This book is bargain priced from 03/09/2014 until 03/15/2014
Caution: Story contains strong profanity and descriptions of violent acts.
When a mutilated corpse is found bound to a tree deep in the forest of remote Aubrey Island, Washington, residents learn that the murder mirrors, in every ritualistic detail, a series of revenge killings described in a century-old local ghost story. More abductions and killings soon follow.
Justin Riddley, recently transferred to the island’s small college, faces growing evidence that one of his new friends and fellow students may be the murderer. John Marshall, redemption-seeking captain of the local police force, leads the frantic murder investigation and struggles to figure out whether the killings are tied to the island’s dark and violent past. Tormented by tragic wartime memories, and more convinced with each day that it is humanity’s fate to destroy itself, Marshall races against both the murderer and the specter of his own mental breakdown.
As blood continues to spill, Riddley and Marshall wonder whether there may be a dark, universal force that drives evil deeds great and small, and whether the nature of one’s childhood might sometimes, in the end, be all that separates the saint from the psychopath.
Targeted Age Group: All ages.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
The unique feature of the mystery genre is the need to hide the ending (preserving the surprise) while planting enough clues that the ending is plausible. You don’t want the reader to be able to guess the end with any certainty, but you also ultimately want the reader to nod his or her head and think, “yes, it makes perfect sense.”
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Grow a thick skin and never quit.
D.C. Alexander is a former federal agent who drew on his law enforcement experience in crafting this novel in order to give readers an uncommon insider’s glimpse into the world of criminal investigative work. He was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, where he was probably warped by the long, dark winters and a steady diet of David Lynch films. He now lives in Louisville, Kentucky. He hopes his story is both entertaining and thought-provoking, and that readers recognize family, friends, and perhaps parts of themselves in some of the characters.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This story was initially inspired by the author’s many discussions with close friends concerning how each of them thought their upbringing determined what psychological issues and deficiencies they had to contend with as adults. Eventually, the author wondered what sort of childhood might turn someone into a psychopath and murderer.