The story follows NYPD Homicide detective Mike Stoneman as he and his partner, Jason Dickson, track a serial killer who is knocking off New Yorkers whom the killer has deemed to be guilty of crimes for which the self-styled Angel of Death will exact divine justice.
The victims share no similar traits, have no connections to each other, have no common enemies, and were each killed in very different ways. Stoneman and Dickson pick up the trail based on the coincidental timing of the unsolved murders – each of which occurred on the last Saturday of the month. Could these assassinations really be the work of a single serial killer? Why would a single killer choose such strange and disparate methods? Why spread your victims across all of New York? And most importantly, how do you track down someone with no discernable pattern?
Each new murder adds a piece to the killer’s jigsaw puzzle, but even unravelling the clues and finding the killer’s pattern may not be enough to catch him. Mike and Jason bring in help from FBI profiler Angela Manning, and together they start to close in. But will they be able to stop the elusive killer before he completes his decathlon of death? Each month is a race against the calendar. On the last Saturday of the month, there will be blood.
As a special bonus, included with Righteous Assassin readers will get the award-winning short story, Fool Me Twice, the very first episode in the Mike Stoneman saga.
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Kevin G. Chapman is, by profession, an attorney specializing in labor and employment law. He is the most recent past Chair of the Labor & Employment Law Network of the Association of Corporate Counsel, leading a group of 6800 in-house employment lawyers. Kevin is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars and enjoys teaching management training courses.
Kevin’s passion (aside from playing tournament poker) is writing fiction. Kevin’s first Novel: “Identity Crisis: A Rick LaBlonde, P.I. Mystery,” was self-published through Xlibris in 2003, and is now available via Amazon.com as a Kindle e-book. His second novel, A Legacy of One, published in 2016 and was a finalist (short list) for the Chanticleer Book Reviews’ Somerset Award for Literary Fiction. A Legacy of One is a serious book, filled with political and social commentary and a plot involving personal identity, self-determination, and the struggle to make the right life decisions. Kevin’s new novel, Righteous Assassin, is a much more “fun” read — it’s a page-turner. It has some serious sub-themes, but it’s a serial killer chase and it’s intended to be enjoyable and easy to read. The early reviews confirm that it’s a fast-paced entertaining read.
Kevin has also written several short stories, including “Fool Me Twice,” the winner of the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association’s 2010 Legal Fiction Writing Competition, which was the genesis of the character Mike Stoneman, the protagonist in Righteous Assassin. He has also written one complete screenplay (unproduced so far) and has another screenplay and two more novels currently in the works, one of which is a sci-fi space opera epic. But, if enough people read and like Righteous Assassin, then the next book will likely be installment #2 in the Mike Stoneman thriller series.
Kevin is a resident of West Windsor, New Jersey and is a a graduate of Columbia College (‘83), where he was a classmate of Barack Obama, and Boston University School of Law (magna cum laude ’86).