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Praise for Wolf:

“[A] destined-to-be classic . . . Hayder’s work and characters are worth the unending nightmares they will inspire.”—The New York Times Book Review

“The home invasion novel to end all home invasion novels . . . Hayder neatly splits genres with this series, borrowing in equal measure from suspense and horror, not unlike John Connolly’s Charlie Parker novels or T. Jefferson Parker’s Charlie Hood books. Wolf is exceptionally original in premise and nightmarish in its rendering.” —Bruce Tierney, Bookpage

“Mo Hayder is a master of ratcheting up tension throughout a book – to the point that one must simply finish it before doing anything else. Such is the case with Wolf.” —George Easter, Deadly Pleasures (Rating: A-)

“Mo Hayder’s books featuring Jack Caffery are always an entertaining and engaging read, and this one doesn’t disappoint.”—Euro Crime

“Hayder’s best Jack Caffery thriller yet . . . A home invasion novel like no other . . . Dark and twisty, this gripping crime novel by an Edgar Award winner is an outstanding read, whether Jack is a new character to the reader or an old friend. For fans of John Connolly or Robert Crais.” —Marianne Fitzgerald, Library Journal (starred review)

“Perfectly and wonderfully paced, and imaginatively plotted and written . . . There are twists and turns aplenty here—not so many as to be confusing, but just enough to keep the reader reading incessantly from first sentence to last paragraph. . . . Read Wolf; you simply will never forgive yourself if you don’t.”—Joe Hartlaub, Bookreporter.com

“This grisly tale of a family held hostage cements Hayder’s reputation as a queen of terror. Caffery is pitted against a chillingly evil villain whose brutal actions are both physical and psychological. Several skillfully interwoven plotlines culminate in a shocking ending. . . . A must-read for those who like their thrillers dark and gritty.” —Joyce Morgan, Romantic Times (4½ stars)

“If her thriller Wolf is any indication, Mo Hayder has thoroughly mastered the art of reader manipulation. . . . You can’t help but obsessively turn pages. . . . Mo Hayder is one fine story teller. . . . The book is a wild ride, a ride well worth taking.”—Jack Goodstein, Blogcritics.org (4 out of 5 stars)

“Hayder . . . once again lures DI Jack Caffery into evil’s morass. . . . Hayder’s story is complex. . . . Sexual obsession, rejection as fuel for violence and revenge on the part of an arms dealer all add to a chilling, ominous atmosphere in which mangled characters lurk. . . . Another adventure for Caffery, a protagonist much like James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux or Paul Cleave’s Theo Tate, doomed to work ‘in the presence of evil.’” —Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Mo Hayder has worked as a filmmaker, Tokyo nightclub hostess, and English as a second language teacher. She has won the Edgar Award for Best Novel for Gone and the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger in the Library award for outstanding body of work. She is also the author of Birdman, The Treatment, The Devil of Nanking, Pig Island, Ritual, Skin, Hanging Hill, and Poppet. She lives in England.

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Product Details

  • Series: Jack Caffery Thriller
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press; First Edition edition (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802122507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802122506
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Denise Crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This novel is the 7th in the Detective Jack Caffery series and it's a winner! Do not read this unless you have read the previous 6 books so that you get the full impact of the character of Jack and what all he has gone through to this point.

Super fantastic suspense thriller chiller -- this was so creepy and good that I could not bear to put the book down even to watch the Olympics last evening. I read it cover to cover, sitting down with it after dinner, and then finishing the last few words at nearly midnight.

The narrative is told from alternating points of view and involves several plot lines, some continuing from the beginning of the series as Jack wrestles with his personal demons while also trying to solve what, at first, seems to be the pointless exercise of finding the owners of a little dog that the Walking Man has been entrusted with. Jack only agrees to do this so that the Walking Man will tell him what happened to Jack's brother Ewan who disappeared from his London home when he was just a boy -- taken by a pedophile and never found.

Meanwhile, a wealthy family is battling terror as they are held hostage and tortured in their large secluded hilltop mansion - The Turrets. Oliver and Matilda Anchor-Ferrers, in their sixties, are spending a holiday in Somerset Mendips, down from their main residence in London, as he is recovering from valve replacement surgery. They've brought their daughter, Lucia, with them as she is back living with her parents after her latest failure in work and relationships. She's completely broken and has been in and out of therapy because of a horrible event that occurred 15 years prior -- the murder of a young couple in the woods nearby.
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37 of 47 people found the following review helpful By SandyCB VINE VOICE on March 17, 2014
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This is the first book of Mo Hayder's that I've read, so I didn't know what to expect. I'm a fan of thrillers and detective fiction, some of it including significant amounts of graphic violence., There is some subject matter I just prefer to skip, however, because it is so disturbing that it makes me want to shower after reading it -- with all the doors locked and the lights on. The plot of this book involves a family held hostage in their own home. There is significant mental and physical torture, including the torture (but not death) of the family dog. Anticipation of pain and death occupies fully half the novel, and pedophilia is a theme as well. When the novel's plot involves Jack Caffery trying to solve the mystery the novel is interesting, but when the novel is housebound it was hard to read. I would not have finished it, in fact, had I not committed myself to writing a review. To the author's credit, the twist at the end is neatly developed throughout the novel, not just a surprise ending tacked on at the last minute. The bottom line is that in its way this is a well-written book that I wish I'd never read. Animal lovers are strongly cautioned.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D_shrink VINE VOICE on March 20, 2014
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This was a suspenseful tale of several gristly murders neatly woven together in the main and subplots. Some may have figured out the twisted and convoluted paths the story takes as it jumps between subplots, but I, for one did not, until the author explained it in complete detail in the final few pages.

The story begins with a stray bloodied Sheltie being found in the woods in the company of a bearded vagrant, called the Walking Man by our hero detective Jack Caffery. It seems the Walking man found a partially torn note around the dogs collar asking for help and explaining it wasn't a joke or ruse. About the same time a middle aged couple Oliver Anchers-Ferrer, his wife Matilda, and daughter Lucia are being held captive in their own home by two seemingly deranged men, but for what apparent motive, plus and their cleaning lady has suddenly gone missing also. Somehow, these events tie into a horrific, savage and gristly murder of two young lovers some 14 years earlier. The male turned out to be Lucia's ex-boyfriend, Hugo Frink, and the girl his new girlfriend, Sophie Kitson. A supposed serial killer named Minnet Kable originally confessed to this along with other murders, but the evidence tying him to the crime was slim at best; yet the author manages to bring the whole story together in a most fanciful way.

The story used great prose throughout as this line from page 347 of the pre-release edition, "Her eyes fall on the scissors- they drift from her line of sight and she feels their loss the way she'd feel a parting lover." How cool is that?

Indulge yourself and get caught up in this story, you'll be glad you did. It is a real page turner. It is the first of this author's works I have sampled and I look forward to future mysteries by this author.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By FictionFan TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 12, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Following heart surgery, Oliver Anchor-Ferrars is delighted to get down to his country house to relax and recuperate. He and his wife, Matilda, have brought their grownup daughter, Lucia, with them. Lucia has never recovered from the trauma of the murder of her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend when she was young, and is back living with her parents after yet another job and relationship breakdown. But the country idyll is destroyed when two men come into their home, take the family captive and begin a long-drawn out episode of torture and humiliation...

Mo Hayder is one of those popular authors whose books are always billed as 'heart-stopping', 'pulse-racing', 'terrifying', etc. To be honest, I've always thought the blurbs make them look rather graphic, but decided it was time to at least try one. I rather wish I hadn't. I realise lots of people love Hayder and clearly in the end taste is always subjective. But while I felt there was some skill in the basic writing and pacing of the book, the plot, which started out fairly well, became increasingly inconsistent and unbelievable as the book wore on till, quite frankly, it reached the point of absurdity in the end. And I fear the repeated twists and turns played such havoc with the characterisation that by the end the only believable character in the house was Matilda - the rest had had their personalities so clumsily changed so often throughout the course of the book that they had lost all credibility.

The detective, DI Jack Caffrey, is of course an angst-ridden loner, damaged by his past - a maverick who in this book at least is working entirely outside the structure of the job on his own personal vendetta, hampered on occasion by his over-indulgence in alcohol.
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