Inside a Los Angeles church, on the altar steps, lies the blood-soaked, decapitated body of a priest. Carefully positioned, legs stretched out, arms crossed over the chest, the most horrifying thing of all is that the priest's head has been replaced by that of a dog. Later, the forensic team discover that, on the victim's chest, the figure 3 has been scrawled in blood.
At first, Detective Robert Hunter believes that this is a ritualistic killing. But as more bodies surface, he is forced to reassess. All the victims died in the way they feared the most. Their worst nightmares have literally come true. But how could the killer have known? And what links these apparently random victims?
Hunter finds himself on the trail of an elusive and sadistic killer, somone who apparently has the power to read his victims' minds. Someone who can sense what scares his victims the most. Someone who will stop at nothing to achieve his twisted aim.
Another brilliant book by Chris Carter. In this second instalment in the series, Detective Robert Hunter and his partner Carlos Garcia are faced with an even more vicious serial killer than the Crucifix Killer featured in the first book. The crime scenes are all different, very gruesome and require a good empty stomach to handle.
The Executioner doesn't kill at random. He knows his victims well. He makes sure they meet their end in the most terrifying way. He knows their worst fears and practically scares them to death. He takes his time to maximise their pain and suffering and tortures them until they die a slow painful death. Each victim is numbered in blood, indicating that the killer is following a list of intended victims.
Under the supervision of Barbara Blake, the new captain, Hunter and Garcia are pressed into finding this killer as quickly as possible before he strikes again but this proves to be a very difficult task with many false leads and dead ends.
Who is The Executioner? Why is he killing these people? How is he choosing his victims? Is there a connection? How many will he kill? Who is next on his list?
Well, this is another great, well-written thriller by Chris Carter. The way the plot is weaved is remarkable. All chapters are short and end in a cliffhanger, urging you to keep on reading. I really enjoyed it and it kept my interest piqued to the very end. I couldn't figure out the killer till the last part when the author decided it's time to reveal his face. I highly recommend this book and I'll make sure to read the rest of the series.