The Murder Code

The Murder Code

A Novel

Book - 2013
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DI Andrew Hicks thinks he knows all about murder. For Hicks, however horrific the act, the reasons behind killing are ultimately all too explicable. So when a woman is found bludgeoned to death, he suspects a crime of passion and attention focuses on her possessive ex-husband. But when a second body is found, similarly beaten, Hicks is forced to think again about his suspect: the second victim is a homeless man with no links to the other woman. When more murders take place in quick succession, Hicks realises he is dealing with a type of killer he has never faced before, one who fits nowhere within his logic. Fear spreads, as the police search for patterns and reasons where none appear to exist. Then the letters begin to arrive... As the death toll rises, the threat gets closer to home. To survive, Hicks must face not only a killer obsessed with randomness and chaos, but also the secret in his own past. If he is to stop the killings, he must confront the truth about himself and the fact that some murders begin in much darker places than he ever imagined.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Crime, c2013
Edition: First Pegasus Books edition
ISBN: 9781605984889
1605984884
Branch Call Number: Mystery Mos
Characteristics: 358 pages ; 24 cm

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Jun 07, 2014

Slow to get going, perhaps due to a protagonist that came across as cool & distant. But hang in there. As the author gradually brings together all the separate stories, he becomes more interesting & the reason for his demeanour becomes clear. There are several candidates for the killer & their identity is a surprise.

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