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- Publication Date: February 25, 2020
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FOUR (The Highwayman Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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5 stars - HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
Taking up where HIGHWAYMAN left off in 2007, Preston informs us in the Prologue that the crimes within this volume occur between 19 September and 17 November. As this is a continuation of the series, some readers would ask if reading Book 1 is necessary for reading Book 2: the answer being No, as Preston fills the reader in on the earlier atrocities of serial killer Lance Belanger – or YES, in that the impact of Book 1 is so profound that knowing the details heightens the experience of FOUR!
A taste of the fine writing skills that make this intriguing novel/series ring is in a Quantico, VA 9 September 2007 note, sharing the depth of characterization and reflection of the series –‘September would end with SAC Hugh Bailey taking leave of his duties, and Maxwell being promoted to Special Agent in Charge, making him the overseer of the Highwayman case. For Maxwell, the promotion was bittersweet. While he’d known that this day would come, he’d done everything he could to sabotage it. Deputy Julian Carswell had been both his savior and saboteur. No longer would he be in the field chasing the bad guys but sequestered to an office, Carswell’s spin on it was that he was moving off the battlefield and into the war room. It didn’t feel like a war room, it felt like a cage.’
Condensing this hefty book is a challenge Preston meets well: ’Having abstained from killing for almost a year, the Highwayman is coming unglued. Unsure if the FBI is watching, Lance Belanger spends his days and nights in a paranoid malaise, longing to kill again. Meanwhile, in Bucharest, Romania, an Interpol raid leads to clues and a witness who can identify the Highwayman. Armed with new evidence, newly promoted SAC FBI Agent, Dave Maxwell heads for Bucharest, as his team of investigators redeploys their investigation on their original suspect, Lance Belanger. It would appear, the net is closing. But the Highwayman has other ideas. Just after dusk, outside of Pittsburgh, four strangers exit a service van and perpetrate the mass murder of four families in their suburban homes. It doesn’t take long for the FBI to connect the killings to Highwayman, and when they raid Belanger’s properties, they are left a parting gift. Another murder and a message for Maxwell from the Highwayman himself. Come and find me! The killing ramps up, Maxwell leads a posse of investigators across two states, north to Canada to try and thwart the Highwayman in his endgame, that involves kidnapping, mass murder, and betrayal. The predator is now the prey. But can they stop him before he disappears for good?’
The horrors persist and the level of reader involvement is assured. This is another exceptionally fine novel by a master story weaver. Few other authors can compete with his skill set! Highly recommended (and yes, do read Book 1 first…) Grady Harp, February 20
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A chilling, heart-pounding and thrilling conclusion to the story of the Highwayman killer, author M.J. Preston has brought a fantastic story to life in the second Highwayman novel. Not only does the killer up the stakes and unleash chaos and fear on a much grander scale in the novel, but the criminal investigation is ramped up to the tenth power as the hunt flips the script, making the Highwayman the prey and the investigators the predators.
The author does a great job of showcasing a notorious killer’s mind as the walls begin closing in around him. From his need to kill to the trickle effect that comes when one domino falls, unleashing enough clues to make Lance a prime suspect in the crimes he took so much time perfecting. The psychological and physical horror is ever-present in this tense thriller, making the author’s unique voice shine through brightly.
A one of a kind thriller with a truly scary serial killer and an action-fueled conclusion, Four by M.J. Preston is a must-read book. The novel does an excellent job of highlighting the author’s creative tone and expert handle on the genre and makes for one of the top horror reads of 2020 thus far. Be sure to grab your copy today!
When Preston writes about a killer and makes you feel bad for the killer, (Norris, Highwayman One) that's saying something.
This is book two in the Highwayman Series. I'm sure everyone who read Highwayman One has been anxiously awaiting the conclusion. I know I was.
If you haven't read Highwayman One, go get it! Or any book by M.J. Preston for that matter. You won't be disappointed.
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There was never a point where I wanted to put the book down! The further the book went, the more intrigued I was by the twists and turns. MJ kept me on the edge of my seat and my heart was racing through the finish!
A fantastic thiller! I can't wait to see what stems from this series with the other characters!