Presumed Dead

Carter Blake book 5: Presumed Dead‘What do you know about the Devil Mountain Killer?’


Adeline Connor was the Devil Mountain Killer’s final victim. After she was gunned down, the murderer disappeared and the killing spree ended.


Carter Blake has been hired to do what he does best: to find someone. But this time he’s hunting a dead girl – Adeline Connor’s brother is convinced she’s still alive.

But this town doesn’t want an outsider digging up old business. And as Blake gets deeper into the case, it starts to become clear that the murders didn’t ju st stop fifteen years ago.

The killer is on the hunt again.

  • Published in the UK by Orion – click here to buy
  • Published in the US by Hachette – click here to buy

Longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize 2018

Praise for Presumed Dead

“I absolutely LOVED it, move over Reacher, I have a new favourite hero.” – Jenny Blackhurst

“perhaps one of the best endings in a thriller novel I’ve come across for AGES” – Liz Loves Books

“A driving thriller about loyalty and lies in small town America.” – Eva Dolan

“The final twist knocked me sideways!” – Peterborough Evening Telegraph

“Multi-layered deceptions slowly unravel, and the suspect spotlight falls on a number of people towards the end of what is an atmospheric, brooding and compelling thriller.” – Tony Forder

“Carter Blake is an excellent character – plausible without being a parody, with enough skills to be excellent at his chosen role and a back story in the shadows which is alluded to but never quite revealed.” – Crime Fiction Lover

“Brilliant, brilliant story telling from Mason Cross. If you have not yet discovered the Carter Blake books then this is the perfect opportunity to find out why readers look forward to each new release.” – Grab This Book

“I read it very quickly because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next, but then was sad when I finished it cos it was over! But I wasn’t disappointed by the ending. OMG, the last couple of chapters! Wow! Absolutely fantastic.” – Suze Reviews

“Mason Cross performs the very skilful task of shielding the real killer until the final pages and that disclosure is nothing short of ingenious” – Trev T – Netgalley