Freeze Time Media recently released Chapter and Verse, a gritty murder mystery by newcomer Frank Hamilton. The book is available through Amazon in print (15.99) and as a Kindle book ($.99).
It appears the Gospel Killer has returned from his sabbatical. A year and a half after the last victim was found, the dead bodies and pattern have begun anew. Every twenty-seven days a man is murdered. Each victim shares a Biblical name from the Gospels of the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. Additionally, each of the dead men is found nude, each has recently ejaculated, and the killer has used a serrated edged knife each time.
The Gospel Killer leaves his calling card, a King James version of the Bible, near each dead body. With Dallas police and the FBI both unable to stop the deaths, a wealthy and seductive widow of one of the Gospel Killer’s most recent victims hires private investigator Mark Witt to join in the search for the elusive serial killer.
Witt, an ex-cop and former seminary student, knows all too well of the ugliness that can occur in life. He knows the secrets that death can hold and he understands how killers cling to the shadows. What Mark doesn’t understand, though, is that the Gospel Killer knows of secrets too. When the Gospel Killer learns about a past mistake long held secret by Mark, it threatens the investigator’s entire life. In order to protect his family, and to keep his own secret locked in the shadows, Mark must now provide assistance to the Gospel Killer.
This is an untenable situation and one that both sides know will almost surely end in death…but whose?
About the Author:
Married father of four, commodities trader, online entrepreneur, part-time real estate investor and full-time sports enthusiast, Frank Hamilton wants more out of life. Frank wants to create a series of novels featuring the life and exploits of the toughest and most hard-core private investigator working in American literature today.
With that in mind and knowing there are only two types of people in this world, those that run from a fight and those that run to a fight, Frank writes of private investigator Mark Witt, a man whose troubled soul leads him headfirst on a hundred-meter sprint searching for fights. Not exactly Philip Marlowe, not quite Alex Cross, definitely not Lucas Davenport, but perhaps closer to Spencer for Hire, Mark Witt is smart enough to find the bad guys, strong enough to take them down, and mean enough to get a couple of unnecessary roughness penalties along the way. In Chapter and Verse readers learn two things about Mark Witt: he will go to any length to stop a serial killer, and if you screw with his family you will pay for it with your life.
So, Frank Hamilton asks, “Is that too much to want?” To be a happily married man (as if such a thing exists) and an ultra-successful writer? If it is, if perhaps it is deemed too much for one man to handle, then Frank can at least take comfort in the fact he was voted One of America’s 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2004…okay, that’s not true, but Frank does still contend the voting was rigged that year as he was indeed looking pretty hot back then.
“An imposing debut novel which zig zags to a scorching finale.” – Kirkus.