Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Birdman (Jack Caffery, #1)” as Want to Read:
Birdman (Jack Caffery, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Birdman (Jack Caffery #1)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  11,125 Ratings  ·  1,111 Reviews
Greenwich, south-east London. The Met's crack murder squad, AMIP, is called out by nervous CID detectives to a grim discovery. Five bodies, all young women, all ritualistically murdered and dumped on wasteland near the Dome. As each post-mortem reveals a singular, horrific signature linking the victims, officers realize that they are on the trail of that most dangerous ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 10th 2000 by Dell Publishing Company (first published 1999)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Birdman, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Angela Hello,

This series is not supernatural - it is based solely in reality. However, it is suspense filled and can be shocking.
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas HarrisDarkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff LindsayRed Dragon by Thomas HarrisAmerican Psycho by Bret Easton EllisThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
I Like Serial Killers
34th out of 732 books — 1,154 voters
The Da Vinci Code by Dan BrownThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg LarssonAngels & Demons by Dan BrownThe Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg LarssonThe Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
Thrillers
240th out of 2,486 books — 3,122 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Arah-Lynda
Nov 18, 2014 Arah-Lynda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-said
No matter where I lay this book, it immediately improved the visual aspects of that space. True, even when it lay half hazard amid the detritus of day to day. And it is not only the visual aspects that appeal; there is a feeling of what? present. And you’re drawn back, again, considering. This book doesn’t just reside here, it rocks, it rolls, it rules. Great and clever cover art!

Which brings us to the story and it’s a good one. Meet British, Detective Inspector Jack Caffery. He is young, driven
...more
Bill
Mar 03, 2011 Bill rated it it was amazing
Man, what is it about female mystery writers that makes them come up with the most heinous of crimes? From her bio and picture, Mo Hayder seems like such a nice lady. But with Birdman, her debut novel, she launches herself right into the darkest of Val McDermid's territory.

I couldn't burn through Birdman quickly enough. There is nothing not to like about this novel. Take a serial killer with a bizarre signature, an inspector with a dark past and struggling relationship, and short chapters, and
...more
Wayne Barrett
Apr 29, 2016 Wayne Barrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, thriller, mystery, 2016

"In the midnight hour... I cried Mo, Mo, Mo... " Yes, I believe I have become a Mo Fo'n, Mo Hayder fan.

During the first half of this book I would have said that Mo was giving Thomas Harris a run for his money... hell, probably leaving him in the dust. The second half veered a little and I thought the train was in danger of derailing, taking more of a Joe Hill course, but I made it to the end in one piece, still considering this to be an excellent thriller-horror.

Jack Caffery, a good detective w
...more
Tim The Enchanter

Creepy. Creepy. Creepy. - 3

It is my personal belief that given the right set of circumstances ANYONE is capable of murder. If someone tells me that they are not capable of killing another human, I will disagree with them. Having said that, there are some things that I don't believe every person capable of doing. While I might believe your grandma is capable of shooting or poisoning someone, I don't necessarily believe that she is capable of then cutting them up and cooking them in a stew f
...more
Sean Peters
Sep 19, 2015 Sean Peters rated it really liked it
This book was the " Pick It For Me", with my group " A Good Thriller", so thank you to my members that picked this book for me.

Detective Inspector Jack Caffery - young, driven, unshockable - is called to one of the most gruesome crime scenes he has ever seen. Five young women have been ritualistically murdered and dumped on wasteland near the Dome. Subsequent post-mortems reveal a singular, horrific signature linking the victims.

Soon Caffery realises that he is on the trail of that most dangerou
...more
Michael
Pretty good premise on the make-up of the hero detective, but I couldn’t quite deal with the Gothic excess of violence . Your mileage might vary.

Our thirtysomething detective on the London police, Jack Caffery. Is damaged goods. Like a lot of tough guys in crime noir, our man has a troubled past. Caffery lost a brother as a pre-teen kid and obsesses for decades on the likely guilt of his creepy neighbor in his permanent disappearance. Instead of working like Kryptonite, the experience instead ap
...more
Dannii Elle
Hayder gives her readers crime thriller fiction so macabre as to border into the horror territory. This is seriously 'I'm sleeping with the lights on' reading, at its finest!

Birdman is set in the dawn of the new millennium and follows the London Metropolitan Police's Murder team as they attempt to track down a possible contemporary Jack the Ripper serial killer.

Hayder's power is that she shines the spotlight on the quiet, often overlooked, moments and the minutest of details, for added impact
...more
Melanie
Jul 18, 2016 Melanie rated it really liked it
This murder mystery has the usual flawed police detective, Jack Caffery,(who you can't help but like) and just when you think Caffery's got it figured out, think again :-). This is VERY dark, twisted and gory! If you are squeamish this is probably not for you! I can't help but wonder what goes on in the minds of these authors! I'm looking forward to finding out what else Jack Caffery gets into in the next installment!
Steelwhisper
This was a deeply unpleasant experience. There may be spoilers in this review....



(view spoiler)
...more
Jean Coldwell
May 11, 2015 Jean Coldwell rated it liked it
I am giving this 3-1/2 stars.

The title character in Mo Hayder’s Birdman is nowhere near as benevolent as Jack Stroud, the infamous prisoner of Alcatraz. No, no, no. This “Birdman” is far more deviant. In this first of the Jack Caffrey novels, Hayder creates an extremely perverted, sadistic plot that takes us to a place where most would rather not go. This Birdman is given the name for an entirely different reason than one might expect.

The corpse of a prostitute is found in a remote location in G
...more
Suzy
Propulsive! I was out of breath at the end of this, but Hayder lets us down easy in the excellent last chapter. This is really a 4-star book, but I deducted a star because of the many disturbing graphic descriptions of the murders. Maybe only one or two other mysteries that I've read have been this grim. I almost abandoned it several times during those scenes, but the multiple layers, Jack Caffrey and his back story, the portrayal of the psychology behind the crimes and the cast of characters ...more
Matt Garcia
Apr 12, 2014 Matt Garcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent mystery novel. Mo Hayder manages to create a superb and frighteningly real detective that I became totally engrossed in reading about. The graphic violence and detestable nature of the antagonist paired with an eclectic cast of characters made this book a fantastic read. Jack Caffrey is a truly empathetic character and I found myself engaged throughout the entire mystery. The Birdman's M.O. was also quite unique and inventive. Violent, bloody, disgusting, and intriguing. "Birdman" ...more
Brenda
Nov 25, 2014 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will continue on with more from this author. I was warned it was gruesome, which it was, but this did not turn me off at all.
Mona
Nov 24, 2014 Mona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This very dark and brutally gory book is the first in the Jack Caffery series by British crime writer Mo Hayder.

London Detective Inspector Jack Caffery, newly assigned to a particular investigative unit, gets involved with a frightening case involving a serial murderer. The case has a number of false starts and twists and turns. Several times when they think they've found the perpetrator, they've been "barking up the wrong tree". Caffery is a brilliant young detective with nerves of steel and gr
...more
Jim
Jul 06, 2016 Jim rated it did not like it
This looked interesting, but started off slow & never really got me going. Might have been the format, although the reader wasn't bad, but I did want to move him & the story along. Seemed very realistic, maybe too much so. Police procedure isn't exciting as it is on TV.

I also didn't care much for the main character. Again, he wasn't awful, but nothing about him drew me in. None of the others did, either. There were also a couple personal issues the MC was dealing with. His neighbor was o
...more
Jason
Feb 23, 2013 Jason rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was rather conflicted about this book(it was a quick and sometimes diverting read) - but one thing about it WAS clear. To me, it is books like this - that become popular with comments about how "great" they are...that make me realize how easily most readers are pleased and entertained by the lowest common denominator.

Books just like this are a dime a dozen. The story may be slightly engaging with a few twists - but the writing is hackneyed and redundant and the characters are insipid caricatu
...more
Sofia
Apr 02, 2016 Sofia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leio alguns policiais, principalmente porque estão em todo o lado (especialmente com o boom do policial nórdico), mas cada vez mais me parecem todos iguais.
Este de Mo Hayder foi uma lufada de ar fresco. É um "clássico": contém todos os elementos que fazem um bom policial, é macabro q.b., está bem escrito, os personagens compõem o leque habitual dos policiais, tem uma background story quase tão boa quanto a história do livro. Em suma, é viciante.
Vou, sem dúvida, ler os volumes seguintes do Dete
...more
Chad Sayban
Apr 20, 2016 Chad Sayban rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended, own
Detective Inspector Jack Caffery has a lot on his mind. He has a girlfriend he doesn’t love. He has a neighbor haunting him who may have murdered Jack’s brother years ago. He has parents who don’t want to be around him. And now he has five mutilated bodies that were found buried at a construction site in Greenwich, England. Soon Jack finds that it is not just the killer he is fighting against. There are others in the Major Crime Investigation Unit who don’t want to see him succeed. Jack isn’t ...more
Best Crime Books & More
Mar 02, 2015 Best Crime Books & More rated it really liked it
I have been meaning to read this series for a long time and finally made a start. It’s always exciting when you start a new series and this one certainly got my attention. Jack Caffery is certainly a great lead and his very clear and troubling issues actually made him more likeable. He is called into a murder scene which I was expecting to be like numerous others I’ve read about. One thing that was very apparent from the start right through to the end is that this book is not for the faint ...more
Jamie
Oct 26, 2014 Jamie rated it it was ok
The story was OK. The graphic nature of the subject didn't bother me, but some readers may find it off-putting.

However a couple of minor things annoyed me enough to knock a star off the rating. The first thing is badly researched cars. The badness of this research would probably not have annoyed me if not for the fact that... The cover blah proclaims these books are '100% authentic, drawing on her research association with UK police...'

I beg to disagree because if it was well researched the
...more
Lisa Nakamura
Mar 12, 2013 Lisa Nakamura rated it it was ok
A pretty good yarn with some twists, but I thought the author wallowed in the gore excessively and lost sight of developing the characters. The characters are thin stereotypes and even the main character's development is choppy and not well rooted. That the author relies on detailed description of the gross and gory is, I think intended to provide realism and some street cred for the author, which it does, but then goes on and on overshadowing the needs of the characters to give richness to a ...more
Chris
Oct 02, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing
This book is like a ride that starts out rather slow and appears harmless enough until you realize, too late, that it is about really mess you up. I was reading along, enjoying the tour of London and the exposure to British terms that I had never heard before, admiring the detail of the forensics (I was thinking of calling this CSI London), getting into these interesting characters, trying to solve the clues and only getting it partially right---which I am sure is what the author intended, and ...more
Jack Wilson
On an early morning in mid-May, young DI Jack Caffery finds himself called upon to investigate the murder of a young woman, who's corpse has found found at the Millennium Dome in Greenwich, south east London. Her body is brutalized, mutilated beyond recognition. What makes this case more terrifying, the discovery of four more corpses - all female, all ritualistically, savagely murdered.

Caffery is an extremely damaged man, haunted by the abduction of his brother Ewan years back, to this day he s
...more
Siobhan
Jul 03, 2015 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mo Hayder is one of those authors I always meant to pick up and read but always managed to find something else to pick up. In the end, I decided to give her a go despite my initial hesitation. Of course, this brought about a new kind of problem: which book did I start with. I battled between a standalone or starting the Jack Caffery series. As you can see, I decided upon the latter. Namely because I’m a sucker for a good crime series, but also because I felt as though it was best to start where ...more
Maria
May 05, 2011 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Depois de ter lido Pele da autora e de ter tido opiniões fantásticas de algumas colegas de blogues e do facebook, não resisti comprar e a ler este livro e não estou nada arrependida. Este livro ainda é melhor do que o anterior.
Mo Hayder apresenta-nos em Os Pássaros da Morte o primeiro caso do inspector Jack Caffery de uma forma chocante de assassinatos a prostitutas que aparecem mortas num terreno abandonado, mas cujos corpos têm uma particularidade: todos apresentam, junto à caixa toráxica um p
...more
Pat
Jan 20, 2014 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
4.5 stars.
I read 'Gone' by Mo Hayder and was planning to read 'Poppet' next but my husband pointed out that instead of starting a series in the middle (I do that a lot), I should start at the beginning so I picked up the ebook of 'Birdman' from the Jack Caffery series. Wow! What a start to a series! This is a British crime thriller and Ms. Hayder can definitely write a crime thriller. Not for the faint of heart, this is the story of a serial killer with some unique signatures (you have been war
...more
Gina
This was a great book! Full of suspense and twists and turns. I didn't know where the book was headed until the very end. I am so glad that someone recommended this series to me! I have already ordered the next in the series and can't wait to see what Hayder has next for her readers. 4 stars!
Snotchocheez

I probably shouldn't be reviewing this; gruesome police procedurals generally aren't my "thing", although a binge watch of the final season of the Netflix-resurrected series "The Killing" and a glowing review from a GR friend of Poppet (adorned with a creepy porcelain cat thingy on the cover) lured me toward giving Mo Hayder a try.

Ms. (sorry, but it threw me for a bit of a loop that Mo was female) Hayder's first novel (and first of seven "Jack Caffery" novels) Birdman proved to be a promising d
...more
E.
Sep 26, 2015 E. rated it liked it
Shelves: series, dark
First impressions-
I didn't have a connection with any of the characters, really. There were a couple that I found irritating, and looked forward to their demise, but there was no closure as far as that was concerned.
The main character didn't really do it for me. Yes, he had a loss in his past, but that secondary story didn't intrigue me. He had a crappy girlfriend, but that didn't draw any sympathy from me. Dump her, move on.
The first half of the book kind of dragged for me. It was procedural.
...more
Tam (Mystereity Reviews)
I thought I'd take a break from cozy mysteries and read a real mystery for a change. This one was recommended by a friend, with the caveat that it was gory. And there were moments when it was a little bloody, but after reading Stuart MacBride, I 'd have to say it was lite gory. Like, PG-13 gory, not R gory.

DI Jack Caffrey is called out to an industrial field where a woman is found brutally murdered. Soon, more bodies are found and Jack finds himself caught up in the search for a sexual serial k
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Mysteries & Crime...: October read - Birdman 36 138 Nov 02, 2014 01:48AM  
The Mystery, Crim...: September Buddy Read - Birdman 154 172 Sep 30, 2014 03:47PM  
  • Dead Politician Society (Clare Vengel Undercover, #1)
  • Needle in a Haystack
  • From the Ashes
  • The Devil's Cradle (Kendall O'Dell #2)
  • Raven Strike (Dreamland, #13)
  • Meet the Annas: A Musical Novel
  • Gutshot Straight
  • The Retribution (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #7)
  • The Crime of Julian Wells
  • Moscow Sting (Anna Resnikov, #2)
  • County Line
  • 212 (Ellie Hatcher #3)
  • Cold Granite (Logan McRae, #1)
  • The Front Porch Prophet
  • Pets in a Pickle
  • A World I Never Made
  • Black Out (Inspector Troy, #1)
  • The Hunt
74876
Mo Hayder left school at fifteen. She worked as a barmaid, security guard, film-maker, hostess in a Tokyo club, educational administrator and teacher of English as a foreign language in Asia. She has an MA in film from The American University in Washington DC and an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University UK.

Mo lives in Bath with her daughter Lotte-Genevieve.

Series:
* Jack Caffery
More about Mo Hayder...

Other Books in the Series

Jack Caffery (7 books)
  • The Treatment (Jack Caffery, #2)
  • Ritual (Jack Caffery, #3)
  • Skin (Jack Caffery, #4)
  • Gone (Jack Caffery, #5)
  • Poppet (Jack Caffery, #6)
  • Wolf (Jack Caffery, #7)

Share This Book