|Headhunter (1984) [Novel]|
by Michael Slade
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Series: Special X
Headhunter: The totem pole-a Dogfish Burial Pole-
was fifteen feet high. The crosspiece was carved with a figurehead from an Indian myth. Hanging between the struts was the body of a woman. Her hands nailed to the crosspiece and her head had been cut off. The carved face of the Dogpole appeared to take its place.
The Headhunter is loose on the streets of Vancouver. The Headhunters's victims are everywhere-floating in the Fraser River, buried in a shallow grave, tacked to an Indian totem pole on the University of British Columbia campus. All women. All headless.
These bizarre killings have their roots in magic, voodoo, and sexual slavery. For the Headhunter's mystery begins in 1897 with Indian ritual murder in the desolate Canadian snow, is refined in 1957 by a uniquely vicious whore in a New Orleans dungeon, and finds first hideous expression deep in the Ecuador jungle in 1969. And now, in the 1980's fear and the Headhunter stalk Vancouver's streets together.
In the city, hysteria grows with each new killing. This is one of the toughest challenges the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have ever had to face. This time, will the Mounties get their man? Their investigation is massive and thorough, but though they can break down any number of doors, they can never enter the mind of the murderer.
Original title: Headhunter
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Police Procedural