The Murder Code

The Murder Code

A Novel

Book - 2013
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A series of brutal murders intersect with a detective's troubled past in an unnamed British city. When Detective Andy Hicks examines the faceless corpse of Vicki Gibson, he clings to his philosophy that every murder has an explanation, even something as senseless as beating a young woman to death with a hammer. The similar murder of a homeless man further tests Hicks' belief and distances him from his pregnant wife, Rachel. She knows he doesn't want their baby, but Hicks can't tell her why. After more bludgeoned bodies appear, a pattern emerges that includes isolated locations, easy prey and a killer dressed in black who sends a letter to Hicks, taunting him that even he won't be able to crack the code the killer has generated. Worse still is evidence of a murder in progress that Hicks is helpless to prevent. When the killer attacks someone from one of Hicks' earliest cases, the detective is forced to confront his most painful memories as he frantically studies the murderous pattern for the one element that doesn't fit.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Crime, 2013
ISBN: 9781605984889
Characteristics: 358 p. ; 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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