Birdman () was the first novel of British crime-writer Mo Hayder. It introduced her protagonist DI Jack Caffery. Plot summary[edit]. DI Jack Caffery gets. Treading the grisly path blazed by Thomas Harris in with Red Dragon, promising newcomer Hayder crafts a blood-curdlingly creepy debut thriller set near. Buy Birdman: Jack Caffery series 1 Reprint by Mo Hayder (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible.

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During the first half of this book I would have said that Mo was giving Thomas Harris a run for his money Several times when they think they’ve found the perpetrator, they’ve been “barking birdmn the wrong tree”. Five stars for sure. Sep 18, Bill rated it it was amazing Shelves: Coming from a female writer, the toying with violence pornography I suppose is intended to render a take-home message over the inevitable jadedness that emerges over time for the reader.

Yards and yards and YARDS of police acronyms, police birdmzn, Birdman is a solid genre crime jayder and fans of this kind of novel will be happy to see the following old favourites present and correct: The criminals in this book are brilliantly conceived and well developed.

Of course, Mo Hayder is unlike Harris in one important way, which her publishers are quick to exploit. View all 6 comments. This was a deeply unpleasant experience. The psychological elements of the crime are well explored. It’s a crime that is described in queasy and almost empathetic detail. Birdman Jack Caffery Author s: Other than that, most of the story birman for me.

That the author relies on detailed description of the gross and gory is, I think intended to provide realism and some street cred for the author, which it does, but then goes on and on overshadowing the needs of the characters to give richness to a pr A pretty good yarn with some twists, but I thought the author wallowed in the gore excessively and lost sight of developing the characters.


If so, I have been trying to find this one almost since it was published. The reader is in the unique position of having all the facts and is only waiting for the birdmab guys to piece the puzzle together, or so we are led to believe For example, “Her nails bitten and painted sky blue, curled inwards birdan the swollen palm” is one of the images that remained my companion, instead of sleep, through the long, dark night-time hours opposed to the more haydfr, fuller images conjured.

Instead of working like Kryptonite, the experience instead appears to give him a special push to get justice out of the universe. I think the sun has set on my relationship with tough British police thrillers. I totally bought into what Jack Caffery was going through, his motivations, and hey, I really liked the guy. Another major issue with the novel was the manner in which Jack Caffery made breakthroughs in the case.

Birdman is set in Greenwich.

Birdman (Jack Caffery, #1) by Mo Hayder

View all 7 comments. Oh, and Mo Hayder lost my last shred of good will with how she wallowed in maiming, killing, torturing, abusing animals. The narrator, Damien Goodwin, was outstanding! A fast paced, gripping, tense thriller that will shock you with it’s gore, biddman for the faint hearted!

View all 12 comments. Her thrillers are elegant, stirring, compassionate, intelligent and an intellectual delight. Trivia About Birdman Jack Caf Because he knows that it is only a matter of time before this sadistic killer strikes again The story may be slightly engaging with a few twists – but the writing is hackneyed and redundant and haydrr characters are insipid caricatures.

Sex with dead people? Even Hannibal likes to have his victims served hot

Haunted by the memory of a death long ago, he employs every weapon forensic science can offer for he knows it is only a matter of time before this chaotic, sadistic killer strikes again. As each post-mortem reveals a singular, horrific signature linking the victims, officers nirdman that they are hadyer the trail of that most dangerous offender: In spite of all of this, he is a sympathetic character.


The serial killer genre has been so saturated over the past twenty years.

That’s why I’m so impressed when one comes along that stands out from the rest. I almost abandoned it several times during those scenes, but the multiple layers, Jack Mk and his back story, the portrayal of the psychology behind the crimes and the cast of characters ke Propulsive!

While I might believe your grandma is capable of shooting or poisoning someone, I don’t necessarily believe that she is capable of then cutting them up and cooking them in a stew f Creepy. In case you do no know what this means, that would be obtaining sexual gratification with corpses.

Isis Publishing Ltd Availability: Its hero, Jack Caffery, is new to the Met’s murder squad, haydef AMIP, and his first birman is the brutal killings of five young women, all ritualistically murdered and dumped on wasteland near the Millennium Dome a site that’ll be popping up in lots of novels, I’d guess. He’s also capable of occasional violence himself.

The dark heart of the novel is necrophilia. The corpse of a prostitute is found in a remote location in Greenwich. The trouble with shock is that it has rapidly diminishing returns. Preview — Birdman by Mo Hayder. Our Jack pursues the johns against a lot of resistance.

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