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When the body of a young woman is discovered in a derelict cottage in the middle of Los Angeles National Forest, Homicide Detective Robert Hunter finds himself entering a horrific and recurring nightmare. Naked, strung from two parallel wooden posts, the victim was sadistically tortured before meeting an excruciatingly painful death. All the skin has been ripped from her f ...more
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Published 2010 by Jentas (first published August 1st 2009)
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Tami I read The Caller first when it was released. I have since also read The Death Sculptor, as I stumbled upon it at a book exchange. They are excellent …moreI read The Caller first when it was released. I have since also read The Death Sculptor, as I stumbled upon it at a book exchange. They are excellent books. I was very excited to read this book, but was a quite taken aback as the style and even the editing is not up to the level of his more recent books. I found that even the way The Crucifix Killer was wrapped up seemed sloppy and hurried.

I would recommend you read The Caller as a better example of his style. I have found it unnecessary to read them in order as any reference to precious books is explained well. (less)
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Aug 01, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Hunter works for the Robbery & Homicide Department in Los Angeles, California and remembers well the serial murders that started two years ago. The kills seemed random, but gruesome; victims were tortured and left to die with only one clue to tie them all to the same killer: an odd double crucifix symbol carved in the back of their necks. With clean crime scenes and no other identifying trademarks, the media and police nicknamed the murderer “The Crucifix Killer.” Thinking RHD had caught ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This gruesome serial killer thriller is the perfect way to launch the Robert Hunter series.

With the body of a young girl is discovered with the same markings as the infamous ‘Crucifix Killer’.
The problem for Hunter and his newly assigned rookie partner Garcia is that the killer had been caught and executed 2 years ago, are they facing a copycat murder or did they convict the wrong person?

Hunter is first introduced hungover with no recollection of the beautiful woman his woken up with, the fact
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant start of a series
A serial killer roaming L.A and trying to right the wrong of society. Clean the filth, wipe the streets clean.

Totally worth the read
Best read this month

Robert Hunter the detective
His nightmare is back
The Crucifix Killer strikes again
But wasn’t he executed a few years ago

Robert got a new partner a rookie
His first case
What a case to investigate

Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book could have been better.

1. I don't think someone killing for revenge would perform such gruesome, torturous, and sadistic acts on their victims.
2. I don't think it was necessary to include the killing theme involving the gangster.
3. I don't understand the reason why a bet had to be placed on a dog race for victim #2.
4. The beginning of Chapter 3 indicates we're going back 5 weeks prior. I would have liked additional reminders of the passage of time along the way.
5. Hunter was initially
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Carter’s debut novel, the reader meets veteran LAPD Homicide Detective Robert Hunter and his new partner, Carlos Garcia. After being called to a murder scene, Hunter and Garcia discover the Crucifix Killer, thought to have been caught years before, is back and will stop at nothing to continue a gruesome rampage. By marking victims with a double crucifix, Hunter knows that this is no copycat, as he did not release this to the press when investigating years before. The Crucifix Killer is one ca ...more
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read Chris Carter’s books in the wrong order. This is something I would really rather not do. However Chris Carter is a genius, in terms of the horror he creates and the way he builds up humanity with the poor murder victims. I had no choice. I started with An Evil Mind and I am Death. I am now back to beginning to the very first story, The Crucifix Killer.

This is very much a debut novel. We are introduced to the great Robert Hunter and his methods. Hunter is an expert in psychology, who
Sean Peters
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In a derelict cottage in L.A, a young woman is found savagely murdered. Naked, strung from two wooden posts, the skin has been ripped from her face - while she was still alive. On the nape of her neck is carved a strange double-cross: the signature of a psychopath known as the Crucifix Killer. But that's not possible. Because, two years ago, the Crucifix Killer was caught and executed. Could this be the work of a copycat? Or is Homicide Detective Robert Hunter forced to face the unthinkable? Is
This was an amazing book! I hadn't read this author before and I was pleasantly surprised as I have now found another author to add to my list. The book gripped me from the first page and kept up the tempo all the way to the end. The story revolves around Detective Hunter and his partner trying to track down a serial killer that is not suppose living as the killer was suppose to have been executed years ago. But victims are stacking up with a carved crucifix on their neck and the detective with ...more
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Jan 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime & Serial Killer Fans
As many of my friends know I am a massive fan of Chris Carter and have kind of read the Robert Hunter series all a bit back to front, which in this case really highlighted for me that this was his first debut novel, it shows. Chris Carter has obviously grown massively as a writer as the books further down this series are a lot stronger and better written than this one. Despite that, this is still a very entertaining read with the usual grotesque killing style of a serial killer that Chris is kno ...more
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't really know where to start with this one. I had seen Chris Carter's name bandied about and came across a couple of books in a Kindle sale which sounded really intriguing so promptly went off and downloaded book one. A few chapters in and it became clear that this is a debut novel. Many a time I stopped and shook my head in wonder because I couldn't believe what I was reading. A combination of Carter's profile and reading this book highlights that Carter knows profiling, but OMG!! The dia ...more
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I've mentioned before, I'm always on the lookout for a good series; these books make great fill-ins when I want a break from tackling my ever-growing list of free-for-review books and standalones from favorite authors that I read just because, well, they're from my favorite authors. Besides that, I'm hoping to find a series that will appeal to my husband, who loves to read the same types of books I do but, for better or worse, is much harder to please.

When a Goodreads friend made me aware of
3.5 stars. Chris Carter's debut novel first published in 2009 introducing LA homicide detective Robert Hunter who is chasing a brutal serial killer. I liked the characters, in particular Hunter and his rookie partner Garcia. Some issues with pacing and authenticity but quite entertaining and considering this was a debut, not bad. Audiobook released February 2017 with excellent narration by Thomas Judd (not available in the US). ...more
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Chris Carter books.
The characters are very strong and the stories are fast paced. Once you start you don't want to put the books down.
An excellent first novel and it left me wanting to read more from this new author.
Tracy Fenton
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cracking start to a highly recommended series. A gruesome and gory serial killer, a tortured detective plus lots of twists and turns. The first in the Robert Hunter series doesn't disappoint. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series now. ...more
Michael Britt
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is by far my favorite book in this genre!! Also one of my new favorite authors, easily! I’ll be continuing this series, without question!!
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to be honest, I only finished this book because I wanted to see how the case was resolved. I felt like this novel was just a clumsy vehicle for the author to show off how much he knows about criminal psychology and profiling (which was his former profession, I believe).

I didn't care about the main character (Robert) and none of his emotional reactions felt real to me. He is one of those too good to be true protagonists, great at everything and faux humble to boot ("I read a lot"). Nor
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Not as good as I expected. Actually I was only going to give it 1 star, but the ending had a great twist I don't think anyone could have expected. It really surprised me, - and I liked that, so 2 it is.

Theres nothing new in this book. A lonely cop, with a new partner - as his old partner died, is trying to crack an old case that have annoyed him for years. The killer calls him after each killing, which only ads to poor police man Hunters insomnia...

I know it’s the writer’s first book,
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I almost didn’t buy this book: it was in a buy one get one half price and I almost changed it for another, yet I’m glad I didn’t. It is safe to say that I have found myself another series that I am going to be working my way through, keeping my eyes opened for new books.

Having recently rekindled my love for crime books I can honestly say that this is one of my recent favourite reads. I found myself working through the book exceptionally quickly, telling myself to put it down and work on other th
J. Lieutenant of Barad Dur
Not bad..
Fast paced, just like a thriller should be.
Even bad guys can become good guys.

A little bit predictable. 4.5 stars.
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chris Carter was a new author to me when I bought this book. I bought it based on the blurb and the cover. I am NEVER ashamed to say that I buy a book based on it's cover, and I generally find that I can't go wrong if I have been drawn in in this way.

I like to read a series from the start, so if I know that I am likely to enjoy a book then I won't read it until I can start from the beginning. Luckily for me, this one was number one, so I was all set to go!

I really enjoyed this one, it was gory
2 months later, I finally finished.

This book didn't really work for me, and I honestly have no real idea why. I just couldn't get into it.

It's a pretty standard action buddy-cop, I-am-very-smart police procedural, on-the-hunt-for-a-serial-killer style novel.

If that's your favourite genre, then go for it. For me it's more of a sometimes, hit and miss genre and this one was sadly a miss - I didn't really enjoy it.

Just not for me.

A year and a half after catching sadistic serial killer The Crucifi
Sean Peters
Great exciting book

My first book by this author, it will not be my last. A great leading character with Robert Hunter, a well written gripping suspenseful fast paced action thriller.

Great twists, shocks and hints of humour in the two main leads

A great book and highly recommended
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a terrific although plenty gory serial killer story. I was quite eager to read this one since the author did so many episodes of X-Files
Sep 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whoa! Graphic, sadistic violence alert. I’d been warned and I’ve read similar levels in the occasional JD Robb and all of John Sanford, back before his stuff got too much for me(within four books). So if all of these are like this I’ll probably give up fairly quickly. But I like the main character. Along with the usual manly attributes, he has some original aspects to him. So I’ll try another. The plot was standard serial murder stuff and I spotted the prime suspect the moment that character was ...more
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My sister has been raving on about Chris Carter for some time now and I have seen him appear more and more on Amazon. I had two of his books sitting on my Kindle for months and decided it was time to give one of them a go. Chris Carter has released a total of 4 books and they all feature the main character Detective Hunter and his partner Garcia. I picked up the crucifix Killer this morning. It may give you an indication how much I enjoyed it that I am writing the review today!

As many people who
The first installment in the chilling Crime-Detective series by Chris Carter begins with the murder of a young women who is found in a derelict cottage killed in hideously sadistic manner. The brutally tortured body of the woman plays the horrendous scenes in Detective Robert Hunter's mind. With no face on the body to recognize, Hunter's frustration is palpable. But when Hunter witnesses a strange double-cross that has been carved on the nape of the woman's neck, it brings back the horrific imag ...more
Brenda H
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Hunter and his new partner are called to a crime scene at a derelict cabin in Griffith Park. What they find there is the stuff of nightmares – a woman brutally tortured and left to die. Worse, a symbol on the body pointing to a serial killer that was captured and executed years ago. Is this the work of a copycat or was the wrong man convicted? Hunter and Garcia are about to find out as the killer’s work has only begun.

I liked this book. I was immediately hooked by the opening and quickly
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Likable characters Detectives Hunter and partner Garcia are on the trail of a serial killer in the L.A. area. The main problem - the bad guy was caught and executed 2 years before.

Fast paced procedural with some gruesome deaths.
I did read a later novel first in this series because I made the assumption that Chris Carter was the same fellow from the X-files, and he most certainly is not even if Mulders skill as profiler would not be wasted in this series.

My biggest gripe is that we start the book with the beginning of the ending of the hunt for a serial killer in which Robert Hunter detective extra-ordinaire has to save his partner from the hands of the killer. I recognize the attempt of giving the opening of the book s
Good start to this series. The characters are good and the story was interesting enough to keep me reading. The ending has a surprising reveal too which is always good in books of this nature. The only thing that let it down a little for me was a lack of 'action'. Now, I'll just go and use my hands as whistles haha. ...more
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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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