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"A BLOCKBUSTER!" Entertainment Weekly For fans of Robert Parker's smart but tough-as-nails heroes, screenwriter Stephen Carpenter introduces a new character to the mystery genre, Jack Rhodes. Jack is an author and former boxer who was on his way to literary success when his life was blown apart by the horrific suicide of his fiancee. Devastated, Jack went on a fifteen-m "A BLOCKBUSTER!" Entertainment Weekly For fans of Robert Parker's smart but tough-as-nails heroes, screenwriter Stephen Carpenter introduces a new character to the mystery genre, Jack Rhodes. Jack is an author and former boxer who was on his way to literary success when his life was blown apart by the horrific suicide of his fiancee. Devastated, Jack went on a fifteen-month alcoholic spiral into near-oblivion before eventually working past his demons to become a best-selling crime novelist. But just as Jack is finishing his fourth book about a vicious serial killer, the LAPD interrupts his quiet routine with news of what appears to be a copycat murder from his first book. There's just one problem--the murder took place before Jack's book was published. Jack begins to investigate, using techniques he learned through his meticulous research with police and FBI investigators. To his horror, Jack discovers that each of the murders he has imagined are all real...down to the most harrowing details. And Jack is Suspect Number One. Jack winds up on the run, a fugitive haunted by his past and hunted by the very cops and FBI agents he has learned from and befriended. Jack must use every resource he has to prevent the murder of a woman he knows will be next in his series of novels. He must piece together shattered memories from the fragments he recalls during his drunken fifteen-month blackout. Fast-paced and utterly unpredictable, KILLER reads like a rapid-fire crime thriller, with hairpin twists and turns and edge-of-your seat psychological horror. KILLER eludes easy answers to the impossible puzzle Jack must solve, and takes the reader on a journey unlike any other.


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"A BLOCKBUSTER!" Entertainment Weekly For fans of Robert Parker's smart but tough-as-nails heroes, screenwriter Stephen Carpenter introduces a new character to the mystery genre, Jack Rhodes. Jack is an author and former boxer who was on his way to literary success when his life was blown apart by the horrific suicide of his fiancee. Devastated, Jack went on a fifteen-m "A BLOCKBUSTER!" Entertainment Weekly For fans of Robert Parker's smart but tough-as-nails heroes, screenwriter Stephen Carpenter introduces a new character to the mystery genre, Jack Rhodes. Jack is an author and former boxer who was on his way to literary success when his life was blown apart by the horrific suicide of his fiancee. Devastated, Jack went on a fifteen-month alcoholic spiral into near-oblivion before eventually working past his demons to become a best-selling crime novelist. But just as Jack is finishing his fourth book about a vicious serial killer, the LAPD interrupts his quiet routine with news of what appears to be a copycat murder from his first book. There's just one problem--the murder took place before Jack's book was published. Jack begins to investigate, using techniques he learned through his meticulous research with police and FBI investigators. To his horror, Jack discovers that each of the murders he has imagined are all real...down to the most harrowing details. And Jack is Suspect Number One. Jack winds up on the run, a fugitive haunted by his past and hunted by the very cops and FBI agents he has learned from and befriended. Jack must use every resource he has to prevent the murder of a woman he knows will be next in his series of novels. He must piece together shattered memories from the fragments he recalls during his drunken fifteen-month blackout. Fast-paced and utterly unpredictable, KILLER reads like a rapid-fire crime thriller, with hairpin twists and turns and edge-of-your seat psychological horror. KILLER eludes easy answers to the impossible puzzle Jack must solve, and takes the reader on a journey unlike any other.

30 review for Killer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Monnie

    This book was offered free at Amazon.com some time ago, but it got shoved to the back burner and then, alas, totally forgotten until it popped up again - this time as a freebie for Kindle Unlimited subscribers (I signed up recently on a trial basis). When I read the description, I said why not - and then discovered I already have it. And I finished it in a single day, albeit one when the weather was questionable and I had a little extra free time - it's only 237 pages and very easy to breeze thr This book was offered free at Amazon.com some time ago, but it got shoved to the back burner and then, alas, totally forgotten until it popped up again - this time as a freebie for Kindle Unlimited subscribers (I signed up recently on a trial basis). When I read the description, I said why not - and then discovered I already have it. And I finished it in a single day, albeit one when the weather was questionable and I had a little extra free time - it's only 237 pages and very easy to breeze through. It's also quite good; although I'll take a big issue with the "Entertainment Weekly" claim that it's for fans of Robert B. Parker's "smart but tough-as-nails heroes," former boxer and book author Jack Rhodes makes for an interesting character. His wife, Sara, blew her head off with a shotgun just as he was starting to gain success as a writer. After a 15-month stint as a nearly drop-dead alcoholic, he begins to write again and becomes wildly successful with a series of mysteries about a serial murderer simply called the Killer. This book, the first in a series, begins as all that success begins to go to hell in a handbasket with an especially grisly murder seemingly based on Jack's first book (he's now in the middle of writing the fourth). Problem is, the real murder took place before Jack's first book was published. Is it a copycat? Or did Jack's descent into an alcoholic stupor include acts so dark that even he can't remember? Then, a second murder is discovered - linked to yet another of his books - and (no surprise), Jack becomes Suspect No. 1 and goes on the run in an attempt to prove his innocence and, hopefully, prevent yet another murder that could be based on his in-progress novel. I do have one nit to pick (which I acknowledge comes because I'm a writer by profession myself, but totally nonfiction). I know using "alright" instead of "all right" is acceptable in some circles, but definitely not in mine. Interspersed throughout, it was like fingernails on a blackboard every time I encountered it. Enough, already! All told, this debut novel is well worth the time I spent reading it. In fact, the follow-up - Killer in the Hills - is available free through Kindle Unlimited, and yes, I grabbed it. Stay tuned!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Also posted to Jen in Bookland This book started off good, but somewhere along the way it got lost and went downhill fast. The beginning was really interesting wondering what is happening and who is doing everything. I loved the killers chapters and the way everything was being slowly being revealed. One thing I did hate throughout was it was a bit too descriptive for my tastes. Not horrible so, but enough that it kept making me stop and think really? Did we need that much detail in the descripti Also posted to Jen in Bookland This book started off good, but somewhere along the way it got lost and went downhill fast. The beginning was really interesting wondering what is happening and who is doing everything. I loved the killers chapters and the way everything was being slowly being revealed. One thing I did hate throughout was it was a bit too descriptive for my tastes. Not horrible so, but enough that it kept making me stop and think really? Did we need that much detail in the description? It is one thing that can bug me. Like calling out every name band of everything - I don't need it. It always makes me thing of product placement in movies and tv - like is the author being paid to advertise for the brands? Besides the descriptive, I was enjoying the book. But things just unraveled about halfway through and the end...the end was just too much. Now I need to add some spoilers here so don't read ahead if you don't want to know. I told him how the killer showed up at his house and he managed to get out of the handcuffs and get to his secret gun and shoot the killer, but not dead. Then when the killer shows up again he just happens to be right next to another loaded gun and he just happens to be able to again shoot the killer. It was just a bit much. My husband was just like what? He just happens to have loaded guns all over the place? Yeah. One gun okay - the shotgun that was his dead fiances....that I am not buying. Then I told him what happened after that and he was just like wait...the book isn't over yet? I said nope - it just keeps going! Really it went on too long. Like right after that maybe have an epilogue chapter where you sum up everything, how he went to get help and moved to NYC to be with the lawyer lady and how things are good now. I don't need to see him do all of that because...well because the story was over when the killer died. And the author should never try and write a sex scene into his books. It just didn't work. Yes, you don't really 'see' them having sex, but the way the scene was written was just incredibly awkward. Not the best way to wrap up a book, which is unfortunate since the first half was pretty good.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lori Anderson

    Fast-paced, well-written escapist fun. I needed a book to disappear into and this one held up. I usually pick up something like Stephen King when I want to get lost for a while, but "Killer" really was quite a good substitute. Recommended for those who like suspense novels and want a quick read. Lori Anderson Blog Shop Facebook Fast-paced, well-written escapist fun. I needed a book to disappear into and this one held up. I usually pick up something like Stephen King when I want to get lost for a while, but "Killer" really was quite a good substitute. Recommended for those who like suspense novels and want a quick read. Lori Anderson Blog Shop Facebook

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ronna Gangluff

    Writer finished his story.SKilled revealed and killed His imagination fills in the blanks on his story,but they aren't really his story to tell . This story is balloting to the end! Writer finished his story.SKilled revealed and killed His imagination fills in the blanks on his story,but they aren't really his story to tell . This story is balloting to the end!

  5. 5 out of 5

    marymurtz

    Weird and trippy and clever and an unsettling surprise, this was a gritty and dark book that for some reason I could NOT put down. Jack Rhodes goes on a terrible bender after his fiancee's suicide and does not get sober until fifteen months later, when he wakes up in the hospital as a suspect in a murder. He cannot remember anything that's happened to him during his months as a besotted drunk, and is fortunately cleared of the murder before he gets out of the hospital. After getting his life back Weird and trippy and clever and an unsettling surprise, this was a gritty and dark book that for some reason I could NOT put down. Jack Rhodes goes on a terrible bender after his fiancee's suicide and does not get sober until fifteen months later, when he wakes up in the hospital as a suspect in a murder. He cannot remember anything that's happened to him during his months as a besotted drunk, and is fortunately cleared of the murder before he gets out of the hospital. After getting his life back to some semblance of normal again, he deals with the pain of his loss and shame by writing. Constantly writing, and the book he later publishes (called "Killer") just pours out of him. It is a murder mystery, and quickly turns into a series of three books, dealing with a mysterious and elusive serial killer who targets young women, and the main character in the books is a police detective whose character is eerily reminiscent of Jack's dead fiancee. Life gets easier for Jack after his books become wildly popular bestsellers. He is recognized on airplanes, made rich through the sales of the novels, and is even working on a fourth and final installment where, his publisher promises, he'll reveal Killer's true identity once and for all. But one day, he's summoned back to California from his new home in Vermont. The police there have uncovered a body in a shallow grave. Her name is Beverly Grace - eerily similar to the name of the victim in Jack's first novel: Grace Beverly. Other details mirror his book. But it's not a copycat murder: this one happened BEFORE Jack's first book was published. In a frantic journey across the country, Jack visits the scenes of his other two books and finds that each holds another murder nearly identical to those in his books, but which were committed before the books were published. He even knows things the police never released to the public. Soon there is a manhunt for Jack, who fears he is losing his mind, knowing he's innocent but not knowing how that could even be possible. I thought this was a terrific plot, twisted and dark, wholly surprising and remarkably well developed. Although the last couple of chapters seemed a bit predictable, the rest of the book was a compelling and disturbing read. I got this one on Amazon.com at a ridiculously low price; probably the best bang for my reading buck this year.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Jenkins

    Killer was very fast-paced and well done (that is if you like mystery/horror stories). I read it in two days, which I never do. It's a story of a reclusive mystery writer who wrote stories about a serial killer whose stories proved to be events that actually happened - before he wrote the stories, making him the #1 suspect in the murders. The problem is, during the times when the murders occurred, he was in an 18 month stretch of heavy drinking caused by the suicide of his fiance and he has no m Killer was very fast-paced and well done (that is if you like mystery/horror stories). I read it in two days, which I never do. It's a story of a reclusive mystery writer who wrote stories about a serial killer whose stories proved to be events that actually happened - before he wrote the stories, making him the #1 suspect in the murders. The problem is, during the times when the murders occurred, he was in an 18 month stretch of heavy drinking caused by the suicide of his fiance and he has no memory of that time in his life. The story follows him has he alludes the police and FBI trying to figure out how he could have learned about the girls who were murdered, trying to prove he wasn't capable of such horrible things. I really liked this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    K.R. Bankston

    I completely enjoyed meeting Jack Rhodes and the supporting cast. This book was well written in my opinon with a great story flow. I was busy trying to figure out the twist of what was going on, coming to a couple of erroneous conclusions midway through. Delighted that I couldn't immediately figure out the plot, I continued to enjoy this offering. I will definitely pick up another book by this author in the near future. The contrasts between all the characters, especially Jack and Dave, was very I completely enjoyed meeting Jack Rhodes and the supporting cast. This book was well written in my opinon with a great story flow. I was busy trying to figure out the twist of what was going on, coming to a couple of erroneous conclusions midway through. Delighted that I couldn't immediately figure out the plot, I continued to enjoy this offering. I will definitely pick up another book by this author in the near future. The contrasts between all the characters, especially Jack and Dave, was very intriguing, keeping your mind racing about the connection between the two. Again, an excellent read!

  8. 4 out of 5

    ScrappyMags

    Very quick read and truly a great story. Somewhat cliche in the whole gotta have a sex scene with a hot chic thing (note sometimes these just aren't necessary to the story and seem contrived). Other than that a good mystery great pace creepy character... My kind of book. Very quick read and truly a great story. Somewhat cliche in the whole gotta have a sex scene with a hot chic thing (note sometimes these just aren't necessary to the story and seem contrived). Other than that a good mystery great pace creepy character... My kind of book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Josh Merz

    This book as so much swag that it was hard to handle sometimes. I had to put the book down sometimes so that my hands could cool if because that is how much swag this book is. If you need to gain swag points this is the book to read

  10. 5 out of 5

    Janet Annie

    this was a pager turner stay up too late at night because i could not put it down

  11. 4 out of 5

    Johnny

    This book is swag. It makes Josh Merz looks unswag because it is so swag. Stay swag my fellow readers.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tony Parsons

    5 yrs. ago Sara bought a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun at Chalet Sporting Goods (Pasadena, CA). 15 months later Richard Bell’s throat had been slit. Jack Rhodes (narrator, writer/author, former Golden Gloves regional welterweight boxer, LSU creative writing) was struggling with life from the loss of Sara (former fiancé, high-end private school kindergarten teacher). Featherton, Vt. Jack had moved into his cabin. Sheriff Claire Boyle came to welcome him to the community. It wasn’t just a social call 5 yrs. ago Sara bought a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun at Chalet Sporting Goods (Pasadena, CA). 15 months later Richard Bell’s throat had been slit. Jack Rhodes (narrator, writer/author, former Golden Gloves regional welterweight boxer, LSU creative writing) was struggling with life from the loss of Sara (former fiancé, high-end private school kindergarten teacher). Featherton, Vt. Jack had moved into his cabin. Sheriff Claire Boyle came to welcome him to the community. It wasn’t just a social call though. Detective Marsh (LAPD homicide) had called her about a murder. LAPD Parker Center. Detective Marsh hands Jack a manila envelope. Grace Beverly does that name ring a bell? A name in the 1st. murder book Killer (2/2/2002) Jack wrote. Temescal Canyon, Palisades. Newly built Condo’s. A backhoe uncovered a female corpse of Beverly Grace. Same MO as in the book. Detective Larson joins them in the interrogation. Beverly had been missing since 2001. Joel Fisher (55+. Jack’s lawyer, Fisher, Bloom, & Caruthers firm, NYC), & Nicki Feldman (F, B, & C attorney) met with Jack. Sharon Belton was reported missing on 8/14/2002. Killer At Large (Book # 2) had not been published yet. Will the murder mysteries get solved & someone brought to justice? I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written murder mysteries book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great murder mysteries movie, or better yet a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free author; BookSends; Amazon Digital Services LLC.; book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    Jack Rhodes is in purgatory. Not really dead but certainly not alive, ever since the suicide of his fiancée Sara, he has spent every day with his best friend, Jack Daniels. He couldn’t face much less deal, with the sight that he saw in his backyard. Sara, lying in the grass with her face missing and the shotgun lying ingenuously next to her is too much to deal with. More than fifteen months passes before the black, empty existence slowly lifts and he finds himself handcuffed to a hospital bed wi Jack Rhodes is in purgatory. Not really dead but certainly not alive, ever since the suicide of his fiancée Sara, he has spent every day with his best friend, Jack Daniels. He couldn’t face much less deal, with the sight that he saw in his backyard. Sara, lying in the grass with her face missing and the shotgun lying ingenuously next to her is too much to deal with. More than fifteen months passes before the black, empty existence slowly lifts and he finds himself handcuffed to a hospital bed with his other arm in a cast. Slowly the world he has tried so long to escape begins to return, leaving him more questions than answers. Faster than his return to reality, the questions are answered. A cop informs him that he is suspected of the murder of Richard Bell. One of the good things about drunks is that they are surrounded by people that aren’t. The bartender at the dive he spent so much of his day testifies that Jack and Jack were both at the bar when the crime was committed; he was free; for now. Before Jack Rhodes took his plunge into oblivion, he was an aspiring writer. Now, clear-headed and sober, he starts to write again. Killer, followed by, Killer at Large and Killer Unbound, all three becoming number one best sellers and his life was back on track. He flees the west coast and buys a cabin near Featherton, Vermont. When his fictitious murders turn out to be real…… Now the story starts and it will keep you riveted and confused as the answers seem to dance before you like shadows, just out of reach. The reader is plunged into the mind of a homicidal maniac and it isn’t pretty but you will be unable to tear yourself away; madness in full bloom.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rosie Bray

    Great thriller Suppose I prefer my heroes a bit rough around the edges, flawed and far from perfect - and Jack Rhodes is definitely that. Shaped by the tragic loss of his fiancee and his slide into alcoholism this is a man with more demons than most. But what about the series of books he wrote? What was their inspiration? Were they really just the imaginings of a troubled mind? Or was there another source?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    An eventful quick but good read I don't read many "true crime" fictions so I don't have much to compare. This story was nicely written and in a believable way. Not difficult to read or too technical but entertaining. The storyline is solid. Keeps you guessing until it doesn't. It is more like a 7 OUT OF 10, but alas it is a five star system and hence the 4 stars. An eventful quick but good read I don't read many "true crime" fictions so I don't have much to compare. This story was nicely written and in a believable way. Not difficult to read or too technical but entertaining. The storyline is solid. Keeps you guessing until it doesn't. It is more like a 7 OUT OF 10, but alas it is a five star system and hence the 4 stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Sultzer

    Pretty good for a self published book. There is a chronology error, but it's really well written. The characters are cliched, but solid. The plots got a unique spin on the crime writer wrapped up with his fans thing. I don't know where the series is going to go from here, since everything is pretty neatly wrapped up, but as it's own story, it's worth a read. Pretty good for a self published book. There is a chronology error, but it's really well written. The characters are cliched, but solid. The plots got a unique spin on the crime writer wrapped up with his fans thing. I don't know where the series is going to go from here, since everything is pretty neatly wrapped up, but as it's own story, it's worth a read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anita B. Adams

    Spectacluar horrifying crime novels! Spellbinding stories of a brilliant psychological demented killer on the loose will keep you reading night and day! Incredibly complex and horrifying stories that let you see what's going on in the killer 's mind that make you cringe. Excellent work! Spectacluar horrifying crime novels! Spellbinding stories of a brilliant psychological demented killer on the loose will keep you reading night and day! Incredibly complex and horrifying stories that let you see what's going on in the killer 's mind that make you cringe. Excellent work!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Diane Gilligan

    I’m looking forward to the next book I think the story was well written and for the life of me couldn’t figure out how the author was going to pull it off and still have a good guy at the end. I did predict the ending though but I still enjoyed the book and will read more of his books. Quick read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Danieleli

    Keep on truckin’. The parallel story of the killer was slightly confusing at first but was definitely necessary. Lots of twists and turns and the scene in the storage room was my favorite. I really didn’t expect that. Got to read the next two now.

  20. 4 out of 5

    PWA Allen

    Excellent story. The kind of story that grabs you and doesn't let go. Complex, detailed and very interesting. Alittle scary wondering how he was going to get out of being charged for the murders he wrote in his popular books. This author knows how to write a very enjoyable tale. Truly a good read. Excellent story. The kind of story that grabs you and doesn't let go. Complex, detailed and very interesting. Alittle scary wondering how he was going to get out of being charged for the murders he wrote in his popular books. This author knows how to write a very enjoyable tale. Truly a good read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karrie Stewart

    I think I would have liked this book more if I read it instead of listening to it. Noah Michael Levine wasn't the right narrator for this book. He fell flat and exiting times in the book. Otherwise the book was ok. It started off great and just got weird towards the end. I think I would have liked this book more if I read it instead of listening to it. Noah Michael Levine wasn't the right narrator for this book. He fell flat and exiting times in the book. Otherwise the book was ok. It started off great and just got weird towards the end.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erinn

    A very exciting mystery that keeps the reader guessing well into the book. I really enjoyed the natural feeling of confusion for our main character. His escape was quite far-fetched, but exciting nonetheless.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Pablo

    I read this along time ago, just got my first Kindle and this is one of the first books I read on it. Fast paced and I really enjoyed this read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Don McKay

    Great hero. Felt both mysterious and familiar. Sort of suspected the ending but that was okay. Nicki was delicious. She can cook clams for me anytime.

  25. 5 out of 5

    patty ofarrell

    Very good book Very good book, so good I can't wait to read the next one in the series! Liked the author's style of writing and hope the next book is just as good! Very good book Very good book, so good I can't wait to read the next one in the series! Liked the author's style of writing and hope the next book is just as good!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Burns

    Fantastic read! Jack has a new fan! Nothing in this story, was what it seemed. I thought Jack was the killer, then we find out who is. Kept my interest.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    I Liked This Book a Lot Very well written. Fast paced. Excellent plot for a mystery. And nice character development. It's not Shakespeare, but it is a 5 star for me. I Liked This Book a Lot Very well written. Fast paced. Excellent plot for a mystery. And nice character development. It's not Shakespeare, but it is a 5 star for me.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jylly

    Page Turner!!! Drawn in right away I wondered where the story was going. I loved the way it was written. If you want a unique suspense novel , this is it!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ann H.

    Captivating read.. This book captured my attention from the beginning and kept me guessing until the end. I can't wait to read Book 2 to see what's next for this character. Captivating read.. This book captured my attention from the beginning and kept me guessing until the end. I can't wait to read Book 2 to see what's next for this character.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Janet Mitchell

    Good one Some books just make you keep reading even when you should get up and do the dishes. This is one of those books. I really enjoyed the page turning suspense

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