The Fourth Monkey
As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. ...more
Unusually, the story begins with the death of the man known as The Fourth Monkey Killer, a kill ...more
It was kind of like reading Since We Fell all over again. Not only are both books bogged down by tedious (albeit, in this case, gory) backstory, but they also contain frankly ludicrous plot develop ...more
I loved ...more
Okay, there were some things I didn't like but overall, I loved it! I was not expecting the awesomeness and totally psychoticness of the killers up bringing!
I didn't really give a rats ass about the police stuff. Half of their stuff was stupid anyway. But the killers DIARY had me glued!! Reading about his life as a young boy and his whackadoo family. It was diabolical!
Anyhoo, it was awesome and I'm glad I read it!
This has to be one of the most sick and twisted books I have ever read...I LOVED every moment!
I’m going to keep this short because I don’t want to give anything away. A cat and mouse game ensues between a detective and serial killer when the killer gifts the detective with his diary, which tells the story of his extremely disturbing childhood. The voice of the serial killer jumps off the page and lures the reader into his deranged world.
The Fourth Monkey moves at a fast pace. There's ...more
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As the great Philosopher Gweneth Stefanious once said: This shit, is bananas.
Ok, ok, in all seriousness - we're coming to you live from Queasy City with our newly elected mayor The Fourth Monkey! Set in the small midwestern fishing village known to some as Chi-City (aka Chicago, Illinois) we enter our story with one Detective Sam Porter - head of the 4MK t ...more
Inside the depraved mind of a serial killer. The cold, chilling evil.
So what is it about serial killer books? Curious, human nature I suppose. This is my third one this month, and by far the most disturbing. Normally I avoid these but they seem to be “creeping” into my library. Each one getting darker and more sinister. And I’m so glad I picked this one up. Everything you’ve heard about this book is true...it's just that good!
The fourth monkey represents “Do No Evil.” Disp ...more
THE FOURTH MONKEY (A 4MK Thriller, #1) by J.D. BARKER is a dark, thrilling, chilling, creepy, and suspenseful mystery/thriller/police procedural novel that was a captivating, gripping, and fast-paced read that was extremely hard to put down. I absolutely loved this o ...more
Spectacular!! J.D Barker has breathed new life into the tired- should have been retired- serial killer trope.
Chicago has been traumatized by the Four Monkey serial killer for the last five years. But, when a man dies in an accident, law enforcement officials are positive he’s the 4MK killer. An unusual way to begin the story, for sure.
But, the kicker is that his latest victim is still alive out there somewhere. ...more
The Fourth Monkey is one of the most anticipated thrillers of 2017, not only is there this book but the TV & movie rights have also been purchased so somebody must've thought this w ...more
(I'm trying not to spoil anything in the book so my review is vague..like my mind.)
You should all know that little saying with the monkeys..see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil?
The four monkey killer takes that to extremes. He has four little monkeys by adding in 'do no evil'...those monkeys are evil little henchmen. Just saying.
Detective Sam Porter (who is friggi ...more
Sam Porter and his fellow Chicago PD detectives have been chasing the Four Monkey Killer for years. He's already claimed the lives of (at least) seven young women, and his modus operandi is a doozy. He delivers packages with his victims' various body parts, alluding to t ...more
I would describe The Fourth Monkey as very graphic in parts and not ...more
Absolutely freaking brilliant! I didn't want this book to end but what a fantastic finish! This is going to be THE crime thriller of 2017. This is already in my list of Top 17 Books of 2017, skipping the long list and the short list.
I'm a huge fan of J.D. Barker, he's an exceptionally talented writer and this book has been given some great kudos from top authors and reviewers for a good reason - it's really bloody good! Unputdownable good. There is quite simply nothing not to like. I
It's just fr ...more
Well, THAT was CREEPY. Hard to shake off even. And yet, I kept reading. And so will you.
"The Fourth Monkey" Killer or 4MK, as he is coined, is a serial killer. Detectives Porter and Nash have been hunting him for a while. 4MK however, has other plans. But then serial killers always do, don’t they?
On the streets of New York City, a body throws itself in front of a bus, leaving a package and a diary behind. The package bears the killer’s signature and instantly NYC Detectiv ...more
In two most intriguing methods, a diary and a twist, you truly get to know the killer in a way we haven't ...more
Ok, try to puzzle this one out. The whole story encompasses only three days, but so much happens when a disturbed serial killer returns after ten years silent to unleash his evil on the innocent.....to punish the corrupt.
Detective Samuel Porter of Chicago Metro is on leave due to a horrific tragedy in his family, but is called nonetheless to again lead the chase when THE FOURTH MONKEY KILLER makes his presence known by way of his trademark little boxes fil...more
The Fourth Monkey was certainly a dark, twisted and disturbing read and I absolutely loved this book. I was honestly so impressed by how clever the plot was, and the brilliant writing style had me completely immersed in the story.
Barker really knows how to write fleshed out characters; some were really likeable whilst others were quite detestable. The killer’s diary really drew me into his mind and gave me an insight on the ...more
I was hooked from the start and with each turn of the page became more and more obsessed. I could NOT put this down!
Top 5 things I loved:
1) The Diary chapters-amazingly creepy and disturbing, but captivating at the same time. I love when an author allows the reader to go inside the life and mind of a psychopath.
2) Detective Sam Porter's character. He's smart, vulnerable and funny. The sarcasm playing between him and Nash helped balance out some of the disturbing violence.
Well, this is a weird one! First off, it starts with the death of the suspected serial killer. The detectives find a diary on his body. And it’s the diary that really provides a wild story. It details an event in his boyhood that explains why he is the way he is. Can we say sick? I’m talking a seriously whack job family.
This grabbed my interest from the get go. It’s a very fast paced story. The story bounces back and forth between the police trying to find the identity of the killer and the loc ...more
I now see why this was one of the contenders for best Mystery/Thriller for the year!
I tried to go into this book with low expectations. I saw it everywhere last year and it’s my preferred genre. I just love suspense and police thrillers.
Well, I was not disappointed. I loved this book, the characters and the overall mystery of who the 4MK killer was. I don't want to say more about the killer due to spoilers or even give readers a hint. I think the less you know about the plot and charac ...more
I would describe The Fourth Monkey as very graphic in parts and not ...more
“There is a fourth monkey, but nobody really knows about him,” I explained. Father nodded. “The first three monkeys define the rules we should all live by, but it’s the fourth that carries the most importance.” “Shizaru,” I said. “His name is Shizaru.” “He stands for do no evil,” Father said. “And that, of course, is the rub. Should someone see or hear evil, there is little one can do. When someone speaks evil, there is fault to be had, but when they do evil . . . well, when they do evil there...more
Sam Porter is deliberately a common down-to-earth name. He is no Holmes or Poirot, but he has an eye for detail and a knack for connecting ideas. He also thrives under pressure. Sam is a working class hero in spirit.
The violent acts here are celebrated, and who can argue with the readership th ...more
Update - 2017.07.31
I mean....bitch, please...
This was exactly what I needed this year. Are you effing kidding me? It's SO GOOD.
Favourite movies: Se7en and The Silence of the Lambs. This book? A perfect lovechild of those two things but without being too much like those comparisons. You know what I mean?
It's new. It's different. But familiar and satisfying.
It's bloody and twisted and gory and clever and fun.
Serial killer fiction is a dime a dozen, so when something come ...more
So it is a serial killer thriller, which is an actual thriller, whilst being clever and manipulative enough to keep you guessing and with some characters of great depth and perception. I loved Sam Porter and his back story drip fed to us ...more
It all starts with the death of a man .... who was carrying a box with an ear to be delivered to a businessman. He jumps in front of a bus and is instantly killed.
Is this the 4MK killer that Detective Porter has been hunting for the past few years?
This is one of those books I just could not put down for more than a couple of minutes without picking it up ag ...more