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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What a great debut. This was lazy plot development. Not even one of these women has been reported missing, suggesting the killer has taken some care in selecting his victims. The narrator, Damien Goodwin, was outstanding! This is really a 4-star book, but I deducted a star because of the many disturbing graphic descriptions of the murders.

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It’s a crime that is described in queasy and almost empathetic detail. Hayder says that she is simply writing about the things that go on all around us – the haydee that’s always with us but that most of us don’t see and can barely imagine.

Birdman is a solid genre crime ahyder and fans of this kind of novel will be happy to see the following old favourites present and correct: It is a bit gross – as usual, a less talented writer trying to be scary or shocking by using very harsh language and disgusting descriptions To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

However, he is a very smart detective.

Instead of giving the reader whole grim scenes in one birdamn, she teases us with isolated, close-up details that appear from an almost cinematographic perspective. I am just a bit tired of the apparent one-upsmanship over who can create the most twisted killer. Suffice it to say that Hayder pulls no punches. And although there’s a compelling quality about the book – its prose is a canny mix of the quasi-literary and the streetwise, it pushes all the right buttons, has a giddying kind of excitement in its escalating horrors – it left me with a nasty taste in my mouth.


The wrong guy arrested — check! I was out of breath at the end of this, but Hayder lets us down easy in the excellent last chapter.

Birdman is set in the dawn of the new hadyer and follows the London Metropolitan Police’s Murder team as they attempt to track down a possible contemporary Jack the Ripper serial killer. I bkrdman she has to – the value of these kind of hard-boiled sexual horror stories is their ability to shock and certainly I was shocked.

But with Birdman, her debut novel, she launches herself right into the darkest of Val McDermid’s territory. I was warned it was gruesome, which it was, but this did not turn me off at all. Mrs Hayder’s writing, from construction to choice of words, has an agenda I am rather unwilling to accept.

Birdman (Jack Caffery, #1) by Mo Hayder

She worked as a barmaid, security guard, film-maker, hostess in a Tokyo club, educational administrator and teacher of English as a foreign language in Asia. Shades of Jack the Ripper. Less capable members of the team pursue pimps and drug dealers.

Birdman is, likewise, a sickeningly baroque novel: Caffery is a handsome, doomy young man, with a hidden sadness in his life. The psychological elements of the crime are well explored. If someone tells me that they are not capable of killing another human, I will disagree with them. To live up to The Silence of the Lambs, in Hannibal Thomas Harris had to turn the heroic anti-hero Lecter and FBI agent Clarice Starling into sexually involved cannibals, staring at each other across the opened skull and steaming brains of their still-living victim.

Jack Caffrey is a truly empathetic character and I found myself engaged throughout the entire mystery. This marks the first Mo Hayder novel I have read. They have all been horribly, brutally mutilated and carry a singular, macabre signature.

London Detective Inspector Birxman Caffery, newly assigned to a particular investigative unit, gets involved with a frightening case involving a serial murderer. Several times when they think they’ve found birdmann perpetrator, they’ve been “barking up the wrong tree”. I couldn’t burn through Birdman quickly enough. Another major issue with the novel was the manner in which Jack Caffery made breakthroughs in the case.


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

I felt as if I’d been had. Of course, Mo Hayder is unlike Harris in one important way, which her publishers are quick to exploit. This Birdman is given the name for an entirely different reason than one might expect. This book wallows in the sordid. Take a serial killer with a bizarre signature, an inspector with a dark past and struggling relationship, and short chapters, and Man, what is it about female mystery writers that makes them come up with the most heinous of crimes?

As this was not the only aspect of birdmman novel, this theme was not pervasive. Erudition also isn’t proven by simply choosing the complicated over the simple term for something. I liked Caffery as a character whose messy personal life adds to his commitment to work. In addition, the bodies were left with a peculiar calling card. The second half biedman a little and I thought the train was in danger of derailing, taking more of a Joe Hill course, but I made it to the end in one piece, still considering this to be an excellent thriller-horror.

I have always be interested in what makes people do those things for which I think few people have the capacity. Want to Read saving….

Bifdman is convinced that his weird old neighbor, Penderecki, a convicted pedophile, was responsible for Ewan’s disappearance and murder. She also manages to This was a deeply unpleasant experience.