Today I’m not only sharing my review for the latest book in the Robert Hunter series Gallery Of The Dead by Chris Carter, but thanks to the lovely people at Simon & Schuster who sent me a hardback copy to review (I bought a copy in between this one arriving so now have two copies ) I’m giving you the chance to win a copy of the Gallery Of The Dead, it’s one of the best crime series on the market. Details on how to enter can be found after my review
‘Thirty-seven years in the force, and if I was allowed to choose just one thing to erase from my mind, what’s inside that room would be it.’
That’s what a LAPD Lieutenant tells Detectives Hunter and Garcia of the Ultra Violent Crimes Unit as they arrive at one of the most shocking crime scenes they have ever attended.
In a completely unexpected turn of events, the detectives find themselves joining forces with the FBI to track down a serial killer whose hunting ground sees no borders; a psychopath who loves what he does because to him murder is much more than just killing – it’s an art form.
Welcome to The Gallery of the Dead.
I have long been a fan of Chris Carter’s “Robert Hunter” crime series since I picked up The Crucifix Killer the first book in the series way back in 2009! I always look forward to reading his latest offering. If like me you are a fan of the darker crime thriller, the more gruesome the murder the better(I know I need professional help!) then you really need to buy a copy of Galley Of The Dead. If you haven’t read any of his books don’t be put off by the fact it’s the ninth book in the series because it can easily be read as a standalone without knowing the backstory.
Robert Hunter is one of my favourite fictional crime Detectives, he’s a complex character, but there’s no fictional crime detective or profiler who can read a crime scene or get inside the mind of a killer like Hunter can. Hunter’s partner Garcia has come into his own in this book and his humour adds some light relief to this dark and disturbing read. I did think Chris Carter had made a big mistake by making this book a dual investigation with the FBI, as each character tried to take centre stage I was worried Hunter and Garcia would feature less but my worries were unfounded I’m glad to say, in fact the shift in dynamics within the team actually added to the overall tension.
Chris Carter has an unique way of adding incredible detail to his descriptions of police procedures, crime scenes and profiling that it feels like you are very much part of the team, privy to all the clues, assisting in joining all the dots together to capture a psychopath before they kill again. The author is known for his graphic crime scenes and the ones in Gallery Of The Dead are no different, each murder is unique in concept and very gory, this is one author’s imagination that knows no bounds, he’s happy to tread where other authors daren’t so this a book I wouldn’t recommend to the faint hearted or the squeamish amongst you.
Gallery Of The Dead is definitely a page turner with a very intriguing serial killer at it’s heart but If I’m honest although I really enjoyed this book it’s not my favourite in the series, I think the personal dynamics within the team coupled with the time spent deciphering the clues left by the killer into feasible theories actually gave this book a different feel to others in the series. Don’t get me wrong it’s still a worthy addition to a cracking albeit gruesome crime series and well worth a read. After reading the last chapter of the book I’m excited to see what happens to Hunter in the next book as Chris Carter leaves the reader with a humdinger of a teaser.
Print Length: 512 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (8 Feb. 2018)
Books in series order
The Crucifix Killer
The Night Stalker
The Death Sculptor
One by One
An Evil Mind
I Am Death
The Gallery of the Dead
First the boring stuff sorry this competition is open to UK residents only, the winner must be following my blog via Twitter, Facebook or my actual blog. The winner will be notified within 24 hours of the competition closing which will be midnight 23rd February 2017. Once you have sent me your postal address one hardback copy of Gallery Of The Dead will be winging its way to you all you need to do to enter is click on this link…….Click to enter Gallery Of The Dead #Giveaway