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A freak accident in rural Wyoming leads the Sheriff's Department to arrest a man for a possible double homicide, but further investigations suggest a much more horrifying discovery - a serial killer who has been kidnapping, torturing and mutilating victims all over the United States for at least twenty-five years. The suspect claims he is a pawn in a huge labyrinth of lies A freak accident in rural Wyoming leads the Sheriff's Department to arrest a man for a possible double homicide, but further investigations suggest a much more horrifying discovery - a serial killer who has been kidnapping, torturing and mutilating victims all over the United States for at least twenty-five years. The suspect claims he is a pawn in a huge labyrinth of lies and deception - can he be believed? The case is immediately handed over to the FBI, but this time they're forced to ask for outside help. Ex-criminal behaviour psychologist and lead Detective with the Ultra Violent Crime Unit of the LAPD, Robert Hunter, is asked to run a series of interviews with the apprehended man. These interviews begin to reveal terrifying secrets that no one could've foreseen, including the real identity of a killer so elusive that no one, not even the FBI, had any idea he existed ... until now.


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A freak accident in rural Wyoming leads the Sheriff's Department to arrest a man for a possible double homicide, but further investigations suggest a much more horrifying discovery - a serial killer who has been kidnapping, torturing and mutilating victims all over the United States for at least twenty-five years. The suspect claims he is a pawn in a huge labyrinth of lies A freak accident in rural Wyoming leads the Sheriff's Department to arrest a man for a possible double homicide, but further investigations suggest a much more horrifying discovery - a serial killer who has been kidnapping, torturing and mutilating victims all over the United States for at least twenty-five years. The suspect claims he is a pawn in a huge labyrinth of lies and deception - can he be believed? The case is immediately handed over to the FBI, but this time they're forced to ask for outside help. Ex-criminal behaviour psychologist and lead Detective with the Ultra Violent Crime Unit of the LAPD, Robert Hunter, is asked to run a series of interviews with the apprehended man. These interviews begin to reveal terrifying secrets that no one could've foreseen, including the real identity of a killer so elusive that no one, not even the FBI, had any idea he existed ... until now.

30 review for An Evil Mind

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    3.5 stars A random accident in a small town reveals a suprise for the local sheriff. What develops from there is a serial killer that no one had on their radar. The very scariest kind. Once arrested the guy that had the little surprise will speak to no one but a detective from the LAPD, Robert Hunter. Hunter is a former criminal behavior psychologist who just happens to be the guys former college roommate. By the age of nineteen, Hunter had already graduated summa cum laude in psychology, and at tw 3.5 stars A random accident in a small town reveals a suprise for the local sheriff. What develops from there is a serial killer that no one had on their radar. The very scariest kind. Once arrested the guy that had the little surprise will speak to no one but a detective from the LAPD, Robert Hunter. Hunter is a former criminal behavior psychologist who just happens to be the guys former college roommate. By the age of nineteen, Hunter had already graduated summa cum laude in psychology, and at twenty-three he received his PhD in criminal behavior analysis and biopsychology. That begins a game of cat and mouse with the killer (Lucien) plays with Hunter and a female FBI agent. This book kept me up last night reading it. So why not the higher stars? Here are my reasons. 1. I felt like it pulled from too many already been told stories. The psycho Lucien in telling his info on previous kills goes towards Hannibal Lector way too much. "Tell me about when you were a kid, Robert. Tell me about your mother." Hunter's jaw tightened. Taylor looked a little confused. "Quid pro quo," Lucien said. Then there is a twist that was straight up in my mind pulled from the movie "Seven". (Those pesky wives/girlfriends should always just run) It's not done exactly like that it just rang a bell in my mind if you are wanting to yell that I did a spoiler. 2. Every single chapter (and there are a ton of chapters in this book) ends in a wanna-be cliffhanger. I say wanna-be because sometimes it wasn't pulled off very well. It wore on my nerves. I actually want to try another of Chris Carter's books but I want to know first if this is something he does every time. 3. Suspension on belief that the FBI would cave to someone who had such a personal stake still continuing on a case. However, the story is pretty decent. Carter is obviously smart and it comes across in his writing. He tells a lot about the FBI's tactical treatment of a prolific serial killer and I ate up that part. Now for the gore factor. This book will push all those buttons. As my friend Kelly likes to call it..the "stabby-stabby" is very high in this book. That part didn't bother me. Because I think I've jaded my own self with some of the books I read. Sometimes sour, sometimes putrid, sometimes sickly sweet, sometimes bitter, sometimes nauseating, and most of the time a combination of everything bad. Most would say that there's no specific smell to death, but it chokes your heart and saddens your soul in a way that nothing else does. Book source: Netgalley in exchange for review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Maxine (Booklover Catlady)

    Can you rate a book 6 stars yet? No? Well you should be able to, as this one would get an easy 6 stars from me. Let me start by saying I read a LOT of crime, it's my most read genre, and even better if it involves a serial killer and a good element of psychological twists. I love Carter's penmanship and Robert Hunter is one of my favourite literary Detectives. Chris is in another league as a crime writer, absolutely brilliant stuff! This is book six in the Robert Hunter series, but it also worked Can you rate a book 6 stars yet? No? Well you should be able to, as this one would get an easy 6 stars from me. Let me start by saying I read a LOT of crime, it's my most read genre, and even better if it involves a serial killer and a good element of psychological twists. I love Carter's penmanship and Robert Hunter is one of my favourite literary Detectives. Chris is in another league as a crime writer, absolutely brilliant stuff! This is book six in the Robert Hunter series, but it also worked well as a stand alone. Chris really can get into the mind of the killer, this book had so much more insight into the serial killer's twisted mind, in such a very clever way. I always think books that give us the killers perspective seem to be so much more interesting, do you? Robert Hunter is skilled at getting into the minds of the most depraved but has he met his march in this one? It's not for the weak of heart, Chris writes with graphic detail, the kill scenes are graphic and explicit, but if you are a crime/serial killer novel fan you know this makes you want more of it in a sick weird kind of way, it makes the book so much more real and even though you want to turn away you just don't. Robert Hunter comes face to face with an old college friend in this novel, but he is not all that he seems, not quite the nice college friend he once remembers.This is a book where you can read how and why a serial killer does what they do, and it's in very clever detail, Chris Carter knows his stuff. This would be one of the best crime/kill novels I have ever read in over 30 years of reading crime genre books. Big call? Well deserved. I can't get enough of Chris Carter's books. This book takes us on a chase through the mind and eyes of the killer, I loved it, could not put it down, outstanding writing indeed. It will grab you from start to finish and not let you go. Absolutely fantastic! You can't go wrong with this series, every book is a page turning experience and takes you into the darkest recesses of evil minds. 5 paw prints from Booklover Catlady and a few purrs for extra measure too. For more of my reviews, book chat, competitions and interviews you can find me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BookloverCat... I received an ARC of this novel via the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review, my thanks to both.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    My new life plan is to refrain from reading any Chris Carter books when I'm alone. They are too damn scary. Carter gets top marks for creating the most sick and twisted individuals in crime fiction. The murders might as well have come from Saw. The mental pictures make me feel sick. Even so, the books are brilliant and this one is no different. Not for the squeamish, but a do-not-miss for anyone else. My new life plan is to refrain from reading any Chris Carter books when I'm alone. They are too damn scary. Carter gets top marks for creating the most sick and twisted individuals in crime fiction. The murders might as well have come from Saw. The mental pictures make me feel sick. Even so, the books are brilliant and this one is no different. Not for the squeamish, but a do-not-miss for anyone else.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    I didn't want to read this book after reading a review that gave the perpetrator's name away but after asking a friend she told me to read it and I'm glad I took her advice. This book is different from the previous ones' of the series and as it resulted the most personal one for Robert Hunter. If he was a real person and you knew him you would just go and give him a big hug because of all he has had to endure not only during this case but because of his past too and mostly because of his amazing I didn't want to read this book after reading a review that gave the perpetrator's name away but after asking a friend she told me to read it and I'm glad I took her advice. This book is different from the previous ones' of the series and as it resulted the most personal one for Robert Hunter. If he was a real person and you knew him you would just go and give him a big hug because of all he has had to endure not only during this case but because of his past too and mostly because of his amazing character. I wish I could ask Chris Carter to give him a break and a second chance to find some happiness since I can't think of another detective in a series that deserves it more. In An Evil Mind Robert Hunter is being asked to help the FBI after the man in custody asks for him specifically and the most gruesome case and most personal starts to unfold for him. In this installment we get to know more about Robert Hunter's past and what was the thing that changed his life completely and was only insinuated in previous installments of the series. In this story Carlos Garcia isn't present but even though I like him and his dynamic with Robert I must confess I didn't miss him. ups! In this book for me at least we get to know the most villainous perpetrator not only in a series but in general. I really found myself hating him and the only thing I wanted was for him to stop talking, stop existing and just stop inflicting more pain to those around him. Also in this story we get to know his identity early on since it's essential for the development of the plot but still I won't mention his name. I must confess that despite knowing from the first page who he was I wasn't prepared for what was coming. As in the previous books many question arise as to why someone becomes a murderer and how he deludes himself to believe that what he is doing is right but in An Evil Mind the explanations come from the perpetrator himself in a sort of confession. The one question that really made me think was if a person being pushed far out of his limits can forget who he really is deep inside and commit murder. Got some Seven movie vibes too at some point but only a little. There were twists as always and it's the story I enjoyed most reading from the series even though it was heartbreaking. Something I found unbelievable was that a team went to help a person that might be dying without any medical reinforcement not that it took something away from me enjoying the story. In a roundup Robert Hunter which after this installment I love to pieces has to face the most intelligent and villainous perpetrator and at the same time he has to face his past and his inner demons and overcome them or succumb to them.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Angela DeSilva

    This book is BEYOND brilliant!!!. Chris Carter is my new favorite crime-thriller author, his writing is excellent. He deserves way more recognition, as in my opinion this book is Best Crime Fiction novel of 2015 material. Time for a re -read, I just scored it at the friends of the library book sale for 50 cents in hardcover, whoo hoo.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Book Addict Shaun

    This is a serious contender for my book of the year. I can't believe I only discovered Chris Carter a year ago and I now consider him to be one of my favourite crime authors of all time. For that reason this is a difficult review to write because I really want to show just how fantastic this book is. It's a huge departure from what we are used to from Chris, this book is very different from the books that came before. That said it could not have been more successful in my opinion. After five book This is a serious contender for my book of the year. I can't believe I only discovered Chris Carter a year ago and I now consider him to be one of my favourite crime authors of all time. For that reason this is a difficult review to write because I really want to show just how fantastic this book is. It's a huge departure from what we are used to from Chris, this book is very different from the books that came before. That said it could not have been more successful in my opinion. After five books of Hunter trying to capture a serial killer it makes sense to shake things up a bit and Chris has done that in the best possible way. By allowing us to get inside the head of one of the most evil characters I've ever read about. It is also the first book based on real facts and events from Chris's criminal psychology days and that makes it all the more shocking and fascinating. Chris Carter's imagination knows no bounds and I love it. The scenes, the characters, whatever he comes up with is both original and mind blowing and that has never been more so than with this book. I feel like I can't even mention the plot even just a little bit. This is a book that should be read in the same way that I read it: with my heart in my mouth, my eyes unblinking and in a state of complete obliviousness to the world around me while I was well and truly hooked on this book. This is addictive reading at its absolute best and I was devastated when I turned the very last page. Robert Hunter, after the events of the last few books is looking forward to a much needed break in Hawaii. Before he can escape however his Captain calls him to her office. Arriving, Hunter recognises someone - one of the most senior members of the FBI who needs his help. They have in custody one of the strangest individuals they have ever come across, a man who is more machine than human and who for days has uttered not a single word. Until one morning he utters seven: 'I will only speak to Robert Hunter'. The man is Hunter's roommate and best friend from college, Lucien Folter, and found in the boot of his car are two severed and mutilated heads. Lucien cries innocence and Hunter, a man incredibly difficult to read or surprise is played just as much as the reader is by Lucien. There are a million and one things I want to say but I just can't. You really have to discover how this story unfolds for yourself. In this book we learn so much more about Hunter and get inside his head even further than we have before. There's a chapter that almost brought me to tears such is the talent of Chris to connect the reader with Hunter. This is a character like no other and he is now one of my favourite detectives of all time. We go back in time and learn more about Hunter when he was younger, and also when he was in college with Lucien. Lucien is evil. The scenes depicted in this book are some of the most graphic I've ever read and you know what, I loved it. After five books of some of the scariest and goriest scenes I've ever read I wondered whether Chris could come up with something even worse (in a good way), but trust me, he does. This book is horrifying, terrifying and near impossible to put down until you reach its conclusion. I spent my days like a zombie and my nights practically giving myself paper cuts turning the pages. If when reading this book you think you have an idea of where it will go, prepare to be wrong. I've learnt never to underestimate Chris, keeping readers on their toes he takes them on an absolute rollercoaster of a ride with the twistiest of turns and the biggest of drops you will finish this book reeling. I am on a serious book hangover, what book can I read next that can even compare to this? I have no idea but if you are planning on reading An Evil Mind I cannot reccommend it enough. Not only is this probably my book of the year it is probably the best crime fiction book I have ever read. An exaggeration you might say but my opinion is my own and this really is a seriously outstanding piece of crime fiction. Chris has really outdone himself with this one and I for one will be at the front of the queue for the next installment. I just cannot wait for my next Hunter fix and would swap every book I own to have it in my hands right now.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Judy D Collins

    Chris Carter delivers an edgy, razor-sharp, evil, dark, and twisted psycho-crime suspense thriller, AN EVIL MIND —a sadistic, psychotic serial killer with only seven words, “I will only speak to Robert Hunter.” A man who has not spoken a word since being arrested. Haunting words which will forever change LAPD detective, and the former criminal behavior psychologist's life. A labyrinth of creepy twists and grotesque turns. The secrets of the past refuse to keep quiet in this disquieting, taut t Chris Carter delivers an edgy, razor-sharp, evil, dark, and twisted psycho-crime suspense thriller, AN EVIL MIND —a sadistic, psychotic serial killer with only seven words, “I will only speak to Robert Hunter.” A man who has not spoken a word since being arrested. Haunting words which will forever change LAPD detective, and the former criminal behavior psychologist's life. A labyrinth of creepy twists and grotesque turns. The secrets of the past refuse to keep quiet in this disquieting, taut thriller. Readers beware: what flows through these pages is not always easy to stomach, but I dare you to take your eyes off the page. A freak accident at the local Wyoming diner starts the unraveling of gruesome brutal murders, a chain of events of a sick and twisted serial killer, whose thrills come from torturing and killing. Beginning with two severed heads in the trunk of a car. Detective Robert Hunter is all set for a vacation in Hawaii, when he receives the call from FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime and its Behavioral Analysis Unit. A FBI specialty department providing support to national and international law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation of unusual or serial violent crimes. For years the FBI had made attempts to recruit Hunter. Hunter would rather be a detective with the LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division than join the most advanced serial killer—tracking force in the US, and even, the world. Hunter is the lead detective for the Ultra-Violent Crimes Unit, a special unit created by the LAPD to investigate homicides and serial homicides where overwhelming brutality and or sadism had been used by the perpetrator. Hunter was the best at what he did. His arrest record provided that. He had always declined their offers. Now the FBI needs Hunter’s assistance, as he is personally involved with some of the victims and the perpetrator. He is the only one which will be able to provide answers to the clues. What makes this so shocking---the person in question and prime suspect, is Hunter’s former Stanford roommate and fellow criminal psychologist! The three friends in college: Robert, Lucien, and Susan. How could be have been friends with Lucien? Of course, Lucien was always smart and after obtaining his psychology degree from Stanford, Lucien applied to Yale for a PhD in criminal psychology. He was accepted, did three years of coursework, and then simply disappeared. He never completed his doctorate. When did he turn into a sadistic killer? Instead of Hawaii for a leisurely vacation, Hunter is quickly whisked away to the FBI Behavioral Research and Instruction Unit in Quantico and into something that could only be described as a hellish nightmare. No one had ever come across anyone quite like this monster. Brutality is actually minor, with what is yet to come. Hunter soon will learn of his own past, and how the evil mind of someone he once knew would bring to light to these events. At first Lucien says he is innocent, leading Hunter with a series of clues to the remote Western North Carolina area (know this area). However, when Detective Hunter and Taylor arrive at the cabin, a shocking discovery. Lucien is indeed a sociopath, guilty, and worse, the gruesome haunting killings are people close to Hunter. He is taunting, everyone, especially Hunter. Lucien plays a sick game of cat-and- mouse, so he can showcase his work. He loves to brag, thinking he can change the world. He is proud. All the puppets play along with the puppet master, until they find all the hidden information and notebooks to lead them to all the victims, bodies, remains, and families. Lucien. Going under many other alias and identities. A living, breathing, walking mystery. Someone who had lied to everyone throughout his life. He was focused and determined. A manipulator. Before it is over there will be 80 families. Someone has to stop this monster. Justice. A twenty-five year murder spree. Sadly, Lucien has all this information and knowledge about psychology and criminal behavior; however, fails to see his own psychosis. It's gruesome, grisly and attention grabbing! Original, dramatic, dark, and disturbing-- readers will find themselves holding their breath, for the next page. My first book by talented Chris Carter, a former profiler—who definitely knows his way inside the criminal minds of the twisted and sadistic serial killer. Scary, psychopaths abound in our everyday life. Watch out for those pies. A wicked horrific ride! Carter delivers raw and intense emotions, not only from the killer; also his main characters, pulling you further into the unfolding drama. Fans of Karin Slaughter and Paul Cleave (two of my favorite crime authors), will devour. I had pre-ordered the audiobook, and after reading the advanced reading copy, glued to my iPod, listening---a chilling performance by George Newburn. Having spent time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil --could imagine myself back on the beach—with the breathtaking views of the mountains. This is one spot you can see both at one time. Intrigued. After finishing the book, immediately going to Audible to purchase Carter’s books, especially the Robert Hunter series. Was so bummed, as NO other books in the series, offered in English??? Hopefully they will be added (similar to Paul Cleave) . . We are slowly getting some of his backlist, here in the states. Publishers: Please get Chris Carter’s books on audio for all the US fans. I typically read only new books—my blog focuses on new releases, so when I find an author I love, I rely on audio to get my backlist “fix”. Highly recommend AN EVIL MIND -- if you want an intelligent, and sophisticated—well-written chilling page-turner. An intriguing series, and an author, who not only is a profiling expert---a talented criminal psychological novelist. He nails the details. Carter has been added to my favorite author list. Can't wait for I AM DEATH coming to US July 14, 2016. A special thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. JDCMustReadBooks Love the new covers

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    The 6th book in the Robert Hunter series by Chris Carter. Chris Carter's books get better and better, I loved his very first book and I have felt the same about every subsequent book. His books have an edge are are certainly more graphic than some of his contemporariness. His plots are different and the characters are so strong. This book instantly had me hooked and I read it at every possible moment. I can't wait for the next one. The 6th book in the Robert Hunter series by Chris Carter. Chris Carter's books get better and better, I loved his very first book and I have felt the same about every subsequent book. His books have an edge are are certainly more graphic than some of his contemporariness. His plots are different and the characters are so strong. This book instantly had me hooked and I read it at every possible moment. I can't wait for the next one.

  9. 5 out of 5

    John Wiltshire

    I reviewed this book last year and gave it a one star. I admit, I think I got that completely wrong. I apparently clicked on this book at random (that's the trouble of having a kindle) without realising it was part of a long series. That's not giving the author due credit for all the development that's gone into creating his world. My original review makes me chuckle because, yes, the pov switches are truly awful in all the books -- but I've gotten used to it! I overlook it! I find it funny now! I reviewed this book last year and gave it a one star. I admit, I think I got that completely wrong. I apparently clicked on this book at random (that's the trouble of having a kindle) without realising it was part of a long series. That's not giving the author due credit for all the development that's gone into creating his world. My original review makes me chuckle because, yes, the pov switches are truly awful in all the books -- but I've gotten used to it! I overlook it! I find it funny now! Yes, the killings are ridiculously gory and over-the-top, but (again) after five of these books I'd be disappointed if Carter couldn't outdo himself! So, basically, I'm totally into this series, the world of Robert Hunter and Caros Garcia, and can't wait to see what this next evil mind (hah) has in store for them. So, this is a revised review. I've taken off my one-star rating. I'm deleting my original comments, which basically said it was derivative (of Silence of the Lambs) and badly written, and I will write a new review when I've finished it, which at the rate I've devoured the previous five won't be long... Finished. This is definitely my least favourite of the series. In a switch from the format of the previous stories, the killer is caught in the first few pages and the subsequent action consists of him slowly revealing the extent of his crimes to the FBI. I didn't really find any of this credible to be honest. He was some kind of mastermind psychology student who decided to turn to sadistic murder as an experiment: testing the expert theories as to what makes someone kill. I do believe ordinary, rational people can kill fairly easily, but I don't believe they would be able to torture someone (in the most heinous ways) out of little more than curiosity. Human nature doesn't work that way. Besides my doubt about the whole set up of the plot, I frankly found Lucian and his tale of evil boring. There was far too much talking and not enough action, and when the action did come (obviously Lucian manipulates the FBI into letting him out so he can take them personally to one of his victims who might still be alive), it was as unrealistic as the rest of the story. However, it's three stars because I did finish it; it is part of a series, and I still like Robert Hunter as a main character.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Yellagirlgc

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher for my honest opinion. Where has Chris Carter been hiding?! I cant believe I've never read his work before. This is the rapid page turning psychological suspense I love to read. There were no slow parts. This my be my first Chris Carter read but it won't be my last. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher for my honest opinion. Where has Chris Carter been hiding?! I cant believe I've never read his work before. This is the rapid page turning psychological suspense I love to read. There were no slow parts. This my be my first Chris Carter read but it won't be my last.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Abandoning this one after the half-way mark. Too many similar plot points as The Silence of the Lambs (a much better book). The way the author kept ending his chapters with a "teaser" got old after awhile. In the end, I really didn't care to find out more about this serial killer. Abandoning this one after the half-way mark. Too many similar plot points as The Silence of the Lambs (a much better book). The way the author kept ending his chapters with a "teaser" got old after awhile. In the end, I really didn't care to find out more about this serial killer.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Raven

    This is the sixth outing for LAPD detective Robert Hunter and as many people know, one that I have a particular affection for, having previously reviewed The Death Sculptor , The Hunter and One By One , and having read all the books in the series to date. I can confidently say that after the slight disappointment of One By One, Carter is back with a bang and with An Evil Mind there are shocks aplenty in store for the reader. An Evil Mind is cited by the publisher as drawing most closely on indivi This is the sixth outing for LAPD detective Robert Hunter and as many people know, one that I have a particular affection for, having previously reviewed The Death Sculptor , The Hunter and One By One , and having read all the books in the series to date. I can confidently say that after the slight disappointment of One By One, Carter is back with a bang and with An Evil Mind there are shocks aplenty in store for the reader. An Evil Mind is cited by the publisher as drawing most closely on individuals and murder cases encountered in Carter’s former career as a criminal psychologist. What is endlessly appealing about Carter’s writing is the authentic voice that permeates the books from this first hand experience, and I am an ardent fan of crime books written by those with a genuine knowledge and experience in the fields of criminal psychology and law enforcement. I concede that in normal authorial research there is a sense of reality brought the plots and premises created, but certainly in this book, the reader is hit even harder by the sheer malevolence of the main antagonist as it so grounded in Carter’s one to one experience. Combined with the strength of the narrative, and the oh- so teasing mini-cliffhangers, that he inserts at the end of nearly every chapter, An Evil Mind does metaphorically grab you by the throat from the outset, and spirals the reader into a miasma of violence and depravity from start to finish. From the very start, the reader is absolutely shaken and stirred by the events that follow. For my money, Carter has written one of the finest opening chapters that I have read in terms of shock value. The transition from languid breakfast time in an all American diner to the impact (literally) of a freak occurrence that heralds a shocking opening to the book, is beautifully played out. I will only hint that not all people keep a spare tyre and tools in the trunk of their car! As the owner of said car, Lucien Folter, cannot help attract the attentions of local law enforcement, but on his arrest, says that he will only speak with his former friend and detective, Robert Hunter, and so the game is afoot. What follows is a titanic mental battle between the evil, clever and highly manipulative Folter, and Hunter, a man incredibly pre-disposed to navigate and decipher the actions and motivations of some of the most disturbed individuals with his innate intuition in relation to the darkest human psyches. As quickly as Hunter appears to break down the twisted actions of Folter, in a series of claustrophobic encounters with fascinating and entertaining verbal sparring, Folter begins to resemble an evil onion, with layers of perversity and wickedness that are revealed piece by piece. Folter has prepared a whole series of unique and nasty surprises for both Hunter and the FBI team, that Carter unleashes with a superb sense of pace and timing, so much so that as each chapter ends only the strongest reader will resist the temptation to stay firmly rooted to the spot to continue reading. (I couldn’t- and read this pretty much in one sitting). With reference to the ‘nasty surprises’ it is gratifying to see that Carter again pulls no punches in terms of the visual resonance of some of these images. Hence, I will reissue my standard warning that this book is not for the faint hearted or the easily spooked. Personally, I loved the ‘squirm’ factor of the more macabre elements of this plot, that are visceral, creepy and bring you up with a jolt. Beware of chest freezers as well… Despite the lack of Hunter’s normal partner in crime Detective Garcia, who always proves a useful and humorous foil to the pensive and slightly tormented, but charming Hunter, Carter forms an effective circle of cohorts for him in this. The interaction between Hunter and the FBI team, in particular, the feisty agent, Courtney Taylor, more than compensates for the lack of Garcia, and Taylor definitely added a different frisson to the narrative, which lightened the overall darkness of the plot. As the book rattles towards an incredibly tense, violent and exciting ending, the torment that Folter projects on Hunter and the team is nerve shredding and simply brilliant. I liked this book very much, providing as it does, not only a tense and disturbing thriller, but in its perfect placing of brutal shocks reveals itself as a violent flight of fancy, that entertains throughout.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Robert Hunter is ready to leave on vacation to the lovely isles of Hawaii when he get called into the office by his boss, the FBI wants a word. Earlier in Wyoming an accident reveals the gruesome content of a car that is being hit. This book is not so much about the chase of a serial killer, they have caught him already. And he wants to talk but only to Robert Hunter. The problem is that the culprit is a person from Hunters past and before the book has finished he has raised havoc in Roberts past Robert Hunter is ready to leave on vacation to the lovely isles of Hawaii when he get called into the office by his boss, the FBI wants a word. Earlier in Wyoming an accident reveals the gruesome content of a car that is being hit. This book is not so much about the chase of a serial killer, they have caught him already. And he wants to talk but only to Robert Hunter. The problem is that the culprit is a person from Hunters past and before the book has finished he has raised havoc in Roberts past and present. This book is about what makes a serial killer tick or so wants the killer convince Hunter and the FBI. They know they got a monster on their hands who was unknown to them and as it happened by sheer accident caught by the authorities. This is a dark novel that is so much more terrifying in the trails he lays out for his captors, he is easily the most dangerous opponent Hunter has ever met, and their common past makes it even harder. An excellent book that does something original with the idea of the serial killer, and having read the series out of order, I find myself confronted by easily Carters best so far. Still I advise you reading the series in order, this one can easily be read as a stand alone. Well worth an uncomfortable read if you fancy something scary about the human monster.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    This one was very different from the others in the series... in a good way. Such a big fan of Robert Hunter.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    Publication Date: July 31st 2014 from Simon And Shuster UK. Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy via Netgalley. A freak accident in rural Wyoming leads the Sheriff’s Department to arrest a man for a possible double homicide, but further investigations suggest a much more horrifying discovery – a serial killer who has been kidnapping, torturing and mutilating victims all over the United States for at least twenty-five years. The suspect claims he is a pawn in a huge labyrinth o Publication Date: July 31st 2014 from Simon And Shuster UK. Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy via Netgalley. A freak accident in rural Wyoming leads the Sheriff’s Department to arrest a man for a possible double homicide, but further investigations suggest a much more horrifying discovery – a serial killer who has been kidnapping, torturing and mutilating victims all over the United States for at least twenty-five years. The suspect claims he is a pawn in a huge labyrinth of lies and deception – can he be believed? Despite the fairly horrific things that happen around him, I am always extremely happy to be in the company of Robert Hunter once more – this time was no exception but with “An Evil Mind” Chris Carter has given things a whole new edge. An old University friend of Robert’s is arrested upon suspicion of murder. Due to the circumstances he ends up in the custody of the FBI where he refuses to speak to anyone except Hunter. Begging for assistance in proving his innocence, Lucien calls upon their old ties of friendship – but what Robert finds is horrifying beyond measure.. Of all the crime fiction out there, Chris Carter is perhaps the author for me who does the best mix of psychology and thrills – add to that the character of Robert Hunter, a man who is both enigmatic and brilliant and you have a perfect storm. In the case of “An Evil Mind” he has upped the game considerably, we are shown into the darkest corners of the human psyche from a front row seat. As Robert reels from one revelation to the next in his quest for the truth, this is absolutely edge of the seat stuff, but with a great depth of plot and a tremendously clever twisting of circumstances. I was enthralled throughout, completely and utterly fascinated – and as things headed towards an extremely dramatic finale, it was perfectly done – I knew nothing good was coming but I couldnt look away… All in all this is another great addition to the series – perhaps even the best yet – from an author who is currently right at the top of his game. Highly recommended for fans of Crime Fiction and Thrillers - if you havent met Robert Hunter yet you may want to start with The Crucifix Killer and read in order – however this can quite easily be read as a standalone if you just can’t wait. I certainly can’t wait for what happens next… Happy Reading Folks!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    The title of this book so perfectly describes what you get between the covers! I have read all the books in this series just as fast as I could get them, and while I loved every single one of them, I feel this one was head and shoulders the best so far. Detective Robert Hunter is called bythe FBI to interview a man highly suspected as being a serial killer, as he was found with two bodiless heads in his car. He is adamant that he will only speak to Hunter. What Hunter finds is a man he knows, a m The title of this book so perfectly describes what you get between the covers! I have read all the books in this series just as fast as I could get them, and while I loved every single one of them, I feel this one was head and shoulders the best so far. Detective Robert Hunter is called bythe FBI to interview a man highly suspected as being a serial killer, as he was found with two bodiless heads in his car. He is adamant that he will only speak to Hunter. What Hunter finds is a man he knows, a man he called 'friend' for years, a man who was his roomie during his college days. What follows is a horrendous story of abductions, torture, and brutal killings over the last 25 years. This is not for the faint of heart. The killings are extremely graphic in their descriptions. Hunter is having a hard time balancing what he knows against what he's hearing ..... until the antagonist describes how he killed a particular woman that Hunter was close to. Most of us have heard the nature vs nurture debates about those who do horrendous things to their fellow human beings. What does it say about a man who consciously sets out to become a serial killer ... to kill as many people as he can ... in as many varied ways...and then documents his thoughts and feelings? One of the things I best enjoyed about this book is that the reader really gets to know Robert Hunter. In the previous books of the series, you don't get a sense of the real man .. other than his job is his life and he is quite good at it... and he's a genius. This book gives the reader a glimpse of how he was as a young man and how be became the man he is. I give it 5 stars!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Carter returns with his most thrilling novel yet, pitting LAPD Detective Robert Hunter against the most devious serial killer he's come across to date. When two severed heads turn up at a small-town diner, the locals turn over the case to the FBI as fast as possible. With an unresponsive suspect, the Feds can do nothing to move the case forward. That is, until he gives them an out; send in Robert Hunter. Reluctantly, Hunter agrees to help when he realises that he has a personal connection to the Carter returns with his most thrilling novel yet, pitting LAPD Detective Robert Hunter against the most devious serial killer he's come across to date. When two severed heads turn up at a small-town diner, the locals turn over the case to the FBI as fast as possible. With an unresponsive suspect, the Feds can do nothing to move the case forward. That is, until he gives them an out; send in Robert Hunter. Reluctantly, Hunter agrees to help when he realises that he has a personal connection to the suspect, his old college roommate, Lucien Folter. What begins as an attempt to rectify an apparent mistaken identity soon becomes the most horrific case that Hunter has ever come across. Spanning over 25 years, there are many bodies at countless murder sites, with proof at every turn that Folter is responsible. It is only when the possibility that a live victim remains that Hunter and his FBI counterpart, Agent Courtney Taylor, begin to race against the clock to crack the case wide open. If only they knew of this when the whole farce began. Carter ramps up his writing and morbid description in this story that will shake the reader to their core. As psychologically chilling as any Hannibal Lector novel, Carter delivers with a punch, right to the gut, in this fast-paced psychological thriller. I stumbled upon Chris Carter one day, expecting an entertaining few novels that sought not only to intrigue, but also to pique my ever-growing interest into the macabre. With each successive novel, I was pulled deeper into the chasm of psychopathy and serial murder. Not only entertaining, but also highly disturbing, Carter leads the reader by the end, then lets them drown in the detail, forcing all those who have taken the journey to rush to the end (part out of enjoyment, part to release themselves from its clutches). Just when I thought the books could get no better, Carter returns with something even more sadistic, hitting closer to home. An added bonus, as Hunter is closely tied to the killer, the reader gets more glimpses into this reclusive man's past and what he was like prior to joining the LAPD. With short, teasing chapters, the book flows so well and left me to want "just one more chapter" before putting it down. Carter outdoes himself and will surely garner a number of new fans with this masterful piece of work. Kudos, Mr. Carter for such a thrilling novel and so detailed a writing style. I could not put it down, worried that Hunter would get lost and taken over if I stepped away.

  18. 5 out of 5

    gem

    This is a reread, I previously read and reviewed this in July 2014. Ever since I read The Crucifix Killer I have been a total fan girl over Chris Cater. His novels are just incredible - it's obvious that his working life has had a significant impact on his novels, and as such they are suffused with incredible details which makes the stories scarily real. This novel is a departure from the his usual structure as this time Robert Hunter is dealing with a criminal who has already been apprehended an This is a reread, I previously read and reviewed this in July 2014. Ever since I read The Crucifix Killer I have been a total fan girl over Chris Cater. His novels are just incredible - it's obvious that his working life has had a significant impact on his novels, and as such they are suffused with incredible details which makes the stories scarily real. This novel is a departure from the his usual structure as this time Robert Hunter is dealing with a criminal who has already been apprehended and has to use his skills to get him to divulge important information. It will inevitably draw comparisons to The Silence of the Lambs, simply because it's someone working with the FBI and talking to someone behind bars...and that comparison aside, (which by the way is one of my top 10 all time novels) this book is very different. It's very much a psychological thriller and it's so clever and full of shocks and twists that I stayed up til 4am to finish it because I couldn't possibly sleep until I knew who it ended! Chris Carter really does deserve to be hugely popular!

  19. 5 out of 5

    R-Cee*Jay

    Damn, Chris Carter! Gruesome - check, Horror - check, Thriller - check, Suspense - check, Action - check. This series is so darn good, I am sad to soon be reading the last one. I look forward to more, for sure. I have no idea what Mr Carter has heard and experienced in his life or how his mind conjures up new killers, but damn if it doesn't make for good reading. Hat's off and many thanks to you, sir! Damn, Chris Carter! Gruesome - check, Horror - check, Thriller - check, Suspense - check, Action - check. This series is so darn good, I am sad to soon be reading the last one. I look forward to more, for sure. I have no idea what Mr Carter has heard and experienced in his life or how his mind conjures up new killers, but damn if it doesn't make for good reading. Hat's off and many thanks to you, sir!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alfred Nobile

    What can I say. Wow, Wow and Wow. Another incredible book from Mr. Carter. just when you think he's done it all he adds another twist. His books can be read as stand alones but are best read in order. So if you have not read Chris Carter grab a copy of The Crucifix Killer and welcome to the ride! Or any of his books, your choice. What can I say. Wow, Wow and Wow. Another incredible book from Mr. Carter. just when you think he's done it all he adds another twist. His books can be read as stand alones but are best read in order. So if you have not read Chris Carter grab a copy of The Crucifix Killer and welcome to the ride! Or any of his books, your choice.

  21. 4 out of 5

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    Robert Hunter is back, only this time his partner Carlos Garcia is missing and Robert is on his way to Hawaii for a much needed break. The series featuring Hunter and Garcia is now onto it 6th book and the previous 5 have seen Robert and Garcia go through the mill, so although I realised from the synopsis Garcia wouldn’t be around I wondered how much of an impact it would have on the current book. Thankfully it seems like it had little impact on the actual book or sheer writing skills, but as a Robert Hunter is back, only this time his partner Carlos Garcia is missing and Robert is on his way to Hawaii for a much needed break. The series featuring Hunter and Garcia is now onto it 6th book and the previous 5 have seen Robert and Garcia go through the mill, so although I realised from the synopsis Garcia wouldn’t be around I wondered how much of an impact it would have on the current book. Thankfully it seems like it had little impact on the actual book or sheer writing skills, but as a reader I confess I missed him. As usual Carter pulls no punches when throwing the reader into the dark and frankly disturbing world of killers. A rather vile accidental discovery means that Hunter is pulled from his trip and into a rather surreal situation. It seems that Hunter is the only man for the job and we see quite early on a link to his past which is always nice as it adds to what you already know about the character. I had no clue how the story would play out, and had rather conflicting feelings on it all for a while. However with sheer finesse the reader realises that the game has begun. Although there are many thousands of talented writers in this genre out there, sometimes certain authors will stick in your mind. Chris Carter is one of those authors for me. Firstly there is nothing to dislike about the characters and his talent for transporting you so you are literally breathing down the necks of this guys is pretty amazing. Many of his books have a very creepy feel to them, and I’m almost certain that this is credited to Chris real life previous career experience (a criminal psychologist). There was certainly tension galore as the stakes for the dreaded game are upped with each step that arises. I had no clue how things would pan out and thoroughly loved every single page of this book. I would strongly recommend that if you haven’t already read Chris Carter that you give him a try. I can only hope that we see the return of Garcia as Hunter doesn’t feel quite the same without him.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rob Twinem

    I find Chris Carter one of the greatest thriller/crime writers of the modern age. He has produced in Robert Hunter a first class anti-hero, a detective working on the side of good but with a tragic past, which is revealed as this story progresses. An unexpected accident causes, a shocking find is made in the boot of a car, and a suspect is immediately detained. Lucien Folter will talk to no one but Hunter, they have a past, and when Detective Hunter arrives a grizzly tale of horrific proportions I find Chris Carter one of the greatest thriller/crime writers of the modern age. He has produced in Robert Hunter a first class anti-hero, a detective working on the side of good but with a tragic past, which is revealed as this story progresses. An unexpected accident causes, a shocking find is made in the boot of a car, and a suspect is immediately detained. Lucien Folter will talk to no one but Hunter, they have a past, and when Detective Hunter arrives a grizzly tale of horrific proportions unfolds with Folter at the centre. This is absolutely spellbinding storytelling and a story that gave new meaning to the word depravity.....I could not put it down and finished in two days...it is that good. The players at the centre are Hunter and Folter, good v evil, but who is leading who? and will the body count ever stop. Hunter is helped in his odyssey by the charismatic and beautiful Detective Taylor and as we race towards a bloody conclusion, in the search for the one hostage who might still be alive, Carter does not cease to surprise and manipulate the reader as once again he proves how his training as a criminal psychologist has helped make him an outstanding author.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    This book took place not long after the event of book 5, One by One. In the aftermath of the event ((view spoiler)[in which Hunter's partner Carlos Garcia was thinking of quitting (hide spoiler)] ), Hunter's Captain was giving him a 2-weeks break, in which Hunter was planning to spend it in Hawaii. Until FBI agents come to ask for his help. Every time I pick up Chris Carter's "Robert Hunter" book, I know that I will be in it for the ride. An Evil Mind was as mind-blowing as previous books even This book took place not long after the event of book 5, One by One. In the aftermath of the event ((view spoiler)[in which Hunter's partner Carlos Garcia was thinking of quitting (hide spoiler)] ), Hunter's Captain was giving him a 2-weeks break, in which Hunter was planning to spend it in Hawaii. Until FBI agents come to ask for his help. Every time I pick up Chris Carter's "Robert Hunter" book, I know that I will be in it for the ride. An Evil Mind was as mind-blowing as previous books even if it took different path! This time, we knew who the villain; there was no twist about it. What became different from this book was how the villain used his evil mind to extract information from Hunter -- private, personal information -- that was never been out before. See, I wanted to know more about Hunter for 5 books now, because despite him being a very likable protagonist, he was still a bit of an enigma. But MAN, I didn't really thought I would find out about it THIS way! It was a roller-coaster ride -- I felt bad for Hunter, for everything that the villain made him go through. But at the same time, I felt like I knew him better because of it. I just wished that Carlos Garcia was in this book, though. Because he was Hunter's partner -- I felt like Garcia's moments of knowing his partner better had been robbed. Anyway, it was also still as gruesome as ever. You need to have a strong stomach for gory murders if you want to read this series. Still, it was good, and it was addictive. I wonder what book 7 will bring...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    @bookaddictshaun sent me a copy of this book to read and review. Thank you, Shaun! This is the sixth in a successful series written by Chris Carter, featuring Robert Hunter. I have been meaning to get my hands on a Chris Carter novel for some time. I am so glad that this one was my introduction to Robert Hunter. I did not feel at any time that I was missing anything jumping into an established series, at this point. It is a dark crime reader’s dream: a fascinating lead in Detective Hunter, a chilli @bookaddictshaun sent me a copy of this book to read and review. Thank you, Shaun! This is the sixth in a successful series written by Chris Carter, featuring Robert Hunter. I have been meaning to get my hands on a Chris Carter novel for some time. I am so glad that this one was my introduction to Robert Hunter. I did not feel at any time that I was missing anything jumping into an established series, at this point. It is a dark crime reader’s dream: a fascinating lead in Detective Hunter, a chilling off the wall psychopath and a story that just blows your mind. The drama starts when Hunter is asked by the FBI to question his old university friend, Holter. We get to know two very different men, Hunter and Holter. It is the classic good versus evil, with plot twists and psychological insight into evil. At times, I was reminded of the TV series ‘Hannibal’, ‘Silence of the Lambs’ and the 1950s killer Ed Gein. You will get the gist that there is some severely creepy graphic stuff going on. I loved the way we really got to explore the mind of a killer, in explicit detail. I found myself thinking how reasonable Holter sounded at times. He had the perfect arguments for the darkest of crimes. Brilliant and fascinating! I cannot wait to meet Robert Hunter again. Chris Carter has a new fan.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Siobhan

    An Evil Mind is rather different to the other Robert Hunter books. The first five books in the series are very much about the chase, about us tracking down the killer before they can kill again. The sixth book in the series, however, is less about the chase and more about us finding out the details of what has happened. Of course we care about the details in all the books – but in this one we have the killer accounted for and we need to know just how extensive his evil work happens to be. Through An Evil Mind is rather different to the other Robert Hunter books. The first five books in the series are very much about the chase, about us tracking down the killer before they can kill again. The sixth book in the series, however, is less about the chase and more about us finding out the details of what has happened. Of course we care about the details in all the books – but in this one we have the killer accounted for and we need to know just how extensive his evil work happens to be. Through this An Evil Mind is a slower pace than the previous books. I also enjoyed it less than the other books (although this could simply be that book five is my favourite book to date) but at the same time it is still a wonderful read. In fact, the change of pace was nice and I loved that the author went with something different this time. It is nice to see an author take a series in an unexpected direction, giving us something other than the norm. Plus this one gives us some heart breaking details to the past. As a whole, it is another wonderful Christ Carter book, and if you’re a fan of the series you will not be disappointed (and you’ll be wanting more upon finishing). My only personal disappointment is that I missed Garcia!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Fenton

    So, this is the 6th book in the Robert Hunter series and if you are looking for sick, twisted serial killers then this is the book for you. If you haven’t read the first 5 – stop right now.. get onto Amazon and download them now and I will see you back here when you’ve finished them. If you have read the first 5 – you are in for a treat. An Evil Mind is slightly different to the previous 5 books for a couple of reasons, one being that his wonderful partner Carlos Garcia is not featured in this bo So, this is the 6th book in the Robert Hunter series and if you are looking for sick, twisted serial killers then this is the book for you. If you haven’t read the first 5 – stop right now.. get onto Amazon and download them now and I will see you back here when you’ve finished them. If you have read the first 5 – you are in for a treat. An Evil Mind is slightly different to the previous 5 books for a couple of reasons, one being that his wonderful partner Carlos Garcia is not featured in this book at all, the other is that we find out quite a lot about Robert’s past in this book, particularly about his childhood which I really enjoyed as I’ve always wondered about several issues up to this point. I have no intention of giving away the plot here or spoiling it for future readers – except to say – it’s Chris Carter – so it’s sick, twisted, devious, gory, gruesome and there were many elements that reminded me of Silence of the Lambs. Another FAB book featuring one of my favourite crime busters.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Kernene

    An Evil Mind is a suspense thriller with Detective Robert Taylor of the LAPD, who is on loan to the FBI for this serial murder case. In this case, the killer is a college friend of Taylor's, who turns out to be a sadistic sociopath who has been killing for the last 25 years. He would only confess if Taylor was brought in, so he was. Wow. From there it is a roller coaster ride of suspense and pure intensity. It was so hard to put down, as I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. The An Evil Mind is a suspense thriller with Detective Robert Taylor of the LAPD, who is on loan to the FBI for this serial murder case. In this case, the killer is a college friend of Taylor's, who turns out to be a sadistic sociopath who has been killing for the last 25 years. He would only confess if Taylor was brought in, so he was. Wow. From there it is a roller coaster ride of suspense and pure intensity. It was so hard to put down, as I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. The last quarter of the book had some twists that I did not see coming, but were fabulous to the storyline. It was a thrill ride that I would recommend to anyone who likes suspense books. It is well worth it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Donna Maguire

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  29. 4 out of 5

    Patrick St-Amand

    ***4.5 stars*** A thrilling, captivating and unsettling look at serial killers. Highly recommended!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Leoni Dempsey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 4 star read for me overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - I enjoyed this read but did really miss Garcia, who is absent in this instalment! This novel is very different to the other novels in the Hunter and Garcia series - it is not a whodunnit but is instead a whydunnit and howdunnit. It starts with the apprehension of a serial killer with the details of his crimes, victims and motive revealed through a series of interviews with the psychopathic killer. As a serial watcher of true crime documentaries, I loved the 4 star read for me overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - I enjoyed this read but did really miss Garcia, who is absent in this instalment! This novel is very different to the other novels in the Hunter and Garcia series - it is not a whodunnit but is instead a whydunnit and howdunnit. It starts with the apprehension of a serial killer with the details of his crimes, victims and motive revealed through a series of interviews with the psychopathic killer. As a serial watcher of true crime documentaries, I loved the psychological elements of this novel. I also enjoyed learning more about Hunter and his dark past. I’m looking forward to reading the next instalments in the Hunter and Garcia series - bring back Garcia! 😊

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