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Montreal . . . the long, hot summer of 1996. . .. . . and in the dark of night, moving like a shadowy wraith, a vigilante prowls the city's streets.The targets of his bloody rampage: the worst of the worst.Murderers. Gangbangers. Rapists.Six months. Sixteen murders. The harried police are still without a clue . . .. . . until the day they receive an email from the assassinMontreal . . . the long, hot summer of 1996. . .. . . and in the dark of night, moving like a shadowy wraith, a vigilante prowls the city's streets.The targets of his bloody rampage: the worst of the worst.Murderers. Gangbangers. Rapists.Six months. Sixteen murders. The harried police are still without a clue . . .. . . until the day they receive an email from the assassin himself.Lieutenant Dave McCall, head of Montreal's Special Homicide Task Force, needs help to crack the secrets of the killer's taunting message. He calls on an expert--Chris Barry, who runs a security firm specializing in computer communications.Together, McCall and Barry launch a grim quest to track down a man who preys on predators--an urgent quest to bring this remorseless killer to justice.But whose justice will prevail: theirs--or the vigilante's?...

Title : Vigilante
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ISBN : 9780981279008
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 252 Pages
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Vigilante Reviews

  • Peter Carroll
    2019-02-28 13:51

    Three things made me read this book.1. The author has a massive following on Twitter and blogs about Indie writing, handing out advice and tips.2. The reviews are mostly gushing and fullsome in their praise.3. It was available as a free download.I have to admit to being ever so slightly disappointed. It's essentially a good story, well structured, with a few clever twists and touches, and he does a good job of juggling the possibilities and suspects. Unfortunately, I guessed the ending about half way through so, for me, it was less revelatory than many other reviewers found it. That's not to say it is patently obvious (it's not) or that I am some kind of genius (as if!), I just thought it was good rather than gobsmacking.I didn't enjoy a lot of the dialogue. It tended to consist of the characters summarising or describing what had just occurred in the preceding chapter or paragraphs, which made me skim or ignore it. I also thought the description of tone, emotion and so on after each sentence uttered was overdone. I found the number of grammatical errors - a your instead of a you're for instance - and typos a bit off-putting. With modern electronic files, it is easy to go in and fix such things. This book is several years old and there are other reviews pointing out these glitches. Given the author's penchant for giving advice on writing, I think he should go back over the text and fix these. Don't get me wrong, it is not such a problem that it would spoil the read or the story, but it would improve it if he did.Overall, I would say it is worth reading and given that the vast majority of readers appeared to thoroughly enjoy it, my nit-picking is likely just that! I suspect my expectations were just a little too high going into it.

  • James Davis
    2019-03-14 16:12

    Rarely have I read a novel so pitifully awful as Vigilante. If I were to write a detailed review of what Claude Bouchard got wrong, it would end up longer than the book itself. Instead, I'll stick with a few basic points.1. The lead detective is pathetically inept, yet portrayed as a superstar. Now, this *can* actually work if you're making a more personal story focusing on character flaws, but the character portrayals in the book are delivered in such a shallow, "tell, don't show" style that it just comes off as jarring and annoying.2. The killer is unbelievably competent. Even a basic profile would have caught this guy early in the novel, but instead the police relied on techniques that have been outdated since the 80s. I'd make a joke about it being the Canadians, but Canadian police have been cutting edge long before American police.3. Horrible, horrible scene transitions and pacing. Every murder victim gets a long, dry, impersonal back-story and introduction so the author can tell you (again falling into the tell, don't show trap) that they're really bad and deserve to die. Every murder is sloppily written and performed in such a way that even 1996 forensics, which pre-dated widespread use of DNA, would have been able to figure this out.I've wasted enough time reviewing this awful novel. Read something else. Anything else.

  • Sharon Michael
    2019-03-09 13:09

    This was my first book by this author but will not be my last, in fact I've already downloaded the next in this series. Maybe not 'quite' amazing but definitely my kind of book.Fast pace, interesting characters and the author handled the vigilante theme very well, with enough of a twist to keep you involved. While I started to suspect the identity of the killer late in the book it certainly wasn't obvious and the entire plot was fast paced, with the actual killings handled with a relatively light touch.My only reservation, if you can call it that, was that the finale seemed a little abrupt, with the "clearance" of the last two suspects somewhat abbreviated but it wasn't enough of a glitch to spoil my enjoyment of the book.

  • Dale
    2019-02-22 12:57

    I read this out of order but I don't think it matters. I read the second book before this a while back. These are pretty good and I'll continue the series. I have the third one on my bookshelf.Who is the Vigilante? He's a Robin Hood of sorts killing people that have committed crimes and murders themselves. He is just doing the legal system a favor. He is an expert at hiding himself and all the traces of his activity from the police. Can he be caught? Read and find out.

  • Cari Foulk
    2019-02-25 17:52

    You'd think, with years of editing fiction and reading countless queries and manuscripts, that I would be an expert at knowing who-done-it. Claude Bouchard has proven me wrong. I had NO idea what the outcome of this mind-bending mystery would be until the big reveal at the end of the novel. Not a clue! Brilliantly executed, sharp and concise writing, Vigilante is a stellar example of what a crime / mystery / thriller should be. Perfect. A must read.

  • Kathleen Patel
    2019-03-19 16:54

    Vigilante was my first step into the inspired world of Claude Bouchard. This spellbinding story kept me guessing until the very end. A serial killer is busy with a variety of “projects”. You see, this serial killer is on a mission. He wants to rid Montreal of the vermin that keeps good people up at night. He exterminates a variety of criminals. They are the lowlifes that we love to hate; pimps, rapists, drug dealers- you get the idea.Here is where conflict steps in. While most people feel that the Vigilante is doing good work, there is always that annoying legal issue. The police must find the killer. Moreover, to make it even more complicated, the killer is a likable guy!Law enforcement teams up with cutting edge technology and discover more than they bargained for. The storyline is brilliant. The characters are complex and you will immediately form strong feelings about each of them. However, will you be able to figure out the identity of the vigilante?I do not think so.

  • Dorothy
    2019-03-03 19:02

    Claude is a fantastic guy, first of all. He's so sweet and nice... Vigilante is a great crime thriller. I highly recommend it.

  • Jody
    2019-03-18 11:11

    I received this book for free from a contest on and I really enjoyed it. I like vigilante justice. I like Charles Bronson and Clint Eastwood and the idea that the law has failed us in respect to really putting away the guilty and so an ordinary man faces great obstacles and gets the justice he deserves. In Vigilante, the vigilante goes even further than exacting revenge for himself. He takes it upon himself to get revenge for those who have suffered at the hands of criminals. There were no close calls, no near misses and no nail biting moments where it looks like the vigilante was outnumbered and about to be done in. There was simply straight forward action and adventure. There was great planning on the vigilante's part and there was some mystery in the book as to who was the real vigilante. Bouchard writes the story in a way that you think you know who the vigilante is but you keep second guessing yourself because of the plot turns. I can see where this book would leave those who are more liberal minded concerning crime and punishment upset thinking this book was full of hate and violence. I myself am more conservative and enjoy seeing the criminal "get what's coming to him" so to speak. If you are a fan of justice served up cold and calculating then you would enjoy this book and probably this whole series. I am glad I won this book and must say thank you to the author for writing it and to Simon Jenner for sponsoring this book as a "give away" on his website.

  • Simon Jenner
    2019-03-21 18:08

    A serial killer is on the loose in Montreal but his sights are only set on criminals. But this is more than just a vigilante thriller - it is a cleverly woven mystery with plenty of red herrings thrown in along the way to torment the reader. We are pointed towards one suspect but doubts creep in as the story progresses. Although I had my suspicions as to the vigilante's identity, I wasn’t 100% sure who it was until the last sentence. As soon as I realised that the identity of the vigilante was actually unknown, I was really drawn into the book. I couldn't put it down until I'd found out. I particularly enjoyed the pacing of this book as it interspersed the vigilante killings with back story and the progress of the investigation. While I did miss getting inside the head of the vigilante, although that would have given away the whole mystery part, the cleverly woven intrigue kept me reading well into the night.

  • Gracey Castro
    2019-03-06 12:59

    When I first started this book I was amazed at how each page pulled me in more. Great start, intriguing middle and a shocking ending. What more can you ask of a great book.Vigilante makes you side with him, relate and cheer him on. All of the characters come to life to make this story the grand thrill it is.The Vigilante is a good mannered killer who just wants to clean up the streets without the red tape. McCall is the cop hot on his tail. Power, crime and justice never seemed so fascinating.The first of a series that will get you hooked. Claude Bouchard holds back no punches - you will not be disappointed. A great read that is both well thought out and written. Bravo!Vigilante

  • Darlene Purcell
    2019-03-05 18:46

    I personally found the IDEA of a Vigilante STOPPING a crime before the victim is abused, punishing the criminal in a way that they will NEVER hurt anyone again, FASCINATING!Cold Blooded Killer or Knight in Shining Armor? I thought the identity of the killer was obvious from the start, was surprised when I began to doubt who it was. Again and again I revised my ideas and finally just gave in and read the story allowing it unfold in its own way.Claude Bouchard has woven a complex theme with very realistic characters, that kept me glued to the pages. The sensitivity in his writing deeply impressed me. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a little more than just a crime drama. It would make a great Lifetime TV movie, about JUSTICE being served, on numerous levels!

  • Sheri
    2019-03-14 14:15

    Vigilante (Claude Bouchard)Set in Montreal Lieutenant Dave McCall, the head of the special task force is on a mission to find a killer. This killer calls himself the "Vigilante" and he kills those who he feels deserved to die. He targets murderers, rapists, the meanest killers around.He teams up with Chris Barry who runs a security firm in computer communications. He is an expert in the computer field. Together they try to stay a step ahead of this killer and try to bring him down before he strikes again,Fast paced thriller. I look forward to reading the next in the series:The Consultant

  • Richard Louden
    2019-03-16 16:07

    I read 'The Consultant', the second in Claude Bouchard's Vigilante series, a couple of months ago and gave it five stars at the time. I'm giving its predecessor, 'Vigilante', five stars too for exactly the same reasons. It's fast-paced, inventive, full of twists and turns, keeps you guessing and defies you to put it down. It also has the virtue of confronting the reader with a big moral dilemma. How do you feel about a killer who, on one hand, rids society of evil criminals but, on the other, does it by taking the law into his own hands?Claude Bouchard's racy, exhilarating style keeps you hooked from first page to last. He is a highly skilled operator, a master of the thriller genre.

  • Carly Kirk
    2019-03-09 17:00

    Not too badIf I could, I would have given this 3 1/2 stars. It wasn't the best and it wasn't the worst crime/mystery I've read. The author tried for a twist ending, but something about the number of red herrings and the way they were written led me to figure out who the Vigilante was - and I'm not the type that usually even tries to figure that out.I own the next two books in the series, so I'm going to read them and hope the author's writing grows a little more mature.

  • MirandaMcHenry
    2019-03-08 12:46

    I think I have a new favorite serial killer! I can't really say much about him without spoiling the story. It will simply suck you in and you won't be able to put it down until you finish!Claude has an amazing way to tell his stories and I can't wait to read more of his work!

  • Joe Foley
    2019-02-25 15:14

    Good story with interesting twists. There were too many scene changes, one only a paragraph long, that made the story sometimes hard to follow. Action was done well but sometimes very violent. Dialog was done very well.Overall, I would reccomend the book to others.

  • Kim Cano
    2019-02-28 17:48

    I got this book on a free promo. Not usually into reading this genre, but I couldn't put it down and found myself loving the lines the vigilante killer would say before offing his victims. Now I'm on book 2 in the series, The Consultant.

  • Glynis Smy
    2019-02-24 17:50

    I was hooked from beginning to end. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am happy to recommend it as a good read.

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  • Susannah Morgan
    2019-03-09 17:06

    Bouchard keeps you guessing until the last page! Vigilante has a nicely twisted plot line and believeable characters...a very good read!

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  • Cristyn West
    2019-02-27 15:06

    Just read the first 29 pages. Impressed. Very Impressed :-)Just finished it. My opinion has not changed #impressed

  • Grace
    2019-03-23 15:06

    A thriller for sure. Watch out for the language...

  • C.J. Wright
    2019-03-02 16:00

    Great start to the Vigilante series, a crime novel with a number of twists that will keep you guessing until the last page. If you like James Patterson, you'll love Claude Bouchard.

  • David Bowers
    2019-03-07 10:53

    Great addition to his series of mysteries. All true mystery fans should 'discover' Claude before Hollywood does. "The book is always better!"

  • DolphinBlue
    2019-02-23 19:12

    POSSIBLE SPOILER:LOVED the surprise ending! The book was written in a tight (everything related to the plot), somewhat matter-of-fact style, which is not a criticism, just a comment. The reader really becomes invested in the outcome as the story progresses, and just when you think you have it figured out, BOOM, you find out you were wrong. I do want to go back and check to see whether the author cheated. The apparent solution was so obvious and spoon-fed, it will be interesting to see if the storyline holds up under closer scrutiny, knowing the outcome. Regardless, it was a very fun read. It also had a subplot that was fun to follow. Recommended for mystery/suspense lovers.

  • Pam
    2019-02-28 13:57

    This has a brilliant story-line, Unfortunately it has so many characters in it that i kept forgetting who was who, and that's not so easy to solve when reading with a Kindle, (no page numbers) but as the story started to come together, and the mystery of who did the crime, the finish was great.

  • Matt Cesario
    2019-03-05 12:58

    It was OK. I was kind of getting bored of it, and the character development wasn't great, but decided to try and finish it and towards the end it really sucked me in and surprised me. Not motivated to continue the series at this time ...

  • Rainer6868
    2019-03-02 16:02

    guter Thriller, von dem Autor würde ich mehr lesen

  • Elsa B
    2019-03-19 15:13

    Full of twists and turns. Great guessing game and well written.