J.D. Barker

Edoardo Balerini and Graham Winton both return as narrators for THE FIFTH TO DIE by J.D. Barker #4MK

Release date: July 10, 2018

In the thrilling sequel to The Fourth Monkey, a new serial killer stalks the streets of Chicago, while Detective Porter delves deeper into the dark past of the Four Monkey Killer.

Detective Porter and the team have been pulled from the hunt for Anson Bishop, the Four Monkey Killer, by the feds. When the body of a young girl is found beneath the frozen waters of Jackson Park Lagoon, she is quickly identified as Ella Reynolds, missing three weeks. But how did she get there? The lagoon froze months earlier. More baffling? She’s found wearing the clothes of another girl, missing less than two days. While the detectives of Chicago Metro try to make sense of the quickly developing case, Porter secretly continues his pursuit of 4MK, knowing the best way to find Bishop is to track down his mother. When the captain finds out about Porter’s activities, he’s suspended, leaving his partners Clair and Nash to continue the search for the new killer alone.

Obsessed with catching Bishop, Porter follows a single grainy photograph from Chicago to the streets of New Orleans and stumbles into a world darker than he could have possibly imagined, where he quickly realizes that the only place more frightening than the mind of a serial killer is the mind of the mother from which he came.

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THE FOURTH MONKEY by J.D. Barker Paperback Releases in the UK! #4MK

Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called, “A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind.”

For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive.

As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own.

With only a handful of clues, the elusive killer’s identity remains a mystery. Time is running out and the Four Monkey Killer taunts from beyond the grave in this masterfully written fast-paced thriller.


“The Fourth Monkey has one of the most ingenious openings that I’ve read in years. This thriller never disappoints.”
James Patterson, #1 NY Times Bestselling Author

“Superbly constructed and immaculately paced, this is one of the few serial killer thrillers that bears comparison with Thomas Harris’s 1981 masterpiece Red Dragon.”
Daily Mail

“Bram Stoker Award finalist Barker ingeniously blends horrific images into a bizarre plotline to create this devilishly dark thriller.”
Library Journal

“…Nice twists on classic thriller tropes.”
Publisher’s Weekly

“Not since Hannibal Lecter had a friend for dinner has a serial killer been so skillfully rendered on the page.”
Taylor Elmore, Writer/Producer of Justified and Limitless

“J.D. Barker’s second novel is a terrifying romp.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“If you like fast-paced, disturbing thrillers, this is the summer read for you!”

“Scary, stomach churning, and utterly addictive, this has to be one of 2017 most exciting thrillers.”
Lancashire Post

“Creepy, scary . . . and impossible to put down! The Fourth Monkey is everything a thriller should be—a must read!”
Heather Graham, NY Times Bestselling Author

“Intense, disturbing and relentlessly suspenseful, “The Fourth Monkey” is a dark and wildly entertaining novel.”
Plattsburgh Press Republican



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THE FOURTH MONKEY makes the Semifinals of the GoodReads Choice Awards! #4MK

First off, I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to write in a vote for THE FOURTH MONKEY! With over 900,000 books published so far this year, making the short list of top 20 Thriller/Mysteries is no easy feat, and not one I could accomplish without your help. I am truly grateful. Thank you.

Who’s ready for round two?

This is where things get interesting. We’re up against some big names – J.D. Robb, John Sandford, Dan Brown, Paula Hawkins… but I think we can beat them. Each one has a corporate marketing machine standing behind him/her; deep pockets and large staffs that will spend more $ than most small countries in an attempt to capture your vote. They’re probably dropping hardcovers from airplanes right now, booking appearances on the Today Show, going door-to-door, picking up television ads and buying every inch of space in all the magazines. Somewhere, a baby was just born and a representative from one of the big five publishers probably stood over that child with an iPad and a fresh GoodReads account in an attempt to capture that newly minted vote.

I can’t do that.
I can’t do any of that.
I’m the new guy on the block and I don’t have the budget.

All I can do, is ask you for one more favor.
Please take a second and click on this link.
…and click the Vote button.

I’m sure of one thing.
This is an uphill battle.
And you should never rule out the underdog. We have numbers.
Together, our voice is deafening.
Wouldn’t it be nice to see the little guy win this thing?




Have you cast your vote for the GoodReads Choice Awards yet? #4MK

Woohoo! Voting is open! If you read The Fourth Monkey and enjoyed it, I would greatly appreciate it if you cast a quick vote. It only takes a second.

To vote:

Click on this link.

Scroll to the bottom of the page.


…and click vote.

The Fourth Monkey is already up for a number of awards, but this one in particular means a lot to me because it’s the only one voted on 100% by readers. Nothing means more to me than your opinion.

Thank you so much for taking time out of your day and giving this little book a lift. Keep an eye out for the television show on CBS – that’s moving fast too!

I’ll see you soon in 2018 with two new titles!