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Vigilante (Vigilante #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  1,075 Ratings  ·  179 Reviews
Montreal . . . the long, hot summer of 1996. . .

. . . and in the dark of night, moving like a shadowy wraith, a vigilante prowls the city's streets.

The targets of his bloody rampage: the worst of the worst.

Murderers. Gangbangers. Rapists.

Six months. Sixteen murders. The harried police are still without a clue . . .

. . . until the day they receive an email from the assassin
Paperback, 252 pages
Published April 22nd 2009 by Claude Bouchard (first published 2009)
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Peter Carroll
May 23, 2012 Peter Carroll rated it liked it
Three things made me read this book.

1. The author has a massive following on Twitter and blogs about Indie writing, handing out advice and tips.

2. The reviews are mostly gushing and fullsome in their praise.

3. It was available as a free download.

I have to admit to being ever so slightly disappointed. It's essentially a good story, well structured, with a few clever twists and touches, and he does a good job of juggling the possibilities and suspects. Unfortunately, I guessed the ending about hal
James Davis
May 18, 2015 James Davis rated it did not like it
Shelves: bad-truly-awful, bad
Rarely have I read a novel so pitifully awful as Vigilante. If I were to write a detailed review of what Claude Bouchard got wrong, it would end up longer than the book itself. Instead, I'll stick with a few basic points.

1. The lead detective is pathetically inept, yet portrayed as a superstar. Now, this *can* actually work if you're making a more personal story focusing on character flaws, but the character portrayals in the book are delivered in such a shallow, "tell, don't show" style that it
Sharon Michael
Jun 04, 2012 Sharon Michael rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by this author but will not be my last, in fact I've already downloaded the next in this series. Maybe not 'quite' amazing but definitely my kind of book.

Fast pace, interesting characters and the author handled the vigilante theme very well, with enough of a twist to keep you involved. While I started to suspect the identity of the killer late in the book it certainly wasn't obvious and the entire plot was fast paced, with the actual killings handled with a relatively ligh
Oct 05, 2013 Dale rated it liked it
I read this out of order but I don't think it matters. I read the second book before this a while back. These are pretty good and I'll continue the series. I have the third one on my bookshelf.

Who is the Vigilante? He's a Robin Hood of sorts killing people that have committed crimes and murders themselves. He is just doing the legal system a favor. He is an expert at hiding himself and all the traces of his activity from the police. Can he be caught? Read and find out.
Cari Foulk
Apr 07, 2010 Cari Foulk rated it it was amazing
You'd think, with years of editing fiction and reading countless queries and manuscripts, that I would be an expert at knowing who-done-it. Claude Bouchard has proven me wrong. I had NO idea what the outcome of this mind-bending mystery would be until the big reveal at the end of the novel. Not a clue!
Brilliantly executed, sharp and concise writing, Vigilante is a stellar example of what a crime / mystery / thriller should be. Perfect.
A must read.
Kathleen Patel
Apr 23, 2012 Kathleen Patel rated it it was amazing
Vigilante was my first step into the inspired world of Claude Bouchard. This spellbinding story kept me guessing until the very end.

A serial killer is busy with a variety of “projects”. You see, this serial killer is on a mission. He wants to rid Montreal of the vermin that keeps good people up at night. He exterminates a variety of criminals. They are the lowlifes that we love to hate; pimps, rapists, drug dealers- you get the idea.

Here is where conflict steps in. While most people feel that t
Oct 06, 2010 Dorothy rated it it was amazing
Claude is a fantastic guy, first of all. He's so sweet and nice... Vigilante is a great crime thriller. I highly recommend it.
Oct 28, 2013 Jody rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from a contest on and I really enjoyed it. I like vigilante justice. I like Charles Bronson and Clint Eastwood and the idea that the law has failed us in respect to really putting away the guilty and so an ordinary man faces great obstacles and gets the justice he deserves. In Vigilante, the vigilante goes even further than exacting revenge for himself. He takes it upon himself to get revenge for those who have suffered at the hands of criminals. The ...more
Simon Jenner
Aug 29, 2013 Simon Jenner rated it it was amazing
A serial killer is on the loose in Montreal but his sights are only set on criminals. But this is more than just a vigilante thriller - it is a cleverly woven mystery with plenty of red herrings thrown in along the way to torment the reader. We are pointed towards one suspect but doubts creep in as the story progresses. Although I had my suspicions as to the vigilante's identity, I wasn’t 100% sure who it was until the last sentence. As soon as I realised that the identity of the vigilante was a ...more
Gracey Castro
Oct 12, 2011 Gracey Castro rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone that loves a fast paced, thrilling read
Recommended to Gracey by: Twitter buzz
When I first started this book I was amazed at how each page pulled me in more. Great start, intriguing middle and a shocking ending. What more can you ask of a great book.

Vigilante makes you side with him, relate and cheer him on. All of the characters come to life to make this story the grand thrill it is.

The Vigilante is a good mannered killer who just wants to clean up the streets without the red tape. McCall is the cop hot on his tail. Power, crime and justice never seemed so fascinating.

Darlene Purcell
Jan 18, 2013 Darlene Purcell rated it it was amazing
I personally found the IDEA of a Vigilante STOPPING a crime before the victim is abused, punishing the criminal in a way that they will NEVER hurt anyone again, FASCINATING!

Cold Blooded Killer or Knight in Shining Armor? I thought the identity of the killer was obvious from the start, was surprised when I began to doubt who it was. Again and again I revised my ideas and finally just gave in and read the story allowing it unfold in its own way.

Claude Bouchard has woven a complex theme with very r
Nov 21, 2012 Sheri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vigilante (Claude Bouchard)

Set in Montreal Lieutenant Dave McCall, the head of the special task force is on a mission to find a killer. This killer calls himself the "Vigilante" and he kills those who he feels deserved to die. He targets murderers, rapists, the meanest killers around.

He teams up with Chris Barry who runs a security firm in computer communications. He is an expert in the computer field. Together they try to stay a step ahead of this killer and try to bring him down before he stri
Richard Louden
Nov 19, 2012 Richard Louden rated it it was amazing
I read 'The Consultant', the second in Claude Bouchard's Vigilante series, a couple of months ago and gave it five stars at the time. I'm giving its predecessor, 'Vigilante', five stars too for exactly the same reasons. It's fast-paced, inventive, full of twists and turns, keeps you guessing and defies you to put it down. It also has the virtue of confronting the reader with a big moral dilemma. How do you feel about a killer who, on one hand, rids society of evil criminals but, on the other, do ...more
Carly Kirk
Not too bad

If I could, I would have given this 3 1/2 stars. It wasn't the best and it wasn't the worst crime/mystery I've read. The author tried for a twist ending, but something about the number of red herrings and the way they were written led me to figure out who the Vigilante was - and I'm not the type that usually even tries to figure that out.

I own the next two books in the series, so I'm going to read them and hope the author's writing grows a little more mature.
Sara Smolarek
Apr 30, 2016 Sara Smolarek rated it it was amazing
I discovered Claude Bouchard through interacting with him on another author's Facebook page (Puppies!). His sassy comments made me chuckle, so I went looking for his books. Lo and behold, I already had Vigilante in my TBR library. I immediately bumped it to the top of the pile.

I can honestly say I haven't been as intrigued, or as baffled, by a thriller/mystery in a long time. The plot kept me guessing. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, red herring clues were thrown in to make me doub
Sep 18, 2014 None rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-ever
I made it a habit to not read authors that spew hate and vitriol. (Source)

from: Claude Bouchard
to: ""
date: Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 8:01 PM
I learned of your pirating site by chance on Facebook and was dismayed to not that you have eight of my books up. Eight! I will not fill out your fucking forms to have them removed, you goddamned, motherfuckers! You are fucking thieves who are robbing me and many other authors who are trying to earn a living with their har
May 10, 2014 Wayne rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly enjoyable debut novel from Claude Bouchard.

Canada, 1996 and the head of Montreal’s Special Homicide Task Force, Lt Dave McCall is chasing his tail trying to find a serial killer. Killing after killing, leaving drug dealers, murderers, rapists and gangbangers dead, leaves the task force clueless, until an untraceable email from someone claiming to be the ‘Vigilante’ gives them a heads-up.

Chris Barry, a young and talented security expert, who is the CEO of an International Security Co
Christine Blachford
Jul 15, 2015 Christine Blachford rated it liked it
It's an interesting premise, this one, but it didn't quite deliver on what could have been a great story. As the title suggests, there's a serial killer on the loose - but the victims are all bad types who "deserve" it. We follow the detective trying to figure out who's behind it, as well as the security firm that he calls in to help crack the case.

There were a few too many characters to start with, it took me a while to understand who was who, particularly as the way they were introduced was of
Miranda  McHenry
May 24, 2011 Miranda McHenry rated it it was amazing
I think I have a new favorite serial killer! I can't really say much about him without spoiling the story. It will simply suck you in and you won't be able to put it down until you finish!

Claude has an amazing way to tell his stories and I can't wait to read more of his work!
Joe Foley
Apr 02, 2012 Joe Foley rated it liked it
Good story with interesting twists. There were too many scene changes, one only a paragraph long, that made the story sometimes hard to follow. Action was done well but sometimes very violent. Dialog was done very well.
Overall, I would reccomend the book to others.
Kim Cano
Jan 06, 2013 Kim Cano rated it it was amazing
I got this book on a free promo. Not usually into reading this genre, but I couldn't put it down and found myself loving the lines the vigilante killer would say before offing his victims. Now I'm on book 2 in the series, The Consultant.
C.J. Wright
Mar 11, 2013 C.J. Wright rated it really liked it
Great start to the Vigilante series, a crime novel with a number of twists that will keep you guessing until the last page. If you like James Patterson, you'll love Claude Bouchard.
Lynn Hallbrooks
This is a mixture of Police Procedural and Mystery/Thriller genres.

The Montreal Police are in search of a man the paper have dubbed the Vigilante. The Vigilante deals out his own form of justice taking out criminals of all kinds and walks of life. The police think of him as a murderer who needs to be caught. Who will win this battle?

I love how Mr. Bouchard interwove the actions of the Vigilante among those of the police and other investigators maintaining his anonymity. We, the reader, have to k
David Bowers
Oct 16, 2013 David Bowers rated it it was amazing
Great addition to his series of mysteries. All true mystery fans should 'discover' Claude before Hollywood does. "The book is always better!"
Susannah Morgan
Apr 11, 2012 Susannah Morgan rated it it was amazing
Bouchard keeps you guessing until the last page! Vigilante has a nicely twisted plot line and believeable characters...a very good read!
Glynis Smy
Jan 23, 2012 Glynis Smy rated it really liked it
I was hooked from beginning to end. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am happy to recommend it as a good read.
Cristyn West
Dec 13, 2010 Cristyn West rated it really liked it
Just read the first 29 pages. Impressed. Very Impressed :-)

Just finished it. My opinion has not changed #impressed
Dec 18, 2015 Sabrina rated it it was amazing
This was my first full length book by Claude Bouchard and I can honestly say that it will not be my last! This first installment in his 'Vigilante Series' was addictive! I started this book this evening and finished it in one night! The action, the subtle misconceptions, the coincidences, all of it combines to make a truly thrilling read. This is a great book to take on a trip or enjoy in some downtime. And (for me) the best news is that Mr. Bouchard has already created more books in this series ...more
Erica Glass
Jan 28, 2014 Erica Glass rated it it was ok
I love reading about vigilantes, so I thought I'd really love this book. There were just too many weird errors to get me to go past 10% (kindle).

The first almost victim in the bar is described as 5'4 and a previous model. Unless she modeled kids' clothes...there's no way a modeling agency would hire someone "short" (I use that term loosely, I'm only 5'0). She also says "oh well life in the 90s" a bunch of times which got annoying. The cop also said "it's in my blood" a bunch of times, also anno
Jul 04, 2012 Grace rated it really liked it
A thriller for sure. Watch out for the language...
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I was born in Montreal, Canada, at a very young age, where I still live with my spouse, Joanne, under the watchful eye of Krystalle and Midnight, two black females of the feline persuasion. In a former life, I completed my studies at McGill University and worked in various management capacities for a handful of firms for countless years. From there, considering my ext
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