- Series: A 4MK Thriller
- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (June 27, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0544968840
- ISBN-13: 978-0544968844
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 296 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The Fourth Monkey has one of the most ingenious openings that I’ve read in years. This thriller never disappoints.”—James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A first-rate, devilish thriller.”—Eric Rickstad, New York Times bestselling author of The Names of Dead Girls and The Silent Girls
"This book lives up to the hype....fast paced, complex and filled with twists and turns, once I picked up this novel, it was incredibly hard to put down....At this point, this novel has me feeling a serious “book hangover”. And, with that ending, I am really hoping this will not be the last that I will read about these characters. 5/5 stars. A must read." — Clues and Reviews
"Bram Stoker Award finalist Barker ingeniously blends horrific images into a bizarre plotline to create this devilishly dark thriller."— Library Journal
“…Nice twists on classic thriller tropes.” —Publisher’s Weekly
“Superbly constructed and immaculately paced, this is one of the few serial killer thrillers that bears comparison with Thomas Harris’s 1981 masterpiece Red Dragon.”—Daily Mail
“J.D. Barker’s second novel is a terrifying romp.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Not since Hannibal Lecter had a friend for dinner has a serial killer been so skillfully rendered on the page.” —Taylor Elmore, Writer/Producer of Justified and Limitless
“Creepy, scary . . . and impossible to put down! The Fourth Monkey is everything a thriller should be—a must read!” —Heather Graham, NY Times Bestselling Author
“In the tradition of SE7EN and THE USUAL SUSPECTS, THE FOURTH MONKEY combines breakneck speed with a baffling puzzle. It has pace to die for.” —David Morrell, New York Times Bestselling Author of Murder As a Fine Art and First Blood
“A chillingly delicious page-turner.” —Kelley Armstrong, NY Times Bestselling Author
“Gritty, masterful suspense…Lee Child, you’ve met your match.” —Tosca Lee, NY Times Bestselling Author
“Brilliant. Complicated. Psychopath. This character is truly riveting.” —Marc Webb, Director of The Amazing Spiderman, Gifted, & (500) Days of Summer
“A state of the art thriller, a current nightmare, a panic wrapped up in a box.” —Josh Malerman, Award Winning Author of Bird Box
“Serial killers in fiction are a dime a dozen these days, and it takes a powerful lot of thought and crafty planning to come up with one who’s unique. In THE FOURTH MONKEY Barker does just that — and gives us more than one. And he bounces his bad guys off a colorful cast of believable characters. For you puzzle fans, there’s a story within the story as strange and twisty as the tale itself. But make no mistake, this is a suspense novel through and through, and it’s in no way shy about it.” —Jack Ketchum, Award Winning Author of Off Season and The Girl Next Door
“This book is seriously brilliant: the best serial killer thriller I’ve ever read.” —Lisa Milton, Executive Editor HarperCollins HQ
“Absolutely freaking brilliant! I didn’t want this book to end but what a fantastic finish! This is going to be THE crime thriller of 2017.” —Maxine Groves, Top Amazon and GoodReads Reviewer
“Gripping, addictive, and devilishly clever. From its opening salvo The Fourth Monkey grabs you and never lets go. J. D. Barker is a stunning new talent.” —Barry Lancet, award-winning author of Tokyo Kill and Pacific Burn
“Fascinating, fast-paced thriller. J.D. Barker keeps you on the edge of your seat right up until the final twist. A gripping read!” —R.G. Belsky, author of the Gil Malloy thrillers
“In THE FOURTH MONKEY, J.D. Barker interweaves multiple mysteries into an exhilarating thriller with a compelling new villain. The complexity of the puzzles and the lighting pace funnels the reader through a Rube Goldberg contraption of twists and turns. Buckle yourself in and have fun!” — Alex Dolan, author of THE EUTHANIST
“A daring, fearless, in your face read…an easy five stars for me, no hesitation.” — Novel Gossip
“A relentless thrill ride that allows readers not only inside the mind of the killer, but of the man committed to outsmarting him this one last time." — For the Love of Books
“You NEED this on your radar.” — Reading in Between The Lines
“Genuinely fascinating…WOW, the ending was unbelievably brilliant.” — Book Polar
“The Fourth Monkey is creepy, atmospheric and completely compelling... J. D. Barker has a knack for keeping the reader turning the pages.” — Bibliophile Book Club
“Intensely vivid…it’s creepy and it’s startling, but it’s also addictive.” — Eccentric Trilogy
“Reminiscent of Stephen King and Dean Koontz, I’m adding Barker to my must-read novelists.” — The Write Lovers
“Dark and twisted…a MUST read.” — Bound4Escape
“The Verdict: a twisted, movie-worthy serial killer thriller.” — Crime by the Book
“Dark, dirty and downright gritty, this was a clear five star read! For those of you who have the stomach for it, pre-order it now! For the more feint-hearted amongst you, pre-order it now and read it through the gaps in your fingers. This is a book not to be missed!” — The World is a Book
“I could not put it down… Barker’s novel is a rollercoaster of twists and turns so put the bar down and enjoy the ride.” — PopHorror
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“Sorry it took me so long to visit, I’ve been a very busy boy.”
This book had me at “Se7en meets Silence of the Lambs,” two of my favourite films EVER!! I love my crime thrillers, sometimes when I need a break from the world of romance my other love comes into play. I love CSI, I love Criminal Minds and this book was the perfect mix of the two, along with a gripping, thrilling investigation. JD Barker is a new to me author and if this book is any indication of his talents then I have quite a few books to look forward to. This was a book that I would love to see on the big screen, the scene setting, this authors play on words, an all-consuming plot all led to an unputdownable read, one that held my attention from the very first word until the very last.
JD Barker turns the world of criminal thrillers on its head with The Fourth Monkey in so far as it starts with the death of The Fourth Monkey killer, a serial killer that has evaded capture in Chicago for over five years. A serial killer that never leaves any evidence, a serial killer so smart the police have nothing to go on, a serial killer that taunts them, teases them and makes them look like amateurs, time and time again. The clues are all there on the body, now it just needs someone with just as sick a mind to interpret them, to understand them and to find The Fourth Monkey Killers last victim. It is a race against time.
“Pawns must be sacrificed for the king to fall.”
We all know the story of the three wise monkeys, hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil. According to lore there was a fourth monkey…do no evil. So why would a serial killer be labelled The Fourth Monkey? Quite a contradiction considering the field this man excels in. The Fourth Monkey got his name from the three white boxes that he sends to his victim’s family, first the ears, then the eyes and then the tongue. While I felt the killing was a necessity for this serial killer, the thrill of the chase was what got this man off. The Fourth Monkey Killer was a master manipulator, he trails bread crumbs, he leads the investigating officers on a merry dance, a dance that had my rapt attention throughout.
Detective Sam Porter is the lead on this case and the gift of The Fourth Monkey Killers diary is where it all begins and ends. The diary entries are what gives us an understanding of the man The Fourth Monkey Killer was, a diary that goes some ways into describing the events that moulded the man. From childhood to present all pertinent facts and events are described in all their gut churning glory. A vigilante of sorts who kills the innocent to punish the guilty. The morality of his reasoning will make you think and while you know it is wrong that streak of empathy will keep rearing its ugly head.
JD Barker sugar coats nothing. This is a book that will turn your stomach, not only with actions but also with thoughts. I had goose bumps and the fear was real. This author really gets into your head and plays with your mind and that is the sign of an amazing psychological thriller. The twists and turns you will never see coming, the prose utterly engaging and positively chilling, but this is a story that you will never forget and will sickly want more of.
“Luckily, it was downhill. Mr. Carter had been a large man.”
This book is incredibly graphic at times and is definitely not for the faint of heart, many a time my hands were over my eyes as if I could somehow shield myself from what I was reading. This is where JD Barker exceeded with the visceral scene setting…letting your imagination run riot and mine is extremely vivid. Engaging, absorbing, compelling, intriguing, suspenseful, sick and twisted but as I said above, one unforgettable read. If you love psychological thrillers then this is the cream of the crop. Totally loved every single sick second of it.
The four monkeys... Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil, and do no evil. This book surrounds a revenge serial killer who is diabolical and depraved. I loved every second of this book.
On the hunt... but who is on the hunt? I was on the edge of my seat throughout this book, and I couldn't stop reading.
The detectives in this story are a great band of characters. Their chemistry and wit was an added benefit to this story. Between their relentless hunt and their close relationships, this book never seemed to lag at any given point.
I am a sucker for dark and twisted. This one has all of those characteristics that make my dark heart tingle. I was bouncing in my seat, excited to finally get a deliciously messed up book. I haven't read one like this in a while.
Before I let you go, let's talk about Barker's writing itself. Oh my! So vivid without being overly descriptive, but just enough that I could see the whole book play out in my head in detail. He definitely knows how to tell a great twisted, haunting, dark, and devious story!
I found myself reading slower than I normally do, savoring each word - and that wasn't always the easiest thing to do since this book contains some of the nastiest pages I've read in...well, forever.
The story is set in modern day Chicago and tells of the Four Monkey Killer (4MK), a particularly savage serial killer, and also tells of Detective Porter and Detective Nash with Chicago Metro, that head up the task force that's been hunting this killer for seven years.
Part of the story is also told from the serial killer's diary, a nasty piece of work from when he was a child.
And that's all I'm going to write about the story because readers need to go into this book without any spoilers.
I will say this is one of the best books I've read in years. Every word of it's perfect.
I am very thankful that I received this book from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt through Net Galley in exchange for my unbiased review. I liked it so much I pre-ordered my own copy - so I can have the finished version for my library and also so I can support this author.