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The Fourth Monkey (A 4MK Thriller) (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2017; vuoden 2017 painos)

– tekijä: J. D. Barker (Tekijä)

Sarjat: 4MK (1)

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3883751,615 (4.1)20
"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." 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. As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows 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 and the Four Monkey Killer taunts from beyond the grave in this masterfully written fast-paced thriller"--… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:KimH930
Teoksen nimi:The Fourth Monkey (A 4MK Thriller)
Kirjailijat:J. D. Barker (Tekijä)
Info:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2017), 416 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
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Avainsanoja:to-read

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 37) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Nope nope nope nope nope.

Seriously? Se7en meets Silence of the Lambs? How about, this author wishes he had half of Thomas Harris' talent to write a solid cat-and-mouse thriller?

This book read very much as a paint-by-numbers thriller, or something where someone pulled Thriller Plot #3 (copyright and patent pending) and just filled in the names. There's the deadly serious cop that's been chasing the serial killer for years. There's his wisecracking partner. There's the sassy female cop that has some slight sexual tension for the wisecracker, and nothing but sympathy for the lead. There's the bullish sergeant. There's the standard false leads (that broadcast their falseness far too loudly) and the inevitable puzzle pieces that the killer leaves to lead the cops on a merry chase. There's also the diary that details the ridiculous and patently stupid early childhood of the 4MK killer, who's father sounds like Beaver Cleaver's father from the late 50s/early 60s, even though it must have taken place in the late 90s, early 2000s.

It just felt as though the whole damn thing was crafted for maximum public appeal, and a nice bidding war for television or movies...apparently all of which it achieved.

So much bullshit.

Yeah, don't expect a review from me for the next book. I'm stating here and now that I'm totally bailing on this ridiculous series. What crap.

I'll go back and read Red Dragon or Silence of the Lambs before I'll wade into this particular cesspool again. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
Extremely engaging read; Intriguing story-line ( )
  hraghavendran | Mar 22, 2020 |
This is seriously going to be the most talked about books of the year! We've all heard of the 3 wise monkeys: see no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil, but how many people know about The Fourth Monkey: do no evil? I think my love of the TV show Dexter set me up nicely for The Fourth Monkey. If you have watched Dexter, imagine reading his diaries in glorious technicolor and you will be close to my experience of The Fourth Monkey. Even one of the detectives, Clair, reminds me of Dexter's foul-mouthed sister, Deb.

The Fourth Monkey is one of those books that is hard to review without giving anything away, so the least said, the better. Suffice to say it positively glues your eyes to the page as you clamour for every detail. Nothing is quite what it seems, so welcome to the Brain-bender Olympics! I loved the flashbacks to the past which flowed effortlessly within the story, again I go back to the Dexter element as seeing the killer as a young boy, you can't help but feel empathetic towards him.

It's probably the police's best dream and worst nightmare when the body of such a high profile serial killer is found but he takes with him the secret of the whereabouts of his last victim who is possibly still alive. Cue the ticking timer as the police race against time to find out who the killer was and where he could have kept his latest victim before she runs out of food and water. This sets the fast pace of the book and I was torn between wanting to find the latest 4MK victim and finding out the 4MK killer's story. Where there is a past and present element to a book I always tend to favour one above the other but in this case I couldn't get back to each one fast enough.

Superbly written, The Fourth Monkey is one hell of a ride. I read it so fast I think I need to read it again to fully appreciate the brilliance of the story. If this isn't made into a film, Hollywood needs its head examined.

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion. ( )
  Michelle.Ryles | Mar 9, 2020 |
The first book in the Four Monkey Killer (or 4MK) trilogy, the Fourth Monkey is a decently paced serial killer slash crime novel.

The story begins with a man being hit my a bus, a man who it turns out was on the way to post a box, a box which contained an ear, the MO of the Four Monkey Killer. Is the dead man the serial killer? Has his reign of terror come to an end? All this and more is slowly revealed as the story unfolds.

I found the mix of diary entries and chronological story telling was a first a little strange, but once you're on top of the format it works quite well I thought. I definitely think you would be worse off to skip the diary entries as some have suggested as they themselves give a good background image of the man in question.

Overall, entertaining and will likely check out the rest of the trilogy. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | Feb 9, 2020 |
I loved this book. Sometimes the whole cop tracking down a serial killer thing can be a bit dull or predicable, bit of a been there done that if you will, but not so with this book. There were actual surprises, and I enjoyed all the twists and turns and reveals along the way. Based on this book I will most definitely be reading the next in the series ( )
  BooksAndYarn | Jan 26, 2020 |
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Pott, JanKääntäjämuu tekijäeräät painoksetvahvistettu

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"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." 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. As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows 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 and the Four Monkey Killer taunts from beyond the grave in this masterfully written fast-paced thriller"--

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