The Hanged Man's Song (Kidd) and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Vous voulez voir cette page en français ? Cliquez ici.

Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Start reading The Hanged Man's Song (Kidd) on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Hanged Mans Song [Hardcover]

John Sandford
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.

Book Description

Nov. 11 2003 Sandford, John (Book 4)

John Sandford author of the phenomenal Prey novels returns with The Hanged Man's Song.

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Product Details

Product Description

From Amazon

Just about everybody knows John Sandford for his long and successful Prey series. But just as well written and maybe more fun are his Kidd books, of which this is the fourth. Kidd is a professional thief for the Internet age: a cyberprowler, a hacker extraordinaire. In The Hanged Man's Song, he gets word that one of his key contacts--a superhacker known only as Bobby, whom Kidd has never met but has relied on many times--has disappeared. Kidd and an old buddy, both of whom could be compromised by data in Bobby's files, go looking for him. Finding his brutally murdered body draws them into a Hitchcock-esque intrigue that eventually involves stolen government secrets, crooked politicians, and a rogue CIA agent who's as crafty as he is creepy.

While filling his tale with fascinating and authentic-sounding lore about the hacker subculture, identity theft, and security cracking, Sandford keeps the action brisk with plenty of white-knuckle chases, tense stakeouts, and hairsbreadth escapes. Couple that with a smart, agreeable narrator and a cast of vivid characters evoked with an old pro's ease, and you've got one winning thriller. --Nicholas H. Allison

From Publishers Weekly

This series of techno-suspense novels featuring artist, computer wizard and professional criminal Kidd (The Fool's Run; The Empress File; The Devil's Code) and his sometime girlfriend, cat-burglar LuEllen, are far fewer in number and less well-known than Sandford's bestselling Prey books. In this entry, Bobby, Kidd's genius hacker friend ("Bobby is the deus ex machina for the hacking community, the fount of all knowledge, the keeper of secrets, the source of critical phone numbers, a guide through the darkness of IBM mainframes"), goes offline for good when he is hammered to death by an intruder. Bobby's laptop is stolen, which is bad news for Kidd as several of his more illegal transactions may be catalogued on the hard drive. Kidd needs to find the computer, break the encryption and revenge Bobby's death. The trail leads from Kidd's St. Paul, Minn., art studio to heat-stricken rural Mississippi and on to Washington, D.C., where Kidd uncovers a government conspiracy that threatens the reputations and livelihood of most of the nation's elected representatives. One of the joys of the series is learning the tricks of computer hacking and basic burglary as Kidd and LuEllen take us to Radio Shack, Target, Home Depot and an all-night supermarket to buy ordinary gear, including a can of Dinty Moore Beef Stew, to use in clever, illegal ways. The action is as hot and twisted as a Mississippi back road, but the indefatigable Kidd eventually straightens it all out and exacts a sort of rough justice that matches his flexible moral code. The early entries in this series have aged badly because of the advances in technology, but this latest intelligent and exciting thriller proves a worthy addition to Sandford's overall body of work.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
First Sentence
>>> NOW THE BLACK MAN screamed No!, now the black man shouted, Get out, motherfucker, and Carp, a big-boy at thirty, felt the explosion behind his eyes. Read the first page
Explore More
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars When information is a weapon July 18 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my first Kidd novel and I really enjoyed it. Fascinating read on just how vulnerable our computer-based secrets really are. Sandford pulls no punches in slagging politicians and how the wrong information makes or breaks lives. Thought provoking and entertaining characters.
Was this review helpful to you?
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Many Weather Reports March 31 2005
By Jonie
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am a John Sandford fan, and this is the first in the Kidd series I've read. I prefer the Prey series, which is written in a tighter, edgier style. This story seemed to drag for me. Kidd, a professional hacker, and his (?) girlfriend LuEllen, a professional burglar, keep trying to chase Carp, a man who killed the master hacker, Bobby. Their chases are bungling and nonsensical. Sandford throws in a weather report everywhere, it seems, and sometimes I wondered if that just wasn't filler to make the book longer. I like the Lucas Davenport character, did not particularly like Kidd. And I don't know why. Maybe I'm just used to a better style of writing, which Sandford incorporates with the Prey series.
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Of the three Aug. 13 2004
By A Customer
Of the three great books I've read this summer (Last Juror, Bark of the Dogwood, The Hanged Man's Song) this has been my favorite with "Dogwood" coming in second. Most will recognize Sandford for his "prey series," but few might know that his "Kidd" books are just as great. You don't have to be interested in compuers, hacking, and data mayhem to get into this book--it's well-written and moves so that anyone will find it interesting.
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Tight Aug. 4 2004
By A Customer
Incriminating, tight, suspenseful, and well-done, this action-packed novel has everything for everybody. One of the best things I've read in a long time.
Also would recommend THE BARK OF THE DOGWOOD by Jackson McCrae
Was this review helpful to you?
3.0 out of 5 stars Hackers, Whackers, What? June 28 2004
This is a very slow moving story, in which criminals (hacker Kidd and his burglar friend LuEllen) are trying to catch another criminal and fail lousy. The other gangsters in the story are politicians; this part is somewhat in sync with Fahrenheit 9/11 with the only contrast that one is a documentary and this one is fiction. I was trying to be entertained by this book, but fell asleep over and over again. The story is very nerve soothing. In case you need a tranquilizer read this book!
Was this review helpful to you?
the top with this cyber thriller. Crooks and spies and burglars oh my! There is truly nothing this novel does not have. Starting with a brutal, seemingly senseless murder this book careens us through a sub-world of sleaze and mayhem.
The fascinating fact is that you cannot help but attach yourself to Kidd and LuAnne in their quest for the murderer of Bobby. Bobby who himself was a conundrum..shrewd and secretive.. he held many lives in his hands or rather in his computer.And now that computer itself was gone; floating around perhaps in cyberspace itsef. In the wrong or maybe even the right hands, it could destroy or end other lives.
I loved this book. The narrative is fast-paced and compelling and it is a crime/action scenario. It sling-shots you from one chapter to the next. Very 'today'! Clear in what it has to say and why it has to say it. If you like your heart to speed up and your brain to seek out this one. Thanks for a very enjoyable read,JS!
Was this review helpful to you?
1.0 out of 5 stars You must be Kidd-ing May 16 2004
I finished The Hanged Man's Song last week and remember only enough of it this week to suggest that it's not worth the time. I know everyone loves it, and I gave it a chance after the equally disappointing The Empress File, another Kidd novel, but neither was worth the time and money.
I like John Sandford a lot -- I've read all the Prey novels, including the two starring Clara Rinker twice -- so I picked up the Kidd novels because I read John's novels faster than he can write them. Both were a disappointment. Carl Hiassen's blurbed suggestion that Kidd is "a hero who's impossible to resist" is wrong. And his suggestion that Kidd is "the Travis McGee of microchips" would suggest he can't do comparison studies. I've read all the McGee books at least three times over the decades and the two heroes are nothing alike, nor is the writing.
Sandford causes himself some credibility problems with such stultifying techno-inanities as "The laptop was no lightweight -- it was a desktop replacement model from IBM with maximum RAM, a fat hard drive, built-in CD/DVD burner, three USB ports, a variety of memory-card slots." Omigod, THREE USB PORTS?! This man/machine combo is going to be invincible, assuming he can get his fat hard drive into gear.
Unfortunately, this passage is in a book published in 2004 and it appears on page 3 of my edition, causing a few micro-alarms to go off in my already skeptical brain. It just gets worse on page 42 when Kidd talks about putting the Encyclopedia Britannica on his laptop, where it "sucked up about 1.2 gigs. That means you could put about, uh... -- I did some quick calculation -- something like thirteen Encyclopedia Britannicas on one DVD."
Uh, better slow down, Kidd. My DVDs hold 4.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Boy! What doesn't it have? May 11 2004
By A Customer
Boy! What doesn't this book have? This Hitchcockian page turner is the fourth in a series and just as good as the previous three. With crooked politicians (redundancy alert), murder, computer hackers, and everything in between, this John Sandford novel does a lot of things, but disappoint is not one of them. A highly recommended and compelling tale. Would also recommend another great Amazon pick: BARK OF THE DOGWOOD by J.T. McCrae.
Was this review helpful to you?
Want to see more reviews on this item?

Look for similar items by category