The Hangman

The Hangman

by Mary Burton


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ISBN-13: 9781503943698
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 04/25/2017
Series: Forgotten Files Series , #3
Pages: 348
Sales rank: 136,004
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Mary Burton is the popular author of twenty-nine published romance and suspense novels, as well as five novellas. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband and three miniature dachshunds.

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The Hangman 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. It was another enjoyable book from Ms. Burton, however I thought it should have been a short story, I figured out fairly quickly who the villain was, and that a lot of the writing was just unnecessary filler, but then you may disagree and enjoy more, so pick it up and read my friends, because it still will pass the time. Enjoy!
Bukgoddess More than 1 year ago
Mary Burton The Hang Man Book 3 of the Forgotten Files Series A thin Blue Line runs through the Vargas household, taking a page from her father’s book, there was never any question Julia Vargas would join the police force now a Virginia State Police officer. And like her father, only undercover work would do. The question remains however, would she end up a decorated investigator or meet the same demise as her father? Although revered for his investigative skills and his impressive record in closing cases in the narcotics and homicide divisions, Jim Vargas’s career ended under a questionable note and Julia is determined to prove that in a state of despair her father did not take his own life. The answers may still be found in an almost three decade old cold case, that last one her father worked on and could not solve. As Julia finds herself with time off the job, (again seemingly following in her father’s footsteps), as one small error in judgment which almost cost her her life, has Julia away from the job recovering. Reviewing her father’s file on The Hang Man murders Julia is determined to find the missing piece that would “tie” the clues together. A grim discovery and a surprising piece of evidence may be the clue that once and for all will banish the still rampant whisperers surrounding her father’s death from within the department. A chance encounter at a Chamber of Commerce benefit honoring Jim Vargas along with an up close and personal encounter with the stoic and as a result very successful City of Richmond police detective, Tobias Novak (who ironically was also up for a citation at the awards banquet) not only will prove to be the catalyst to banishing her own personal demons but may also finally clear the haunting memories of the last time she saw her father. Tobias has his work cut out for him; however as the headstrong Julia may just be more than he can handle, both professionally and personally.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
The Hangman is the third book in Mary Burton’s The Forgotten Files and just like the other two, this one does not disappoint. The suspense is intense and all of tension that builds could be cut with a knife. The death toll spans back 25 years and involves an unlikely cast of characters that include a police officer who took his own life, a ruthless drug lord or two, and some not so innocent women. The discovery of a woman’s decaying body in a burning house uncovers several interesting truths. One of those truths indicate that she may have been the last victim of a serial killer. The other truth shows that this woman had some sort of relationship with a cop who also died around the same time. Oddly enough, that cop’s daughter, Julia Vargas is now part of the Virginia State Police and is about to re-open the last case that her father Jim was working on before he died. The case is about a killer that was dubbed The Hangman. Some people even think that Jim Vargas may have been The Hangman. Julia is a great cop but she is emotionally unavailable due to a rough childhood and some baggage from her last undercover gig. She ends up getting some help with her investigation from a Richmond Detective named Tobias Novak. The two have been having a mostly sexual relationship so things get complicated as they work together on this case. Novak wants to help calm Vargas’ demons but she feels too damaged to open up. Their relationship creates an interesting distraction to the case. There is so much to be said about how this all plays out but I can’t. Let’s just say that The Hangman was great. It was intriguing, emotional and surprising. I couldn’t stop trying to connect the dots as the mystery began to unravel. I had no idea who The Hangman was until he was revealed. The list of suspects was long and no one was above reproach. Mary Burton kept me guessing and I pointed the finger to the wrong person every time. That’s what I love about this series. Nothing is what it seems. In addition, I couldn’t help but hope that Novak and Vargas became a real couple as they were very good for each other. Plus, several people from the previous books make an appearance since this all happens to involve the same police departments. I look forward to the next discovery. **Received a copy from Montlake Romance and reviewed the book voluntarily.**
YPW More than 1 year ago
Mary Burton has done it again! Another book full of intrigue and suspense. Her characters are well developed and keep you interested until the very end. This book was full of twists and I did not see the murder coming until it was revealed. I like how the plot thickens and the author keeps you guessing until the very end.
DorisB More than 1 year ago
This book was pure Mary Burton; she gave us a suspenseful thriller that kept you guessing from one page to the next mixed in with a little bit of romance. The book was a buildup of what happened 25 years ago when serial killer known as the Hangman had killed three women. Julia’s police officer/undercover officer dad had worked on this case and was thought to have committed suicide but there was always the lingering question if her father could have possibly been the Hangman. Now Julia was going to find out one way or another if this was fact or fiction no matter what the outcome was. Detective Novak was called to a home where bones were discovered and knew this had a good chance of tying in with Julia’s case. Detective Novak was having a little thing with Julia so contacting her and working on this case was only going to have them spending more time together. As I said before the ups and downs and the twists and turns this story had was pure enjoyment and had me feeling as if I was working on the Hangman case right along with Julia and Novak. Another great suspense thriller by Ms. Burton and I always look forward to what she has coming next. This book was provided as an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
lindamoffitt02 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I have read of Mary Burton's, but it definitely will not be the last. This was a great and exhilarating, suspenseful book that did not let me go until the very last page. It ends with a bombshell ending that I didn't see coming. Definitely a riveting page-turner that is full of twists and turns. The Hangman also has very compelling and well developed characters, Officer Julia Vargas along with a strong male lead in Detective Tobias Novak. It is a stand alone read, each book has it own set of characters so you don't need to read previous books in The Forgotten Files Series to enjoy and understand them fully. I was given a copy from The Publisher through NetGalley to read and review, if I chose to do so. I was not compensated in any way for this review and did not have to give a positive review.
starsfan1979 More than 1 year ago
I have read all three books in this series and I think this was my favorite. I really liked Julia and Novak. I liked touching base with the Shield group ( I think Garrett needs his story told). I liked how the relationship between Julia and Novak grew. I was impressed with the mystery of the book, I didn't have a clue and I like that! I can not wait to see what Ms. Burton is working on next.
cherlym More than 1 year ago
This book pulled me in hook line and sinker. I have not read book 2 of The Forgotten Files, but I did buy once I started this one. Didn't want to miss out on anything. Couple times I was sure I knew who it was.....WRONG. Twist, turns, a very strong heroine, romance and even some heated sex :) I am addicted to books with plot. This one was awesome. I received this free from the author in exchange for an honest review. I am tempted to read this one again and savor the crumbs.
ReadsWithGranddaughters More than 1 year ago
This most recent addition to The Forgotten Files, which can be read as a standalone, is chilling and has many twists and turns in the story. The cops, agents, detectives, forensics, medical examiners and security teams all work together in attempting to unravel who the Hangman is. Twenty years plus dormant, when there were three deaths, the Hangman has returned to wreak havoc on others. You never know who will be next. There are common elements that link the victims, too. Julia Vargas of the Virginia State Police, and Tobias Novak, a City of Richmond detective work together to find out what happened and why. The detailed intricacies of the characters are prevalent, and I couldn’t help but try and figure things out from each of their past histories. As more characterizations are discovered, there are plenty of possibilities for who the Hangman is and who else was involved with him. I was tense until the end of this well-written, detailed romantic suspense. [I received this for free and my opinion is my own.]