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A Murder of Saints by Chris Miller

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A Murder of Saints: A Novel

by Chris Miller

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Sophie Fields is a little girl tortured by her memories of Damien Smith, a much-loved and respected church elder with a secret lust for the unmentionable. After his misdeeds are covered up by church leaders, she climbs to the roof of her house and jumps to her death, right in front of her shocked brother, Charlie.

Twenty years later, detective Harry Fletcher is still haunted by the personal demons associated with the church cover-up. After losing his faith, his wife, and now his partner, Fletcher learns that Charlie Fields has come back to town with one mission: to kill everyone responsible for his sister’s death. It is Fletcher’s job to track and stop the crazed killer. But as it becomes clear who the main targets are, Fletcher finds himself in the midst of a moral quagmire. Although he sees justice in Charlie’s crusade, the killer seems to be taking out others not responsible for his family’s destruction. As Fletcher and his new partner battle each other in a test of ideology and limits of the law, the real demons show up and change everything.

In this chilling tale of suspense, revenge, and evil, a police detective wrestles with his moral conscience while attempting to stop a serial killer avenging his sister’s death.




A Word from the Author

Author Chris Miller pictureThe inspiration for this novel came when I was a young man attending a youth group at a non-denominational Christian church in our town. An elder there was found to have been molesting several girls, and he ended up going to jail and dying there. Through it all, I was stunned. Most everyone was stunned. This guy was respected, not only in the church, but in the entire community. Wealthy, self-made man, veteran, and very giving with his substantial wealth.

Then I witnessed the backlash on families, on relationships in the church. The church actually split not terribly long after, and then there were two churches from the one. In the midst of this, the ‘what if?’ questions started cropping up in my mind. What if one of these poor girls killed herself as a result? What if the whole thing had been covered up by the other church leaders? What if someone came back for revenge many years later? What would this situation have done to such a person, and how would they have changed?

All of these things swirled in my mind for several years until, one day, a story was born. I worked on it, wrote it, thinking surely this would need to be Christian Fiction at first, but soon realizing during rewrites that that angle just didn’t fit. It was dark. Gritty. Mean. Violent. And so it shed that cloak and turned into the relentless, R-rated tome it is today.
And even though I wrote it, it still haunts me. It’s totally fictional. But the ‘what ifs?” continue to linger in my mind…

(Chris Miller, November 2017)

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Portrait of Death by Greg Ryan

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Portrait of Deah

 – Death has an Artist –

by Greg Ryan

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“I would definitely recommend this to fans of this genre. A fantastic piece of story telling!” – George at Amazon

“A very well written psychological thriller book.” – Tony at Amazon

“The story was gripping and characters were keeping me interested in reading more.” – ALY at Amazon

An alluring and beautiful, yet psychotic female serial killer builds a group of other active serial killers and initiates a cult of believers following her expertise.

When notorious serial killer Mona Pruitt is locked up in a mental hospital, the FBI calls former Chicago detective Nathan Pearson to consult on the case. Having since withdrawn from the police life, Pearson was romantically involved with Pruitt before her arrest, then Pruitt murdered a man and painted a portrait of his death at Millennium Park.

Nathan just wants to move on with his life and leave the police life behind him. But with serial killer Mona Pruitt, also his ex-girlfriend, being locked up in a mental hospital for painting a portrait of a dead male at the center of Millennium Park, is going to force him back into the life he swore he left behind. When FBI agent Melissa Thornton shows up at his home to recruit him, he’s going to have to fight his distaste for law enforcement and saving lives.

Soon Nathan finds himself on someone’s hit list. But he’s not the only target. Mona is too, and Nathan quickly learns nothing is as it seems. One thing is clear: Nathan has to visit Mona, she is still obsessed with him, and she may be the only one who truly knows what is going on. Now, as the death toll starts to rise and time running out, somebody close to Nathan or Mona is on the line, Nathan knows his only chance is to keep visiting Mona. But Mona will prove how horrifying and unpredictable she can be while locked up.

This all leads to a twisted and shocking turn of events that will make Mona Pruitt the next deadly famous artist.

Portrait of Death is the first in a brand new series and is a fast paced dramatic thriller. This is a new and different take that separates itself from other serial killer books.




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author Greg Ryan picturePortrait of Death is the first in a brand new series and is a non-stop thrill ride. I always want my readers to go into my books with accurate expectations of what to expect. To not be intentionally misled just to buy the book as I have often seen. What readers can expect from my books are stories that haven’t been told yet. I want my readers to read something new, something fresher, and not something that has already been written before by other authors. We seem to live a publishing world where people tend to focus too much on what others have written. So I try to stay away from that and branch out on what I feel is a unique approach to telling a good story. I recommend reading my series in order starting with Portrait of Death. Followed by Portrait of Pain.

(Greg Ryan, October 2017)

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Silent Fear by Lance & James Morcan

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Silent Fear by Lance & James Morcan

When you can’t hear…death comes silently.

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When you can’t hear…death comes silently.

Scotland Yard detective Valerie Crowther is assigned to investigate the murder of a student at a university for the Deaf in London, England. The murder investigation coincides with a deadly flu virus outbreak, resulting in the university being quarantined from the outside world.

When more Deaf students are murdered, it becomes clear there is a serial killer operating within the sealed-off university. A chilling cat-and-mouse game evolves as the unknown killer targets Valerie and the virus claims more lives.

A stunning, claustrophobic, “whodunit” murder mystery, Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes) is the eighth novel by father-and-son writing team Lance & James Morcan. Included is a commentary by Deaf filmmaker Brent Macpherson on the unique aspects of Deaf culture the story covers. Together, the Morcans and Macpherson are currently developing a feature film adaptation of Silent Fear.




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author Lance Morcan pictureauthor James Morcan pictureSilent Fear is dedicated to the many millions of deaf people around the world. It is the eighth published novel by New Zealand father-and-son writing team Lance and James Morcan, authors of The Ninth Orphan, Into the Americas and White Spirit.

Set in present-day London, Silent Fear was inspired by the murders of several deaf students at Gallaudet University, one of the world’s most prestigious learning institutions for the deaf, in Washington, D.C.

A decade in the making, it was written under the guidance of leading deaf filmmaker Brent Macpherson whose commentary on the unique aspects of deaf culture the story covers appears at the end of the book. Together, the Morcans and Macpherson are developing a feature film adaptation of Silent Fear.

(Lance  & James Morcan, September 2017)

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