cover image An Evil Mind

An Evil Mind

Chris Carter. Atria/Bestler, $25 (368p) ISBN 978-1-4767-6568-6

In this slick serial-killer thriller from bestselling author Carter (The Death Sculptor), a gruesome discovery in a Wyoming diner parking lot leads to a series of interviews at the FBI’s Quantico Academy between Det. Robert Hunter, of the LAPD, and Lucien Folter, Hunter’s former Stanford roommate and a fellow criminal psychologist, who’s the prime suspect in some 30 cannibalistic murders. Bent on discovering the remains of all the skinned and mutilated victims, Hunter and FBI special agent Courtney Taylor, supervised by Adrian Kennedy, director of the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, embark on a lurid game with Folter that culminates in a beyond-belief chase through New England and a predictable climactic bloodbath. Shallow characterizations and barely digested gobbets of textbook behavioral psychology make this lurid exercise not so much a dizzying descent into a sociopathic mind as a sensationalistic carnival ride through shaky chipped-paint scenery. Agent: Darley Anderson, Darley Anderson Literary Agency. (Dec.)