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The Executioner

(Robert Hunter #2)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  12,862 ratings  ·  899 reviews
A terrifying serial killer thriller staring Detective Robert Hunter - in the bestselling tradition of Jeffery Deaver and Richard Montanari

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
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Kindle Edition, 536 pages
Published July 8th 2010 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published July 1st 2010)
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Brian Jeffery Yes I have, and it is a very good read. Chris Carter writes a ggod story, and it is not complicated. Lots of twists and turns.

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Mario the lone bookwolf
The idea of making it personal and investing, time, effort, and hate to find the most feared death and torture method s is something ungrateful victims ought learn to appreciate because, in heaven or pandemonium, targets of more animalistic and primitive serial killers will certainly be envious that these was been given a special treatment they couldn´t hope for, just oldfashioned, anachronistic stuff such as stereotypical torture, rape, and mutilation without the sadist´s time and love invested ...more
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
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
Matt
Oct 02, 2013 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
Brenda
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay....It's official. Chris Carter is my new favorite author!!! Since finishing this book I will definitely be reading the rest of the series. Already have them on their way to me via Amazon. Let's just talk about the author a minute. He's from Brazil and is part Italian. Was an exotic male dancer and played in various rock bands before deciding to write. It's true, I have a big ole' fan girl crush on him. I mean what's not to love? Oh yeah and he writes some darn good books as well. ...more
Brenda
Dec 17, 2014 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. ...more
Petra
Enjoying this series on audio. Could have done without the supernatural element and Robert Hunter is just too perfect, but apart from that, exciting and dark story, onto book 3.
Lisa
Aug 10, 2014 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 others when he
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Kylie H
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Imagine your worst fear..." when I see things like this written in the blurb, it often sets the book up for failure in my opinion, however in this case, I realised I had never really imagined my worst fear until this author thought up a few new ones for me!!
This is the second book in the Robert Hunter series and like The Crucifix Killer this did not hold back on the violence and nightmarish murder scenes.
In this book Hunter appears to be racing against time to find the link between a killers vi
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Mark
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are writers and books you cannot wait when you get your hands on them to start reading them, this second book of the serie written by Chris Carter (not of the X-files series, but still the reason I encountered this series) about detective Robert Hunter. In all honesty I admit reading this series out of sequence as they are not always that easy to come by.

Once again Hunter and his partner Garcia get called and visit a crime scene that is somewhat graphic in nature and it turns out to be the
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 Olivermagnus
In the second book of the Robert Hunter series, Hunter and his partner, Carlos Garcia, are faced with capturing one of the most vicious serial killers they have ever come across. Be warned, the crime scenes are very gruesome and should be read only by someone with a strong stomach. The Executioner is killing people who don't seem to have anything in common and he's doing it in ways that match each of the victim's biggest fear. Each victim is marked with a number drawn in blood so it's up to Hunt ...more
Mort
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 STARS
I had to give myself a couple of days after finishing the books before I wrote this review.
This is the second book I’ve read of this author. If I had to give him a rating for the story alone, it would be a solid 5 stars. He’s inventive with his murders, his writing is comfortable to read in the sense that he doesn’t use big or foreign words, which makes it easy and enjoyable, and he manages to hide his killer until late in the book. More than that, I think he’s a damn good writer.
However…
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Danni Taylor
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, 5-stars
⭐ 5 Stars ⭐

Another great book from Chris Carter, I loved it! I was hooked right from the first chapter and couldn’t put it down. The chapters were really short, making it easy to read and seem relatively fast-paced even though it was a longer book. I know some people are not fans of 3-or-so page chapters, but the plot is great if you can look past this aspect. It does give the book a little less of a continuous flow, however, I liked the style.
 
The story of this book was gripping as well as the
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Highwind
Aug 06, 2012 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.
Honestmamreader
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What another fantastic book by Chris Carter. This bloke sure knows how to write gruesome, stomach churning scenes 😯 I actually felt quite sick reading some of the methods of torture and killings that were used in this story.

A serial killer on the loose who preys on the victims worst fears to torture and kill them, Carters description made you feel the pain that the victim was going through or had gone through, there were times I was glad we only got a description of the aftermath and not first
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➸ Gwen de Sade
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Yay me for discovering this, Chris Carter is so addictive. 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.
Andrew
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you don't mind gritty books, this is an excellent crime series. A good group of characters has been pulled together, and a very interesting main character in Robert Hunter. The author also gets the reader fully involved in the story by leaving plenty of clues. Originally I thought I had the killer identified but towards the end I realised it wasn't him but the clues were all out there. I thoroughly recommend this series. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ...more
Michael Britt
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet another awesome addition to the Robert Hunter series. The only thing that bugs me is how it seems EVERY woman in LA is super attracted to Hunter. Other than that, I’m loving this series! Superb pacing, great action scenes, and some seriously messed up serial killers. Like I said in my last review, you can tell that Carter has had some first hand experience in his subject matter (he was a criminal psychologist). Dude creates some seriously messed up scenes. I love it!!
Gary
Dec 01, 2012 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.
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Lainy
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time taken to read - 2 days

Pages - 472

Publisher - Simon & Schuster

Source - Bought

Blurb from Goodreads

Imagine your worst fear - and then meet your worst nightmare...

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. Later, the forensic team discover that, on the victim's chest, th
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Carol
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: april-challenge
The Executioner by Chris Carter
Robert Hunter series Book #2
5★'s

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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. Later, the forensic team discover that, on the victim's chest, the figure 3 has been scrawled in blood. At first, Detective Robert Hunter believes that thi
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Nic
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 gruesome stars!

Another great book by one of my favourite authors. You can’t go wrong with Chris Carter books; short, snappy chapters that keep you guessing, brilliantly written characters and twists and turns you don’t see coming.
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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Danni The Girl
Second in the series and this was gruesome.
Serial killer running around L.A killing people in the way they most feared.
Personally for me I found this absolutely terrifying. The horror behind this makes the hairs of the back of your neck stand up.

I found the similarities between this one and the first one become apparent very quickly and I hope to see in the rest of the series that Carter breaks these, to give the reader a more element of surprise.

Very well planned. A very thoughtful read in
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Sou
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I truly like Hunter and Garcia! I like the way Hunter’s mind works and how he analyzes things! He reminds me of my boys in Criminal Minds but tbh he’s like a tackier version! I mean you can be smart but you can never be Spencer Reed smart! So I liked the book but for some reason the ending was utterly anticlimactic to me! I faced the same issue with the ending of the crucifix killer! I mean the suspense was all there but the ending just didn’t do it for me! Also, this Mollie girl and her storyli ...more
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
Siobhan
Oct 11, 2014 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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Jo Cleobury
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a page turner! Simply genius!
Cerisaye
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thriller
Another outing for Robert Hunter and LAPD's Special Homicide Division. Pretty much more of the same, following on from Book one, so ever-more gruesome ways for a fiendish serial murderer to wreak vengeance on those responsible for making him/her into a killer.

I love the criminal psychology that makes up so much of Carter's books, and how he manages to humanise the monsters of his creation, who have good reasons for what they do. The writing isn't going to win any awards, though I'd say it's imp
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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
Ivy_Lost_inside_Pages
Was the First Book I read of Mister Carter after a friend told me I should ready of him. I enjoyed this one and I think it wouldn’t be the last one I read Of him. He writes classy good thrilled stuff 🖤✨
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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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