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Hunting Fear

(Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #7)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  8,844 ratings  ·  211 reviews
Lucas Jordan has an extraordinary psychic skill that police all over the country find invaluable: he locates missing people. And since being recruited by Noah Bishop for his FBI Special Crimes Unit, Lucas has learned to hone his remarkable ability so that what he does seems little short of miraculous.

He's called in on what appear to be a series of ordinary
Paperback, 350 pages
Published June 28th 2005 by Bantam (first published August 17th 2004)
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Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
2/5 STARS - the very best I can do!

OK ... this is one of those books where I wonder if I read the same story as everyone else. According to the Goodreads statisticians, Hunting Fear has just over 6,000 ratings for an average rating of 4.2/5.0. WOW! I felt very generous by awarding it 2/5 STARS. What up? What planet am I on? What am I missing? Are those 6,000+ folks reading a different version? I don't know. I'm dazed and confused!

I apologize to the many Kay Hooper fans out there but ... a team
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love the Bishop series by Kay Hooper . This one was a good thriller but I wish she had developed the characters a little better . I finished the book but knew very little about Lucas or Sam . Overall a good read but I have liked her other books in this series more
Hunting Fear
4 Stars

SCU member, Lucas Jordan, possesses the unique ability to sense a victim’s terror and uses it to find those who are missing. However, Lucas’s skill is put to the test when a seemingly routine case of kidnapping for ransom turns into something far more dangerous and personal.

Series Note: This is the first book in Hooper’s Fear trilogy but the seventh book in the Bishop Special Crimes Unit series. While this is the first time Lucas and his love interest, Samantha, are
Jun 29, 2012 rated it liked it
I had mnixed feeling about this one. It was exciting, tension filled and intriguing. The paranormal abilities of the characters were cool. I liked minor characters like Wyett, Lindsey and Caitlin. I thought the villain and his crimes were suitably blood-chilling. All in all I thought it was an exciting, well executed plot.

But I found Lucas surprisingly under developed. In spite of him beind described and intense and focused, but found him lacking in personality. And... I found Samantha
Darcia Helle
I am a big fan of Kay Hooper and this book does not disappoint. Hunting Fear is the first in what is sort of a series within a series. The broader series is about a special unit within the FBI, formed by Noah Bishop. All its members have some sort of psychic ability, including "seers" and "mediums". These agents use their abilities to hunt down the worst and most elusive criminals.

The Fear series follows agent Lucas Jordan, as he tries to find a serial killer who makes a game of murder. Lucas'
Stephanie Stephens
Apr 13, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
I've read some of the BCU books in the past, and I don't know what I expected this one to be. It's gruesome, and bad things happen to characters that you like. It's kind of like it's a light mystery/romance trying to be a suspense novel. It doesn't quite fit either place. But I will probably read more of these in the future. Because I can't help myself, not because they are great books.
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Steven Hille
Apr 24, 2018 added it
Shelves: 2018
340-page build up to a 10-page finale. And the "psychic" angle proved to not be the determining factor in finding the killer. Slightly disappointed.
Karen Jones
Nov 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kay-hooper
Hunting Fear was really good. I did, unfortunately, figure out the villain about halfway through, but it didn't hamper my enjoyment.

It wasn't super fast-paced, but it moved along steady enough to keep me unable to set it down easily. I actually read the majority of it today, unable to set it aside until I saw how it all played out.

One thing I did like is the lack of shock-value crime details. Some books, it seems, need to conjure images of horrible murder scenes to make an impact on the reader.
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A friend gave me this book and it sat in my bookshelf for a long time before I read it. If I'd known it was this good, I would have read it sooner!

It centres around an FBI unit made up of psychics, although they keep a pretty low profile because of public skepticism. They're hunting a serial killer who kidnaps a victim, collects the ransom and then leaves the victim somewhere to die to see if the psychic can find them. At the start of the book, only one victim has lived so the pressure on the
Reading is my Escape
This is an exciting crime thriller with detectives that have psychic abilities. The plot had some unexpected twists and left the killer's identity hidden until near the end of the book. The methods of killing are particularly gruesome and frightening, including a timed guillotine, drowning in a tank that fills slowly and being buried alive.

This is the first in a series of books with the Special Crimes Unit (a special group within the FBI of detectives with psychic abilities). It seems like each
Kerry  sullivan
I loved Jason and Sam and I loved this story it was very intense and a bit more scary then the book before it just because of the mode of the killers attacks. Watching the relationship grow between Jason and Sam was really interesting and I loved that she was a carnival seer and you got the whole credibility issue with psychics and I think it was portrayed very well. I will admit that the ending was extremely satisfying and opened the door for the next book.
Paul Weiss
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I sense you'll enjoy this one!

Hunting Fear opens as Noah Bishop of the FBI puts together a uniquely skilled team - a group of talented psychics with a variety of extrasensory abilities - to assist in the investigation of crimes that have eluded the efforts of more traditional police techniques. Lucas Jordan, whose specialty is finding lost people by tuning into their emanations of fear and terror, is assigned the task of tracking down a serial kidnapper who demands a ransom and then kills his
Lizabeth Tucker
Lucas Jordan was finally convinced by Bishop to join his FBI unit in order to hone his psychic skills. His focus was on kidnap victims, picking up their fear and terror rather than hearing their thoughts. Five years later Luke is investigating a series of kidnappings that all ended with the victims murdered after the ransom was paid.

Carnival psychic Samantha Burke tried to warn the local police about Mitchell Callahan's impending kidnapping, but couldn't provide his name at the time, only a
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the very first book, from when Bishop started pulling together his special unit of psychics, I wondered if any of the agents would come from carnival or "professional psychic" backgrounds. I always wondered why people who already make a living using psychic abilities wouldn't be included in the unit. Here we find an answer.

Especially people who are involved in carnivals are seen as entertainers, actors. Their abilities aren't believed even by many of the people who pay them for their
Anna Mcfadden
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lucas Jordan works under Special Agent in Charge Noel Bishop in the Special Crime Unit. they are a special unit because the work on cases that are a bit "different" then the normal. in order to work these cases you need to be a bit "different" Each member is psychic. Logan's gift is finding people. when Lucas and his partner is sent to Clayton County, North Carolina,to help local police when people are kidnapped then murder at the same time as carnival psychic Samantha Burke. Samantha is having ...more
Eileen Mandell
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I couldn't put this psychological thriller down. Woven into this amazing plot was the addition of a seer, or reader of futures. Samantha travels with a carneval from town to town and is considered a suspect in the first kidnapping events. She decides to help the police by experiencing images and emotions as she holds evidence and touches items important to the investigation. I enjoyed the details revealed about the responsibility of this special skill. I am not sure that it is easy to live with ...more
Lucas Jordan of the FBI’s Special Crimes Unit is good at finding people. His ability to feel the emotions and especially the fears of victims works as a direct GPS system in tracking down those who are lost. But a recent string of serial kidnapping slash killings has eluded him and the SCU for a couple years now. At least there hadn’t been any leads until it seems that the culprit has finally settled into the small town of Golden, North Carolina.

Coming back in contact with Samantha Burke, a
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this story in the series. For once, it wasn't a book about kinks and how shameful they are in the eyes of the author.

It was a game of chess between the kidnapper/killer and Lucas, an FBI agent with a knack for honing in on someone's fear in order to be able to find them. His partner was quirky, but I was sad to see her not more active in the story. I guess in light of Samantha's presence, a turban wearing mystic who works for a carnival as a fortune teller and is the love interest in
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book, library-book
The hero is in a "game" with a serial killer who kidnaps his victims, collects ransom, then kills them anyway, with special machines he creates so he can pretend he doesn't actually kill them. The hero is an FBI agent with the psychic ability to connect with people who are afraid. The heroine is a carnival fortune teller who really can see the future and she turns up to warn the bad guy's latest victim. But of course he doesn't listen and gets kidnapped anyway. The hero and heroine have met ...more
Micky Cox
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
The 7th in the Bishop files series and an interesting twist. A diabolical serial killer has targeted a specific special agent to be his "competitor" in the game of murder and it is up to the special agent and team to figure the rules of the game out and how to alter them in order to win the game before another person is kidnapped and murdered. I typically quite enjoy the paranormal twist in this series, but for some reason this one just seemed to be a bit flat. The character development was ...more
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cruise
Usually like Kay Hooper Special Crimes novels but felt this one s little lacking.

Lucas has a gift, that’s why he is working for Bishop. But something from his past is stopping him from using these skills to the max.

Sam is a circus psychic who has history with both Bishop and Lucas.

As usual, one psychic helps the other to teach their potential and a Romance happens along the way.
Ryan Oakey
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
It was fine. I was forcefully lent this trilogy by a rather drunk neighbor/friend. It's a light read. Interesting, but nothing special. Don't care enough to give a proper review. My only critique: Hummers are not ATVs. Hooper calls a Hummer an ATV numerous times throughout the book and it bothered me more than it should have.
Emily Higgins
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
FBI agent Lucas Jordan is part of a special group, all of whom have extra sensory powers of varying types. Lucas’ skill is to find missing people. Lucas is sent to a southern town where a man is missing. He is surprised to find that Samantha, a seer, who has worked withLucas in the past is also there. The criminal has not kidnapped just one person, but is a serial killer with an agenda.
Tammy Stever-Shea
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend reading books by Kay Hooper. I’m awaiting the next one in the Bishop Crime Series. The characters are made for their roles. The way you’re introduced to each persons talent/vice is captivating. Always a joy to read about a new friend of Bishops.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-it
I don't know what it is about Kay Hooper's writing, but I seriously love her characters. They always have a lot going on (psychic FBI unit...need I say more), but I really like being in her world. I re-read her books quite often.
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting thriller with a cool concept; detective can sense victim's fear
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another good book with several surprises. On to the next in the series.
Laura Lea
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed all of the stories in this series so far...but I think I enjoyed this one the most.
Beth Lechman
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Page turning suspense from beginning until the end.
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Kay Hooper was born in California, in an air force base hospital since her father was stationed there at the time. The family moved back to North Carolina shortly afterward, so she was raised and went to school there.
The oldest of three children, Kay has a brother two years younger and a sister seven years younger. Her father and brother are builders who own a highly respected construction

Other books in the series

Bishop/Special Crimes Unit (1 - 10 of 19 books)
  • Stealing Shadows (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, #1; Shadows, #1)
  • Hiding in the Shadows (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #2; Shadows #2)
  • Out of the Shadows (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #3; Shadows #3)
  • Touching Evil (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #4; Evil #1)
  • Whisper of Evil (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #5; Evil #2)
  • Sense of Evil (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #6; Evil #3)
  • Chill of Fear (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #8; Fear #2)
  • Sleeping with Fear (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #9; Fear #3)
  • Blood Dreams (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #10; Blood #1)
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“You know, for someone who holds a position of legal authority as high as yours, you sure do like to throw away the rule book sometimes."

"Knowing the rules is one thing. Following them blindly all the time is something else again.”
“Metcalf came into the room and sat down with a sigh. "Did everybody go nuts all of a sudden? It's Thursday, for Christ's sake, and you'd think it was Saturday night. Fender benders, B amp;Es, domestic disputes-and some asshole just tried to rob one of our three banks."

"Unsuccessfully, I gather," Lucas said.

"Yeah, but not much credit to my people. Guy had a flare gun. A flare gun. I was ready to shoot him just on general principle. And because he fucked up my morning.”
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