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.”
Two days to save her . . .
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 which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive.
One day . . .
As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows that 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 as the Four Monkey Killer taunts from beyond the grave in this masterfully written fast-paced thriller.
“Creepy, scary . . . and impossible to put down! The Fourth Monkey is everything a thriller should be—a must-read!”—Heather Graham, New York Times best-selling author of Law and Disorder
“A twisted, movie-worthy serial killer thriller.”—Crime by the Book
Horror author Barker (Forsaken) ventures into crime fiction with mixed results. When a man steps into a Chicago street and is fatally hit by a bus, the police find evidence on him suggesting that he's the famous Four Monkey Killer, who liked to kidnap relatives of criminals and cut off ears, eyes, and tongues over a period of days. Suspecting that the latest victim is still alive, detective Sam Porter forms a task force to try to find her before she starves or dies from her wounds. Meanwhile, Porter reads the killer's diary found on his body to try to get a sense of his motivations. Diary entries reveal the killer to have been a reasonably standard budding sociopath, but the focus soon shifts to the boy's equally warped parents and a ludicrous plot involving mobsters. Past events inform the present-day investigation, which fortunately offers some nice twists on classic thriller tropes.
Great read..I kept saying to myself “one more chapter.” The end of the book was awesome, and of course made me want to read book two. So, on to the next!
Absolutely loved this piece! In the mind of a killer as well as the suspense from the other side of the spectrum. Very good read.
The Fourth Monkey
Riveting suspenseful one of the best books I’ve read in a while