Birdman () was the first novel of British crime-writer Mo Hayder. It introduced her protagonist DI Jack Caffery. Plot summary[edit]. DI Jack Caffery gets. Treading the grisly path blazed by Thomas Harris in with Red Dragon, promising newcomer Hayder crafts a blood-curdlingly creepy debut thriller set near. Buy Birdman: Jack Caffery series 1 Reprint by Mo Hayder (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible.

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Jack Caffery, a good detective with his own tragedies weighing him down, is a great character that I look forward to following in Hayder’s, The Treatment. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will continue on with more from this author. It is a compelling look in the mind of the depraved. hagder

Five stars for sure. I the end, I didn’t bayder connected to the characters, so the impacts of the plot were robbed of their full effect upon me birdmab a reader. Man, what is it about female mystery writers that makes them come up with the most heinous of crimes?

And although there’s a compelling quality about the book – its prose is a canny mix of the quasi-literary and the streetwise, it pushes all the right buttons, has a giddying kind of excitement in its escalating ,o – it left me with a nasty taste in my mouth. What’s more, she’s glamorous, a blonde with an enigmatic smile and an exotic CV. Caffery knows that the killer will strike again. In addition, the bodies were left with a peculiar calling card.


Mar 12, Lisa Nakamura rated it it was ok.

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We have some people in this novel who are interested in necrophilia. Great and clever cover art! Having said that, there are some things that I don’t believe every person capable of doing.

In her mmo and acclaimed debut, Mo Hayder has written a novel of frightening and raw intensity which ranks alongside the very best in the genre. This marks the first Mo Hayder novel I have read. Instead of working like Kryptonite, the experience instead appears to give him a special push to get justice out of the universe.

Bitdman Hayder manages to create a superb and frighteningly real detective that I became totally engrossed in reading about. Narrated by Damien Goodwin.

Assuming the next novel is not increasingly disturbing, I will continue reading in hopes that the plot development improved as the writer gained experience. In Hayder’s thriller I do not get soul and sense of London, I feel paraded around the decomposing underbelly of a toad. Just a moment while we sign you birmdan to your Goodreads account. In the beginning I said, I feel there hayer an agenda. I enjoy dark crime novels.

View all 4 comments. What remained the same, however, was the compelling story-telling, the fast-paced plot, the horror lurking on every page and my insatiable desire to devour more!


A pretty good yarn with some twists, but Haydeer thought the author wallowed in the gore excessively and lost sight of developing the characters. Caffery has a clingy, clueless, and manipulative girlfriend, Veronica, who he wants to break up with.

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I was out of breath at the end of this, but Hayder lets us down easy in the excellent last haydee. This was a deeply unpleasant experience.

Caffery lost a brother as a pre-teen kid and obsesses for haydr on uayder likely guilt of his creepy neighbor in his permanent disappearance. I guess she has to – the value of these kind of hard-boiled sexual horror stories is their ability to shock and certainly I was shocked. What a great debut. The criminals in this book are brilliantly conceived and well developed.

For example, “Her nails bitten and painted sky blue, curled inwards to the swollen palm” is one of the images that remained my companion, instead of sleep, through the long, dark night-time hours opposed to the more gruesome, fuller images conjured.