The Hangman : Forgotten Files

  • by Mary Burton
  • Narrated by Christina Traister
  • Series: Forgotten Files
  • 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Julia Vargas is a cop with a mission. When she's not chasing down bad guys, Julia dedicates her time to investigating the Hangman serial killer...the same unsolved case that her father, Jim Vargas, was working on when he supposedly shot and killed himself three decades before. While rumors continue to swirl around her father's death, Julia attempts to hunt down the truth.
The case once again hits dangerously close, however, when a woman's bones are discovered in a historic downtown home, together with a photograph of Jim and Julia as a young girl. As horrifying as this discovery is, it may just be the break Julia has waited for. Working alongside Tobias Novak, a homicide detective with whom she shares a complicated - and steamy - history, she's forced to confront her own past even as the Hangman looms in the shadows. But as the mysterious killer circles closer, Julia can feel her own noose begin to tighten...

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Great read and listen..



I really like books on serial killers but, man, I just hate when the story lets you KNOW the person being killed. I don’t want to hear her talk and beg and see her cry as she’s being killed. Just tell me he killed someone and then tell me how the police went about the solving of the case. He can even keep killing; I just don’t want to “meet” the “killee.” Ya’ know what I mean? I really didn’t need to know Rita Gallagher before he killed her in such a horrible way.

I did like Novak and Julia, and that there seemed to be a little more romance from the beginning of the story. Romance just gives you a break from the killer for a few minutes, that’s all I’m saying.

I liked that 25 years passed in between the Hangman’s first victims and his next ones. And I liked all the evidence that showed itself throughout the book, leading Julia and Novak in the right direction. And the deal with Julia’s father?, I never believed it for a second. I liked Andrews too. I wouldn’t mind seeing a story about him in the future. I liked Ken and Wendy and Riggs, too.

The bad guy? I didn’t see that coming, or his helper. He was one sick and vicious A-hole. You didn’t know who he was but it was easy to hate him. (My kind of bad guy.)

Again there wasn’t an ounce of desire or sexual tension in this book but there were 3 pretty explicit sex scenes. And the F-bomb was used 15 times.

My only complaint for this author is I think she’s a little lazy when it comes to her way of describing how someone is saying something. I’ve complained about this before but it’s usually with a male author. Ms. Burton used the word “said” 694 times. That’s way too many for a 350 page book, and it does become very noticeable after the first 400 times. A thesaurus will help find a word you can use instead of “said.”

As to the narration: Christina Traister did a very good job on all the male and female voices and the emotions. I would definitely listen to her again.

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- Trish R.

The trilogy is complete!

The Hangman is an excellent serial killer suspense mystery. The novels is set in Richmond VA. I've down rated this novel by one star because of the excessive time the author spends having Julia and Jim exploring each others bodies rather than working to find the hangman.
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- Wayne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-25-2017
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio