J.D. Barker’s The Fourth Monkey Unravels the Mind of a Psychopath
More horror looks to be heading to TV as word has come that The Fourth Monkey, a new novel from J.D. Barker that hasn’t even hit bookstores yet, has already been optioned for the small screen. And it has a pretty impressive duo behind it…
But first, let’s learn more about the source material, which is being released on June 27th from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (pre-order here).
For more than five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago; however, an unexpected break in the case comes when a man jumps in front of a city bus. The dead man was on his way to deliver a gift-wrapped message in a signature white box. What’s inside is proof that the elusive serial killer has taken one last victim before his untimely demise.
As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter – who has personal demons of his own – knows that even in death, the killer is far from done. When he discovers a personal diary in a jacket pocket of the body, he finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of saving one last girl who has only days to live.
Barker is the international best-selling author of Forsaken and a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award. He was hand-selected by the Bram Stoker family and granted exclusive access to family documents to write the forthcoming Dracula prequel.
As for the aforementioned The Fourth Monkey TV adaptation, it hails from CBS with director Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man) and writer Taylor Elmore (“Justified”) on board.