Hunting Evil is book number 10 in Chris Carter’s ‘Robert Hunter Series’. Now you usually find books in a series to always have an element of standalone, to enable new readers to pick up any of the books and enjoy them. Albeit with some of the finer detail missing.
Carter however has made the unusual decision with Hunting Evil to follow on from book number six in the series, An Evil Mind. Revisiting Hunter’s nemesis, Lucien Folter. Not only is it a follow on, Carter actually recommends reading An Evil Mind first, to get the most out of Hunting Evil. I haven’t read any of the Robert Hunter Series previously, including An Evil Mind.
‘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.”
It’s been a while since I read a proper American Detective thriller. Hunting Evil is without doubt in this category and boy, how I have missed them! It helps of course when there is an action packed opener, a likeable protagonist, a world class villain and a ticking clock. All of which Hunting Evil benefited from.
There were also some strong standout sections. I mean, just read the description of a bomb exploding and not think the writing is exquisite! I actually found Lucien quite an intriguing character. I didn’t like him, but I loved reading the sections where he was ‘at work’. Whereas I was able to understand and follow the book without a problem, I would have liked to have read the back story between Hunter and Lucien. How on earth did Hunter catch him in the first place? An Evil Mind is consequently now on my, ‘Want To Read’ list. If it’s as good as Hunting Evil, I’ll be in for a treat.
If you liked this try reading something by R J Ellory, Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent Series or, of course, books number 1-9 by Chris Carter!