Jack Heath

Bestselling author of HANGMAN


Hangman Jack Heath cover art

Hangman is Jack Heath’s adult debut. It is already a top-ten bestseller in Australia and will be published in French, German, Russian and audiobook format. The television rights have been optioned by the ABC network in the USA.

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An addictive debut thriller starring a FBI consultant with a peculiar taste for crime and punishment…

A 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, an FBI consultant with a knack for solving impossible cases but whose expertise comes at a price. Every time he saves a life, he takes one, trying to satisfy an urge he fears he can only control for so long.

And this time Blake may have met his match. The kidnapper is more cunning and ruthless than any he’s faced before. And he’s been assigned a new partner within the Bureau: a woman linked to the past he’s so desperate to forget. Because he has a secret, one so dark he will do anything to keep it hidden.

For fans of Hannibal and Dexter, Hangman introduces a darkly mesmerizing character whose skill at finding criminals comes from a knowledge that can only be learned firsthand.

If you’ve already read Hangman, check out the answers to all the riddles, or read a spoiler-heavy psychoanalysis of Timothy Blake.

Praise for Hangman:

‘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.)’ —Jeffery Deaver, No.1 international bestselling author of The Cutting Edge

‘Heath has given the crime world an anti-hero for this century. Gifted and flawed, Blake will horrify and entrance readers, quite often at the same time. An exceptionally taut novel both in action and execution.’ —David Johnson, Good Reading Magazine

‘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.’ —Gregg Hurwitz, NYT-Bestselling author of Hellbent

‘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.’ —Emma Viskic, internationally bestselling author of And Fire Came Down

‘Wild and original, HANGMAN stamps a high and bloodied mark on this dark genre. Hannibal Lecter will be adding Jack Heath to his reading list.’ —Ben Sanders, internationally bestselling author of American Blood

‘An accomplished and compulsive thriller that kept my appetite to return to its banquet of kidnapping and bloody murder… irresistibly and mercilessly readable.’ —Richard Cotter, Sydney Arts Guide

‘Think of the worst thing you can imagine, then go darker. And weirder. If the end days are upon us then this is a book whose time has truly come. A bulletproof thriller, a mesmerising dissection of aberration and shame and an astonishing, addictive page-turner, Hangman will blow your mind. Chuck Palahniuk rewrites Dexter with a godalmighty twist that will take your breath away. Welcome to a new kind of crime hero and a world where nothing is as it seems. You might want to look away but you won’t be able to resist.’ —Jane Palfreyman, publisher of The Slap, The Natural Way of Things and Hangman.

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