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The Quiet Man

(Jefferson Winter #4)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  525 ratings  ·  76 reviews
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In Vancouver, the wife of a millionaire is dead following an explosion in her own home.

Everyone thinks her husband is responsible, but former FBI profiler Jefferson Winter isn't so sure. The method is too perfect; the lack of mistakes, uncanny. He's seen a series of carefully orchestrated murders - once a year, on exactly the same day, a woman dies in a sit
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 4th 2017 by Faber & Faber
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Jess Pratt Yes! Just read The Quiet Man having never read anything by James Carol before. Works as a great standalone crime novel.
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Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Hooked right off the bat!

Jefferson Winter: former FBI, now crosses the globe hunting serial killers using all his highly-honed skills and expertise. A tragic past lent itself to his career in the FBI profiling serial killers. While I would like to explain that tragic event, I think it best to discover that for yourself. (I think you’ll appreciate that.)

Now he’s off to Vancouver to help track down a killer that murders one person on the same date every year. Assisting him on this latest search is
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first I have read of the Jefferson Winter series, and I found it an excellent read. It works fine as a standalone. Winter is a serial killer specialist and he has personal experience of the phenomena. His father was a serial killer, neither he nor him mother had a clue although it changed both their lives forever. Having been a rising star with the FBI, he quit to become a consultant to local law enforcement agencies facing a serial killer. In this case, he arrives in Vancouver at th ...more
May 11, 2017 rated it liked it
The Quiet Man- Jefferson Winter # 4- by James Carol is a 2017 Faber & Faber publication.

Solid thriller- but a little too restrained.

This set-up is unique- a serial killer’s modus operandi involves attaching an explosive device to his victims, then rigs it to go off when someone, preferably a loved one, opens the door. Therefore, technically speaking, the person opening the door is the killer. Yikes!

The killer repeats this scenario on an annual basis, always on the same day of the year. But,
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've read and enjoyed the previous Jefferson Winter books. Although this is a series, the books work well as stand alones. Winter is the son of a serial killer, former FBI agent, and now a globe-trotting private consultant. I was set to give this three stars because I couldn't understand how Winter made the jump to a certain conclusion three chapters before the book ended. I should have stopped right there to figure it out, but I accepted the situation and continued on to finish the book. But be ...more
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars

This series has taken a big step forward with this instalment. Like Robert Hunter in the Chris Carter series, Jackson Winter is a bit of a bloody know it all. Both characters seem all surface; intelligent and effective at catching serial killers, but just a bit too perfect to be real. James Carol has changed that for his creation, this is the first book i've seen and felt Winter as a real person. Still damn good, but human. Of course, that doesn't mean he's lost his deductive reasonin
Liz Barnsley
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’m a fan of the Jefferson Winter series – The Quiet Man is basically just another brilliantly addictive fast paced thriller that is just gripping right from the very first moments.

Jefferson Winter as a character is completely fascinating, son of a serial killer, former FBI agent who now freelances around and about catching the worst of the worst. The case he finds himself embroiled in this time is unique – the victims are twofold, one dead one left living with that death having caused it – this
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
James Carol is the creator of Jefferson Winter, a former FBI profiler who travels the world hunting serial criminals. The Quiet Man certainly is tense and quite frightening.

If Laura Anderson and Jefferson Winter know where the next murder is going to take place then they just might be able to ambush the killer. If they knew who the intended victim would be they may be able to protect them.

Increasing the tension Nicholas Sobek still lived in the house where his wife had been murdered. Which def
The Book Review Café
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I can’t tell you how excited I was when I was offered the chance to review an early ARC of The Quiet Man by James Carol, I’m a huge fan of the Jefferson Winter series so I was desperate to start reading and see if it met my expectations. I’m thrilled to report it certainly did. The Quiet Man makes for a gripping read and despite it being the fourth book in the series James Carol certainly doesn’t appear to be running out of steam or fre
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The Quiet Man is the fourth book in the Jefferson Winter's series. I don't think it is essential to have read the others in the series but I think you will kick yourself for missing out on some great reads if you don't go back and read them.

Jefferson is such an interesting character, his father was a serial killer and he has spent his adult life as a profiler catching criminals. Both of which is something that fascinates me. It's incredible that from a crime scene that someone can give the polic
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Zoeytron by: Kaceey
Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.

After all is said and done, it almost always turns out to be the quiet one, doesn't it? The one who blends in without effort, but who is always there to see and hear everything. He may be shy, he may be charming, but underneath the feigned normality he may turn out to be your living nightmare.

Riveting plot here, one I have not encountered until now. Jefferson Winter, ex-FBI profiler, has a seemingly unsolvable puzzle on his hands. The madma
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
I've read and loved all of the books and short stories featuring Jefferson Winter so I was thrilled to be able to read and review The Quiet Man as it’s been aaaaaages since I’ve read anything by James Carol.
The Quiet Man is another cracking instalment in the Jefferson Winter series. In this one, Winter is tasked with investigating a serial bomber case in Vancouver. Winter is up against the clock as the bomber strikes on the same day every year and he comes into the investigation in the run up to
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Now that was a bit different, yippee. Jefferson Winter is a former FBI agent who now consults with law enforcement across the country to track down serial killers. He knows a thing or two about serial killers as his father is one. He gets called to Vancouver by Laura Anderton - a former cop and now PI whose client (Nicholas Sobek) is the husband of the first victim. The killer is due to strike again.

This particular killer strikes once a year, on 5 August. He kills from a distance. The victims, u
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I'm a big fan of James Carol's Jefferson Winter series and am always on the lookout for the next one (This is the 4th in the series). However for some reason I didn't feel this book hit the same standard as the rest but I'm unsure what is was I felt was lacking, although this certainly does not mean that I will be avoiding further books in the series - Jefferson Winter gets under my skin!
Although this is the 4th installment of a series it could be read as a standalone as there is a fair amount o
Louise Wilson
Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Three women have been abducted and murdered in Berlin. Physically they are unharmed but psychology it's a different story. There's a DVD showing the women being tortured, been left at each of the crime scenes. Is this the killer they named Warhol, who operated in Berlin 5 years ago?

This is a twist turning, gripping, edge of your seat read. I was hooked from the beginning. James Carol has a great style in writing there's Jefferson Winter novels. I just love them.

I would like to thank NetGalley, F
Lynda Kelly
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Yayyyy, back to form with Mr Carol and back to 5* reviews from me !! However, Prey only lost one because the proofreading wasn't up to snuff but in this one it's more like it was with his earlier books. So I'm a happy camper !!
Once again he's created another great character for Jefferson to encounter in this case with Laura. This is a particularly nasty set of murders although at least he only kills one day a year which at least keeps numbers down !! It held my interest all the way as his books
Wilde Sky
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
An ex-FBI profiles hunts a serial killer.

I really enjoyed this book in terms of story, but in a couple of places there were too many plot co-incidences and the pace of the book was pretty slow.
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Quiet Man features one of my very favourite lead protagonists in the form of ex-FBI profiler Jefferson Winter.  This is the fourth book in the series and I heartily recommend you check out the first three books if you haven't already done so as they are superb.  No really, they are THAT good!
On one hand, I want to shout about the Jefferson Winter series from the rooftops. But on the other, I want to keep these books just for me.  I don't want to share!  Weird as that sounds, coming from a s
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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(Thank you for this book)

The first half had promise, but quickly degenerated into repetitive dialogue to fill space.

What is it with these authors that are "paid by the page" ?

I'm giving up at 80%. I've been skimming the verbal diarrhoea since about half-way through.

from the review by Sid Nuncius
"It's as cliché-ridden as it sounds. Winter and Anderton spend a lot of time telling each other things they already know in that brisk, Professional-ese which people only use in stories lik
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May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Having recently read Prey (Book 3 in this series) I was raring to go with the newest book by James Carol. Jefferson Winter is a memorable character, an ex-FBI guy with a shock of white hair who appears to live off of coffee and cigarettes. Seeing as Jeffersons own father was a Serial Killer, he has an unusual insight and has never really laid his hat anywhere. His work takes him all over the world and the latest case takes him to Vancouver in Canada.

This latest case is certainly unusual and it a
Judith Baxter
Another author new to me. James Carol is the author of the series featuring Jefferson Winter.

This book's opening chapter begins "The countdown started three hundred and sixty-four days ago. Back then there had been all the time in the world. Now it felt as if it was about to run out....."

Winter is an ex-FBI profiler who didn't quite 'fit' the FBI pattern, so has gone out on his own and now works as a consultant to local police forces. This time, he's called to Vancouver to find a serial killer,
Winter teams up with an ex-Vancouver detective turns private eye to look for clues about three deaths by bomb involving husbands and wives that happened three years in a row.

It took me several days to finish; duly noted I was busy but I also thought that I was distracted by too many other titles. Meaning this one didn't gripped me as much. MAYBE because the crime that Winter is investigating happens only once a year. So it doesn't have the same intensity.

I also got pulled out of the story a LOT
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
More Jefferson Winter shenanigans - this is a man whose father is a serial killer but he has turned to law enforement. His IQ is very high. He tried working in the FBI but it wasn't for him so now he works independently - solving crimes in his own way.
I'm really enjoying this series although you don't have to have read previous books to follow this one.
I like Jefferson even though is arrogant and committed to doing things his own way regardless of other people's feelings.
I also loved his partner
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Loved the book. Jonathan Winter is a great character. I've read all of the books in the series - except for the one in ebook format only. For some reason I just don;t seem to enjoy reading in ebook. Anyway, Jonathan Winter is ex-FBI, and a specialist in serial killers. In this novel, a man kills a woman by having her strapped to a chair with a bomb attached... and when the husband comes home he opens the door and triggers the bomb. The husband is actually the one who kills his wife. It is a uniq ...more
Sue McQuaide Kitt
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jefferson Winter is an ex FBI profiler and now an independent profiler of serial killers, and that is a good thing, because he does not like to play by the rules, and as long as he gets the job done, that is all he cares about.

In this 4th book in the series, Jefferson is hunting down a serial killer in Vancouver, who murders one person on the same date every year, the 5th August. Along with ex detective Laura Anderton, they are racing against the clock to catch the psychopath who is bombing his
After a long time waiting for this book, it was a bit of a disappointment.
Sid Nuncius
May 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'm afraid I didn't get on with The Quiet Man at all. I tried this because the Vancouver setting sounded interesting and Faber have a well-deserved reputation for publishing quality books. Sadly, there was little sense of place and the book itself was a very run-of-the-mill affair.

There is a serial killer who targets women (of course) and murders them – sorry, "brutally murders" them, of course – by strapping a home-made bomb to them which is triggered by a family member opening a door in their
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first novel by James Carol that I've read and I'm impressed! The character of Jefferson Winter, an ex FBI profiler who works as a Private Investigator, is quite interesting; he is the son of a serial killer and seems to have an innate knack of getting into the heads of the killers. The plot of The Quiet Man is clever and the execution is near perfect. I was hooked from the start and I kept on turning the pages until the end.
On the downside, the ending feels a bit rushed, after all th
Elaine Tomasso
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Faber & Faber for an advance copy of The Quiet Man, the fourth full length novel to feature the peripatetic serial killer specialist Jefferson Winter.

Winter lands late in Vancouver having been held up in Detroit. Late isn't normally an issue when he joins the existing hunt for an active serial killer as a last desperate resort on the part of the hunters but this case is different. The killer only kills on the 5th of August and takes one victim a year by st
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
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Oh.My.Goodness!!!! Where on Earth do I begin?! I started James’ novel at the weekend, and I also finished it at the weekend! If you follow me on social media you would have noticed how animated another blogger and I were about this book (HI CLAIRE! P.S her tour stop is Friday!). Before now, I had only heard of James Carol’s books and unfortunately never read one; what a fool. What a major, major fool I am. WHY HAVE I NO
Jackie Law
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Quiet Man, by James Carol, is the latest thriller in the author’s Jefferson Winter series and the first of his books that I have read. The protagonist is a former FBI profiler, now travelling the world as a freelance consultant assisting in hunting down serial criminals. Winter’s backstory as the son of a killer and possessing an unusually high IQ makes him an interesting creation. In this story, set in Vancouver, he teams up with Laura Anderton, a former detective turned private investigato ...more
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James Carol was born in Scotland in 1969, where he spent his early years. He moved to England in the eighties and has lived there ever since. At various times he has worked as a guitarist, sound engineer, guitar tutor, journalist, and a horse riding instructor.

The character of Jefferson Winter came about because he wanted to write a series of books that gave him as much freedom as possible. He fig

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