First Monday Crime May 2019 Spotlight- Hunting Evil by Chris Carter

Hey guys,

Today I’m shouting out about May’s forthcoming First Monday Crime Panel with a review for Chris Carter’s newest book, Hunting Evil. First though, here’s all the info you need to know about the May 2019 FM panel! And can I just say, what a panel it is!!!!

About the panel:

May Panelists (it’s a Tuesday!)

Reserve your seat for May 7th here

Mark Billingham – ‘Their Little Secret’

Mark Billingham is one of the UK’s most acclaimed and popular crime writers. A former actor, television writer and stand-up comedian, his series of novels featuring D.I. Tom Thorne has twice won him the Crime Novel Of The Year Award as well as the Sherlock Award for Best British Detective and been nominated for seven CWA Daggers. His standalone thriller IN THE DARK was chosen as one of the twelve best books of the year by the Times and his debut novel, SLEEPYHEAD was chosen by the Sunday Times as one of the 100 books that had shaped the decade. Each of his novels has been a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller. 

A television series based on the Thorne novels was screened in Autumn 2010, starring David Morrissey as Tom Thorne and a BBC series based on the standalone thrillers IN THE DARK and TIME OF DEATH was shown in 2017.

Mark is also a member of Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers. Performing alongside Val McDermid, Chris Brookmyre, Stuart Neville, Doug Johnstone and Luca Veste, this band of frustrated rockers murders songs for fun at literary festivals worldwide.

Chris Carter – ‘Hunting Evil’

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, during which I interviewed and worked on over one hundred cases involving serial killers, murderers and serious offenders, 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.

Deborah O’Connor – ‘The Dangerous Kind’

Deborah O’Connor read English at Newnham College, Cambridge before going on to become a television producer. Having worked on everything from The Big Breakfast to Big Brother she produced the BAFTA award-winning poetry documentary Off By Heart and is currently the head of factual development at TV production company, CPL. 

Born and bred in the North-East of England, she now lives in East London with her husband and three-year-old daughter.

Vanda Symon – ‘The Ringmaster’

Vanda Symon is a crime writer, TV presenter and radio host from Dunedin, New Zealand, and the chair of the Otago Southland branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors. The Sam Shephard series has hit number one on the New Zealand bestseller list, and also been shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award for best crime novel. She currently lives in Dunedin, with her husband and two sons.

Hunting Evil by Chris Carter

‘Every story one day comes to an end.’
As roommates, they met for the first time in college. Two of the brightest minds ever to graduate from Stamford Psychology University.
As adversaries, they met again in Quantico, Virginia. Robert Hunter had become the head of the LAPD’s Ultra Violent Crimes Unit. Lucien Folter had become the most prolific and dangerous serial killer the FBI had ever encountered.

Now, after spending three and a half years locked in solitary confinement, Lucien has finally managed to break free. And he’s angry.

For the past three and a half years, Lucien has thought of nothing else but vengeance.
The person responsible for locking him away has to pay, he has to suffer.
That person … is Robert Hunter.
And now it is finally time to execute the plan.

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Hunting Evil by Chris Carter

My thoughts:

I have been a huge fan of Chris Carter ever since I read The Crucifix Killer, so after working my way through the entire series, I was super excited to be able to read Hunting Evil and its safe to say I was NOT disappointed.

In Hunting Evil, Carter brings back one of the most cunning antagonists I’ve ever read, Lucien Folter. I’m not ashamed to say I love a good villain, and Folter is the epitome of a villain. He is devious, scary, patient and thoroughly twisted in his methods and I AM HERE FOR IT!

That being said, I have a soft spot for Robert Hunter, so I spent the entire book holding my breath as Hunter and Garcia worked towards trying to corner Lucien. Vengeance is key for Lucien, so its safe to say that othing is what it seems with him here. Every move, every action has a consequence for those involved. It truly was a nail-biting read.

Hunting Evil is Chris Carter at his best. It is tense, dark, gruesome and gripping in equal measure. I cannot wait for the next book in the series.

Highly recommended for sure!

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Chris Carter- Author Q&A 

Hey everyone,
As you all know by now, I’m a massive crime fiction fan. One of my absolute favourite series of recent times is the Robert Hunter series by Chris Carter. The books, in order, are as follows:

Chris, lovely man that he is, agreed to do a Q&A for my little blog 🙂

Happy reading!!
1- When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?

The truth is, I never really had any ambitions to become a writer. I never spent time dreaming up stories. I never imagined characters, and before writing my first novel, I had never even written a short story. What happened was, (and this is the short version) I woke up one day with a story in my head and decided to put it to paper. That was – The Crucifix Killer – my first novel.


2- How long does it take you to write a book?

Usually around seven to nine months, but my last novel – I Am Death – took me a lot longer. I started with an idea, but five months into writing it I decided that the plot wasn’t strong enough. So I threw everything away and started again from scratch.


3- What is your writing process like?

My whole writing process is pretty organic. Basically I start every day reading what I wrote the day before. Most of the time I end up editing almost everything, and then I move on from there. I don’t have a specific target in mind – no number of words I have to write every day – no number of pages – nothing. I just write until I think I’ve done enough for the day.


4- How did you create Robert Hunter?

Well, since I was writing a crime thriller, it was obvious that I needed a detective, so I just created one out of the blue. At first, there wasn’t much thought put into his character. I just created a detective that I thought would work. A detective that I would’ve enjoyed reading about if I had picked up a crime thriller novel.


5- Do you get ideas from your previous job as a criminal psychologist when writing?

Yes, I do. Due to my old profession, the cases I worked on, the things I saw, etc. it’s impossible for my brain to start thinking of a crime story, or for me to imagine a crime scene, without a ton of images exploding inside my head. I use them quite a lot in my novels.


6- Do you find it easy to write Robert once you start or does he go off on his own way?

For me it’s a lot easier once I start. As I’ve said, my writing process is pretty organic. Things only really start to roll once I start writing, never before.


7- Is there another book in the series in the works?

Yes. Because I was so late delivering “I Am Death”, I started writing the next novel just a couple of weeks after handing in the manuscript.


8- How much research do you do for your books? Do some books require more research than others?

I do a hell of a lot of research for my novels, and yes, some books will require a lot more research than others, depending on what the main plot is based on.


9- How do you go from Glam Rock bands to writing? 

Well, the transition wasn’t straight out of glam rock bands into writing. I went through a ton of odd jobs first, until the day I woke up with that idea in my head. J


10- Do you get writers block? If so, how do you break through the wall?

I haven’t yet. I guess that at the moment my mind is too twisted for that. There’s always some crazy idea swimming around in there.


11- What is the hardest thing about writing a series?

To be honest, I’m not really sure. I love the entire process of writing. I love developing the plot. I love coming up with the characters that will make the story. I love creating the villain. I love the research – everything. Maybe, after seven novels, I could say that the hardest thing about writing a series is trying to keep it from becoming boring. I feel very lucky that readers still want to read Hunter stories.


12- What is your favourite thing about Hunter?

I would have to say – how calm he is. It takes a lot to make him lose his cool, which is something that is hard to see nowadays, specially for someone in such a stressful profession such as being a detective in a city like Los Angeles.


13- When it comes to publishing, do you proofread your book or do you ask someone else to do it?

Once I have finished writing the manuscript, I do proof read it, but because I have been dealing with the MS for many months, it’s very easy to lose perspective. But that’s one of the perks of being signed to a publishing house. They have editors, proofreaders, copy editors, a whole team of professionals that will go over my work and shape it, ready for publishing.


14- Do you have proofs done up for reviews before the final book goes to print?

My publishing house does, but I don’t usually get them. They send the books out to reviewers themselves.


15- Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? How do you feel about positive/negative reviews and feedback?

As I’ve said, all of that is done by my publishing house. I’m sure that they have a large list of reviewers that they contact.


The truth is that I try my best never to read reviews, good or bad, simply because I know of the psychological effect they can have. The only reviews I tend to read are the ones that are sent to me either by my agent of by my publisher.


16- How do you relax?

I love clubbing. I’m out dancing or going to gigs almost every weekend.


17- Do you read much? If so, what do you like to read?

To be very honest – no, I don’t. I read about two to three books a year, seriously. When I do, I love crime thrillers.


18- What is your favourite book/band/movie?

Favourite book – I don’t have one. Favourite band – it changes every so often. Right now I’m really into a few like Killswitch Engage, Combichrist and a few others. Favourite movie – again, too hard to pick.


19- If your books were to be made into movies, who would play the leads?

I get asked that question a lot, and my answer is always the same – no idea. I would be so happy that a movie studio would want to make any of my novels into a movie that I probably wouldn’t mind that much.


20- If you could have been the original author of any book, what book would it be and why?

None. If I were the author of somebody else’s book, the book wouldn’t have been the same. Books become well known because it’s the brainchild of its author. It’s his/her vision of a story. Change the author, the vision changes and so does the story.


21- How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Blood sacrifice. Contact me for details.


22- Is there anything you would like to add?

I would just like to say a huge thank you to all the readers out there for all the amazing support they have shown me and all my novels from the start. If it weren’t for you guys, I wouldn’t be writing.
So there you have it! Hope you enjoyed reading! Some insightful answers and also, NEW BOOK IN THE WORKS!!!!! 🙂

Massive thanks again to Chris Carter for taking the time to answer my questions! I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to ask them!

Let me know what you think in the comments!

Happy reading 😊📖

I Am Death by Chris Carter

I Am Death is the 7th instalment in Carter’s Robert Hunter series. Hunter is an LAPD detective specialising in ultraviolent crimes, along with his partner, Carlos Garcia. 

I’ve read all the books in the series, and to say I was eagerly anticipating the release of this book is an understatement. So much so that I had a reminder in my phone for release day to make sure I didn’t forget to buy it. 🙂

I had been reading a Sophie Hannah book, and to be honest I couldn’t get to the end of it quick enough so that I could get stuck into I Am Death.

I tried not to read any reviews of this before I read it, so that I didn’t know what to expect. I had read the description from Goodreads but that was it, and it revealed NOTHING!!!! 🙂 See below; 

“AN EVIL MIND was Chris Carters’s most acclaimed novel to date, described by the Daily mail as: ‘A chilling, compulsive portrait of a psychopath, and proves that Carter is now in the Jeffrey Deaver class.’ It spent three weeks in the Sunday Times top ten and received brillant reviews and sales.

This terrifying new standalone thriller reunites Hunter and Garcia in their most explosive case to date.”

A young woman is found on a patch of grass with her body laid out in what is essentially a pentagram shape, which begs the question, is it a ritualistic murder? As the investigation begins, Hunter and Garcia receive notes from the killer, who signs off as “I Am Death” and leads the detectives to believe he is not done killing.

As the body count begins to rise, Carter amps up the gruesome violence with each one, leaving the reader wondering, ‘can it get much worse?’. It can. Some of the injuries inflicted on the victims defy belief, and if you’re squeamish it can make for uncomfortable reading.

The investigation calls in help from LAPD Missing Persons unit, along with Hunters friend from the FBI, Kennedy, who was also present in An Evil Mind. All these people serve to try and solve the crimes as well as locate the sociopath committing them. 

At the beginning, I thought I knew who the killer was, I was almost 100% sure. I was also 100% wrong. I literally sped through the last 20% of this book (I had bought it on Kindle) convinced that I knew what was coming, but I was so so wrong. 

As usual, Chris Carter has delivered another brilliant Robert Hunter book, full of gory crimes, extreme twists, and a completely (in my opinion) unexpected ending.

I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads. I’m already waiting for the next book 😉 

Happy reading! 😊📖