A 14-year-old boy vanishes on his way home from school. His frantic mother receives a ransom call: pay or else. It’s only hours before the deadline, and the police have no leads.
Enter Timothy Blake, codename Hangman. Blake is a genius, known for solving impossible cases. He’s also a psychopath—the FBI’s last resort.
But this time Blake might have met his match. The kidnapper is more cunning and ruthless than anyone he's faced before. And Blake has been assigned a new partner, a woman linked to the past he’s so desperate to forget.
Timothy Blake has a secret, one so dark he will do anything to keep it hidden.
And he also has a price. Every time he saves a life, he takes one…
Already optioned for TV by a major US network, Hangman is a mesmerising dissection of the criminal mind and a bulletproof thriller.
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"Jack Heath is set to be the next Matthew Reilly. "
‘Learn this kid's name, read his books. He's someone now, going to be much more someone later.’
"Timothy Blake is the cannibal detective – a man who is the product of evil – who negotiates his existence through the rule of a life for a life. He is a brilliant, complex character. With his social anxiety and savant-like qualities, this quiet and unassuming figure might just be the most dangerous man in the room. Hangman is cinematic and grubby, brimming with pulpy noir. "
“Jack Heath’s Hangman is a perverse, twisted take on a crime novel—and I loved every page of it. What a rarity to find a thriller as dark as a Palahniuk and as compulsively readable as a Patterson. Two well-chewed thumbs up for Hangman.”
"Prose so hard-boiled it will crack your teeth."
"Jack Heath’s writing grabs you by the throat, gnaws on your bones, and washes it all down with a hefty dose of funny. Sick, twisted, violent, and oh so good. In Timothy Blake, Heath has created a one-of-a-kind character. I hope."
“Let’s cut to the chase: Hangman is a great read! Jack Heath’s boundless imagination and singular voice have produced a truly unique thriller. By turns
psychologically insightful, wonderfully disturbed and even darkly comedic, Hangman will keep you coursing through the pages at a lightning pace. Brilliant! (Probably best read with lights on and doors locked. I’m just saying.)”
A grisly, efficiently written nail-biter packed with riddles and suspense, Hangman has bestseller written all over it.The Age
It's a dark book, but one with plenty of humour, and a twisty plot that keeps you guessing to the very end.
The Canberra Times
The hero of Jack Heath’s debut adult novel is a cannibal detective… Hangman is ghoulish fun, and fills the Dexter– and Hannibal-shaped holes in our lives.
The hero of Jack Heath’s Hangman is certainly a monster, but strangely, ever so strangely, oddly likeable... In a world of lurking dangers, his extremely alternative hero, vulnerable, damaged and living on the fringes, is on the move without respite from beginning to the end. This novel is all about tempo and character.
The Weekend Australian