Hangman

Hangman

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by Michael Slade
     
 

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The game begins in Seattle. On Halloween night, a woman opens her door to a trick-or-treater in a Munch's Scream mask. Later, she's found hanged with one leg missing.

Then, in Vancouver, another woman is found strung up in a noose with both legs missing.

What binds these murders together is a game of "Hangman" drawn in blood at each crime scene.

Overview

The game begins in Seattle. On Halloween night, a woman opens her door to a trick-or-treater in a Munch's Scream mask. Later, she's found hanged with one leg missing.

Then, in Vancouver, another woman is found strung up in a noose with both legs missing.

What binds these murders together is a game of "Hangman" drawn in blood at each crime scene.

Years ago, both victims were jurors in a trial that sent the defendant to the gallows.

As the killings mount, Inspector Zinc Chandler and Detective Maddy Thorne team up for a cross-border manhunt. To stop this vendetta, they must solve the riddle of the Hangman puzzle before a final lynching means the vigilante wins the game.

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"Murder with gore galore, and a killer who enjoys his hobby. There's plenty of legerdemain before the trick ending." - The Globe and Mail

"HANGMAN's escalating suspense is sustained not only by readers wondering 'whodunit,' but who will be the next to die. Every character is both a suspect and a potential victim. HANGMAN is an inventive, occasionally hilarious horror-mystery that delivers the goods by the bloody bag-full." - Quill & Quire

"A harrowing tale of revenge. HANGMAN is a hardboiled police procedural based on the tough realities that Slade faced every day in court. The hallmark of a Slade novel is extensive research. Readers come away not only entertained - and terrified - but also enlightened." - Cemetery Dance

"Master of the Northern Giallo! There are more than a few reasons to take the stand and scream the glories of literary demon Michael Slade." - Rue Morgue

"Fascinating stuff. The research on real-life hangmen is deftly larded into the fast-paced story." - The Vancouver Sun

"First-hand knowledge of the judicial system gives Slade's thrillers their authenticity." - North Shore News, Vancouver

"I love the Michael Slade books. A perfect combination of mystery and horror. And I love the history angles he throws in. My favorite so far has been RIPPER, or maybe HANGMAN. But I love them all." - Crime Spree Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016192802
Publisher:
Headhunter Holdings Ltd.
Publication date:
02/04/2013
Series:
SPECIAL X THRILLER , #8
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
303,683
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Criminal lawyer Michael Slade has acted in over a hundred murder cases. He specializes in the law of insanity, and argued the last hanging appeal in the Supreme Court. HANGMAN grew out of that grueling experience.

Slade was guest of honor at both the Bloody Words Crime Convention in 2011 and the World Horror Convention in 2001. He teaches "How to Write a Mystery Thriller" at Simon Fraser University.

Slade was guest speaker at the international Police Leadership Conference and several RCMP regimental dinners. Reader’s Digest says: "The Slade books have developed a strong following among police officers because of their strict adherence to proper police procedure."

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Hangman 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book from start to finish. I couldn't stop reading it. The scenes were described so vividly you could actually see them.. I loved this book. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the Canadian Hardcover of this late in 2000. Here's what I thought: Michael Slade is a genre unto himself. He writes historical horror. His novels are so detailed in history that each book is a lesson in geography, criminology and jurisprudence. In the past Slade has focussed on one of these themes and explores them to no end. This time out HANGMAN unifies them all into his best novel to date. HANGMAN is a story that researches the history of the Hangman. From the past to modern times, what I learned was as fascinating as the fictional accounts were bloody. HANGMAN starts out with a convicted child abuser being hanged as his sentence. While this court-sanctioned penalty is carried out, another hanging is occurring and on the wall, in the victim's own blood, is an invitation for the police to play a game of hangman. These opening scenes are so vivid, I thought I was watching a movie, the descriptions were so realistic. Another hanging occurs shortly thereafter and are linked to be the work of the same killer but in two countries; the US and Canada. Who has jurisdiction? Will both country's top cops work together or split the case? These are fascinating questions and Slade answers them deftly and with accurate historical information. Not to be lost is Slade's most courtroom-savvy novel. What transpires in the courts and the lives of the lawyers are as intriguing as the killer and its motives. Slade gives us everything we could ever want for in a horror/thriller/courtroom drama all wrapped into one. The Special X division has never had a case like this and you have never read a more satisfying book as this. Slade is the best kept secret and is destined for huge success. And he deserves it if he keeps putting out stunners like HANGMAN.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read a couple of Michael Slade books, but Hangman is by far the best. Zinc Chandler is battling an unknown foe who just made it more personal, and the vengence factor turns the book into an adrenaline packed ride! I recommend it to anyone who likes to be on the edge of their seat! (sorry for the cliche.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. I was up well into the night reading it. I loaned it to my sister and she said the same thing. I recommend this book to anyone who loves suspense and serial killer novels.
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the story offered the history of hangings, bit that was about all that was interesting. Kind of a flop ending
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