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Headhunter Reimagined

(Special X #1)

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HEADHUNTER Reimagined is an all-new telling of Michael Slade’s first Special X thriller (published in 1984) about the psycho-hunters of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The Headhunter is loose on the streets of Vancouver.
The psycho’s victims are everywhere - floating in the Fraser River, buried in a shallow grave, nailed to a totem pole on the university campus. All are
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Kindle Edition, 423 pages
Published October 27th 2016 by Headhunter Holdings Ltd. (first published 1984)
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Orient
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Orient by: Craig
A rec altogether as a great BR with a wonderful GR friend, Craig. If you want to exterminate the effects of smut and read a gripping macabre story - head straight to “Headhunter” :) That’s what Craig told me and it was 100 % true, I got what I bargained for :) Thanks, Craig ;)



“Headhunter” is listed as horror and I can see why. It's a complex detective story, which includes cruel killing, graphic violence, a mouthful of emotional violence against kids, voodoo practice, cruel serial killer with a
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Anish Kohli
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by thanking the very charming purple haired lady who gifted me this book. I’ve had it on my TBR for quite a while but couldn’t get my hands on it and then this fair maiden stepped forward. Thank you so much, Orient. This review (for better or worse), is dedicated to you. ^_^

“Do you see what I mean?” “Yes,” Rodale said, nodding. “The skull is missing.”
A murderer is on the loose. A murderer who is hunting heads. And the killer is not slowing down. They leave no clue behind. The aut
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Leo .
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I actually read the original book published in 1984 titled Headhunter. I can't seem to find it on Goodreads...Did it go out of print?

Anyhow Headhunter is a cracking and scary tale. If one likes a cat and mouse chase involving a Canadian Mounted Murder Dectective and a serial killer this book is a blast! 🐯👍
Nate
This was a very entertaining and even unique mystery/procedural/crime/slasher type deal. The odd way it bounces back and forth between horror and police procedural stuff totally gripped me. One on hand this is a totally trashy and gory horror exploitation film in novel form, but on the other it's a very serious and in-depth look at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the way they handle their shit. It seems like Slade (who is apparently actually a nom de plume for several people) couldn't deci ...more
Norman Van Der Linde
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This book not only has a riveting narrative set in Canada but is the only book I have ever read where I was clueless who the murderer was till the end. What makes it so cleverly written is that Michael Slade realizes the assumptions his readers make to figure out who the killer is and then uses them to mislead the reader and hide the killer by using the readers own assumptions. He takes your typical whodunnit and turns all the methods we use to deduce the end on their ear; making an extremely sa ...more
Mort
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve been looking forward to reading this story for a long time, but it ended up being a mini mountain I had to climb.

Let’s start with the good things first:
The storyline was really, really good. I doubt very much whether anybody can figure out who the killer is until the very end, unless it is a blind, lucky guess.
It’s also obvious that a lot of research was done and, even though this is the “reimagined” version, it still impressed me as a story of the early 1980’s.
And that ending is PERFECT fo
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Bill
Feb 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Slade is a ghostname for two Vancouver lawyers who specialize in the criminally insane.
Small wonder.

When I finished this novel in the wee hours, I was awake for an hour thinking back through the story. This novel hit me like a bag of bricks. It's mercilessly brutal, and not for the faint of heart.
Although it is a novel of psychological suspense, it's typically found in the horror section of most book stores.

It's a great read, and if I were pressed to say anything negative about it, it wo
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OutlawPoet
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read Headhunter many, many years ago. I loved it and was a little afraid to read this 'Reimagined' version.

I shouldn't have been.

This is Headhunter amped up and fleshed out. Slade goes deeply into the psyches and histories of the individual players in the tale, giving us a more intimate look into what makes them tick. And in some cases, what makes them just so evil.

This is fast, bloody, violent, and epic. It really is Headhunter as it should be.

If you haven't read Headhunter before, after read
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Sean Brennan
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, crime
The ending of this book is by far the most terrifying and disturbing scene I have ever read. Do not give this book to your granny as a Xmas present(or there again!). I read this book 20 years ago and it still comes back to haunt me. Disturbing but great.
Calilibrarian
I read Headhunter the other day and had mixed feelings.
They are as follows:

I wanted a read that was gritty and set in current day.
The fact that the antagonist (bad guy) was a serial killer was a plus! Go for the gusto
I like books where the protagonist (good guy) investigates the crime methodically, finding minute clues and with a team, puts it all together to create the whole picture.
I like the process.
I like it when the killer starts to get desperate and it gets personal.
I like the suspe
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Michael
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Sladism is an acquired taste. In my case, I acquired it back in 1995 when I stumbled across a copy of 'Ripper' at the library. I read it, loved it, and promptly forgot the title and who wrote it because I was in high school and had a billion other things to worry about.

Fast forward a few years, working at a bookstore, and I find a copy of 'Ripper' again. And then I realize, hey, there are more books written by this guy! So I set about scoring as many as I could, and decided to read them in order
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Elaine Tomasso
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Trident Media Group for a review copy of Headhunter Reimagined, a reworking of the novel Headhunter, originally published in 1984.

There is a serial killer on the loose in Vancouver killing black haired women and stealing their heads. When it becomes obvious that he is not about to stop the Mounties draft in former Superintendent Robert Declerq to lead the hunt. Declerq is suffering from PTSD and has his own demons but is determined to find The Headhunter, usin
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Susan
Jan 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Police Mystery) Bodies were turning up all over Vancouver, Canada sans heads. And then the police got a series of photos of the heads, on sticks. The citizens of Vancouver were getting just a hair nervous. Detective Robert DeClercq had retired but he's the one they needed and they called him back in. This story was really interesting in the way it was told. There were all kinds of fascinating little tangents. DeClercq and his band were a good bunch to read about and I thought the setting of Vanc ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Eerie and haunting, with well-written text, originality and detail, but I think that the character development was lacking and could seriously be improved. Nonetheless it was entertaining for the most part.
Jimbo Pantas
I won't beat around the bush (I'm too dissastisfied to have the energy), so I'll just say it upfront: Headhunter is a well-written, respectably researched, cleanly built novel with a cast of breath-down-your-neck real characters, within an unfortunately uneventful, anticlimactic story line.

Prose—Nothing hooks me more than an incrediby polished writing. Sometimes a good prose makes up for a generic plot. This was, however, not the case with Headhunter. Sure, it almost compensated the tedium in t
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Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
A serial killer is on the loose and he's taking the heads of beautiful, dark-haired women. DeClercq is on the case and he has his own set of psychological problems. Part historical fiction, part psychological thriller, part police procedural and all horror, Michael Slade throws a lot at you and then gives you the reach around without buying you dinner first. He touches on voodoo, sexual perversion and cannibalism to name a few and brings you gut wrenching, graphic scenes that may not be suitable ...more
Tracey
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This is the sort of book that once you finish reading you want to go back and re-read certain parts to see what clues you missed the first time. There are a multitude of characters throughout the story with dark pasts and deep psychological problems. You are kept guessing as to the identity of the "Head Hunter" as you switch between possible suspects from chapter to chapter.

The story jumps between people, perspectives, places and timeframes. By the end it all comes together with a shock. The twi
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Chris
Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sick , twisted, brutal ... I couldn't put it down!
gary sean hibbs
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Headhunter Reimagined (Special X book 1). As always no spoilers.

I first came across Michael Slade about 1988 when I picked up a copy of the. original Headhunter in a second hand book shop in Perranporth, Cornwall. It had me hooked from page one. Over the following almost thirty years I have read Headhunter four times and ALL of the other Special X thrillers and I've enjoyed every one of them.

So you can imagine my absolute delight to find (purely by accident) that not only had Slade adapted a few
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Ken
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a gritty police procedural written by a team of authors with great experience in criminal law. Their knowledge shines through in the technical detail and understanding of practical police work. And it is dark - the heroes are damaged and lots of bad bad things happen. Indeed, a lot of crime writers might have written a book around incidents that are tossed off as color or sidebars in Headhunter. The worldview is consistent and unrelentingly grim, with a strong element of psychological horro ...more
Nan Silvernail
Women with long, black hair around Vancouver are turning up not only dead but without their heads. The killer is placing grisly and absurd substitutes in their place. Robert DeClercq, retired from the RCMP is asked to come back and head the investigation. But DeClercq is still damaged from his last case. Can he stand the pressure of the manhunt for the headhunter, a person who may not even know they are killing? Spanning back into the great days of the Mounties, from the vast frozen north down t ...more
K.H. Vaughan
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a gritty police procedural written by a team of authors with great experience in criminal law. Their knowledge shines through in the technical detail and understanding of practical police work. And it is dark - the heroes are damaged and lots of bad bad things happen. Indeed, a lot of crime writers might have written a book around incidents that are tossed off as color or sidebars in Headhunter. The worldview is consistent and unrelentingly grim, with a strong element of psychological horro ...more
Paul Grealish
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a unique crime novel. It's part police-procedural, part-horror, part encyclopaedia. The fact that it's a story about the Mounties set in Vancouver also sets it apart. Though written over 30 years ago, 'Headhunter' feels fresh and very modern.

The author has done a vast amount of research here and every page contains new details about the RCMP (the Mounties), Canada, gender equality, the First Nations and so much more. The characters here are also highly literate, quoting Hemingway and deb
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Jeff Francis
At the time of his debut novel, “Headhunter,” Michael Slade was actually the pseudonym for three different Canadian lawyers who “specialize in the field of criminal insanity.”

Based on that factoid, you can probably see where “Headhunter” is coming from. Yes, it’s a primer on all manner of wickedness, and derives many of its thrills by wallowing in a sort-of cartoonish depravity. However, to readers for whom that’s their thing, “Headhunter” is rightfully considered a classic.

“Headhunter” is def
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Giorgiana
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Read full review on my blog:

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I have mixed feelings about this book. The idea is a good one, as the book is ‘an all-new telling of Michael Slade’s first Special X thriller about the psycho-hunters of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.’ And this is what made me to ask Netgalley to give me this book. But the process of reading it, was quite hard for me. There are so many different scenes at the beginning of
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Shiva Gali
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book which really gave me a feeling of reading a novel with intricate story making, lots of sense, the description, the narration, back ground history, character descrption and actions, psychological aspects and lot more others. Till I read this book, I read many other Indian books but I never felt what it is to read a novel till I read this. I can say, this was the first real novel I read. When I was reading this even when I am not so good at english then, every scene that des ...more
Ralph Carlson
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read and loved this book when it was first published. Loved it much more this time around.
Becki
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved It

Most novels I read are centred on cities I've never been to. Slade's books are centered in Vancouver which I am familiar with. It makes the story so much richer when I recognize street names and landmarks. This is the 3rd time I've read Headhunter and I loved it just as much as the first time. I noticed, however, that the original paperback has about 30 pages (a couple of chapters) MORE than this digital copy...information necessary to the ending of this story. The missing pages leave th
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Tomerobber
This was the book that started a long standing love affair with Michael Slade in all his configurations. A combination of horror, police procedural and mystery . . it does a great job of guiding you down the path to an unexpected conclusion. And although I have read all of his offerings twice now . . . this is the one I have read 3 times!!! And that's saying a lot as I don't usually have time to re-read material as I have such a large stash of books in my ToBeRead pile. If you are looking for a ...more
Susan
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
There is a Headhunter killing women in Vancouver and so a special unit is set up by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to capture him.
I read the original book some time ago (which I still have), and thoroughly enjoyed that to the extent that I have read a few of the sequels, and it's to the book credit that it left such an impression on me that I remember exactly who the killer is and so I could read the book from the perspective and see if I could see any clues.
Enjoyed this version and it has re
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Criminal lawyer MICHAEL SLADE has acted in over one hundred murder cases. His specialty is the law of insanity. He argued the last death penalty case in Canada’s highest court.

Backed by his forensic experience, Slade’s Special X and Wyatt Rook thrillers fuse the genres of police and legal proce
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Other books in the series

Special X (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Ghoul  (Special X, #2)
  • Cutthroat  (Special X, #3)
  • Ripper  (Special X, #4)
  • Evil Eye  (Special X, #5)
  • Primal Scream  (Special X, #6)
  • Burnt Bones  (Special X, #7)
  • Hangman  (Special X, #8)
  • Death's Door  (Special X, #9)
  • Bed Of Nails  (Special X, #10)
  • Swastika  (Special X, #11)