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Headhunter Reimagined [KINDLE] ✽ Headhunter Reimagined Author Michael Slade – Thomashillier.co.uk HEADHUNTER Reimagined is an all new telling of Michael Slade s first Special X thriller published in about the psycho hunters of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police The Headhunter is loose on the stree Headhunter Reimagined is an all new telling of Michael Slade s first Special X thriller published inabout the psycho hunters of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police The Headhunter is loose on the streets of Vancouver The psycho s victims are everywhere floating in the Fraser River, buried in a shallow grave, nailed to a totem pole on the university campus All are women All are headlessThen the taunting photographs arrive Carefully posed shots of the women s heads stuck on poles The Mounties of Special X are up against a unique brand of killer A killer whose sexual psychosis stretches back through Ecuador s steaming jungle and a scream filled New Orleans dungeon to a dead of winter manhunt in the Rocky Mountains a century ago.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 423 pages
  • Headhunter Reimagined
  • Michael Slade
  • English
  • 21 December 2018

About the Author: Michael Slade

Slade on Facebook on Twitter lawyer MICHAEL SLADE has acted in over one hundred murder cases His specialty is the law of insanity He argued the last death penalty case in Canada s highest court Backed by his forensic experience, Slade s Special X and Wyatt Rook thrillers fuse the genres of police and legal procedure, whodunit and impossible crime, suspense, history, and horror Slade was guest of honor at both the Bloody Words crime convention and the World Horror Convention As Time Out puts it, A thin line separates crime and horror, and in Michael Slade s thrillers, the demarcation vanishes altogether Slade was guest speaker at the international Police Leadership Conference and several RCMP regimental dinners As Reader s Digest puts it, The Slade books have developed a strong following among police officers because of their strict adherence to proper police procedure For the stories behind his plots, visit Slade s Morgue at specialx.



10 thoughts on “Headhunter Reimagined

  1. Orient Orient says:

    A rec altogether as a great BR with a wonderful GR friend, Craig If you want to exterminate the effects of smut and read a gripping macabre story head straight to Headhunter That s what Craig told me and it was 100 % true, I got what I bargained for Thanks, Craig Headhunter is listed as horror and I can see why It s a complex detective story, which includes cruel killing, graphic violence, a mouthful of emotional violence against kids, voodoo practice, cruel serial killer with a A rec altogether as a great BR with a wonderful GR friend, Craig If you want to exterminate the effects of smut and read a gripping macabre story head straight to Headhunter That s what Craig told me and it was 100 % true, I got what I bargained for Thanks, Craig Headhunter is listed as horror and I can see why It s a complex detective story, which includes cruel killing, graphic violence, a mouthful of emotional violence against kids, voodoo practice, cruel serial killer with a sneak peak into psychology, perverted sexuality, a glimpse to the history of cannibalism, even drug trade, all is woven into a tight and entertaining story At first I had doubts that I could read it, but as I went further, I felt that the story can t let me go I needed to know how it ended and that the monster got what s deserved.Characters When I read action books, I m mostly into villains and Mr.Slade created a REALLY great one in this book Troubled by the extraordinary past, family ties, this killer is a dream for a detective fan I got interesting sneak peaks into the killer s mind, watched the psychological forming of the picture and it was done so neatly, without the identity being revealed till the very last pages Of course every great villain needs a rival, and to my joy there were a couple of masterminds as powerful and complex as the killer, who managed to solve the great mystery One of them is Inspector Robert DeClerq Flanked by demons who haunt him from the past and being a mastermind, he was one of the characters I liked to follow He made a great team and combined the well developed police work of that time with the inspiring experience of his predecessors.Narrative Interesting characters, gut wrenching murder scenes, detailed forensic and surveillance science, revealing sneak peaks into the past, gripping details of city life, macabre voodoo practice, drugs and the sensation of graphic violence, omg, that is overwhelming It may feel not realistic, but dang it, this world is cruel and Mr Slade bloody well knows how to present it in his book Diving into it at first I felt mind blown and horrified a bit, then after a load of cruelty, twisted psychology of the killer and deceiving turns, I felt a bit worn off It wasn t bad and I wasn t disinterested, I just felt that violence doesn t surprise me so much, so some scenes hadn t had such effect what it was intended to have I think that report alike, third person narrative helped and spoiled things there It helped to lessen the horrors, so I could read quite freely and enjoy the detective part of the story, but it kept me away from falling into characters, at least for the biggest part of the story Also I didn t like how Mr Slade left one piece hanging in the air view spoiler I mean when the Russian understands that the killer is one of the police officers and the subject is left to oblivion while the killer is on the loose and we need another officer to understand the same thing later on.I wouldn t mind that if the Russian was guilty or tried to cover sb, but nope hide spoiler The most interesting part of Headhunter is the ending, omg, it literally blew my mind Mr Slade is a masterful teaser I was tempted to go back to earlier pages to see how the hell did he entwine it There is enough of treats in Headhunter to satisfy or horrify almost anyone I ll continue my playdate with Mr Slade for sure

  2. Anish Kohli Anish Kohli says:

    Let me start by thanking the very charming purple haired lady who gifted me this book I ve had it on my TBR for quite a while but couldn t get my hands on it and then this fair maiden stepped forward Thank you so much, Orient This review for better or worse , is dedicated to you _Do you see what I mean Yes, Rodale said, nodding The skull is missingA murderer is on the loose A murderer who is hunting heads And the killer is not slowing down They leave no clue behind The a Let me start by thanking the very charming purple haired lady who gifted me this book I ve had it on my TBR for quite a while but couldn t get my hands on it and then this fair maiden stepped forward Thank you so much, Orient This review for better or worse , is dedicated to you _Do you see what I mean Yes, Rodale said, nodding The skull is missingA murderer is on the loose A murderer who is hunting heads And the killer is not slowing down They leave no clue behind The authorities are stumped.The killer needs to be stopped and brought to justice In the time of their dire need, Royal Canadian Mounted Police RCMP , turn to their best, who happens to be retired They look to Robert DeClercq to hunt down the Headhunter He takes charge and creates a special task force to bring down the notorious killerThe task assigned to this squad is not an easy one, he began It would appear, from what we know at the moment, that the object of this manhunt is a random killer an assassin in the purest sense who kills for the love of killingSo begins the game of hide and seek.Take the author s hand and descend into the underbelly of the city and witness the dark side Walk with him through the alleys filled with the grotesque In this city in any city the real garbage ain t what we take outta the cans It s some of the people that fill em Take a peek at what the human mind is capable of and how the actions of one ripple out through the ones that follow See a world where all the sins exist Drugs, Prostitution, Murder, Voodoo, Smuggling, Sexual Emotional abuse, Psychosis, Neuroses and much .When I set out to read this book, I didn t know what to expect apart from a thriller, but as I dived in, in my mind the image of the author changed and it could be best described in his own words That they were dealing with a maniac was all that was certain This is a brutal book and not just because of the graphic setting The narrative is one that is not easy on the readers It is hard to keep up with The author is not here to please you He is here to see if you can keep up with what he has dished out and what he has dished out, is anything but easy to keep down.When I was starting the book, I was asked if I could stomach all the grotesque in this book yes, I am looking at you Orient I could I guess my tolerance for brutality is a little on the higher side but this is not to say the book lacks anywhere It is a ruthless book that pulls no punches.The book follows multiple timelines and events which come together to form one picture towards the end However to say that it is seamless or that everything coalesces perfectly would be lying There are a few things that are left hanging out, much like the flesh that dangles off from the jagged cuts made on the severed heads This world has an ugly side to it and Mr Slade is not afraid to show it to you He paints a very realistic picture and left me thinking You ask what I was just thinking how life affects the very young And how those young grow up to become an effect on life The writing is good and keeps you on the edge It never really lets up and keeps pushing The author keeps the killer hidden right up till the very end which is a great thing It makes for a terrific read I loved this book It was very deeply engaging, it kept my nose to the pages and had me guessing and grasping at straws I couldn t stop reading despite wanting to The writing, by design, is somewhat confusing This is not your Sunday morning relaxing read This will tense you up, make you gag and cringe This is not an easy book and definitely not for someone who can t stomach mutilation and many other atrocities So make sure you are ready when you pick it up and I can promise you a great thrill

  3. Leo . Leo . says:

    I actually read the original book published in 1984 titled Headhunter I can t seem to find it on GoodreadsDid it go out of print Anyhow Headhunter is a cracking and scary tale If one likes a cat and mouse chase involving a Canadian Mounted Murder Dectective and a serial killer this book is a blast

  4. Stephen Robert Collins Stephen Robert Collins says:

    Before Jo NESB there was blood curdling horror to match early King.If enjoying good nightmare like Sev7en or Jeepers Creepers this for you this villain makes Saw look like Andy Pandy without Loopy Lue.

  5. Nate Nate says:

    This was a very entertaining and even unique mystery procedural crime slasher type deal The odd way it bounces back and forth between horror and police procedural stuff totally gripped me One on hand this is a totally trashy and gory horror exploitation film in novel form, but on the other it s a very serious and in depth look at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the way they handle their shit It seems like Slade who is apparently actually a nom de plume for several people couldn t deci This was a very entertaining and even unique mystery procedural crime slasher type deal The odd way it bounces back and forth between horror and police procedural stuff totally gripped me One on hand this is a totally trashy and gory horror exploitation film in novel form, but on the other it s a very serious and in depth look at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the way they handle their shit It seems like Slade who is apparently actually a nom de plume for several people couldn t decide exactly what his book was gonna be and for some that s gonna be a fatal flaw but I occasionally enjoy a relatively schizophrenic experience and it just consistently worked for me It also passes the Did This Freak Me Out test that I rigorously apply to all of the crime horror books I read with flying colorssome seriously mind burningly harsh stuff goes on in these pages, so weirdos like myself that enjoy this kind of thing are encouraged to seek it out.You may have noticed earlier that I mentioned the RCMPthat s right, this takes place in Vancouver and all of the good guys are fucking Mounties If you are an asshole American like myself, when you think mountie you think of the goofy ass old cartoon character Dudley Doo Right, who was surpassed in competence by even his donkey To any of my Goodreads friends who may be Canadian I m sorry I m just being honest Literally no one mentions Mounties in America except in the Doo Right context Thankfully Slade has done a great job of educating me on the RCMP it s a super long running institution that has handled some extremely sketchy shit in extremely sketchy settings Slade includes a lot of Canadian crime history in the book, and while America obviously has my Canadian brothers and sisters beat in the whole horrible and unnecessary violence department there s some very interesting cases mentioned in here, like the one concerning Albert Johnson, the Mad Trapper A very interesting setting across the board, and not just because of the novelty I ve never been to Canada, but going by the book it s pretty fucking cold and foresty up there, with lots of uninhabited areas the perfect setting for a horrible series of murders.I should probably talk about those murders a bitthey re pretty ugly ones, even in a long and sordid history of Human Kill Human the decapitated bodies of women are found in several areas that are seemingly unrelated but are all in and around the metropolitan Vancouver area I don t really wanna harp on specific plot details and the fucking grisliness of the cases but this shit is appalling and had me utterly committed to finding out whodunit by the first few pages A lot of this book has to do with the psychology of the killer and we examine it in detail, which is unpleasantly fascinating to say the least As I said before, all the victims are women and Slade did some very intriguing examinations of why these kinds of men are gripped by such a fervent misogyny that they do this kind of horrible shit As someone who will eternally be confounded disturbed disgusted by the long running, horribly prolific Maquiladora murders in Ciudad Juarez I was very interested to read someone who has been so deeply involved in the subject one orpersonalities of the Slade thing was a lawyer dealing with murder cases Yeahif you haven t figured it out by now this is a oft and profoundly disturbing book, but it should be I can t even really describe it as even funI wascompelled by grim, obsessive curiosity to keep reading than any sense of This book is a blast The characters were forgettable, but that was okay given the heavy focus on crime details, plot and setting There s a decently sized team of cops working the Headhunter case but the main dude is Robert DeClercq He s interesting because he s a genius and is into classical music and has skeletons in his closet and blah blah blah, but he s also genuinely and relatably flawed view spoiler I mean, how many detective stories end with the detective fucking up the case and getting the wrong guy Riddle me that Even though I did score upon the killer s identity about halfway through in my frantic attempt to outguess the author it was the kind of thing where you re like Could it benahhhhh Then when the bomb dropped, I was sincerely a little shocked hide spoiler The rest were bleh I forgot all of their names already, to be honest There was one macho cop that was constantly irritating me and inducing mental eyerolls, but I think he might have been part and parcel with the whole misogyny theme so that s forgivable I will say that there s at least one character in here whose role in the story you will NEVER forget.I was very pleasantly surprised by this book Coming across this book on Goodreads for the first time and seeing the remarkably tasteless cover of the hardcover edition not the one I m reviewing left me interested but expecting something much dumber than this Don t get me wrong like I mentioned before, there s plenty of ham handed dialogue, dated cultural references and stiff writing that gives this book the 80s horror film feeling but it s outweighed by the deadly serious themes and content It s an uncomfortable recommendation to give, though this series seems to be pretty niche y and probably won t appeal to a lot of people Some of those that arecomfortable with Doyle and Christie type murder mysteries which I like too will not be into this profoundly graphic and occasionally bizarre book Like, my parents love murder mystery stuff as written by the likes of Tony Hillerman and thethe fucking lady that has all the books with the cat in the title or whatever it is, but I wouldn t hand my mom this book and tell her to check it out She probably worries enough already

  6. Mort Mort says:

    I ve been looking forward to reading this story for a long time, but it ended up being a mini mountain I had to climb.Let s start with the good things first The storyline was really, really good I doubt very much whether anybody can figure out who the killer is until the very end, unless it is a blind, lucky guess.It s also obvious that a lot of research was done and, even though this is the reimagined version, it still impressed me as a story of the early 1980 s.And that ending is PERFECT fo I ve been looking forward to reading this story for a long time, but it ended up being a mini mountain I had to climb.Let s start with the good things first The storyline was really, really good I doubt very much whether anybody can figure out who the killer is until the very end, unless it is a blind, lucky guess.It s also obvious that a lot of research was done and, even though this is the reimagined version, it still impressed me as a story of the early 1980 s.And that ending is PERFECT for this story I do have some criticism, though, but I need to explain something about myself so you can judge whether we may feel similar about this story When it comes to books, I have this little OCD thing where I have to read EVERY single word of the story If I encounter a word I don t know, I HAVE to look it up before I can go on with the story If something doesn t make sense, I HAVE to reread it until I can figure out what the writer is trying to tell me If any of these things can t be resolved, I either lose interest in the story or it drives me crazy for weeks.In other words, I can t simply skip a sentence, paragraph or heaven forbid a page in a book I am also not the fastest reader in the world.Having said that, I ve mentioned that this story was well researched it was obvious that this author knew a lot of shit about a lot of shit Unfortunately, he also wrote a lot of shit about a lot of shit I wasn t really interested in, and that hindered my progression in the story So much so, that I thought about abandoning it at least three times in the two weeks it took me to get through it.The only thing that kept me going, according to the reviews I ve read, was the knowledge that the book had a hell of an ending And the pay off was great.So, to be fair about it, I absolutely loved the destination, but the journey to get there was a bit rough Please don t get me wrong, this guy is a good author, but it could have been shorter in my opinion

  7. Norman Van Der Linde Norman Van Der Linde says:

    This book not only has a riveting narrative set in Canada but is the only book I have ever read where I was clueless who the murderer was till the end What makes it so cleverly written is that Michael Slade realizes the assumptions his readers make to figure out who the killer is and then uses them to mislead the reader and hide the killer by using the readers own assumptions He takes your typical whodunnit and turns all the methods we use to deduce the end on their ear making an extremely sa This book not only has a riveting narrative set in Canada but is the only book I have ever read where I was clueless who the murderer was till the end What makes it so cleverly written is that Michael Slade realizes the assumptions his readers make to figure out who the killer is and then uses them to mislead the reader and hide the killer by using the readers own assumptions He takes your typical whodunnit and turns all the methods we use to deduce the end on their ear making an extremely satisfying read for any suspense thriller fan

  8. OutlawPoet OutlawPoet says:

    I read Headhunter many, many years ago I loved it and was a little afraid to read this Reimagined version.I shouldn t have been.This is Headhunter amped up and fleshed out Slade goes deeply into the psyches and histories of the individual players in the tale, giving us aintimate look into what makes them tick And in some cases, what makes them just so evil.This is fast, bloody, violent, and epic It really is Headhunter as it should be.If you haven t read Headhunter before, after read I read Headhunter many, many years ago I loved it and was a little afraid to read this Reimagined version.I shouldn t have been.This is Headhunter amped up and fleshed out Slade goes deeply into the psyches and histories of the individual players in the tale, giving us aintimate look into what makes them tick And in some cases, what makes them just so evil.This is fast, bloody, violent, and epic It really is Headhunter as it should be.If you haven t read Headhunter before, after reading this, you ll want to go on to read the rest of Slade s books And if you have, be prepared to love it eventhan the original.A perfectly devious thriller ARC provided by Net Galley

  9. Michael Michael says:

    Sladism is an acquired taste In my case, I acquired it back in 1995 when I stumbled across a copy of Ripper at the library I read it, loved it, and promptly forgot the title and who wrote it because I was in high school and had a billion other things to worry about.Fast forward a few years, working at a bookstore, and I find a copy of Ripper again And then I realize, hey, there arebooks written by this guy So I set about scoring as many as I could, and decided to read them in order Sladism is an acquired taste In my case, I acquired it back in 1995 when I stumbled across a copy of Ripper at the library I read it, loved it, and promptly forgot the title and who wrote it because I was in high school and had a billion other things to worry about.Fast forward a few years, working at a bookstore, and I find a copy of Ripper again And then I realize, hey, there arebooks written by this guy So I set about scoring as many as I could, and decided to read them in order.Here s the thing though Slade books are awesome, but damn are they some of the densest thrillers you will ever read Plowing through a Slade novel is like eating a gallon of delicious, zero calorie pudding slow going, but the rewards are well worth the effort You will feel your head turn around, your brain wonder why it s upside down, your stomach clench at some truly wrenching scenes of brutal sexual violence Even though Headhunter was penned in the 80s, and the technology described in the book is now woefully outdated, the story itself is not Slade works because he all right, they he s a pseudonym for multiple authors working in conjunction happy now, you pedants and his style were so ahead of the times.Headhunter, the first book, is no exception You get police procedural wrapped in a thriller and tied with a history lesson Anywhere else, anybody else, and I d dismiss this as boring But you can t with Slade stuff that seems devoid of merit or not worth considering always winds up being the clue that puts you, the reader, ahead of the rest of his characters, but only so long as you re paying attention.You don t have to read Slade like a traditional Whodunnit If mysteries aren t your thing, that s just fine The resolution will smack you in the face and leave you wondering how the hell you were supposed to see that coming Then you go back and start reading again and realize the little hints that were dropped, the turns of phrases you missed, the red herrings scattered around that you picked up on at the expense of the real clues Hell, Slade flat out tells the reader, by way of a lecture to his fellow officers of the RCMP by main character Robert DeClercq, not to discount anything and not to readinto a situation than is absolutely necessary Don t make assumptions based on incomplete information.But we re all human, so we do it anyway, and then we get gut punched by a conclusion that seems to come out of nowhere, and then double gut punched when DeClercq, far from figuring out the true story, actually forgets his own advice and comes to a completely incorrect conclusion about what actually happened and who was responsible Slade s protagonists are far from superhuman or perfect, and their flaws will come back to haunt them again and again over the rest of the Special X series.That s all I ll say about Headhunter No spoilers No coy nudges or winks to try and put you on the right track No talk about how I beat Slade at his own game and figured out who was responsible because I didn t I had a few pieces of the puzzle worked out and, in fact, going through it a second time I am utterly floored at one of the clues Slade drops which damn near gives away the whole game halfway through the book, the significance of which I failed to pick up on , but I wasn t anywhere close to solving the mystery before the final page.Loved it, loved it, loved it Now it s time to move on to Ghoul

  10. Bill Bill says:

    Michael Slade is a ghostname for two Vancouver lawyers who specialize in the criminally insane.Small wonder.When I finished this novel in the wee hours, I was awake for an hour thinking back through the story This novel hit me like a bag of bricks It s mercilessly brutal, and not for the faint of heart.Although it is a novel of psychological suspense, it s typically found in the horror section of most book stores.It s a great read, and if I were pressed to say anything negative about it, it wo Michael Slade is a ghostname for two Vancouver lawyers who specialize in the criminally insane.Small wonder.When I finished this novel in the wee hours, I was awake for an hour thinking back through the story This novel hit me like a bag of bricks It s mercilessly brutal, and not for the faint of heart.Although it is a novel of psychological suspense, it s typically found in the horror section of most book stores.It s a great read, and if I were pressed to say anything negative about it, it would be that it was just a tad over researched No matter It s a must read Don t miss this

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