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The Executioner (Robert Hunter #2)

4.36  ·  Rating Details ·  4,032 Ratings  ·  299 Reviews
Inside a Los Angeles church, on the altar steps, lies the blood-soaked, decapitated body of a priest. Carefully positioned, legs stretched out, arms crossed over the chest, the most horrifying thing of all is that the priest's head has been replaced by that of a dog.
Paperback, 480 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Pocket Books (first published 2010)
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Maria
A sinopse de O Carrasco do Medo saltou-me à vista e quis logo pegar nele. Não li o primeiro livro de Chris Carter, mas nem isso me fez demover de ler o seu segundo livro publicado em Portugal, pela Topseller.

A violência é o prato principal de O Carrasco do Medo. Começa pelo assassinato de um padre com requintes que excedem o impensável. O padre, querido pela comunidade, é decapitado e, no lugar da sua cabeça, está uma cabeça de cão.

O detective chamado para a cena do crime já é conhecido dos le
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Brenda
May 24, 2016 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I've now realized I don't care for supernatural happenings in my detective/crime fiction. This was interesting to me until a character showed up with "visions." I liked the premise that people were being killed by their worst fear; that could have been a real psychological thriller for me.
Lisa
Jan 02, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-loved
The Executioner by Chris Carter was more gruesome than the Crucifix Killer Carter i must say has gone into great detail about how a serial killers mind works.

A priest Father fabian is found with his head decapitated & a slain dogs head pressed into his neck so detective Robert Hunter & detective carlos Garcia are brought in to solve the case.

While looking into father Fabians past the find out he predicted his own death & the way it was going to happen. turns out he was a bully to oth
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Paulo Pires
Dec 06, 2016 Paulo Pires rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4.8 Espantoso ...

« O Carrasco do Medo é o segundo livro da série #Robert Hunter.

Um macabro assassinato ocorreu numa pacata igreja de Los Angeles. O corpo do pároco foi encontrado, decapitado e com sinais de extrema violência.

A violência é tal que consegue afectar a experiente Unidade Especial de Homicídios! Os indícios levam a pensar em rituais satânicos ... mas a realidade é muito mais cruel ...

Gostei muito deste livro, achei-o espantoso!

Alerto para o nível de violência, que alcança elevados
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➸ Gwen de Sade
Aug 18, 2016 ➸ Gwen de Sade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Yay me for discovering this, Chris Carter is a crazy-good author. Unputdownable - I had a friend over for ten hours and still finished it in one day. Why not 5 stars? Robert Hunter is too one dimensional for my taste. You know, no Cormoran Strike, but still likeable.

Extracreepy: the murderer in the book is playing with his victims by making their worst nightmares come true and I was just thinking about mine. Probably losing all my teeth. Yuk, no. Shivers.
Lady*M
Much better - more coherent, tighter book than the first Robert Hunter novel. The point of view - which was jarring in the first book - is more focused (although still not what I prefer) and even the dialogue was better. That said, Hunter is still the rainmaker - brilliant, practically flawless - which doesn't make him really sympathetic, and he always has an ace up his sleeve, which makes him annoying. If he can get out of any situation, what is there to be afraid of (that second set of handcuf ...more
Craig "NEEDS MORE DAMN TIME TO READ !!!!"
Well, another great read. The overall story was better than the first book BUT if you are like myself who loves old 80's horror / slasher movies you will work out the motive quite quickly haha. There was a character introduced that helped the cops with her 'visions', could have been awkward seeing as this series doesn't have fantastical elements but I felt it worked well enough.

The good thing is you where kept guessing who the killer was which was made more difficult due to the inclusion of ano
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Xana
Oct 22, 2016 Xana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Que livro fantástico.
Já tinha adorado o anterior, e pensava que não podia ficar melhor, mas ficou..
Capítulos curtos, com um ritmo alucinante, descrições fortes.. brutais mesmo.
Adorei saber mais sobre Robert, adorei a personagem Mollie.
Estou ansiosa pelo próximo. Chis Carter passa para os meus autores favoritos.
Recomendo sem reservas
Jacqueline Oestringer
Der Vollstrecker - Ich weiß, wovor du Todesangst hast

der Autor:

Chris Carter, geboren 1965, studierte in Michigan forensische Psychologie und beriet viele Jahre die Staatsanwaltschaft. Dann zog er nach Los Angeles, dem Schauplatz seiner Thriller-Serie um Detective Robert Hunter. Chris Carter wurde 1965 in Brasilien als Sohn italienischer Einwanderer geboren. Er studierte in Michigan forensische Psychologie und arbeitete sechs Jahre lang als Kriminalpsychologe für die Staatsanwaltschaft. Dann zog
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Siobhan
Apr 07, 2015 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had high hopes for this book following the first and I was not disappointed in any way. In fact, I can honestly say I enjoy the series so much that it has taken up the position of my second favourite crime series. In case you’re curious as to what my first is, it’s Sharon Bolton’s Lacey Flint series which I highly recommend. Still, if you haven’t jumped into the Robert Hunter books I highly recommend you do.

Throughout you’re faced with twists and turns, questions going unanswered until the rig
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Emina
Robert Hunter ne posustaje, i dalje je najbolji detektiv zapadne hemisfere. Čovjek sve kuži i nepresušna je riznica znanja. Ima pokuju manu ali one su tu da samo istknu njegovu tri ssuperiornost u odnosu na sve ostale. Čovjek spava sata.
Inače, sam slučaj nije los dapače. Vrlo zanimljivo,i sama istraga kao i njen tok su definitivno najkvalitetniji dijelovi knjige.
Nastavljam sa serijalom.
Henri Moreaux
A good serial killer novel is hard to find amongst the chaff of modern rushed to print novels.

This is a good serial killer novel.

It's the second in the series but that doesn't prevent it from being an enjoyable read (I didn't read the first); and you still have plenty of character depth without reading the first book.

Worth a look!
Gary
Jul 25, 2015 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent of my new favorite author.
The style of writing is very similar to James Patterson's Alex Cross series, but in my opinion where James Patterson books have gone a little stale the Robert Hunter series is fresh and goes up another level.
Chris Carter uses his psychology background to good effect and produces some excellent novels.
Milan Raška
Jun 21, 2015 Milan Raška rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Skvela detektivka. Trochu jsem se bal, aby vrah nebyl zase nekdo totalne necekany, kdo nas provazi celou knihou a nebyl tam tolik popularni (casto absolutne nesmyslny) twist. Nastesti tomu tak nebylo a cely pribeh byl absolutne skvele a napinave vystaven. Chris si tak zajistil mou pozornost pro dalsi knihu, na kterou se hned vrham.
Highwind
Aug 06, 2012 Highwind rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-to-avoid
I have no idea why this book has so many excellent reviews. This is simple torture porn that uses gruesome scenes of murder and animal abuse to cover up the lack of true suspense and original plot.
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I read the Chris Carter’s debut novel The Crucifix Killer before starting this one. I was so taken with it and the characters (Det. Robert Hunter and his partner Garcia) that I immediately started on book 2. With Carter’s history of studying psychology and criminal behaviour there is a real authenticity to his books along with characters that are extremely likeable. Robert Hunter and his partner Garcia start this book with attending a crime scene inside a Los Angeles church. Very early on it bec ...more
Matt
Mar 02, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carter returns with an explosive second thriller, as exciting as The Crucifix Killer. When a priest is found horrifically murdered in his own church, Detectives Hunter and Garcia begin the investigation into the odd and ritualistic act, unsure who or what is lurking in the shadows. What looks like a horrific killing on the surface soon becomes part of a string of brutal slayings with a focus on the deepest fears of the victims. The storyline is soon picked up by a young reporter who wants nothin ...more
Miriam
Sep 11, 2016 Miriam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5 Sterne.
Tracy Fenton
Aug 30, 2016 Tracy Fenton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast paced dark and disturbing crime thriller which is not for those with a weak stomach. Robert Hunter is a brilliant character and I look forward to reading the rest in the series.
Lemniscat
Jan 30, 2016 Lemniscat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a good thriller with a complicated plot. I had not figuered who the executioner was. Four stars because the conclusion was a little hasty in my opinion.
Katrin
Verdammt, Carter ist gut!
Miriam Smith
Jan 15, 2017 Miriam Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I don't quite know what goes on in Chris Carters head but boy does he have an imagination!! This book sucks you in from the very first page and does not let go until you're finished. "The Executioner" may not be for the squeamish but it is definitely for me, exactly what I like in my murder/serial killer novels......gore, possible sadistic ritualistic murders, by a killer who knows exactly "what scares you to death", police detectives that you form a relationship with and a storyline that h ...more
Tyrone
Sep 30, 2011 Tyrone rated it liked it
This is the 2nd Chris Carter novel i've read and the 2nd in his Detective Robert Hunter series. I have to admit, i picked the 1st one up priced very reasonably, in a supermarket, partly because i thought it might be by the same Chris Carter responsible for 'X-Files' which i only watched sporadically, and 'Millenium' which was one of the best TV series of the 1990's. Rather disappointingly it wasn't.

Ok, because I can't be bothered to write two reviews and the similarities over what i would say ab
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Mella
Aug 07, 2014 Mella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inhaltsangabe (Quelle Ullstein Verlag):
Ein Priester wird geköpft, seiner Leiche ein Hundekopf aufgesetzt. Eine Frau verbrennt bei lebendigem Leibe in einem verlassenen Haus. Eine weitere wird an den Füßen aufgehängt und in ihrer eigenen Badewanne ertränkt. Detective Robert Hunter und sein Kollege Garcia sind auf der Jagd nach einem brutalen und gewissenlosen Killer. Ein Killer ohne Erbarmen, der weiß, was seine Opfer am meisten fürchten.

Meine Einschätzung:
Nun habe ich auch den 2. Fall des Ermit
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Mike Lee
Sep 17, 2016 Mike Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

This is the 2nd book of Chris's I have read and I will be buying the next one. Great thrillers can't put down
laura m
May 24, 2015 laura m rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: american crime fiction readers?
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Francesca
I have not read the first book in the series because my mother does not believe in starting from the beginning when buying books. I did think it was odd that everyone kept talking about this other case that never became relevant to the book until I realised that Chris Carter had already written an entire book about that case wherein apparently important things happened. Also, this book had a ridiculous number of chapters. Seriously, you do not need to insert chapter breaks in to the middle of co ...more
Colette Lamberth
I loved The Crucifix Killer so I wanted to read more of the Robert Hunter series but was a wee bit worried that they wouldn't be as good. I shouldn't have been concerned as this is another cracker of a book. The joy of a series is that it doesn't take you long to get the characters back in your minds eye. That said I'm comfortable that The Executioner could be read as a standalone but why would you?! I'm not sure what the literary equivalent of watching through your fingers is but that's what I ...more
Mary Johnson
Jun 17, 2015 Mary Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr Carter, you are one sick puppy - and I love it! "If Carling wrote...." Serial killers, they would be as sick as this one and I loved it! Clever plot with some nice twists and turns that kept this veteran of murder mystery guessing. Some great characters surfaced that I really hope make guest appearances in other books of the series. This book gets my rarely achieved Five Star Award. If dark and nasty death is your cup of tea, this book is for you.
Lynne McCartney
May 04, 2016 Lynne McCartney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved The Crucifix Killer so was looking forward to this, and it didn't disappoint! Robert Hunter is once again a great character, and Garcia a great sidekick. Good story and short chapters that want to make you keep on reading, with the adrenalin building as the book hurtles to its conclusion. Would recommend to readers of the crime/thriller genre, and I look forward to reading the next one!
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Biographies can be an absolute drag, so I won’t bore anyone with a long life story.

I was born in Brasilia, Brazil where I spent my childhood and teenage years. After graduating from high school, I moved to the USA where I studied psychology with specialization in criminal b
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Robert Hunter (8 books)
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