The Hunted

A Thriller

Wayne Barcomb

Minotaur Books

A lightning-fast police procedural from an up-and-coming talent, The Hunted introduces a homicide detective who gets the shock of his life while tracking a most ingenious serial killer

From a writer whose previous works Robert B. Parker declared “compelling . . . swiftly told” and James W. Hall called “top-notch” comes this first electrifying thriller featuring New York City homicide detective Frank Russo.

The Hunted begins with a little girl witnessing a horrible crime. Due to the child's testimony, the murderer is convicted. Eighteen years later the killer is released on parole, and his mission is to track down the now grown woman he feels betrayed him. A deranged dance of masked identities ensues, and it is up to newly single homicide detective Frank Russo to unravel the case.


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SHE NEVER TRULY hated her father until that night. It began as the others had. The voices awakened her around midnight. She buried her face under the pillow but the voices found her.

"You stupid cow. You’re so dumb, you still don’t know how to do it right, do ya? Do you?"

A loud slap. "Paul, please."

The light from the kitchen intruded into her room, highlighting her small three- drawer dresser covered with Snow White and Cinderella stickers. She wished her bedroom had a door. She would close it to shut out the sounds. The screams were the worst.





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Praise for The Hunted

“A superbly plotted exercise in suspense. This one could go all the way.”
- John Lutz, author of Night Kills

“Left me on the edge of my seat from page one.”
- David Hagberg, USA Today bestselling author of Dance With The Dragon

“Haunting and harrowing. Like Harlan Coben and Dennis Lehane, Barcomb stitches a tragically taut connection present and past. A major suspense novel.”
- Jon Land, author of The Last Prophecy and The Seven Sins

"Barcomb's storytelling will keep you turning pages."
- Kirkus Reviews

"A likable new series detective...may remind readers of Richard Montanari's Cleveland cop Jack Paris."
- Library Journal

“Can keep a story going so fast that you wish it were longer.”
- Stuart Kaminsky, author of Always Say Goodbye

“There is plenty of misdirection here, and the author handles it all with panache. Fans of Jeffery Deaver, the current king of misdirection, might recognize some of the techniques Barcomb uses, but he’s using them in his own way, to his own ends. A compelling thriller with a very satisfying conclusion.”
- Booklist

“A detective's dream come true. Frank Russo is the real deal---relentless, intelligent, hard hitting.”
-  TJ Moroney, NYPD Lieutenant Detective Squad Commander of the 18th Precinct Midtown North

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  • Wayne Barcomb

  • Wayne Barcomb's first two novels, Blood Tide and Undercurrent, were published by a small regional press to excellent reviews. This is his first thriller in the Detective Frank Russo series; he lives in Sarasota, Florida. Visit his Web site at www.waynebarcomb.com.

  • Wayne Barcomb


Available Formats and Book Details

The Hunted

A Thriller

Wayne Barcomb

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Minotaur Books