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Description - Hangman by Jack Heath

A 14-year-old boy vanishes on his way home from school. His frantic mother receives a terrifying ransom call. It's only hours before the deadline, and the police have no leads.

Enter Timothy Blake, codename Hangman. Blake is a genius, known for solving impossible cases. He's also a dangerous criminal - the FBI's last resort.

But this time Blake might have met his match. The kidnapper is more cunning and ruthless than anyone he's faced before. And Blake has been assigned a new partner, a woman linked to the past he's so desperate to forget.

Timothy Blake has a secret, one so dark he will do anything to keep it hidden.

And he also has a price. Every time he saves a life, he takes one...

Already sold into five territories, Hangman is a mesmerising dissection of the criminal mind and a bulletproof thriller.

'Jack Heath is set to be the next Matthew Reilly.' Tara Moss, internationally bestselling author of Assassin

'Learn this kid's name, read his books. He's someone now, going to be much more someone later.' Michael Grant, internationally bestselling author of Gone

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781760297473
ISBN-10: 176029747X
Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 153mm x mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publish Date: 2-Jan-2018
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Hangman by Jack Heath - Reviewed by (11 Dec 2017)

5 stars

“Right now, the cops will be scraping my blood off the fence and my hair off the headrest in the car. Soon they’ll be searching databases for my DNA. I’ve been careful, so I’m hoping they won’t find any matches. But you can only eat so many people before someone notices. Maybe I left a trace somewhere. Maybe some cop has been hunting me for years, and this is his big break.”

Hangman is the first adult novel by award-winning Australian author, Jack Heath. Timothy Blake is a consultant for the FBI. He is often called in as a last resort for his uncanny observational skills, his ability to quickly draw almost Sherlock Holmes-like conclusions about suspects and witnesses and victims. But the limited-budget Houston Field Office of the FBI doesn’t pay him cash. Director Peter Luzhin has another arrangement, a rather unconventional (and highly covert) one with an employee at the Death House at Huntsville Prison whereby Timothy gets what he craves most: a fresh human to eat. Because Timothy Blake is a cannibal.

Because of those inclinations, Luzhin always sends Timothy out on investigations with a minder, and for his latest consult, it’s Special Agent Reese Thistle. The kidnapping of a fourteen-year-old schoolboy is a challenging case, but Reese is soon convinced that Timothy is an altruistic man whose motives are pure. But it turns out that Reese knows Timothy better than either of them realises.

Despite his eating habits, the reader may fairly quickly find it hard not to hope Timothy will succeed. He’s a high-school drop-out but intelligent, insightful and street smart. And he is no psychopath: he has an addiction and he feels shame and guilt about what he does. He even considers suicide: “I could end this right now. No more hunger. I’m smart enough to know that I’m criminally insane, so killing myself might save lives in the long run. And to do it without finishing the feast in front of me would prove that I still have some humanity left.”

This is a tale with knives and bullets and animal bites, kidneys surgically removed, bodies devoured, cars stolen, hijacks, and, yes, quite a bit of violence. But despite the title, no one actually gets hanged. Heath begins each chapter with a riddle, clues to which sometimes follow in the story. He drip-feeds the reader facts about Timothy’s early life to build the intrigue. Timothy’s inner monologue and his unsaid asides are often laugh-out-loud (if darkly) comical. The utterly perfect ending is achieved with some killer last lines.

Heath’s adult debut is a brilliant read. He gives the reader a plot that twists and turns so sharply, there may be a danger of whiplash injury. Red herrings and non-stop action keep the pages turning to a heart-stopping climax. Fans of Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter novels are likely to enjoy this, and if the reader can get past the protagonist’s perverted appetites, then they can feast on a truly clever and blackly funny tale. More, please!! With thanks to GoodReads Giveaways and Allen&Unwin for this copy to read and review.

Author Biography - Jack Heath

This is the first adult novel by popular YA writer Jack Heath. Jack lives in Canberra and is the author of 19 acclaimed fiction titles for middle-grade and YA readers. His books include the real-time series 300, 400 and 500 Minutes of Danger, the choose-your-own-ending Countdown to Danger books (Scholastic), a collaboration with international illusionist Cosentino, and YA novels such as The Cut Out, a multi-award-nominated espionage thriller. His books have sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide and been translated into several languages. First published as a teenager, in the course of his research Jack has trained with firearms, performed street magic, visited morgues and prisons, travelled through 11 countries and read only books by women for a year.

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