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Random House Publishing Group, Aug 18, 2010 - Fiction - 448 pages
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With the forensic acumen of   Patricia Cornwell and the atmosphere of Lynda La Plante's Prime Suspect series, Birdman - already an international sensation prior to publication - introduces a troubled homicide detective battling the demons of his past while facing the psychopath of the century.

In the chilling opening to Birdman, the bodies of five women are found, ritualistically mutilated and dumped on wasteland in Greenwich, England. When post-mortem examinations reveal a single, horrific signature linking the victims - a tiny bird sewn into each chest - the police realize they are on the trail of a serial killer with a terrifying mind.

Detective Inspector Jack Caffery, young,driven, unshockable, finds himself facing both hostilities within the force and his own memory of a lethal failure, as he struggles to unravel the most macabre murders he's ever seen. Now, as he employs every weapon science can offer, he knows he has little time before the sadistic killer strikes again. But he has so little evidence. All he has are five mutilated corpses and five dead little birds.

Mo Hayder - with  a keen psychological insight, brilliant forensic and procedural detail, and a psychically wounded but charismatic lead investigator - has written a first novel of raw intensity and deep understanding that will thrill the hearts of the most demanding readers of crime fiction.

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I think this is my favorite Mo Hayder book, I am a Criminologist and I enjoy intelligently crafted crime fiction. This one fits the bill. While I can understand why some may not love the graphic nature of this book, for me it is her greatest work.

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This is a serial killer book set in England and introduces DI Jack Caffery. Someone is killing women in a local area with very gruesome and distinctive results. The beginning was a little tough for me ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Mo Hayder lives in London, England. After leaving school at 15, she worked as a barmaid, security guard, film-maker, hostess in a Japanese club, educational administrator, and teacher of English as a foreign language in Vietnam. Publication rights to Birdman, her first novel, have already sold in eight countries.

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