The women aren't safe with a beheading killer on the lose. Detective Robert DeClercq was even eluded as he and the police combed the lower depths of the sexual underground on two continents.
Swastika was inspired by the Second World War archives of Flight Lieutenant Jack "Johnny" Clarke, who flew forty-seven combat missions against the Third Reich in Europe, and in North Africa for the Battle of El Alamein.
As a criminal lawyer, Jay Clarke, Jack's son, has fought more than one hundred murder cases. He specializes in the law of insanity.
Rebecca Clarke, Jay's daughter, has a degree in history and English literature.
Michael Slade is the author of eleven Special X thrillers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It's hysteria time. The RCMP launches a massive investigation, summoning up their crack detective, Robert LeClercq, to head a special investigation force. But as LeClercq tries to get inside the murderer's head, he realizes there is a diabolical depravity operating here that he cannot hope to understand.
The book winds and meanders its way from the Canadian Northwest to the jungles of Ecuador and back via New Orleans, and while the plot sometimes becomes so convoluted that it seems to be getting hopelessly entangled, it always gets back on track in time. This is a book for strong stomachs; there is some downright sickening stuff in here, but it doesn't overwhelm the narrative. And up to the very last page, the reader will never, ever, guess whodunit.
HEADHUNTER is about this serial killer who kills women and takes their heads. The above mentioned unit is called in to track the killer down and a nerve shattering, and extremely deadly game of cat and mous ensues.
I refuse to go into the plot any further. I just have to tell you there's this mindboggling twist in the end which turns the book you've just been reading completely on it's head (no pun intented) and had me - as an aspiring writer - seeing green with envy- as brilliant as I thought the ending was. That same twist also makes reading the book for a second time almost a must!
HEADHUNTER really is that good a book. I can understand some of the criticism in that Slade doesn't pay all that much attention to the killers motives and his/ their priorities clearly lie with the police procedural-whodunnit aspects of the plot.
For me personally that didn't spoil the fun though and I still give it a maximum score of five stars.
I also just have to say a few things about the author. For who doens't know it Michael Slade is the pseudonym for a bunch of Canadian lawyers, and their expertise (and their knowledge of both policework and the justice system) clearly is evident in their books. Besides HEADHUNTER and EVIL EYE I'd also recommend RIPPER and especially GHOUL.
Although I catagorise Slade here as a thrillerwriter the series above all really is horror. It was marketed like that by ONYX in the late eighties and got rave reviews from FANGORIA magazine.