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The Fourth Monkey (A 4MK Thriller)

by J. D. Barker

Series: 4MK (1)

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A gruesome detective novel worthy of a Silence of the Lambs. Better actually. ( )
  jefware | Aug 28, 2018 |
How good are you at your job? Could you handle the pressure and the responsibility of finding someone in two days time before they meet their untimely death?

Sam Porter is a homicide detective of twenty plus years and still receives phone calls that make his stomach drop. His homicide partner, Nash, calls Porter warning him that an "old friend" has left a calling card. What Porter is unable to piece together is why a homicide detective is being called to a suicide case, of man versus machine.

With the victim's face destroyed, the only identifying marker is a little white box with a neatly tied black bow. That little box brings memories spanning five years, 21 similar boxes, and 7 victims. No leads, no clues, until today.

This time was different; everything meticulously placed. An immediate hidden identity makes the investigators hone in on the other clues deliberately left behind- most revealing, a diary detailing an event in the killer's childhood that made him turn into a killer. The only disconcerting clue was the contents of the white box; a human ear- which marks the first of three identical packages followed by the inevitable body drop.

The three white boxes and body crudely mimics the ancient teachings of Confucius depicting man's life cycle. One including monkeys; hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil, with the lesser known do no evil. The killer adopted this mantra for life, taking his victims ear, eyes, tongue, and finally the final kill to parallel the original text. With the killer presumed dead, a fresh ear in the box, and two days to find the victim, the pressure is on to find what could be the last victim of The Fourth Monkey Killer.

I can't tell you the last time I read a psychological thriller. Especially one I read as fast as this. Not since "The Roanoke Girls" have a read such a train wreck that I was unable to look away for fear of missing something.

Arguably, one of the key components to keep readers interested and the story moving along is the diary. Whether to serve as a distraction or assistance is purely up to the reader. The diary reflects on a traumatic incident that happened during the killer's childhood.

When was the last time you tried remembering something from your childhood? Most of the time you get a few details mixed up (usually something your parents correct you on) but the meat of the story is there. So it begs to question whether or not reflecting on a traumatic even as an adult is it 100% truth? Or has the child mind blocked out certain things and the adult mind filled in the holes?

Another thing I noticed, and quite liked, is that the chapters are short. I was anxious to get through certain chapters JUST to read the Diary chapters, because I just HAD to know what went on in this child's life that brought him to severing people's ears and leaving them in little boxes!

From page one, Barker's slight of literary hand is absolute genius. He builds tension and then rips the rug right out from under you, just to do it all over again. He will have you guessing at this well written who-done-it, all the way to the end, and you will be so unsatisfied that the book is over that you'll read it all over again. ( )
  mspoet569 | Aug 18, 2018 |
A great, clever original thriller. A book Thomas Harris would be proud of writing. A new Author to be watched. And a thrilling series to devour. ( )
  silversurfer | Jul 17, 2018 |
52-year-old Sam Porter has been hunting 4MK for years, without much luck. The killer's victims appear to have nothing in common and no evidence that could be used to identify him has ever been left behind. But his pattern is clear - it starts with a small white box containing an ear and ends with a woman who is tortured and killed. So, when another box turns up, Sam is back on the job in this grisly mystery thriller. Barker cleverly lures the reader in with minor mysteries that are obvious and easy to guess but then starts building up the tension and complexity with a troubling backstory told through the 4MK's diary entries and adding plot twists that are satisfyingly surprising. Some developments aren't explained as well as they could be but this series launch is an overall gripping read. ( )
  bookappeal | Jul 2, 2018 |
One of the best books of 2017, and now one of my favs. The story of the 4MK killer is absolutely SUPERB. A thriller at it's best.

There are great thrillers, and then, ones that stick to your ribs. This one is both. The Fourth Monkey won't be easily forgotten. ( )
  BenjaminThomas | Mar 16, 2018 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0544968840, Hardcover)

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.
 

(retrieved from Amazon Sun, 12 Feb 2017 03:10:02 -0500)

"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"--… (more)

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