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(David Hunter #3)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  8,241 ratings  ·  399 reviews
Bei seinem letzten Einsatz ist der Forensiker David Hunter nur knapp dem Tode entronnen. Von einer vollständigen Genesung weit entfernt, quält ihn die Frage, ob er seinem Beruf noch gewachsen ist. Hunter sagt alle neuen Aufträge ab und kommt dennoch nicht zur Ruhe. Er beschließt daher, die Body Farm in Tennessee aufzusuchen – eine bekannte Akademie, an der er sein Handwerk ...more
Paperback, 414 pages
Published July 17th 2010 by rororo (first published 2010)
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 Li'l Owl
A forensic puzzle turns into a disturbing, terrifying, and deadly game!

As we crept past, waved on by a stone-faced police officer, I saw onlookers crowding a bridge that spanned the highway, leaning on the railing to gawk at the entertainment below. Then it was behind us, and the traffic resumed its usual flow as though nothing had happened.
Tom seemed more his old self on the drive back from the cemetery. There was a sparkle in his eyes that I knew meant he was intrigued by this latest twist. F
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-german
I think this is my favorite book of the series so far!
The writing style was amazing and easy to read as always. The characters were realistic and well developed. The storyline was fantastic and exciting, without being too over the top.
Something I love in every book I read by this author, is how well researched everything seems. I once again felt like I've learnt tons of new stuff.
Overall, a very entertaining, interesting and suspenseful reading experience.
Mar 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whispers of the Dead is the third book in the David Hunter series and gives us a bit more background and history to Dr David Hunter as he returns to the Body Farm in Tennessee where he’d trained early on in his career. The Body Farm actually exists. I’d heard of it previously when Stephen Fry had visited there in one of his programmes. The author, Simon Beckett, has also been there. It’s what gave him the idea for the series.

This story is pretty gruesome and I was quite glad that smell-o-vision
Rating: 3.5 stars

This is the third in the David Hunter series, and for me, it's the weakest of the three. That's not to say it's a bad book or that I didn't enjoy it; it isn't and I did!

It was as gory, gruesome and morbidly fascinating as I expected it to be, but I felt it was missing the shocking intensity of the first two books. I guessed the killer early on, which although wasn't confirmed until the reveal, took some of the suspense out of it; I remember actually gasping at the reveals in the
May 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I am a huge fan of mysteries/thrillers & always on the lookout for a good new series. With Whispers of the Dead I just found one. I haven't read Beckett's other two books (Written in Bone & The Chemistry of Death), but I checked to make sure my public library had copies of both so I can go grab 'em the next time I'm there (they do).

I liked the main character, forensic anthropologist David Hunter, & all the rest of the characters, too. Beckett's writing is clear & clean & his
J.F. Juzwik
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whispers of the Dead is a dark thriller, featuring Dr. David Hunter, a British forensic anthropologist. He leaves his native London for Tennessee with the purpose of conducting research at the legendary Body Farm, as well as to visit his mentor and director of the facility, Tom Leiberman. When Tom is called to assist with a homicide investigation, he wants David on his team.

The bodies begin to pile up, and trust me--the crime scenes are pictures you don't want in your head for too long. Danger l
John Wiltshire
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this in a day. It was very hard to put down. Another brilliant novel in the David Hunter forensic anthropologist series. This one was set in the US, at the Body Farm, the FBI's forensic outdoor lab--the place where they use real bodies to investigate all the things that happen to us when we die. Great stuff. This one was even gorier than the first two, a huge body count by the time David is finished, but it's superbly written and has an almost breathtaking climax. I know a lot more about ...more
Teresa Grubbs
This author never fails to disappoint me with a thriller that I can't seem to put down. His main character, Dr. David Hunter, is now in the United States at the Tennessee Body Farm working with an old colleague after surviving an attack from a serial killer in the last book. The killer in this book likes to photograph his victims in the very last moments of death and has been killing vagrants for years without interruption, but he steps things up by leaving a body in a rental cabin in the Smoky ...more
Charlotte Lisbon
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately I predicted the murderer early on in this book. It was still very disgusting and full of maggots as all good David Hunter books are. As this book made me stay up till 1 am in the hopes that I could finish it before I leave for vacation it deserve the 4 stars even though I am getting more and more annoyed with his never ending endings, which feel very long and overextended. But I am still very excited for book number 4 😄
Marty Fried
A lot like the previous two, but this one takes place on a bigger island - well, not exactly an island, per se, but if things keep on the way they're going, the US may become a political island.

Lots of killing in this one, as expected from the first two. The killer seemed like he was so far ahead of his pursuers that it hard to imagine they'd ever catch him. But with a bit of luck, and David Hunter's analytical mind, they finally catch up with him, but there are a few surprises even at that late
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beckett turns the tables on what his fans are used to reading, moving his band of ever-new characters from the rural spots within the United Kingdom to Tennessee, more specifically the Body Farm in and around Knoxville. This move, genius in my mind, is poignant, as it is the place where Beckett, a reporter by profession, learned about forensic anthropology and can be said to have helped push along his idea for this series and its main character. Moving things to the US does little to change the ...more
Theresa Leone Davidson
Excellent mystery - quite gory but very well written, with characters you really like. Beckett apparently wrote two novels before this one with the same protagonist, Dr. David Hunter, but I didn't know that when I chose this from the library. I will definitely be reading both of them, too!
May 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2011
just one word: awesome!!!
Jan 24, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book has you suspecting every character at one point or another, except the character that did it! a brilliant book, although a bit gorry, not for the feint hearted x
Baz M
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very easy 5 stars.

You will be frustrated with the protagonist throughout most of the book but persevere, he may just come good.

I can't fault this one. Some great scenes, some characters you'll love to hate and plenty of twists.

Although this can be read on its own out of sequence to the rest of the series, I do now feel like a little bit of background from the previous novels may have helped in building the voice of the protagonist.
Apr 08, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Where oh where to start with this train wreck? Probably the most irritating of all are sections written in second person. Yep. That's right Second-Fricking-Person Can there be anything that screams "Look at me! I'm writing!" than second person? If there is, please let me know.

And then there's one tiny bit that's written in third person. Just one little bit. Nothing else. What happened? Did he mean to change it to second person and just forgot?

No need to mention the two dimensional characters
Monchari S
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is there anyway I can give this series more than 5 stars ??!!
I love Simon's story and his writing style and I love David Hunter!!

Once you started reading this book, you'll be drawn into the scene instantly.
You'll forget the real world...really!

Simon will make you feel you're with David but invisible along the story.
I think you even feel you are able to smell and touch something!!

The most wonderful crime novel I've ever read.

This one is my favourite in this series so far.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
9/15 | 3.5

It's a pretty good crime novel, but I don't like the fact that the murderer is regularly an allegedly friend or colleague. It's a pattern that get's boring because it's very predictable. Furthermore I wish David Hunter or one (or more!) of his colleagues were not personally involved and in mortal danger while investigating a crime.
"A field of corpses laid out in a macabre display ... A serial killer who confounds even the most seasoned profilers ... A doctor whose life has been shattered by crime -- plunged into the heart of a shocking investigation ... forensic anthropologist David Hunter is thrust into his first murder investigation on U.S. soil -- and his most devastating case yet.

"In the heat of a Tennessee summer, Dr. Hunter has come to Knoxville's legendary 'Body Farm' -- the infamous field laboratory where law enfo
Sometimes I'm in the mood for something light and easy to read, like a horrific murder mystery. The David Hunter series seems to always follow the same pattern but I can't say I really mind, it keeps me captivated enough to read a book every now and then.

The only really annoying thing about the book was the Finnish editor/translator, within just a few pages one of the characters was called Jacobsen, Jacobssen and Jabookson. Not the most professional of works...

Also, for anyone planning to eat wh
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy these books a lot. The plots are always clever and unique. I love David Hunter, because he has many facets to his character. The science presented is interesting, even to a non-science nerd like myself. This book visits the Body Farm, which is interesting in itself. I plan to start the next book in the series this week!
3,5⭐ This series is still going strong - one more to go... For once all books have been translated to Danish :-) ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librarybooks
‘Skin. The largest human organ, it is also the most overlooked.’
Dr David Hunter is still recovering from a near-fatal attack, and has left London temporarily to spend time at the Anthropology Research Facility in Knoxville, Tennessee.

‘Most people just called it the Body Farm’.

This is where David Hunter first trained in forensic anthropology, and he hopes that this return trip will restore his shattered confidence and help him find out whether he is still up to the job. Given recent events, he i
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
This is, finally, the novel I knew Simon Beckett was capable of writing. The first two David Hunter novels were full of potential but for various reasons they never quite lived up to it. This time though Beckett really nails it.

Forensic anthropologist David Hunter has returned to the infamous "body farm" in Tennessee for some research and an excuse to get away from the country. Suddenly he finds himself joining old friend Tom in a homicide investigation which very soon spirals out of control. T
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best one in the series so far..
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is absolutely fantastic. Unlike 'Written in Bone', and 'The Chemistry of Death', this book gives so much interesting information... The way the serial killer views the world, and the way he thinks is also described in a brilliant way. I particularly loved the ending, because things happen as I expected they would.. And the person I suspected to be the killer when I had read up to 100 page, turned out to be that horrible and mysterious person ( It is not unusual for me, for when I was re ...more
Gary Van Cott
This book was pretty good, along the same lines as the first two in this series. I believe that the narration from the point of view of the perpetrator was completely unnecessary and it would have been a better book without it. As this book is set in the US, the author should have consulted an American about the dialog he put in the mouths of the American characters. Americans don't use the word "result" as frequently or in the same way the British do. If they found out who fingerprints belonged ...more
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one is really 4.5 stars. I would say it is necessary to read these in order as one story follows directly on from the previous book. This is number 3 in the series and probably the best one yet. A lot more gruesome than I would usually read, some of the forensic detail is very nasty and you certainly wouldn't want to eat and read this at the same time, but the story is superb. This is real edge of the seat stuff and the tension becomes almost unbearable at times - you just have to keep read ...more
Jan 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this novel takes a different approach and have to say am not sure it fully works. This time its a more contemporary style thriller about a serial killer (which is what I like), however this story really feels long and drawn out, so by the time you get to the final twist - it's basically a bit of a let down. Overall it seems like this is a first attempt at this style of storytelling, certainly nothing like his first novel. Overall 3 stars, not bad for a raining afternoon but no real sparks for ...more
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite author is now Simon Beckett! Patricia Cornwell pales in comparison . The David Hunter series is the best ever in the genre of forensics--psychological thrillers . These are absolutely page turners! Just when you think you've figured out the plot it takes an amazing twist. And it does this again and again . The characters are incredible and extremely well written. Read this series. You will NOT be disappointed!
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After an MA in English, Simon Beckett spent several years as a property repairer before a stint teaching in Spain. Back in the UK, he played percussion in several bands. He has been a freelance journalist since 1992, writing for The Times, The Independent on Sunday Review, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer and other major British publications. In 2002, as part of an article on the National Forensi ...more

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David Hunter (6 books)
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“Then we left it behind and entered another world. Steep, densely forested slopes closed in around us, plunging us into shadow as the road wound through them. Part of the huge Appalachian Mountains chain, the Smokies covered eight hundred square miles and spanned the border between Tennessee and North Carolina. They'd been declared a National Park, although looking out of the car window I thought that nature was blithely unaware of such distinctions. This was a wilderness that man had even now barely scratched. Coming from a crowded island like the UK, it was impossible not to be humbled by their sheer scale. There” 0 likes
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