Tuesday, 12 January 2016

2 BY GRANT JERKINS

Another new to me author and a fairly recent discovery – Grant Jerkins.





















I haven’t been able to locate a web presence for Jerkins, and there is no real author biography for him over at Fantastic Fiction just a bit of info saying his debut novel has been optioned for film.

He hails from Atlanta.

To date he has written or co-written 5 novels.

A Very Simple Crime (2010)
At the End of the Road (2011)
The Ninth Step (2012)
Done in One (2015) (with Jan Thomas)
Abnormal Man (2015)

 There is an interesting piece over at Elizabeth White's book site where he discusses his latest novel - Abnormal Man, which he has self-published.

“Grant’s fans will never forgive him.” — Penguin Group, Senior Executive Editor


At the End of the Road (2011)

From the critically acclaimed author of A Very Simple Crime, a chilling story of a young boy coming to grips with genuine evil.

A red dirt road on a sweltering day. A car loses control, flips through the air. A woman crawls out, bloody and battered, staggers toward the boy on the bike, the one she swerved to avoid. But he runs away...

Kyle is ten in the summer of 1976, and his world is all about secrets-secrets hidden in the maze of cornfields, in caves, in the embers of scorched earth, behind creaking doors and down basement stairs...and in the darkest of hearts.

But there's a policewoman at the front door. The Paralyzed Man watches him from a neighbouring porch. And no matter which way Kyle turns, no place seems safe anymore...



The Ninth Step (2012)

Is it true what they say? That we're only as sick as our worst secret? Because Helen Patrice has one. Last night, she murdered a stranger...

Helen is a recovering alcoholic struggling through a twelve-step program. Now it's time to make amends for a crime she got away with - a hit and run accident that killed the wife of school teacher Edgar Woolrich. It's time to face the consequences. When she finally gathers the courage to meet him, the ninth step begins with a lie - the first of many as their relationship grows, and Helen knows it's far too late to reveal the truth to a man she's come to love. Then one day, she receives an anonymous note: Does he know you killed his wife?


Now her devastating trail of deceit is about to lead her into the darkest place so far - that of other people's secrets...

9 comments:

  1. Thanks, Col. Good to know about another new author.

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    1. Prashant, I think these will be good, but time will tell and the proof will be in the reading!

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  2. These sound like really dark explorations of psychology, Col, among other things. Those kinds of novels can be really well done, and I hope this one is. I'll look forward to your reviews when you get to them.

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    1. They seem to have been quite well-received, so fingers crossed!

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  3. Well that's going to cheer us all up isn't it? I'll let you investigate the darkness first...

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    1. I've just been over to read his piece about his new book - it was riveting but tbh didn't make me want to read the book.

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    2. He should have emphasized the clothes in the piece! Oh well, just me then....

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  4. I will wait and see what you think of these when you read them.

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