KILLER by Stephen Carpenter
(A Jack Rhodes Mystery)

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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-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.

About Stephen Carpenter

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Stephen Carpenter created the NBC television series Grimm, and wrote screenplays for Ocean's Eleven, Blue Streak, and other feature films. A graduate of UCLA Film School, Carpenter has also written and directed several thrillers, including Soul Survivors, starring Casey Affleck. His first novel, Killer, was an Amazon Kindle bestseller and dubbed a "blockbuster" by Entertainment Weekly. His latest book, The Grimm Curse Trilogy, was published in 2013 by Amazon.
Published June 25, 2010 237 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In 'Heart of a Killer,' David Rosenfelt combines his many talents -- writing great dialogue, plots with great twists, and a wry sense of humor -- to end up with a book that is difficult to put down.

Feb 12 2012 | Read Full Review of KILLER (A Jack Rhodes Mystery)

The Trades

This review is going up after the film aired last Saturday, August 27 -- but if it airs again, do yourself a favor and watch another monster movie (I’ve heard “The Thing” is pretty good).

Aug 31 2011 | Read Full Review of KILLER (A Jack Rhodes Mystery)

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