The Fourth Monkey

  • by J. D. Barker
  • Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, Graham Winton
  • 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 that 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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This is a MUST HAVE mystery...

This book is a must have book for anyone who loves a good mystery. I don't know why but I always hesitate when I see a new unproven author but for a change I didn't and boy am I glad I didn't. This book is one of my better finds this year and the way it's written it looks like it could easily become a series with some very interesting characters.
You have the protagonist aka the police and the antagonist who appears to be a very demented killer. The women he kills are all somehow related to the person he really wants to get at. In his mind killing a loved one will cause the person to suffer more knowing they are to blame.
The killer's story of his life from childhood up is told in the form of a very descriptive diary. You learn early on that he learned his lessons from his parents and grows up to become the 4MK or fourth monkey killer. When he abducts a woman first he sends home an ear, then the eyes and finally their tongue and left to die.
In this book the police are looking for a live victim, thinking that the killer is dead after being hit by a bus. And the race is on in a fast paced heart thumping thriller. The ending is great and leads me to believe there will be more to come.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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- shelley

What a Fabulous Find

A simply outstanding novel that'll grab you and not let go... The back and forth between the detective and killer as a child pov is done w/ panache, subtlety, and extreme skill... wonderful mood and atmosphere that encourages a binge read... Along w/ some great suspense, gotchas, and chills is some crafty humor of both the dark and light varieties... The Diary format of the killer's life is surreal and engrossing... Talk about a family that slays together stays together, or do they??? Those segments feel like Dexter meets Father Knows Best;). Great characters will have you invested immediately, and chuckling here and there... The mystery flows beautifully between past and present thanks to excellent narration... My only complaint is that now I have another series to be hooked on, and make no mistake, this setups for a dandy of a second book, and I'll be greedily awaiting... If you need a comparison point - I believe fans of Robotham and Deaver will fall ass over tea kettle for this gem... Definitely worth the price and a hungry read...
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- DobieChuck

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-27-2017
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc.