Book - 2012
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Detective Jack Caffery finds himself chasing a serial killer in his first case as lead investigator with London's murder squad.
Publisher: New York, NY : Grove, [2012]
ISBN: 9780802146120
Characteristics: 392 p. ; 21 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Dec 04, 2016

(The first book in the Jack Caffery series)

CMLibrary_csmith Feb 06, 2016

Strong suspense and detailed characterization make this an exciting read. Birdman will shock you from start to finish and will appeal to fans of thrillers and horror. With elements of the macabre and torture, this is not for the squeamish or those who are bothered by disturbing content! As the debut for detective Jack Caffery, it was so thrilling I cannot wait to read the next book in the series, although less graphic content would be better.

Nov 12, 2015

Read with your lights on
Very good, very creepy writer, especially for a debut. DON'T pickup if you have a weak stomach. NOT for the faint of heart. Well-written horror, real horror in an almost everyday sense, not supernatural. Twisted and grisly, it may seem to some that that is all there is but Jack Caffery knows there is more to it than a simple psychopath. He is an excellent character that I look forward to shaking hands with...good mysteries abound in this novel.

Feb 03, 2015

There were moments in the book that approached the border of what might be called "torture porn." A very difficult book to read given the relentless horror and misery that originated in the darkest of hearts. I finished the book, though, because I liked Jack Caffery, a hero who had to face his own personal demons. Mo Hader's prose carried me forward on a literary journey to the edge of hell.

Jul 23, 2014

NOT for thin-skinned, nightmare-prone readers... this story became progressively weirder and quite violent. Author has an imagination when it comes to types of crimes. Sometimes I felt the motivation wasn't well explained. Overall it was original in a quite twisted sense. I'll try another by Hayder...

Mar 20, 2013

It was not bad for a first book and the plot was okay. Hayder simply has to find her rhythm and hopefully she'll write in a style that makes the rest of her books impossible to put down

Jul 31, 2012

Women are being murdered and strange items are found with their bodies leading detectives on what may be a wild goose chase. This was really good and I loved the twists!

Jan 01, 2012

Started kind of slow, but picked up rather quickly. The author guides us to a mid book normal conclusion but she throws us a curve ball that just leaves us stranded in the middle of a desert wondering where this is going. The pace is fast. The end is a bit weak, but all in all a good book (her first). Recommended. I can't wait to pick up another Hayder book.

Dec 08, 2011

The writing is good but too graphic and grisly for me.


Add a Summary

FavouriteFiction Oct 27, 2009

Jack Caffery is on the case of the murder of five ritualistically murdered young women. Caffery's is the reputation of a stoic detective but the brutality of the murders will forever sear his psyche. So the hunt is on for a sexual serial killer on the streets of London.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at PDL

To Top