3 best JD Barker books

If you mix in a composition of dark influences aspects of the psychological thriller, the mystery, the crime genre, classic horror, all seasoned with a few drops of fantastic you find JD Barker as a good synthesis.

And it is that this young young author has managed to make his own that melting pot of infinite possibilities in which fear, morbid and tension attract readers of all conditions with their strange magnetism.

An American writer, from the same litter as Joe hill (the son of Stephen King), which has ultimately been successful. Because Barker is one of those vocational writers who has always played the role of storyteller, whether in newspaper articles, in the shortest narrative, or in those dark assignments in which every writer who waits for his moment surrenders to his role as mere ghost writer.

But stubbornness, knowledge and good work, usually end up bearing fruit and Barker is already one of the most recognized authors of that genre which also ends up crystallizing in very cinematographic plots already claimed by the leading producers of the film industry.

Once his daring foray into the prequel to the Dracula of Bram Stoker, his other novels also began to be known and published on this side of the Atlantic (as in the rest of the world, of course).

So, if you like that fast-paced action on the threshold of the dark. You cannot pass up the opportunity to meet this great new value.

Top 3 Recommended JD Barker Novels

The sixth trap

Opportunism is not the same as opportunity. And in this case, the timing of the current circumstances of our world is accompanied by fear of this new installment that, having read the above, ends up reaching levels of ecstasy of the terrifying.

First, because the current horror genre is in JD Barker to your most efficient preacher. Secondly, because under the first appearance of black genre, we end up discovering a volume made of an investigative thriller in which the person being investigated is the devil himself. And finally because no known or imagined criminal was so determined to make his work the legacy of hell on Earth.

But it is also that the chilling analogies with current health, between viruses and sociological transformations never seen in our modern world, project us to that increasingly tangible space of the possible dystopia in which terror can end up ruling, camping, becoming routine ...

Hopefully it's not like that in the end and it's just the morbid atavistic look at horror, like Edith turning to salt for taking one last look at annihilated Sodom.

The book starts right where the previous installment ends: Sam Porter, until now the detective in charge of the case, has been removed from it and is increasingly suspicious, the largest hospital in the city is closed for quarantine for risk of contagion of the SARS virus and among the sick are the policemen Clair and Klozowski, as well as Upchurch, the accomplice of the Fourth Monkey, who is torn between life and death. Their survival is decisive for the Fourth Monkey to decide not to release the virus to the rest of the country.

When bodies begin to appear in different parts of the geography with the same pattern, the police have it clear: the Fourth Monkey continues to act, and this time it is impossible for him to do it alone.

Thus begins a race against time to stop one of the most fascinating and intelligent murderers ever known who has managed to terrorize an entire country.
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The fourth monkey

It was the 90s and either from the novel or through a specific script, some psychothrillers not suitable for all audiences began to proliferate (and triumph). The thing began with the silence of the lambs and was prolonged with Seven, The collector of lovers ...

Surely you remember those years when going to the cinema to see one of those movies at least assured you that the relative would hold tight to you (hehe). The point is that the idea is back.

The Fourth Monkey promises and delivers on the prospect of dark settings, a certain feeling of claustrophobia, vague ideas that someone is about to occupy your mind ...

It all starts with Sam Porter, one of those detectives who perfectly serve the plot. His appearance is that of a confident guy, tanned in a thousand battles, back from everything after encountering the evil side of the human being day after day. But… what if we find out that good old Sam Porter can also falter?

The greatest virtue of evil is that it can always be overcome, it can always find new channels of expression never harbored in a "normal" mind.

The murderer of this novel is an inveterate retailer, capable of gradually dismembering his victims and sending their families those ghoulish reminders with which his sick mind feels that it has absolute control over fear, over life and over death. Their shipments can transform the more sober father or brother and make the stronger mother or sister sick.

And every time it takes him more like it. To the point that Sam Porter no longer knows if it is sadism or an insane game in which everyone, including him, performs the intended movements ... The fourth monkey is one that has passed the phase of not speaking, not seeing and No listening. He is above all that ...
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The fifth victim

References is what you have. Sometimes the guidelines of the great referents mark paths that are finally taken up by the gifted apprentices.

I mean that in this novel the buried image of the mother of Anson Bishop, the criminal from the first part The Fourth Monkey, seems to be taken from the novel Mr mercedesby King.

The maternal bond reaches the visceral and spiritual, and can end up achieving a supernatural transcendence from the instincts. Porter is still locked in the labyrinth of Bishop's case, despite being cut off from it.

Pulling new clues outside the official channels exposes him even more to the ingenious and perhaps powerful mind of the criminal, further intensified by that maternal connection that is intuited as the plot progresses.

The recent death of Ella Reynolds is hardly a ghoulish distraction for Porter, not focusing his attention on the new case seemingly unrelated to the sinister Bishop. And therein lies the grace of every good plot, in those strange ties that end up bringing everything together, giving you goose bumps and leaving you speechless just before you know how it can all end.
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Other interesting works by JD Barker are ...

Dracula The origin

Every prequel has that inherent risk of easy, sometimes ruthless criticism. Revisiting a classic and daring to propose fundamentals that every passionate about a saga or a character has already been in charge of building in his mind, has that slippery terrain warning.

But this time this aspect could be avoided. In fact, the recovery of annotations by the author endowed with that incontestable verisimilitude of the origin, of the source (even more so, the heir Dacre Stoker participating in the plot).

Because Bram Stoker has his own legend and his writings that, under the umbrella of the nostalgic and sinister nineteenth-century touch of his existence, addresses a possible dark relationship with his nanny Ellen Crone and a hinted vampirization of the boy who was and who could cure him of some type of anemia that ineffably led him to death.

And in that mix between reality and fiction that always dazzles lovers of this genre and those who are passionate about any historical character, Barker was in charge of setting the story of the days when Bram Stoker verified in his own flesh the power of life after death.

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