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Birdman

Jack Caffery series 1 (Jack Caffery)

By Mo Hayder

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Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 November 2008
Greenwich, south-east London Detective Inspector Jack Caffery - young, driven, unshockable - is called to one of the most gruesome crime scenes he has ever seen. Five young women have been ritualistically murdered and dumped on wasteland near the Dome. Subsequent post-mortems reveal a singular, horrific signature linking the victims. Soon Caffery realises that he is on the trail of that most dangerous offender- a serial killer. Beset by animosity within the police force, haunted by the memory of a very personal death long ago, Caffery employs every weapon forensic science can offer to hunt him down. Because he knows that it is only a matter of time before this sadistic killer strikes again ...

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Mo Hayder's terrifying first novel introducing DI Jack Caffery - now reissued in B-format paperback.

About the Author

Mo Hayder has written some of the most terrifying crime thrillers you will ever read. Her first novel, Birdman, was hailed as a 'first-class shocker' by the Guardian and her follow-up, The Treatment was voted by the Times one of 'the top ten most scary thrillers ever written'. In 2012 Gone won the prestigious Edgars Best Novel award. Mo left school at 15 and has worked as a barmaid, security guard, English teacher, and even a hostess in a Tokyo club. She has an MA in film making from the American University in Washington DC and an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University. She now lives in England's West Country and is a full-time writer. For more information on Mo Hayder and her books, see her website at www.mohayder.net

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Eschewing histrionics, narrator Damien Goodwin uses an understated, soft voice to effectively convey the horrors of this latest serial killer yarn from Hayder. London homicide detective Jack Caffery has been summoned to the iconic Millennium Dome in Greenwich to investigate a particularly gruesome crime. A young woman was raped and then killed via an injection of heroin into her brain-but the kicker is the killer's postmortem addition of a live bird, sewn inside the victim's torso in place of her heart. And that savagery is just the beginning, as the body count of the murderer dubbed the Birdman rises. While the volume of extreme violence in this audio edition could overwhelm some listeners, Goodwin's matter-of-fact delivery-even when narrating insect activity on a cadaver-helps obviate the gore and slaughter. The voices Goodwin lends the different investigating officers could have been more distinctive, but given his strong representation of Caffery, fans of the series will likely look the other way. A Grove paperback. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

"Not for the faint-hearted... what sets Birdman apart is Hayder's talent" * Sunday Express * "A first-class shocker... a frightening mix of forensics, thrills, analytical police work and poetic images... a young writer in touch with her dark side and a major new talent" * Guardian * "Wickedly constructed... Her cast of suspects is the most spooky since Dickens... The detail, if you can stomach it, is fascinating" * Daily Telegraph * "Hayder's vibrant narrative and crunchy characterisation propel the book along to its denouement with fearsome velocity" * The Times *

EAN: 9780553820461
ISBN: 055382046X
Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random Hou
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.7 x 2.5 centimetres (0.20 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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