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Birdman [Kindle Edition]

Mo Hayder
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

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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.

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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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,132 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, Very Disturbing December 2, 2012
When it comes to fiction few things have the power to disturb me, not because I've been desensitized, but because I'm good at compartmentalizing things into a `real' and `not real' category. Of course, this isn't to say that things that occur in fiction can't happen in real life, lord knows that isn't the case, just that I'm really good at telling myself `it's only a novel' when faced with something that starts to get to me. With non-fiction I can't do that. When reading about how wounded Civil War soldiers were often eaten alive by feral pigs after a battle, I have to accept that such events really happened; that at some point some poor young man not much different than myself had to struggle in agony as he was being eaten. Things like that stick in my head and upset me. Put it in a fiction book, however, and I'll probably just marvel over the wicked imagination the author had. I might even grow envious of it. But that's it. Things just don't get to me when I know it isn't real. At least they don't get to me that often. The novel Birdman by Mo Hayder was an exception to this. Halfway through the book I came upon a scene that provided an explanation for something that had been noted earlier in the autopsies of several female bodies, and it was like a blow to my senses with a ball ping hammer. I couldn't believe I had read what I had just read and had to close the book for a while, my mind completely overwhelmed. After that, once I regained my composure, I silently applauded Mo Hayder for what she had managed, and then quickly told everyone I knew to read the book via Facebook and other social media sites. After all, if something has the power to disturb me, chances are it has the power to disturb a lot of people, and moments like that should never go unshared. Read more ›
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caution-Not for Sissies October 12, 2012
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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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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Hayder May 21, 2012
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This has been an awesome adventure that leaves me begging for more. Though is not for the weak at heart because the topic is necrophilia. This book is executed very well considering the topic and promises to be another great thriller in Mo Hayder fashion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing...but March 22, 2014
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As far as contemporary mystery writers go, it just doesn't get better than this. The author's skills are almost scary good. All of the characters are intriguing...both major and minor. The plot is handled beautifully. I did, however, find most of the female characters somewhat less than exemplary but that could be said about the men. So, would I read the other books? I'm not sure. The violence was more than one or two degrees to beyond my reading comfort zone. Don't think I always find this a negative, but this author writes too well about actions I just don't want to read about, i.e., torture. So, if you don't read this author's product, you will be missing great writing. However, if you do read it, you will face violence and torture on a level that is unacceptable for me. Sadly, I will not be reading another.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hit and miss March 29, 2013
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Hayder's Birdman is an unflinching look at the hunt for a serial killer and for the most part will keep you interested and invested in its story. The plot twists and story are tautly paced and for the most part Hayder shines with character dialogue and development, she paints a picture of claustrophobia that infects the book and takes it step above your average thriller. But then things come completely off the rails at the conclusion. Almost comically the ending tries to 'American-ize' what taking down a serial killer should look like and it simply doesn't work, which is a shame. Even the way the British law enforcement engage with and track down the killer didn't seem particularly realistic at the end, almost like Hayder was forcing a 'memorable' conclusion.
Normally the ending would put me off recommending this to other readers, but Hayder for 90% of the book is really great. If you are squeamish about graphic depictions of sex and violence then you probably should look elsewhere. The sex scene between our protagonist and his new love interest toward the end of the story also seemed a little too lurid, and I'm not one to be bothered about the activity, it just seemed out of place as described.
I personally am looking forward to reading more Hayder, your mileage my vary.

Kindle formatting here is excellent.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Women in graphic peril. Again. August 23, 2013
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First the downside: Detective Jack Caffery is not a very likeable guy. We are not told too much about him but he comes across as dour, curt and unpleasant. I guess a fan could say, given his past, it is understandable.. but still. He treats his girlfriend badly (she is no prize either) and the ins and outs of their relationship is just painful to read. Kind of like "Real Housewives of Greenwich".. but worse.

Much of the dialogue with Jack and his women end up with silence...a blurt.. then: "I really am sorry".... "no need to be, it's OK".. over and over. Just painful. I think the word "sorry" is the most overused word in the novel. Caffery has zero people skills. I see no sense of honor with him (e.g. Harry Bosch, Jack Reacher, Bob Swagger) as no narrative is given that provides proof or even a hint, that he has standards and lines he doesn't cross. He comes across as a dolt and plodder and not very attractive. I am not sure I want to 'know' anymore about this guy.

Many scenes in this story end or start abruptly, sometimes in the middle of a paragraph, so the chore of reading is arduous. English slang is sometimes difficult to decipher, but all part of the fun. This is the first book in the series so maybe the choppy style improves. I sure hope so. Many paragraphs begin with pronouns, so there is some confusion as to who is the subject. Too many times I had to back read to sort out what exactly is happening.

I have no quibble with the subject matter of the book; we are warned via book reviews that there is a lot of gore, putrid bodies, necrophilia, blood, and bad smells. I have read worse. We are dealing with a sicko (who isn't?) serial killer so, as readers, we should know what is in store for us. I have no problems with the plot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Recommend to mystery readers who endear themselves to the main character and want to go on another case with them. Read more
Published 2 days ago by mollyb
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Just discovered this author & am glad I did.
Thoroughly enjoyed the characters, story line & suspense. Highly recommended read
Published 4 days ago by Alison Durkin
4.0 out of 5 stars A very engrossing read.
I really enjoyed this book. I could not put it down. Very much looking forward to reading the next one.
Published 6 days ago by Shauna Madsen
3.0 out of 5 stars amore than a little gross
excellent bad guy character development with all the decadence one could hope to read? hard to look away from a page yet wishing one could. Read more
Published 6 days ago by amestwoplease
4.0 out of 5 stars really good stuff....
Hayder's created a good cast of characters and Jack Caffery is spot on. Read Poppet last year and was intrigued, and now that all her other novels in the series have been released... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Super jet dinosaur fun monkey
4.0 out of 5 stars review
As a very good book Gory at times but keeps your attention. The plot is clever ,characters are believable and the story line contains many twist and turns.
Published 14 days ago by carmel
2.0 out of 5 stars Extremely graphically violent
I kind of didn't like this one because it was so torturous and grisly. Some parts of it were just too gross and too disturbing to read so I had to skim over them. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Ms. Jared L. Greer
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterfully written.
The story line was intricate and well written. The protagonist, Jack Caffery, is complex and wounded. He finds some redemption!
Published 1 month ago by Gregory Dominic Ahumada
4.0 out of 5 stars birdman
It was very suspenseful and there were lots of twists and turns, mo Hayder did a great hob starting off the series
Published 1 month ago by mia
4.0 out of 5 stars I am late to the Mo Hayder party, but this is a very good thriller
This was my first read from Mo Hayder and I was not disappointed. I don’t know that it was overly shocking or had a lot of twists and turns, but it did not really need it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by William
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