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Birdman (Jack Caffery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mo Hayder
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Book Description

Now in Grove Press paperback for the first time, Birdman showcases Hayder at her spine-tingling best as beloved series character Jack Caffery tracks down a terrifying serial killer.

In his first case as lead investigator with London’s crack murder squad, Detective Inspector Jack Caffery is called on to investigate the murder of a young woman whose body has been discovered near the Millennium Dome in Greenwich, south-east London. Brutalized, mutilated beyond recognition, the victim is soon joined by four others discovered in the same area—all female and all ritualistically murdered. And when the post-mortem examination reveals a gruesome signature connecting the victims, Caffery realizes exactly what he’s dealing with—a dangerous serial killer.


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About the Author

Mo Hayder's debut, Birdman, was an international bestseller. Her second novel, The Treatment, also a Sunday Times bestseller, won the 2002 WH Smith Thumping Good Read award. Her third novel, Sunday Times bestseller Tokyo, won the Elle magazine crime fiction prize, and the SNCF Prix Polar. She has also written the bestselling Pig Island, as well as three books in the Walking Man series: Ritual, Skin and Gone.

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Damien Goodwin has 17 years experience working as a director and actor. He has appeared in the films Bridget Jones's Diary and Jam among others. He has recorded several radio plays for the BBC and as a Voice Over artist has worked on documentaries, commercials and talking books. He recently recorded Bernard Cornwell's historical novel Azincourt.


Product Details

  • File Size: 637 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0802146120
  • Publisher: Grove Press (May 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Z3QRU2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,847 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
By Sue
Format:Hardcover
and Jeffrey Dahmer look like choir boys!
This is a story that got off to a slow beginning (for me), but I hung with it simply because Mo is a new author, and I wanted to give her writing a good chance. I'm glad I did.
The last two-thirds of the book had me on the edge of my seat; near London, five bodies were discovered w/birds sewn INTO their chest cavities. The police are trying to discover the who, what, when, where, why when they follow a lead to a very good suspect. Only problem: the suspect commits suicide (this info was also told in a PUBLISHERS WEEKLY review--so I'm giving very little away!) & another body is discovered ... after the suspect's demise!
Slowly the puzzle pieces begin to come together ... the action picks up & takes off like a run-away truck down a mountain road as the ultimate bad guy loses all touch w/reality (like he had any to begin with!).
What happens to the victims in this story is NOT pretty; nor is it fun to read about what they are put through. You'll be squirming & closing your eyes & shaking your head & crying out & the whole nine yards if you decide to take this story on.
It's a disturbing story. A haunting story. One that will stay w/me for awhile.
To be honest w/you, I have to go back & reread parts--simply because the tension was so high, I had to (just HAD TO) keep turning the pages to find out what was going to happen.
I can't wait for more stories from Mo!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Silence Without the Genius February 15, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book without realizing that it was being billed as the newest 'Silence of the Lambs' wannabe, and that turned out to be fortunate. I consider that work a great display of talent and a great serial killer tale. 'Birdman' is a good story, but it is no 'Silence.' Had I been expecting one this would have been a considerably different review. It is a shame that modern publishers do not trust a book to make it on its own merits, and thus set up readers for unnecessary disappointments.

'Birdman' is set in London, and opens with the discovery of the corpses of five women, each surgically modified, made up, and provided with an 'artificial' heart. These grim, ugly victims become the custody of one Detective Inspector Jack Caffery, as he tries to understand and track down their killer. Jack has his own problems, a relationship he doesn't seem to be able to extract himself from and a compulsive need to seek revenge on the man who killed his brother when they were children.

Jack finds himself in conflict with the prejudices of his new department as well as a deviant criminal mind. His fellow officers have little patience with profiling techniques and are quick to settle for anyone who appears to have had the opportunity. But Jack knows the murderer is no simple pimp or drug dealer. This dark mind defies both the intellect and the stomach in its insatiable quest for sexual partners among the dead. The killer, who seeks his victims among London's ladies of the night, doesn't play and kill, but prefers his victims dead first - a necrophile.

The narration expands to include the story of the killer as well as the activities of DI Caffery.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the most gripping thrillers you can read January 7, 2000
Format:Hardcover
Fond on books about serialkillers, this one grabbed me by the troath from page one. Mo can put herself on the same level with Thomas Harris (Hannibal) and Kathy Reichs (deja dead) Her style is very good and it takes the reader just a couple of pages of this book and you can't get it out of your hands until its finished. Her descriptions of character, crimescene and victims are chilling real. To consider this is her writing debuut, promises a lot for the future. She shows she has insight in the mind of a serial killer and probably has done intensive study at some of them. I would say that Jeffrey Dahmer was her favorite and that shows in this book. Go on, mrs Hayder, give us mo'.!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Writing - Sickening Murder/Multilation Details October 18, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
No doubt there is a market for whodunnits that list every grisley detail of the sick perversions that serial killers visit on their victims. If that "rings your chime" then, this book is a mother lode for you. Too bad for me; I don't get off on that stuff. This is an excellent writer and the personal details of the hero's life are much more fascinating than the murder mystery. But all that virtue is buried under such horrifying, stomach-turning descriptions of bodies hacked, sliced, and violated in every way - that THIS reader lost interest. Who wants this garbage in one's mind? If you do, go for it. I pass.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caution-Not for Sissies October 12, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was the second book I read by Mo Haydor and it makes Hitchcock's movie The Birds seem like Mary Poppins.

I can't believe a female writer could come up with such a scary novel, but I was on the edge of my couch and couldn't put the book down.

I am now so fascinated with the Jack Caffery character, I want to read all the books that feature him.

This book was so creepy, but you cannot stop reading to see what's next. All I can say is try it you'll like it but leave a light on.

Happy Halloween and Happy Reading!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I absolutely love this series.
Published 3 days ago by G. Burland
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyable read
Published 5 days ago by Regina M. Cassady
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Crime Writer Alive
Freakish and god awful in its ability to scare the pants off you, but such a compelling read. And she is a good writer, not just a good storyteller, some of the sentences you have... Read more
Published 8 days ago by catFox
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
3 stars = okay, it's okay. Held my interest, I expect I will read more of Mo Hayder
Published 12 days ago by Richard Benefield
4.0 out of 5 stars yuck!but good!
fascinatingly grotesque and enjoyably disgusting! what a talent. i keep thinking "no mas" then i order another hayder. Read more
Published 1 month ago by robert lysiak
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want scary -- this is one scary book!
This was the first Mo Hayder I read and it hooked me into reading the rest. WOW! What a page turner! Amazingly gripping and scary right down to the last page.
Published 1 month ago by Nancy Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Hayder's clinical and intelligent writing somehow elevates the...
Finding I am drawn into this series. Two down, X? to go! Hayder's clinical and intelligent writing somehow elevates the horrendous situations the antagonists perpetrate on... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susan L Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Birdman: A Real Page Turner
Loved this book! Mo Hayder's Caffery series is the best serial murder thriller I've read in years. Birdman introduces the reader to Det. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bonnie Jean
2.0 out of 5 stars so so
Couldn't follow all the investigators names with all the initials before their name. Also intertwined story with murderer at odd places. I think the book was fair.
Published 1 month ago by Emily Magyar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it. This was my first Mo Hayder book. I think i found a new author.
Published 1 month ago by Noodles
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