Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Tuesday Titles 061..

Hangman : Stephan Talty

Another compelling book for your consideration, this week. I picked up Hangman, which has been in my to read pile since last year. Shameful, I know. I just don't read as quickly as I'd like, sometimes. Anyway, it's your typical crime book. 

Hangman, Hangman, what do you see? Four little girls, as cute as can be. The eerie schoolyard chant still sends ripples of horror through North Buffalo. Not so long ago, serial killer Marcus Flynn preyed upon the community’s teenaged daughters—until he was cornered and shot in the head. But Flynn lived, carrying to prison the nickname “Hangman,” along with the secret of his last victim’s fate. Homicide cop Abbie Kearney wasn’t around during Hangman’s reign of terror. She hadn’t yet come home to wear her dad’s old badge in the tough Irish American stronghold known as “the County.” Abbie had never experienced firsthand the horror of Hangman. Until now.
Hangman, Hangman, where do they go? Down on the ground, where the daffodils grow. A corrections officer lies dead, a prison van stands empty . . . and somewhere out there, the monster who condemned innocents to death at the end of a rope watches and waits to strike again. Abbie leads a desperate manhunt through a city driven to its knees by fear, matching wits with a predator as brilliant as he is elusive. But as more victims are claimed, a rising tide of secrecy, paranoia, and politics forces her to realize that stepping beyond the law may be the only way to find justice. Because with each passing hour, the stakes grow higher—and Hangman’s noose gets tighter.

I found this easy to get drawn into from the start, despite not having read any earlier titles in the Abbie Kearny series (of which I think there is only one). This didn't have any detrimental effect on my enjoyment or understanding of the story and it wasn't long before I was coming up with my own theories about the Hangman as he hid from police and continued with his killing spree. 

A definite recommendation if you like suspense. Join the hunt for the Hangman before he claims any more bodies.