-read and must-listen when I can't read' list! The experience was definitely enhanced by the excellent narration of Eric Meyers and I find that is often not the case. So highly recommended on all counts.

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  • shelley
  • 05-07-18

One of my FAVORITE series...

Mason Cross's Carter Blake series is one of my favorites. His books don't get any where near the attention they deserve. I didn't even know this had been published until I looked him up to see if he had anything in the wings yet to be released. Glad I looked!
Anyway, as with the previous books this one is fantastic and the narration by Eric Meyers is first class as well.
When Carter Blake goes to the town he lived for a while as a child, it's for the funeral of his foster mother. He didn't expect to run into an old acquaintance. She's in the business of helping to find missing people but she's no where near the skill level Blake is. She asks for help on a case of a woman (Adeline) whose been presumed dead for 15 years. Fifteen years ago there was a serial killer in the mountains of this isolated town. Her brother swears he saw her from a bus only weeks earlier, so he hires a private investigator. That man turns up murdered. The PI's witness is also murdered. Then people around town who might have information for Blake start being picked off.
There are so many suspects and the evidence points from one to the next. I thought I had it, then I thought I had it again but I was wrong again! That almost never happens to me!!
This book is so cleverly written. Blake is a very proficient and resourceful investigator and the story and his character kept me listening. And the ending... WOW!! Completely unexpected...
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!!!
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  • Wayne
  • 06-07-18

Incredible plot twist at the end!

PRESUMED DEAD, Book 5 in the Carter Blake series by Mason Cross, is an easy 5 star crime suspense mystery/thriller. Author Mason Cross deserves much more attention. All 5 novels in the Carter Blake series are outstanding. This novel is a serial killer mystery covering 15 years set in northwest Georgia. The identification of the killer revealed at the end of the novel is a shocking surprise. Eric Meyers narrates this series superbly.

As I write this is see the average rating of Presumed Dead is 4.2 stars. The novel is actually much, much better than 4.2 stars.

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  • PurpleSky7
  • 25-02-21

Didn't see it coming

This story kept me highly entertained and the ending with such a twist. I would recommend highly.

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  • lin
  • 26-01-21

great book

great book it kept me on the edge of my seat could not stop listening did not expect the ending .

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  • barry
  • 08-12-20

Solid suspence, well narrated.

I would more likely give the story a 3 1/2 * rating, because, while being entertaining and listenable, it is not all that memorable if you read/listen to a lot in the suspense genre. Nonetheless, the narrator does a good job; it contains a couple of interesting characters, and sufficient twists via cliff hanging chapter endings and red herrings, and it fundamentally sticks the landing.

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  • Jacob Ames
  • 12-11-20

a slower, smaller scene story

Carter Blake moves on past the Winterfell and super secret to a more local, slower paced (and less globally-implicated) story in a small town in Georgia that starts slow, but the end is a fantastic twist and honestly one of the most surprising of the series. there seem to be fewer important characters, so you're automatically more suspicious of everyone introduced.

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  • Natalie
  • 11-11-20

excellence as always

This author keeps you guessing to the end and the narrator is one of my favorite

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  • Benjamin
  • 11-11-20

outstanding

This is the best yet in the series. I dont want to say anything about it because I dont want to ruin it for anyone. Just.... WOW!!!!

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  • 08-11-20

Love it

I absolutely Loved Presumed Dead! Mason Cross did it again with this title. Like all of his other Blake Carter books this one didn't disappoint.

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  • Lori
  • 03-11-20

Unexpected Ending

With a few twists and turns, the ending will surely surprise you. Blake was thrown off a few times himself.