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The Hangman

(The Forgotten Files #3)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  9,349 ratings  ·  436 reviews
Julia Vargas is a cop with a mission. When she’s not chasing down bad guys, Julia dedicates her time to investigating the Hangman serial killer…the same unsolved case that her father, Jim Vargas, was working on when he supposedly shot and killed himself three decades before. While rumors continue to swirl around her father’s death, Julia attempts to hunt down the truth.

Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published April 25th 2017 by Montlake Romance
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Always Pouting
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Julia Vargas is reopening the last case her father worked on before he killed himself where three prostitutes were murdered and left hanging, tied up in a way that suggested a sexual motive. She's just back on the field after working undercover and almost getting killed doing so. At the same time a body is discovered in Tobias Novak's jurisdiction when an old house that was recently sold is set on fire. The women whose body was discovered has been dead for more than twenty years and things get e ...more
Mary Beth
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

This is the third book in The Forgotten Files Series and this series is just fantastic. I have loved every book so far. This one just kept me turning the pages. It is not for the faint of heart. I really love this author. She keeps us guessing with twists and turns, along with fast-moving character involvement. I love the way each character has the potential to be involved in the murders and I loved that I was still guessing as the story ended. I loved the suspense and it took off str
Alex ♈
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good and intense suspense, strong heroine, good hero.

It's a shame this is the last book in this series :-(
There are still many characters, who need their stories *lol*

I would be thrilled to read more!
Linda Strong
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Detective Tobias Novak is called out of his warm bed to go investigate some bones that have been found. Much to his surprise, the bones are at least 25 years old and there is a picture of Julia Vargas and her father taken when she was just a child. And now he's going to have to get her out of his warm bed and have her take a look.

The Hangman, back in the day, killed three women by slowly hanging, over and over again, until he got tired of the game. All of a sudden, he just stopped, never to be s
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Hangman is the third book in the Forgotten Files series by Mary Burton. Each book in this series has featured a different lead male and female character that while investigating a crime have also started up a bit of a romance between them. Because each book features different characters it's not necessary to have read earlier books to enjoy the series.

In The Hangman Tobias Novak, a homicide detective, is called to investigate the scene of a crime after a fire at an abandoned home. Locked in
Terri Wino
3-1/2 stars

I definitely think this book was the best of this series thus far. The first two books suffered from glaring editing errors and/or the dreaded too many pages for the type of story syndrome.

The Hangman was a much tighter, more suspenseful story. I really liked both Julia and Novak's characters. Though I had my suspicions about the Hangman, I was guessing until the end of the book. The story also seemed like a perfect length to me. I did not find my attention wandering and wasn't bore
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
Julia Vargas is determined to solve the case that ultimately led to her father, Jim's, death. The case she’s determined to solve is that of The Hangman. Who is the Hangman? Well, to put it bluntly he’s a serial killer with a fetish for hanging his victims.

After Julia’s father Jim's death, the killer goes silent. The case goes stagnant and thanks to folks with s fancy for drama; rumors begin to spread stating Jim, Julia’s very own father, could’ve been The Hangman killer.

As the 25th anniversary
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Well, it's very difficult to find a good RS nowdays...
Maybe I'm spoilt by CSI, Criminal Minds, Cold Case, etc. but I find out that there's a lot of useless clutter in them!
To much emphasis on inner musing/suffering from trauma for me!
It's full of French-noir-translated-into-USA tropes, if you know what I mean...
CD {Boulder Blvd}
The Hangman is the 3rd book in The Forgotten Series by Mary Burton. I've read numerous books by Ms. Burton and I think this series is her best yet. It is in the romantic suspense genre, however the emphasis is on the suspense plot and the romance is a subplot. For a lot of romance lovers this isn't the mix of preference. For me, this is exactly what I look for. Ms. Burton is definitely one of my go to authors.

I like when a cold case and a current crime have elements that point to the same perpet
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romantic-supense, arc
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

Mystery with a dash of Romance is the best way to describe The Forgotten Files series by Mary Burton. In this book you have a case from 25 years ago that comes alive again when Julia Vargas decides to reopen The Hangman cases in order to either clear her father, Richmond, VA detective Jim Vargas, or prove he did it. The Hangman is a solid story and a plot with plenty of twists
25 years ago, Jim Vargas died while investigating into serial killer murders where women were tied and hung, hence giving the killer the name of Hangman. Now near the anniversary of his death, another body is found, linking it to those cases. The recent murder is being investigated by detective Tobias Novak, and Julia Vargas, Jim's daughter.

Julia never really knew her father, considering he was in undercover work and was never around before his death. Now it's her chance to reopen the cold cases
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Action-packed, riveting and impeccably executed!

This is a well crafted, gripping thriller that takes us on a hunt to find a ruthless serial killer and reminds us that when it comes to organized crime, secrecy, trust and loyalty means everything.

The writing is fluid and seamless. The characters are intriguing, determined, scarred, strong and sexy. And the storyline is a roller coaster ride of secrets, lies, danger, red herrings, murder, sizzling chemistry, tension, and romance.

To me this series j
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars

The Hangman is the third title in Mary Burton’s Forgotten Files series of romantic suspense novels, in which the protagonists find themselves investigating ‘cold cases’, unsolved crimes dating back many years, which hold a particular significance for them. The principals in each story are different, so although some characters from the previous books appear in secondary roles, there’s no need to have read them to enjoy this one, which works pe
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
The Hangman is the third book in The Forgotten Series by Mary Burton and can be read as a stand-alone.

Julia Vargas is re-investigating The Hangman case her father was working on before committing suicide. Meanwhile Tobias Novak, a homicide detective, is investigating a crime scene in a burnt building where a woman’s body is discovered. Next to the body is a picture of Julia with her dad when she was a little girl. Julia has no idea how the picture ended at the scene of crime and how the victim w
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
The past is not always long dead.. Sometimes its just been lying dormant and we all knows what happens when you start poking a sleeping bear.

The Hangman's reign of terror was thought to have ended 24 years ago. But the daughter of the undercover officer who had been tracking him all those years ago and who committed suicide at the same time The Hangman took his last victim brings the case front and center again right at the same time a body that has been dead for 24 years turns up and looks to
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Julia Vargas became a cop to follow in her father’s footsteps. When she was seven, Jim Vargas was investigating a serial killer known as the Hangman when he supposedly shot and killed himself and the murders promptly stopped. Then came the whispers that maybe Jim was the Hangman.

After an undercover investigation goes wrong, Julia is supposed to be resting and healing. Instead, she’s dedicated to solving the Hangman case and hopefully clearing Jim’s name once and for all.

When the bones of a woman
Book Him Danno
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mary Burton has the ability to draw readers into her books with a strong story, characters who are flawed, human work hard to bring those to justice who have killed even the weakest of characters.

The story starts off with a bang but slowly develops into a relationship where the female lead is trying to convince the male lead the relationship isn't going to last because she is broken like her father.
Reader are taken on a journey not a wild ride as the leads discover the truth of the The Hangman S
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one is really good! I loved the hero and heroine and the suspense was great!
Jul 04, 2022 rated it really liked it
A wonderful ending to a good crime series, it’s been a while since I listened to a book by Mary but It was easy to fall into her book a recollect the previous books as it is a series.
Can’t wait to start a new series by the author
Joan Schulhafer
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Disclosure--- I work with Mary. My thoughts--One of my favorites of her books. I have to agree with Publishers Weekly, which says "A gut-wrenching romantic thrller . . . nail-biting moments are even more tense becasue the reader knows the killer's motives while the characters do not. Newcomers and fans will enjoy the slow-burning passion and dangerous action in this gritty tale." RT Book Reviews gave a shout out as well, saying "Will have readers enthralled from the start . .. with a solid plot, ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Feb 18, 2022 rated it it was amazing
4.5 ☆

TW: Mention of suicide

*Very slight spoiler*

Wow! I thoroughly enjoyed this book more than the ones I've read from Mary Burton. 'Hide And Seek' and 'I See You'.

This book literally put me on edge at times. Disturbing but intriguing. So many plots.

Julia Vargas is the daughter of a well-known and sharp cop, Jim Vargas, which she followed his footsteps into the dangerous world of criminals. She has many traumatic experiences, of course, and now, the case that supposedly made her father kill hims
Diane Saul
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Hangman ended his killing spree over 20 years ago. The cop investigating the case at the time committed suicide and many people thought the killings stopped because he was The Hangman. His daughter Julia has followed in her Fathers footsteps and is a cop with the Virginia State Police. Julia doesn't believe her Father was the Hangman and wants to find the truth, even if it turns out she is wrong. Now a body has turned up that could be connected to the old case. Novak, a detective who is in a ...more
Avid Reader
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Hangman (The Forgotten Files #3) by Mary Burton
4.5 stars
M/F Mystery
Triggers: Murder, suicide
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

I have loved each and every book in this series and this one didn't disappoint. Julia is trying to figure out why her father committed suicide when she was so young. It's been something that has bothered her throughout her career - people always assuming the worst, worrying that she'll end up doing the same thing, she just wants to know once a
Jacquelyn Simon
May 31, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book and I applaud books that aren’t afraid to make their readers feel uncomfortable. Which is exactly what this book did.
Well Jacquelyn, if you enjoyed this book and *applauded* it, then why did you give it such an average rating?

...Let’s just ignore that last part of my review. I’m delirious and my thumbs hurt from typing so many reviews today. 😂

Anyways, I have it a decent rating because I didn’t feel like this was groundbreaking or a crazily unique story. Wa
Pelusa Rivera
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. It was another enjoyable book from Ms. Burton, however I thought it should have been a short story, I figured out fairly quickly who the villain was, and that a lot of the writing was just unnecessary filler, but then you may disagree and enjoy more, so pick it up and read my friends, because it still will pass the time. Enjoy!
Tracie Payne
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked the story but didn’t love Julia. She’s a little too stubborn and arrogant for me, just not my favorite kinda gal. Tobias was pretty great tho. I also didn’t like a couple of the characters...Wendy and Jim, obstructionist much? Man they pissed me off. What I really want is Andrews story.
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
wow. made it more than halfway thru before the annoying sex scenes. like I really, really hate when books have a long sex scene is doing nothing, gets a phone call that's relevant to the story and then....again with a sex scene. just. ew. I really liked the story and where it lead in this one otherwise id give it 3 stars, would be a 5 without those sex scenes. just bleh. ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
(I received an ARC from the PUBLISHER via NETGALLEY)
(Review Not on Blog)

Another gritty suspenseful novel in the Forgotten Files series. In this one we have Julia, a cop, who has been trying to figure out the Hangman case as it took her father. Supposedly, he killed himself while trying to solve the crime. Now thirty years later, the Hangman is back and Julia, along with homicide detective Novak, are the trail.

I hope that this series does not stop with this third book. I am enjoyin
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
First off, let me say that I am a fan of this author's. I have actually read these books out of order. I started with book two, The Dollmaker and next this book. I do plan to go back and read the first book. So if you are one of those people wondering if you can read books out of order, you can. There are some references to prior events from the other books, but really it does not take anything away from the reading experience of this book.

Julia and Tobias made a good team. I did not think that
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Mary Burton, whose latest novel is NEAR YOU, loves writing suspense, getting to know her characters, keeping up with law enforcement and forensic procedure, morning walks, baking, and tiny dachshunds. She also enjoys hunting down serial killers, which she does in her New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels. Library Journal has compared her work to that of Lisa Jackson and Lisa Gardner, and

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