The Fourth Monkey by J. D. BarkerThe Fourth Monkey by J. D. Barker

The Fourth Monkey

byJ. D. Barker

Hardcover | June 27, 2017

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Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called, A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind."

For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive.

As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own.

With only a handful of clues, the elusive killer's identity remains a mystery. Time is running out and the Four Monkey Killer taunts from beyond the grave in this masterfully written fast-paced thriller."
J.D. Barker is the internationally best-selling author of FORSAKEN, a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel, and winner of the New Apple Medalist Award. His work has been compared to Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Thomas Harris. His latest novel, THE FOURTH MONKEY, released in June 2017. His third...
Title:The Fourth MonkeyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.36 inPublished:June 27, 2017Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0544968840

ISBN - 13:9780544968844

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unadulterated crap Nope nope nope nope nope. Seriously? Se7en meets Silence of the Lambs? How about, this author wishes he had half of Thomas Harris' talent to write a solid cat-and-mouse thriller? This book read very much as a paint-by-numbers thriller, or something where someone pulled Thriller Plot #3 (copyright and patent pending) and just filled in the names. There's the deadly serious cop that's been chasing the serial killer for years. There's his wisecracking partner. There's the sassy female cop that has some slight sexual tension for the wisecracker, and nothing but sympathy for the lead. There's the bullish sergeant. There's the standard false leads (that broadcast their falseness far too loudly) and the inevitable puzzle pieces that the killer leaves to lead the cops on a merry chase. There's also the diary that details the ridiculous and patently stupid early childhood of the 4MK killer, who's father sounds like Beaver Cleaver's father from the late 50s/early 60s, even though it must have taken place in the late 90s, early 2000s. It just felt as though the whole damn thing was crafted for maximum public appeal, and a nice bidding war for television or movies...apparently all of which it achieved. So much BS. Yeah, don't expect a review from me for the next book. I'm stating here and now that I'm totally bailing on this ridiculous series. What crap. I'll go back and read Red Dragon or Silence of the Lambs before I'll wade into this particular cesspool again.
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very immersive, for better or worse I could not put this book down once I started reading. It also does a very good job describing some of the super graphic scenes to the point where I found myself skimming ahead a little to avoid the graphic imagery. I'm not really one to shy away from horror scenes so this was a pleasant surprise for me!
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could Not Put This Down I picked this book based solely on "Seven meets Silence of the Lambs". Did not know the story or author. I was hooked right away, read the whole thing in 3 days. I can't wait for the next book! I loved the change of view with each chapter. It gave just enough and always left you wanting more.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely not a slow read! As the story began, I thought I wouldn't be too keen because it's really quite nasty situations. But the pages kept turning, and I was wrapped up in the characters, and definitely wanted to find out what happened to all of them! So well written, there was no part where it became slow or boring. And I read it much too fast.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED!!! The Fourth Monkey, by J.D Barker, was one of my most anticipated summer reads. Any book that draws a comparison to Silence of the Lambs and Se7en immediately had my attention. After I have finished my reading, one thing stands clear regarding this title- this book lives up to the hype. Fast paced, complex and filled with twists and turns, once I picked up this novel, it was incredibly hard to put down. When The Fourth Monkey opens, we meet Detective Sam Porter, who seems to be on a leave from the police force when he is suddenly called back to the scene of an apparent suicide. Not truly understanding what his purpose it at this crime scene, his questions are soon answered when a box is found containing an ear. The first signature of The Four-Monkey killer (4MK), a serial killer case that Sam has been lead investigator on for over five years. When he finds a diary in the pocket of the deceased, Sam is given entry into the mind of a psychopath and must begin to unravel a twisted history in order to try to find his latest victim…a victim they hope is still alive. Crazy right?? My first thought that I need to get out is Wow. Where do I even begin? I absolutely loved this novel. To say it was masterfully written would be a vast understatement. Barker is brilliant. As a self-professed struggler of any police procedural style novels, this one broke down any barriers or issues I had with the genre. The characters in this one are fantastic. Sam Porter is incredibly likeable with a stellar backstory that is slowly weaved out throughout the plot. His partner, Nash, offers comedic relief and had me laughing out loud throughout. The camaraderie between the two made this book stand out. I loved the narrative style with this one too, the novel is told in part through Porter as he investigates, but also through the eyes of one of the 4MK’s victims and through the psychopath’s diary as he explains his childhood and interesting upbringing. At times, I was so consumed by these chapters, I felt like skipping through the other narrations so I could have more of this perspective! Deliciously dark and dangerous, I couldn’t help but be fascinated by his mindset. At this point, this novel has me feeling a serious "book hangover". And, with that ending, I am really hoping this will not be the last that I will read about these characters.
Date published: 2017-06-27

Editorial Reviews

The Fourth Monkey has one of the most ingenious openings that I've read in years. This thriller never disappoints."-James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author "A first-rate, devilish thriller."-Eric Rickstad, New York Times bestselling author of The Names of Dead Girls and The Silent Girls "This book lives up to the hype? .fast paced, complex and filled with twists and turns, once I picked up this novel, it was incredibly hard to put down? .At this point, this novel has me feeling a serious "book hangover". And, with that ending, I am really hoping this will not be the last that I will read about these characters. 5/5 stars. A must read." - Clues and Reviews "Bram Stoker Award finalist Barker ingeniously blends horrific images into a bizarre plotline to create this devilishly dark thriller."- Library Journal "? Nice twists on classic thriller tropes." - Publisher's Weekly "Superbly constructed and immaculately paced, this is one of the few serial killer thrillers that bears comparison with Thomas Harris's 1981 masterpiece Red Dragon."- Daily Mail "J.D. Barker's second novel is a terrifying romp."- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Not since Hannibal Lecter had a friend for dinner has a serial killer been so skillfully rendered on the page." - Taylor Elmore, Writer/Producer of Justified and Limitless "Creepy, scary . . . and impossible to put down! The Fourth Monkey is everything a thriller should be-a must read!" - Heather Graham , NY Times Bestselling Author "In the tradition of SE7EN and THE USUAL SUSPECTS, THE FOURTH MONKEY combines breakneck speed with a baffling puzzle. It has pace to die for." - David Morrell , New York Times Bestselling Author of Murder As a Fine Art and First Blood "A chillingly delicious page-turner." - Kelley Armstrong , NY Times Bestselling Author "Gritty, masterful suspense? Lee Child, you've met your match." - Tosca Lee , NY Times Bestselling Author "Brilliant. Complicated. Psychopath. This character is truly riveting." - Marc Webb, Director of The Amazing Spiderman, Gifted, & (500) Days of Summer "A state of the art thriller, a current nightmare, a panic wrapped up in a box." - Josh Malerman , Award Winning Author of Bird Box "Serial killers in fiction are a dime a dozen these days, and it takes a powerful lot of thought and crafty planning to come up with one who's unique. In THE FOURTH MONKEY Barker does just that - and gives us more than one. And he bounces his bad guys off a colorful cast of believable characters. For you puzzle fans, there's a story within the story as strange and twisty as the tale itself. But make no mistake, this is a suspense novel through and through, and it's in no way shy about it." - Jack Ketchum , Award Winning Author of Off Season and The Girl Next Door "This book is seriously brilliant: the best serial killer thriller I've ever read." -Lisa Milton, Executive Editor HarperCollins HQ "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." -Maxine Groves, Top Amazon and GoodReads Reviewer "Gripping, addictive, and devilishly clever. From its opening salvo The Fourth Monkey grabs you and never lets go. J. D. Barker is a stunning new talent." - Barry Lancet , award-winning author of Tokyo Kill and Pacific Burn "Fascinating, fast-paced thriller. J.D. Barker keeps you on the edge of your seat right up until the final twist. A gripping read!" -R.G. Belsky , author of the Gil Malloy thrillers "In THE FOURTH MONKEY, J.D. Barker interweaves multiple mysteries into an exhilarating thriller with a compelling new villain. The complexity of the puzzles and the lighting pace funnels the reader through a Rube Goldberg contraption of twists and turns. Buckle yourself in and have fun!" - Alex Dolan , author of THE EUTHANIST "A daring, fearless, in your face read? an easy five stars for me, no hesitation." - Novel Gossip "A relentless thrill ride that allows readers not only inside the mind of the killer, but of the man committed to outsmarting him this one last time." - For the Love of Books "You NEED this on your radar." - Reading in Between The Lines "Genuinely fascinating? WOW, the ending was unbelievably brilliant." - Book Polar "The Fourth Monkey is creepy, atmospheric and completely compelling? J. D. Barker has a knack for keeping the reader turning the pages." - Bibliophile Book Club "Intensely vivid? it's creepy and it's startling, but it's also addictive." - Eccentric Trilogy "Reminiscent of Stephen King and Dean Koontz, I'm adding Barker to my must-read novelists." - The Write Lovers "Dark and twisted? a MUST read." - Bound4Escape "The Verdict: a twisted, movie-worthy serial killer thriller." - Crime by the Book "Dark, dirty and downright gritty, this was a clear five star read! For those of you who have the stomach for it, pre-order it now! For the more feint-hearted amongst you, pre-order it now and read it through the gaps in your fingers. This is a book not to be missed!" - The World is a Book "I could not put it down? Barker's novel is a rollercoaster of twists and turns so put the bar down and enjoy the ride."- PopHorror "