A Fan of Death and Shakespeare promises to be the next extraordinary leap in the evolution of the female-driven psychological thriller. The novel provides a precise and chilling description of Folie à Deux, the purist and most perfect form of psychosis ever studied. Fans of the genre have been forced to accept vague descriptions of psychological disorders afflicting various scheming murderers and serial killers. Readers left to form their own diagnosis assign labels like psychopath, sociopath, schizophrenic, bipolar, or psychotic based on their own limited knowledge of psychiatry, a discipline with vast disagreement among its practitioners. A Fan of Death and Shakespeare features true identical-twin psychotics and describes their psychotic transformation. Psychotics are not born. They are transformed. The reader is privileged to enter the minds of the killers to watch them become psychotic, struggle to live with their condition, and fight to cure themselves. Observe a world where only a privileged few have been able to function and from which none survive. The final element readers demand is a mind-blowing plot twist. A Fan of Death and Shakespeare may be the only psychological thriller in which readers cheer for the success of the psychotic killers and the death of the innocent victims. Twin psychotic killers ingeniously hidden in the bodies of beautiful women is a weapon that ultimately proves impossible to stop. The plot is complex, but nothing is held back and every aspect is well supported. Going into the climactic final scene readers will be emotionally attached to their own hopes, fears, and expectations. No matter how close they read and how certain they are as to just who deserves to live and who deserves to die, there is one thing this novel can promise. The outcome will shock every reader. The novel opens on the scene of an execution-style murder of a BP America executive in his corner office. The Cleveland police detectives are baffled as a series of killings become more and more grotesque as they all serve to exonerate the prime suspect in the previous murder. After our hero becomes romantically involved with a beautiful psychotic, his psychiatrist works to make him understand psychosis and appreciate why he is in such grave danger. Recovering from his own psychological problems, he is incapable of thinking ill of any woman and is, therefore, defenseless. Going into the final scene both our hero and the identical-twin psychotic sisters are fighting the same villain for different reasons. It is the ending that takes this psychotic thriller to a level no prior thriller has reached. Prepare yourself for a thrill ride with an ending so shocking you may decide to read it again.
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Rick Lacey is an author/ghostwriter who has returned to his roots and lives in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio with his childhood sweetheart. He is the proud author of five novels under his own name including “A Fan of Death and Shakespeare,” which is set for official release on August 12, 2018.
Rick’s philosophy of life was set when his father’s early death brought the revelation that men in his family die young. That sent him off to cram a lifetime into too few years. Instead, he’s enjoyed a long life, pursued several careers, and accumulated multiple lifetimes of experience. When he sits down to write, he draws on a wealth of real-life events and interactions.
He was born in Pennsylvania and spent his first years in an Allegheny-mountain coal town. The family escaped to San Francisco before settling in a suburb of Cleveland where Rick benefited from a middle-class upbringing and old-fashioned family values. He earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Cleveland State University.
He worked twelve years at the Lincoln Electric Company in the infamous Lincoln Incentive System. He spent eight years at BP America where he worked his way up to Senior Financial Analyst. After accepting a buyout during a corporate downsizing, he relocated to Florida and speculated in real estate before rejoining the workforce as Controller of the Sundial Beach & Golf Resort and the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club on Sanibel Island. In an effort to give back, he finished his working career as a Financial Adviser and Accountant for Love A Child, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to housing, clothing, and educating poor children.
Rick spent two years in an RV visiting every state and traveling from the Atlantic to the Pacific and from the Arctic Circle to the Tropic of Cancer. While there are still a lot of countries on his bucket list, he continues to check them off.
Intertwined in that life he invested in the financial markets, traded bond futures and index options, and counted cards at Blackjack tables. He was the fool who acts as his own lawyer, even winning a case in Ohio’s Court of Appeals and beating the IRS in tax court. He climbed mountains and glaciers and explored deserts, caves, and rain forests. He rode in a hot air balloon, bungee jumped, hang glided, shot the rapids, skied, ski dived, and scuba dived. He dined in exclusive restaurants and dirt-floor cantinas. He worked on a shrimp boat and witnessed a murder. He slept in the fanciest hotels and camped under the stars. He got into bar fights, was pepper sprayed, and spent nights in jail. He met up with rattlesnake and grizzly bear, ran from a moose, and spent a night against a redwood in big-foot country. He admired nature’s wonders from her most beautiful creations to her most savage devastation. He enjoyed desert sex and Arctic Circle sex, palace sex and trailer-park sex. He soaked in desert hot springs and swam in mountain lakes. He went to Roswell and Area 51 and watched a Space Shuttle blast off. He waded the Rio Grande and cruised Prince William Sound. He hitchhiked across the country and flew across oceans. He caught King Salmon and watched Humpback whales. He was chased by Indian braves and panhandled by Indian alcoholics. He hit a golf ball further than Tiger Woods and saw more of America than John Muir.
As important as education, career, and travel are to a novelist’s arsenal are interactions with people. Rick’s been privileged to meet some incredible characters and to have loved and lost. From the murderer to the philanthropist, the Nobel scholar to the Hopi elder, billionaire to bag lady, executive to the limo driver, Aztec stud to Korean lesbian, librarian to stripper, rock star to groupie, laid-back Jamaican to proper English Lord, politician to priest, whore to nun, lunatic boss to perfectionist golf pro, the cowboy just wanting a bourbon and a hot meal to the Chairman of the Board bent on ruling the world he learned something from them all.
Though hardly the sort of life of which biographies are demanded, it is the best preparation for a novelist or ghostwriter seeking to bring realism to his stories. To paraphrase a great many of our most admired authors, . . . he lived it, he writes it.