ByLaura Lesouef, writer at
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Laura Lesouef

At first glance, you might think that this man was an extra in Magic Mike XXL, it's not the case. He actually used to be part of an all male exotic dancing group, but now he's better known as a bestselling author after spending a decade playing guitar for numerous bands and artists such as Tom Jones, Ricky Martin, Julio Iglesias... No kidding.

By now he wrote 7 books, the latest called I Am Death isn't released yet but like the previous one it promises to be mind blowing.

The point is that you need to read his books if you haven't already. Every story follows Robert Hunter and Carlos Garcia, two detectives at the Homicide Special Section of the Los Angeles Robbery Homicide Division, chasing a new sadistic and dreadful serial killer but even those adjectives are too sweet to describe how much insane each new killer is, actually that's what we call a 'psychopath'... The crime scenes are very well described, it is as 'good' as being there. There's so much material in these books that you can make a movie with it, well I hope it'll happen one day. I read his first two books in french but I took much more pleasure by reading the other ones in english because you can't translate "that's completely dancing-around-the-room-naked-smothered-in-peanut-better crazy" or "smart motherfucker" (Night Stalker) without depriving a little bit of the magic. The least I can do is to submit you every book Chris Carter wrote so far.

French & English covers
French & English covers
  • The Crucifix Killer (2009)

"In a derelict cottage in L.A, a young woman is found savagely murdered. Naked, strung from two wooden posts, the skin has been ripped from her face - while she was still alive. On the nape of her neck is carved a strange double-cross: the signature of a psychopath known as the Crucifix Killer. But that's not possible. Because, two years ago, the Crucifix Killer was caught and executed. Could this be the work of a copycat? Or is Homicide Detective Robert Hunter forced to face the unthinkable? Is the real Crucifix Killer still out there, taunting Hunter with his inability to catch him? Robert Hunter and his rookie partner are about to enter a nightmare beyond imagining ..." (source: Amazon)

French & English covers
French & English covers
  • The Executioner (2010)

"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." (source: Amazon)

  • 1) The Night Stalker (2011)

"When an unidentified female body is discovered laid out on a slab in an abandoned butcher's shop, the cause of death is unclear. Her body bares no marks; except for the fact that her lips have been carefully stitched shut. It is only when the full autopsy gets underway at the Los Angeles County morgue that the pathologist will reveal the true horror of the situation - a discovery so devastating that Detective Robert Hunter of the Los Angeles Homicide Special Section has to be pulled off a different case to take over the investigation But when his inquiry collides with a missing persons' case being investigated by the razor-sharp Whitney Meyers, Hunter suspects the killer might be keeping several women hostage. Soon Robert finds himself on the hunt for a murderer with a warped obsession, a stalker for whom love has become hate.
(source: Amazon)

  • 2) The Death Sculptor (2012)

"'Good job you didn't turn on the lights...' A student nurse has the shock of her life when she discovers her patient, prosecutor Derek Nicholson, brutally murdered in his bed. The act seems senseless - Nicholson was terminally ill with only weeks to live. But what most shocks Detective Robert Hunter of the Los Angeles Robbery Homicide Division is the calling card the killer left behind. For Hunter, there is no doubt that the killer is trying to communicate with the police, but the method is unlike anything he's ever seen before. And what could the hidden message be? Just as Hunter and his partner Garcia reckon they've found a lead, a new body is found - and a new calling card. But with no apparent link between the first and second victims, all the progress they've made so far goes out of the window. Pushed into an uncomfortable alliance with confident investigator Alice Beaumont, Hunter must race to put together the pieces of the puzzle ...before the Death Sculptor puts the final touches to his masterpiece." (source: Amazon)

  • 3) One By One (2013)

"'I need your help, Detective. Fire or water?' Detective Robert Hunter of the LAPD's Homicide Special Section receives an anonymous call asking him to go to a specific web address - a private broadcast. Hunter logs on and a show devised for his eyes only immediately begins. But the caller doesn't want Detective Hunter to just watch, he wants him to participate, and refusal is simply not an option. Forced to make a sickening choice, Hunter must sit and watch as an unidentified victim is tortured and murdered live over the Internet. The LAPD, together with the FBI, use everything at their disposal to electronically trace the transmission down, but this killer is no amateur, and he has covered his tracks from start to finish. And before Hunter and his partner Garcia are even able to get their investigation going, Hunter receives a new phone call. A new website address. A new victim. But this time the killer has upgraded his game into a live murder reality show, where anyone can cast the deciding vote."
(source: Amazon)

  • 4) An Evil Mind (2014)

"A freak accident in rural Wyoming leads the Sheriff's Department to arrest a man for a possible double homicide, but further investigations suggest a much more horrifying discovery - a serial killer who has been kidnapping, torturing and mutilating victims all over the United States for at least twenty-five years. The suspect claims he is a pawn in a huge labyrinth of lies and deception - and he will now only speak to Rober Hunter ..." (source: Amazon)


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