“Every story has a beginning…
They met for the first time in college. Two of the brightest minds ever to graduate from the prestigious Stanford University. They met again in Quantico, Virginia. Robert Hunter has become the head of the LAPD’s Ultra Violent Crimes Unit. Lucien Folter has become the most prolific and dangerous serial killer in FBI history.
Hunter caught Lucien. He’s been in prison for years. But Lucien has just escaped. And he’s angry. He’s going to make the man who put him away suffer.
That person … is Robert Hunter.
And every story must come to an end…“
Hello and welcome to damppebbles. Today I am delighted to share my review of Hunting Evil (Detective Robert Hunter #10) by Chris Carter. Hunting Evil was published by Simon & Schuster on 19th March 2020 and is available in hardcover, paperback, audio and digital formats.
For those of you with a good memory you may recall that Hunting Evil was one of the books I chose for my 20 Books of Summer Challenge this year. (Let’s face it, no one but me is gonna remember that, but still… 😂.) Carter’s Robert Hunter series is one of my very favourite crime series (I know, how many times can you use the word ‘series’ in one sentence?) out there, so I was a little disappointed I didn’t manage to get around to it. But I did promise in my challenge wrap up post that I would put the effort into reading the handful of books I missed. Which meant this was the first book I selected when a short break in my reading schedule came up. It’s the tenth book in the series and in a way (which the author discusses himself at the start of the novel) it’s a sequel to An Evil Mind (Robert Hunter #6). To get the full impact of this book I think it’s important that you’re familiar with the characters of An Evil Mind, the history between them and the background they share.
Lucien Folter, ex friend and college roommate of Detective Robert Hunter and now the most evil serial killer on US soil, has escaped from a high security prison leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. After Hunter finally managed to capture Folter several years ago, Folter has been biding his time, waiting for the perfect moment to make his escape. And what an escape it was! Now all Folter wants is to be reunited with the man responsible for his incarceration and his number one obsession, Detective Hunter. He intends to make Robert’s life hell on earth and he’ll stop at nothing to achieve that. And he’ll enjoy every single second of Robert’s suffering. Detective Hunter will pay the ultimate price….
I LOVE the Robert Hunter series. It’s one I always recommend to readers looking for a action-packed, thrilling read. It’s dark and gruesome, all the things I love in a book! I love this series. But I struggled with Hunting Evil. First off, these books tend to be a little fantastical in parts but in this latest instalment, I feel the author (who I respect and admire greatly) went a little OTT. Certain events felt a lot more theatrical than they normally are and that left me shaking me head with a frown on my face.
For those that haven’t read any of the books in the series Robert Hunter is a highly intelligent, highly driven man who sees the solution to problems others don’t. I would LOVE to see Robert’s character move on and develop from that a little. I’m beginning to find him quite flat and one dimensional. He feels very robotic to me but I can see why that appeals to readers and why the author writes Hunter that way. Perhaps this isn’t a series for me anymore, which makes me terribly sad. Other characters in the book are well-written and my love for Robert’s partner in the Ultra Violent Crimes Unit, Carlos Garcia, continues to grow.
Would I recommend this book? If you’ve read An Evil Mind, don’t mind stories with a large dollop of artistic license and you’re looking for a book that will entertain from start to finish then yes, I would recommend Hunting Evil. I’m glad I’ve read it. I certainly won’t be giving up on the series yet and I am definitely in the minority here looking at the plethora of five stars on Goodreads. Believe me when I say, this is one of my favourite crime series. If you’d like proof here’s my review of book eight in the series, The Caller. Carter is not afraid to turn his readers’ tummies with a spot of gore here and there, the action never stops and the author always comes up with the most fascinating and unique ways to kill lesser characters off. There is no one else out there doing what Chris Carter is with his series. No one. These books make great reading and I still stand by that. This one just wasn’t for me.
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Biographies can be an absolute drag, so I won’t bore anyone with a long life story.
I was born in Brasilia, Brazil where I spent my childhood and teenage years. After graduating from high school, I moved to the USA where I studied psychology with specialization in criminal behaviour. During my University years I held a variety of odd jobs, ranging from flipping burgers to being part of an all male exotic dancing group.
I worked as a criminal psychologist for several years before moving to Los Angeles, where I swapped the suits and briefcases for ripped jeans, bandanas and an electric guitar. After a spell playing for several well-known glam rock bands, I decided to try my luck in London, where I was fortunate enough to have played for a number of famous artists. I toured the world several times as a professional musician.
A few years ago I gave it all up to become a full-time writer.