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Penzler Pick, November 2001: When Mo Hayder's first book, Birdman, was published last year, it caused a lot of talk in the industry. Nobody could deny that Hayder was a talented and formidable writer, but her serial killer was so repugnant to many readers that it was felt that only those blessed with the strongest stomachs could endure the entire book. Those who stayed with her ultimately agreed that they were rewarded with a deep and complex story from one of the best young writers around.

In Birdman, Hayder introduced us to her very troubled detective, Jack Caffery, and in The Treatment Caffery is back with very few of his problems solved. Alas, the case he is about to tackle will only make his job and his private life even more difficult. Called to a house which abuts Brockwell Park in South London, he finds Alek and Carmel Peach, prisoners in their own home and suffering from beatings and dehydration. Worse, their young son, 9- year-old Rory, is missing. When the boy is found dead, the trail seems cold and Caffery realizes he not only has another unspeakable murderer on the loose but also one who will tap into Caffery's own history and deepest conflicts.

While Caffery is trying to make sense of what went on at the Peaches' house, another couple and their son also have been imprisoned in their home. Time is running out for all of them, and we cannot help but read on anxiously as Caffery carefully puts the forensic evidence together and uses his knowledge of the darkest parts of the human mind to come up with the solution before it is too late.

While creating one of the most depraved villains in mystery fiction, Hayder packs a punch with an ending that is as shocking as it is inevitable. Beware! This is not for the faint-hearted. --Otto Penzler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This sequel to Hayder's 2001 debut Birdman is as raw as a predawn autopsy, and promises to please fans of her beleaguered protagonist DI Jack Caffery and his weary crew of London cops and coroners. The book trades its predecessor's taboo (necrophilia) for pedophilia, with Hayder delving deeper into the nitty-gritty of police work than many of her American counterparts dare. Called in when a young couple are discovered handcuffed and half-dead in their home, Caffery's infamous Area Metropolitan Investigation Team ("The murder squad, you mean?") combs a seedy park in a gentrifying slum looking for the couple's missing eight-year-old son. Caffery leaves no stone unturned, bringing in helicopters and human remains dogs ("You do know that if we find him the dogs might, uh, destroy some evidence, don't you?") and broods over the resemblance of the case to his own brother's childhood disappearance. With the discovery of the boy's mutilated corpse, Caffery and his boss, the affable DCI Danniella Souness, turn South London upside down hunting the sadistic killer. Meanwhile, the author introduces potential suspects in a parallel narrative, their hidden vices described with stomach-churning clarity. Hayder handles procedural detail ("All prisons in London insist on being informed about any helicopter that passes. It keeps them calm"), dialogue ("I'm not a shagging Yank, you know") and volatile subject matter with powerful dexterity, crafting another deliciously chilling thriller. (Dec. 26)Forecast: This was a bestseller in England and should significantly build Hayder's fan base in the U.S.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (November 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440236177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440236177
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,727,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My main complaint is that there's too much going on.
Diana Poskrop
To some extent however, I almost didn't want to know what was going on in this book.
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This book is simply one of the best thrillers i have ever read.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Cartimand on July 8, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The rather demure-looking Mo Hayder writes somewhere on the cusp between crime fiction and grand-guignol horror, and has produced one of the most hideously grotesque novels I have ever read.

As a scarily plausible insight into the mind of a sadistic, psychotic paedophile, it is undeniably, a very competent achievement.

As entertaining fiction though .... well I'm not so sure. I felt no satisfaction in actually finishing the book, which made me feel like some guilty voyeur at the scene of something extremely nasty.

This is unremittingly grim stuff. If you like a happy or even a satisfying ending, I would give this a wide berth.

Horror buffs, even the most jaded, should certainly find something in here to melt their butter.

Me? I felt like I needed a bath afterwards.

Beware!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. Jordan on March 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I read The Birdman last summer. I loved it. So much so that I actually ordered The Treatment from England as sson as it came out. And I just reread the American printing.
To sum this book up quickly would use the words dark, twisted, and wonderful. Not for the easily freaked out, but if you don't mind dark books you will love it.
Jack Caffery is back, and still haunted by his little brother's disapearance from years ago. A case he is working now stirs it up more than any other has. He doubts his objectivity, his relationship with his coworkers and his girl freind as a result.
Mo Hayder sets a pace with her reading that won't let you go. I honestly read this in one sitting. If you read Birdman and liked it, you will love this. If it helps, I find it kind of a cross between Ian Rankin's Rebus, and John Connoly's Charlie Parker books.
Jon
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By RachelWalker on February 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is simply one of the best thrillers i have ever read.
Mo Hayder is just so good at what she does it's amazing.
Her characterisations are immaculate, her characters believeable, her plots disturbingly realistic, etc etc.
Her writing is superbly dark.
The plot of this novel is very disturbing, very chilling. Even i winced once or twice at the motivations of the killer, and what he was making his victims do. And it's so realistic. That is perhaps why it is so disturbing. there is no "well, this is only fictio" factor. Everything struck home so well, she has the police procedure right down to the last detail, the psychology is spot on, the characters so so human and utterly believable.
Hayder is great at teasing the reader, at dangling the proverbial carrot in front their noses. It is full of near misses and what if's. The police "come close" to finding Rory Peach alive, they "almost" manage to save Ewan Caffery, the killer is "nearly" caught. However, she knows when not to overuse a plot device, and keeps it to the minimun, and ups the tension and hopelessness of the story with it.
Jack Caffery is a great character, very flawed, obsessed with his brothers disappearance so many years ago and the man next door who is convinced kidnapped and killed him. At the end of the last book, we saw him slip over the edge and willingly kill the serial killer, and manage to pass it off as an accident, but this time round he's back, and striving to make his life ok, and get rid of those demons by finding out once and for all what happened to his brother.
It is a great side-plot to the main storyline. One day a family are taken capture. The mother is chained up to a radiator, while the father and son are held somewhere else.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 29, 2002
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This is the second book by Mo Hayder about Detective Inspector Jack Caffery. I think an early warning is due that, if you have not read 'Birdman,' you need to do so before opening 'The Treatment.' The stories overlap themes and characters extensively. This isn't a bad thing, and if you don't like 'Birdman', you will definitely not like 'The Treatment' one bit. The reverse, of course, is equally true.
Caffery is in the midst of a troubled relationship with Rebecca Morant, the artist he rescued in 'Birdman' and still deeply haunted by the memory of his brother Ewan, who disappeared some 20 years before. Jack knows who kidnapped Ewan, but has never been able to find enough proof. To this day Caffery has no idea if Ewan is alive or dead.
The horror starts with the discovery of the Peach family, has been held captive in their house and their son molested. When the police arrive at the scene the pedophile has made his escape, with Rory Peach in hand. He seems to vanish in the night. The hopeless hunt for Rory brings up all of Caffery's feelings about Ewan. Driven by his own guilt he is always in danger of taking one step too far.
Caffery comes to believe that another family is being victimized even though the police believe they have a suspect. This puts him at odds with Rebecca and with Chief Inspector Daniella Souness. However, he is determined to follow every path, discovering not only a web of pedophiles but clues to Ewan's disappearance as well. This story does not let up to the very end, with every turn something new and grim turns up.
Hayder's characters are spectacular. She manages to let you into the heads of many without ever disturbing the narrative viewpoint enough to lose focus. Plot, action, setting and character, the vital ingredients are all there. Be warned that this is rough ride - take my advice and don't start it at night.
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