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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

Critic reviews

"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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  • 20-07-21

loved it!

I absolutely loved this book. great storyline, narration and loved the twist and turns in it.

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  • Glen Moody
  • 13-07-21

Presumed Dead is Undeniable

I am a huge Mason Cross fan... These books are life!
I thoroughly enjoy this series and can't think of a better way to spend your time on the road !!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-06-21

Another solid book

by now if you have read the others you would like this book. it doesn't deviate too much from the formula that's made this series so successful. this one doesn't have quite as much special forces stuff and is more a mystery, so a few people who like the Jack reacher kind of stories may not like the fact that this is more of just a normal mystery, but I enjoyed it and is always the twist at the end have you thinking you know everything but you may not.

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  • Trent
  • 08-06-21

good entertaining book.

I wanted more of Carter Blake finding people and less local frame job. it was still a fun listen and nice twist at the end.

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  • jkarr
  • 13-05-21

Another great book

this was an amazing book, great twists and turns. it kept you guessing every step of the way!

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  • Steve Graham
  • 20-04-21

Wow

Why this hasn’t been made into a film is beyond me! Gripping! Had me riveted then the last chapter!

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  • Billy lewis
  • 15-03-21

wow

oh my goodness what a hell of a spin! livr this series! cant wait for the next book to be released