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Presumed Dead

(Carter Blake #5)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  244 ratings  ·  38 reviews
'What do you know about the Devil Mountain Killer?'


Adeline Connor was the Devil Mountain Killer's final victim. After she was gunned down, the murderer disappeared and the killing spree ended.


Carter Blake has been hired to do what he does best: to find someone. But this time he's hunting a dead girl - Adeline Connor's brother is convinced she's still alive.

But this
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published April 19th 2018 by Orion
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Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mason Cross writes brilliant and compelling thrillers, and Presumed Dead had me reading non stop until I finished the novel. This is the 5th in the Carter Blake series, a man who has a specialism in locating people who do not want to be found. Blake finds himself in Bethany, Georgia after acquiescing to a request to look into David Connor's claim that he saw his sister, Adeline, in Atlanta. This seems highly unlikely, Adeline was the last victim of The Devil Mountain serial killer, who between 2 ...more
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Serious love for this thriller set in small town America. As usual, Mason Cross gets everything right: a missing girl, thought dead but now seen alive? A serial killer, thought dead but maybe on the loose again? Suspicious small town cops. Carter Blake, the kind of intelligent, methodological investigator that is a genuine pleasure to spend time with. All this in an isolated mountain community where people are dying once again and nobody wants to talk about it. It's brilliantly paced and plotted ...more
Liz Barnsley
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A BOOM book. I read it then at the end my heart went BOOM.

Hey look I’ve loved this series since the start, in my honest opinion Presumed Dead is the best one yet and that is actually quite the achievement – but it’s true. This was a pretty perfect read from start to finish, sending Carter Blake after a missing girl who may or may not be dead and may or may not be the victim of a serial killer who may or may not be dead. Phew. It’s quite the rollercoaster ride let me tell you.

Add to that small to
Rob Twinem
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mason Cross writes fast exciting thrillers somewhere between Tim Weaver (David Raker missing persons investigator) and Lee Child with the Jack Reacher series (dur loner investigating suspicious and frequently dangerous situations). Carter Blake describes himself as a "Locating Consultant" finding people who don't want to be found. In Presumed Dead he is approached by David Connor who believes that his sister Adeline was not the Devil Mountain killer's final victim but rather she is alive and wel ...more
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Disappointing and sluggish crime fiction in an otherwise dynamite series featuring Carter Blake, a specialist in finding people who don't want to be found. Blake is basically working as a private detective in a missing person/serial killer hunt here but it's three stars for the ingenious twist ending!
Elaine Tomasso
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank Netgalley and Orion Publishing Group for an advance copy of Presumed Dead, the fifth novel to feature location consultant Carter Blake.

In 2002-3 the Devil Mountain Killer claimed nine known victims in and around the small Georgian town of Bethany and then disappeared. Adeline Connor was the last presumed victim but her body was never found. Recently her brother David believes he saw her in Atlanta and hires Carter Blake to find her. And then the killings start again in Beth
Julie Lacey
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book that I’ve read by Mason Cross, and I really enjoyed it.
Blake is asked to track down a girl who everyone thinks was killed fifteen years ago - all except her brother who hires Blake.
When Blake visits the local Sheriff he’s warned off the case and told the last guy who was asked to find Adeline, ended up dead.
This doesn’t stop Blake from heading out and looking for Adeline and when people start getting killed, it makes him more determined to find out what’s going on.
Colette Lamberth
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another cracking ‘read it in a day’ instalment of the Carter Blake series. As soon as it appeared on my kindle I was as excited as a kid at Christmas and started reading straight away. I loved it and my only disappointment is that I finished it too soon (nothing new there) and have a long wait until the next book.
Blake is tasked with finding someone who was ‘presumed dead’ years ago, the victim of a serial killer, until a chance ‘sighting’ of her by her brother. The setting of a small town wher
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well that’s another fantastic book from Mason Cross who brilliantly writes fast paced thrillers.

Carter Blake is asked by an old acquaintance to see one of her clients, David Conner in Bethany, Georgia whose sister was murdered 15 years ago but he’s adamant he saw her alive and well in Atlanta. The last P.I. he had looking into this turned up dead whilst on the trail. Conner’s sister isn’t the only one to make a reappearance though as the killer also seems to come back from the dead to protect i
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carter Blake returns for his fifth adventure. Whilst attending a funeral, he's asked to look into a case involving a dead woman who's been seen alive and well by her brother. During his investigations, he's drawn into what really happened to the Devil Mountain Killer. This was a high octane thriller with plenty of excitement and an ending that I really did not spot coming.
Slower paced than some of the other books in the series but jaw-dropping ending.
Abby Slater- Fairbrother
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the fifth novel in the Carter Blake series. I must confess that it is the first novel by Mason Cross that I have read. I think the novel can be read as a stand-alone, I thoroughly enjoyed it as such. Carter Blake is different to the usual kind of protagonist I read within the crime fiction genre, as he is much more action based. He is likeable and comes over brilliantly on the page.
Carter Blake gets the job done!

The novel opens in the present day, when Blake attends a funeral at Ravenwo
Suze Bickerton
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of Mason Cross and his Carter Blake series of books, so I was really looking forward to reading this new one. Happily, I was not disappointed.

This is the fifth Carter Blake book, but don't let that put you off if you haven't read any or all of the previous four. This works brilliantly as a standalone (as do the others).There is the occasional reference to escapades from previous books, but nothing that would spoil your enjoyment of this one. Having said all of that, I would urge
Gordon Mcghie
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Presumed Dead is the fifth Carter Blake novel by Mason Cross. It is also the Carter Blake novel I have enjoyed the most – no slight on the previous four books (this is a series I love) but Presumed Dead gave me everything I want from my thrillers and I virtually inhaled it.

Housekeeping first: don’t be put off by the fact it is the fifth title in the series, other than knowing it features the return of the lead character Presumed Dead can very much be enjoyed without reading the earlier books. An
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mason Cross is one of my new old favorites. Yes, that's an oxymoron but it fits.

There are some authors that I've been reading for many years, King, Doyle, Connelly, Sandford, Deaver, Poe, Maron, Braun and many others. Some feel out of favor. Patricia Cornwell, James Patterson, Lisa Scotoline for example. Still others are new favorites; Kristoff, Hearne are but two of those.

I came across Cross' name about 5 years ago and I wait anxiously for every new Carter Blake book. Cross came on like gang bu
V.E. Lynne
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carter Blake is back out on the road, looking for people who don't want to be found or, in this case, a woman thought to have died many years ago. Adeline Connor is believed to have been the last victim of the Devil Mountain Killer, a murderer who took several lives in small town Georgia, and was never apprehended. David Connor, Adeline's brother, believes he saw his sister, alive and well, in Atlanta and he hires Carter Blake to track her down. The only problem is that the previous investigator ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fifth outing for Carter Blake, see's him looking for a presumed long dead victim of the Devil Mountain Killer. This is a good book with twists and misdirection, after the events of the previous book, Blake seems a lot more relaxed and his character continues to grow. Mason Cross again delivers a nicely paced story, with some interesting characters, that keeps you wanting too read another chapter.
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mason Cross is definitely at the top of my must- read list .

Another engrossing case for Carter Blake . Another couple of days achieving very little other than finding out what happens next! The thinking reader's Reacher - no 5v1 brawls but enough action and no paucity of dead bodies or possible suspects. I will reluctantly have to make do until the next CB intallment....
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I have listened to all of Mason Cross' Carter Blake books. They have all been excellent. I bought this because of this.
I must say this was good. But not as wonderful as his others. Now I did listen it in three days as I was driving. But is kept going on and on. I did not feel like I was getting anywhere. I will buy the next one. and as I have said this was good. But his others are great.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Never Dissapoints

As always I try to work out my theories and get to the truth only partially. Got it a smidgin before the end. Just how I like it! Again Blake is superb in his Dark Consultancy

Thanks for the ride👌
Maggie Kiely
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a cracker. Love love this series and want to read as soon as book released. Carter Blake at his best as usual. The twist in this one was so good never have guessed it or expected it Highly recommend

Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Presumed Dead has so far been one of the best books I've read all year. The twists and turns Mason Cross gives us is like watching a car race on a figure 8 track. This one book is worth reading the whole series.
Juliette Barker
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing twists

Another brilliant offering from Mason Cross. Read all his books as soon as I can and main character Carter Blake is a believable and all consuming character
Doris Losey
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Non-stop action, rich character development, and a plausible yet unexpected ending--highly recommended!
Michael Bowen
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
best episode yet, thrilling, read almost in one night! More!!
Lesley Scott
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing

As always, a cracking read from Mason Cross. I thought I'd figured it out, only to find I hadn't! A real twist.
Tikri /Letitia
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mason Cross just keeps getting better and better. 'Presumed Dead' is #5 in the Carter Blake series but is an excellent mystery that can stand alone if this is where you want to start.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent offering by Mason Cross in the Carter Blake series. This story revolves around small-town America and contains several twists and turns which will delight many readers.
Natalie Sutherland
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best book yet - didnt see the multiple twists coming at all. Unput-downable, read it in one day :)
Steve Black
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another excellent read from Mason Cross. As usual, the plot leads in all sorts of directions and the ending is pretty difficult to predict. Roll on the next one.
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