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Editor reviews

"Not since Hannibal Lecter had a friend for dinner has a serial killer been so skillfully rendered on the page." (Taylor Elmore, writer/producer of Justified and Limitless)

Summary

Two days to save her....

They've found the killer. The killer that Detective Sam Porter has been hunting for five years. But it's too late to put him behind bars. He's already dead.

One day to save her....

But even death can't stop this murderer. His last victim is still alive, struggling to escape and the police have no idea who or where she is.

Zero....

Now Sam Porter must race against time, as her chances of survival slip away, to stop this serial killer from claiming his final victim...

This stunning thriller is perfect for fans of Val McDermid, Jo Nesbo and Helen Fields.

"Gripping, addictive, and devilishly clever. From its opening salvo The Fourth Monkey grabs you and never lets go. J. D. Barker is a stunning new talent." (Barry Lancet, award-winning author of Tokyo Kill and Pacific Burn)
©2017 J. D. Barker (P)2017 Recorded Books

Critic reviews

"A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind." (Jeffery Deaver)
" The Fourth Monkey has one of the most ingenious openings that I've read in years. This thriller never disappoints." (James Patterson)
"Superbly constructed and immaculately paced." ( Daily Mail)

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Excellent story well read.

Loved it. It kept me guessing throughout. The description makes you feel like you are there.

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Two stories lines collide.


Interesting noir detective story, that has enough twist and dark humour to keep the interest going without being too exploitative.
Good entertainment that was smart and well developed within its kind.

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Gruesome but cleverly crafted

Very well written and excellently narrated. A pretty gruesome twist on the world of serial killers, psychopaths and sadists. The interaction between characters, especially within the “family” unit is at times comical and at other times shocking. Its a very clever story that has a number of twists that surprise. Definitely worth a credit.

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Brilliant!

Spine chillingly good! I loved every minute of this book, great characters and plot. Bravo!

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Very good

This is the first book that I have listened to by this author. Pretty dark, and vivid descriptions. Narration was good also. Well worth a read/listen.

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Excellent

Now I am eagerly downloading book 3, a brilliant triology, loved the books, well worth 5 stars. 😈

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Disturbing

I came to the end of this book not sure how I felt about it. there is no question that it's disturbing throughout, so a little draining. the performances are good and there is variety to the story. .. but if you are squeamish I would give this one a miss.

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Predictable

I don’t like violent serial killer books so I would have avoided this but for the many favourable reviews. I did find this too much like torture porn for my tastes. The only original slant was to make the killer the most well rounded character unlike the stereotypical detectives with their obligatory quirks and flaws.

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Great story, well performed

Plenty of twists and turns, though a couple of them could be spotted a mile off. Performance was good, and kept me engaged right to the end.

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  • Vinodhan
  • 10-06-18

The birth of a potentially great new villain

Loved the villain-both in concept and in execution. Loved the device of two time-separated storylines, implemented far better than the seen-it-before norm. And loved the use of two narrators to distinguish these two timelines. I look forward to the next installment with no small amount of relish; we may have a truly significant character here. Here's hoping.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-01-18

Timeless Thriller

What a great read. Thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. Loved the suspense and concurrent storylines.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-08-17

Great book!

Gripping narrative. Dark and twisting. I was hooked from the start and with each turn of the page became more and more obsessed. I could NOT put this down!

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  • antonio
  • 26-08-18

A scary tale....

Fasten your seat belt as this book is a very bumpy ride. Goes back and forth between eras and characters as the plot develops on two parallel paths : on one (the present) the focus is on the police collecting clues and hunting a serial killer and on the other (the past) you've the killer's diary that gives the insight on how he turned into a monster.
If you're a fan of the serial killer genre you're going to love this book.. Barker's writing style is a bit particular and dark, but suits the general atmosphere of the story.