The Hunted: A Thriller
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The Hunted: A Thriller

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A lightning-fast police procedural from an up-and-coming talent, The Hunted introduces ahomicide detective who gets the shock of his life while tracking a most ingenious serial killer

From a writer whose previous works Robert B. Parker declared “compelling . . . swiftly told” and James W. Hall called “top-notch” comes this first electrifying thriller featuring New York City...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published 2009)
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Why I thought about this book was that it was alarming, bloodcurdling because in the story The Hunted a girl named Lucky is watching her dad beat up her mom. Lucky was sent to her room because she is worried that her dad was going to bit her as well. Lucky witnesses her father killing her mother on the floor with nothing on, that's how bad her father beat her up. She was told by her father to not say anything or she was become like her mom. She couldn't hold it and had to tell someone, so she to...more
This was a good vacation book to read. The plot was suspenseful without the aspects of a "thriller", as the title implies. However, one spends most of the reading attempting to determine who is the perpetrator of these brutal serial murders. Many times the author has interjected some tricky feature which would suggest to the reader that this a person is the guilty party. It would be fair to assume that most would not guess who is the murderer until the final pages. It is a good police procedural...more
Sunny Green
This book was the first in my search for great stand-alone thrillers/mysteries and I was not disappointed. This book kept me guessing with every turn of the page. At one point I had the killer pegged to two people and then decided it had to be a particular one. I cast the other suspect aside. I was wrong!!! In a literary world full of mystery series, this book is a great find. It's a thrilling, quick read.
Great thriller. Kept me guessing until the end who the killer was! This is supposedly the first in what will become the Detective Frank Russo series.
The Hunted was a solid police procedural for Wayne Barcomb. Homicide detective Frank Russo has had his ups and downs in life and currently things are down. Recently splitting from his model girlfriend Carla because of his commitment to his job, he is lonely and hoping to find something to help him change his ways. Unfortunately the presence of a new serial killer in the city is pulling his life in two different directions. Committed to capturing this unusual new murderer, he must balance his wor...more

I don’t normally label a book as “awesome,” but Wayne Barcomb’s The Hunted gets a triple-wow from me—because the ending shocked me right down to my toes.

As a child, Lucky witnesses a brutal murder—one that shapes her future in the worst way. She becomes a serial killer, stalking men who can’t normally attract a woman—especially an exceptional beauty like Lucky. Once her victim gets her back to his apartment and starts getting touchy-feely, she whacks him in the head with a wine bottle and beats...more
When Lucky was just eight years old, she witnessed her father killing her mother. Her father tried to make it seem like it was an accident but at the last second, Lucky couldn't go through with it and turned her father in. He was sent away but he would never forget who was responsible for where he is now.

Many years later, Lucky is all grown up and has tried to put her life together pretty well. She had better watch her back, as her father is now a free man. He his one thing on his mind...reveng...more
The Hunted
320 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (April 14, 2009)

Wayne Barcomb author of "Blood Tide", and "Under Current" has not yet written a thriller. The Hunted is his attempt at a detective thriller, yet I think he created a much darker creation that thrives off of brutality and the most sadistic parts of human sexuality. While the hunted does have many dark twisted scenes, including child molestation, and postmortem rape the book does contain humor in two ways; Ironic...more
In this book eight year old Lucky watches her father horribly murder her mother. After telling the poilce what happens her father is then sentence to prison and is realsed after 18 years. Paul is now on a mission to find his long lost daughter and make her pay. While there are a murders going on and dective Frank Russo is working day and night to find the killer. After 6 months being broken up with super hot model girlfriend it just adds to his depression, till he meets a wonderful women named D...more
May 15, 2013 Alexis rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
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I purchased this book today and finished it within 3-4 hours. I could not put this book down. I am the kind of person that normally figures out the end of a mystery book/movie/show about halfway through, yet I was entirely wrong in this case. Barcomb's writing style is not only unique, it is quite inventive. He goes into such great detail the you feel the pain of the characters. It is a twisted book and has such realistic undertones, there is chance it can make one uncomfortable, yet it adds to...more
I was amazed by this thriller. Wayne Barcombe is very clever. I was totally thrown for a loop. The ending is a jaw dropper! I actually had to go back and re-read certain scenes to figure out what I missed. The clues along the way are very subtile. This is why this book is so enjoyable as a thriller. This is a story about a serial killer loose in New York City and a young multi-generational heartbroken cop is under pressure to hunt down the killer and solve the hideous crimes. In addition to the...more
Liz Stevens
Subject matter at some points could be a bit disturbing to some. I couldn't stop flip-flopping as to whodunnit. The characters' lives intertwine in believable ways, with quick glimpses into their thoughts and actions as the timeline progresses, but, with the exception of the main character, never long enough to pin them down. Frank Russo doesn't play out as the stereotype novel detective, which was nice, as that "lone wolf with a bad attitude and a distrust of people" thing can get a tad annoyin...more
A little girl witnessed abuse and murder. She testified in court and the murdered was convicted. Eighteen years later, the killer is done serving his time. He wants to track down the woman to put him behind bars. Frank Russo is a homicide detective who tracks a serial killer and gets the surprise of his life. I was very surprised at the end. It was a little hard to follow because of all the different characters and going back and forth, but it was a good book.
Caley (Katie) Kleczka
Builds suspense. Check. Fairly decent serial killer back story. Check. Kept the killer's identity fairly well hidden until late in the story. Check. Decent detective lead. Check. Rushed, ultimately unsatisfying ending. Double check. Not bad, but could have been wrapped up with more consistency with the overall storyline and characterizations. I ended up really disappointed overall.
Excellent book! I really enjoyed the mystery of it. It had a GREAT TWIST at the end......and I didn't figure it out until about two pages before! I LOVE that! I read the 300+ page book in one day! That's how much I loved it.....couldn't put it down!
Wow, this one was good. I can totally see it being a screenplay. While it wasn't a book that I just couldn't put down, I always looked forward to the next time I would pick it up. And the end? I just had to read it again. Wow. Great book!
Eh, this book probably deserved 2-1/2 stars. It was a quick read and I did find it compelling, but it was pretty shallow and I didn't find the shocking revelation at the end to be very shocking.
This is a really good book! It jumps around a lot and the end is not what you expect. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes thrillers and mysteries!
Well written and plotted. The final twist was well played and unexpected until the final chapter.
This is a thriller that lives up to the genre. You will be guessing down to the very last page!
Nancy Carty Lepri
A compelling and powerful read, this page turner will shock you with its ending!
Laura Salas
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Fast moving and kept me guessing right to the last page!
Good writer. Suspenseful.
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