Name: An Evil Mind (Robert Hunter #6)
Author: Chris Carter
Number of Pages: 494 (Kindle)
Published: July 31st 2014 by Simon & Schuster UK
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Crime
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 Robert Hunter of the LAPD.
An Evil Mind is the sixth book in the Robert Hunter series but it’s actually the first one I’ve read and I do think it works well as an introduction to the series, or at least it did for me because I enjoyed it so much that I’m certainly going to read more of the series. Hunting Evil is next on my list and then I’ll probably go in order after that. This isn’t a genre I read very often at all but I picked this up as I fancied something different.
A serial killer thriller, gory and gruesome at times, but intriguing and a high-stakes cat-and-mouse play between an LAPD detective on loan to the FBI and, you guessed it, someone with a very evil mind. Never has a title been so apt, because the villain at the centre of this far-reaching web is possibly one of the worst and most brutal I’ve encountered in my recent reading adventures. A remorseless character who has made a study of murder and the psychology of being a murderer, who’s gone so far as to document his activities as a ‘public service’, I was horrified and riveted in equal measure, just wondering what new horrors Robert Hunter and his FBI colleague would discover next.
The writing is really good, a great blend of tense and scary situations and locations, fraught confrontations between an increasingly distraught detective and a measured, controlled serial killer who seems to hold all the cards; it had an air of The Silence of the Lambs at times, the back and forth between some of the characters.
The pitting of wits and courage of Robert Hunter against this killer made their scenes tense. The lengths this man has gone to to rattle Hunter, and the revelations that come to light make you wonder how Hunter retains his composure, and whether he’ll eventually give in to the taunts and goading of the killer. In the midst of this is the FBI agent Courtney Taylor, a woman more easily riled by the goading of the man in the cell, responding more emotionally than rationally, which gave a good balance because he really has done some shocking things over a long-spanning career.
A final temptation from the killer leads to a fast-paced and thrilling conclusion played out amidst more shocks and surprises. I had a great time reading An Evil Mind, and cannot wait to read Hunting Evil, which is a sequel and sees certain characters from this story revisited. The Robert Hunter series is one I think I may enjoy discovering.