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unCovered Review by Debbie Brahmi, Librarian, ACLS
First of all, J.D. Barker is no relation to
Clive Barker (I checked!) but if you enjoy a “horrific” read now and then, pick
up THE FOURTH MONKEY. Even though this book is
basically a crime story, classic cop vs. serial killer, be prepared for graphic
violence and a deep dive into the mind of a seriously evil human being. This is
an intense, dark, and disturbing story, not everyone’s cup of tea.
The Four Monkey Killer has been terrorizing
the people of Chicago for five years until his body is found at the scene of an
accident. It appears the deceased has thrown himself into the path of a
bus. The body holds several clues as to the identity of the killer, including a
diary, which Det. Sam Porter hopes will help him and his team unravel the
mystery and find the last missing victim before she dies.
Meanwhile, Sam Porter is battling a few demons
of his own…
Barker’s fast-paced writing style keeps you
interested from the very beginning. This is a book you will literally not want
to put down. Fans of SE7EN and THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS will
thoroughly enjoy THE FOURTH MONKEY, and the thrills keep coming in
the 4MK sequels THE FIFTH TO DIE and THE SIXTH WICKED CHILD.