Novella review ‘The Hunter’

  • Author: Chris Carter
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • Publishing year: 2013
  • Series: Robert Hunter
  • Number of pages: 59 (Tolino e-reader)
  • ISBN: 978-1471128004
  • My rating: 4/5


A thrilling ebook exclusive short story from Sunday Timesbestselling author Chris Carter. 

Meet Robert Hunter, the youngest Homicide Detective the Los Angeles Police has ever recruited, on his first day. As a rookie, he is given a simple suicide investigation to cut his teeth on. But when he arrives at the scene, he swiftly begins to suspect that something is not quite right. 

Despite the fact that the door was locked from the inside, and there is no other way out of the apartment, Hunter has a hunch that the victim did not commit suicide. But with a new Captain to impress and the evidence stacked against him, Hunter has a lot to prove if he is to solve the case and keep his place on the team.


However short his story might be, it has a significant meaning, to me, in the Robert Hunter series.

As this is Hunter’s first real case working as a detective for the RHD (Robbery and Homicide Devision) of the LAPD, and it should have been a shut case as it was classified a suicide, it does show how intelligent and how savvy Hunter actually is. Turning it from a suicide to homicide, only based upon his investigation and his insights on what the scene looks like, we learn he sees beyond the obvious. And although he doesn’t get the support, at first, to investigate further, he perseveres (another trait of him that will be important in further books!)

This is written in 2013, but is actually Hunter’s first case so it is situated even before the first book (published in 2009), The Crucifix Killer.

Well, I promised I was going to read more Chris Carter this Summer… I always keep my promises! (And I’m sure I will at least read two more in the coming weeks!)

This is a fast and short read but nevertheless a very interesting one!

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