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A Killer’s Grace is one of two novels by Chapman being released simultaneously by Terra Nova Publishing, the other being My Name is Wonder. The publisher commented, “It is remarkable that these two books can be so very different but somehow speak to the same messages.”
A Killer’s Grace
by Ronald Chapman
From the high desert of New Mexico comes a tale of mystery, murder and redemption. When journalist Kevin Pitcairn receives a disturbing letter from a serial killer, he is drawn into a compelling journey with profound psychological and spiritual implications, not just for the murderer, but for himself and society as a whole. As he tries to investigate and then tell the story, he finds himself battling his own inner demons and sordid history. Events conspire to propel an isolated matter to a national stage and audiences that are increasingly hostile. Forced to explore the roots of human psychology and sanity, Pitcairn must navigate moral and philosophical realms. What is the nature of evil? What powers of choice do humans actually possess? How may we be redeemed? And in the end, how do we reconcile with ourselves?
The nightmare began in 1988. He was on assignment for the Indianapolis Star a few miles down the Ohio River from Evansville, Indiana, in the town of Mt. Vernon. A plastics manufacturing site had been conducting studies to prevent catastrophic chemical emergencies, a major news story. He visited Hawk’s, a tiny bar and grill, then at the urging of the barman he meandered down the hill to the riverfront titty bar where he proceeded to get very drunk.
Somehow he drove his car to downtown Evansville, but rather than heading for his hotel room he found another bar. After that, his memory was spotty.
The nightmare filled in troubling details. Lurid wallpaper in a seedy, riverfront hotel formed the backdrop. His right hand clenched an ugly little man by the throat. Pitcairn’s whitened knuckles stood out in vivid contrast to the man’s face with its bulging blue eyes and torrid complexion. Bluish tinges of asphyxiation gave way to dark violet as bubbles frothed on the man’s lips. In the periphery of Pitcairn’s vision the man’s arms and legs flailed. A terrible focused fury held him against the wall until the struggling ceased. The little man’s eyes dimmed. He dropped with a dull, lifeless thud when Pitcairn eased his grip.
Pitcairn awoke at dawn, slouched sideways in the seat of his car. The dirt parking area lay atop a wooded bluff above the banks of the Ohio River. At first he had no recollection of the night, but when the image of the man he strangled came to him through the drug and alcohol induced fog, he bolted for Indianapolis.
This book kicks right off with the main character, journalist, Kevin Pitcairn, receiving a letter from convicted rapist and serial killer, Daniel Davidson. In the letter Daniel asks Kevin to help him determine if he suffers from mental illness and to help him tell his story.
This book is full of mystery, intrigue, and suspense! This book has engaging characters and a captivating storyline! This book examines good versus evil and the choices we all make. This book also focuses on guilt, forgiveness, faith, and redemption.
Throughout the book we also learn that Kevin is dealing with his own demons and is haunted by his some of his past choices. Although Kevin’s dark past is far less evil than Daniel’s it does show connections with self-guilt, and how important every choice we make is.
I don’t think anyone actually grows up wanting to become a serial killer. Most serial killers due suffer from mental illness, or a genetic disorder like Klinefelter Syndrome, or a disturbing and difficult childhood. I have always thought there is usually some type of mental, emotional, or physical cause for someone becoming a serial killer. This book offers insight into that formula and creates a better understanding of how someone can become a killer.
I really liked that this book wanted to better understand what caused Daniel to become a rapist and killer. This book examined those characteristics and went one step further to not only understand, but also wanting to treat those symptoms.
I hate that we often only treat problems after it’s too late. This is why I really enjoyed this book wanting to help understand the problems and treat them so that other Daniel Davidson’s out there could be stopped before they harmed others or themselves.
I liked that the convicted rapist and killer, Daniel Davidson wasn’t making excuses or looking for sympathy or denying the guilty verdict. He just wanted answers before he was to be executed. In prison he received medication that helped diminish his obsessive thoughts and fantasies and he had said if only he had received this treatment earlier how many lives could have been saved. As more and more serial killers keep popping up these days I am curious if these treatments would help them. One thing is for sure, serial killers don't seem to be going away. It seems like one gets arrested and two more pop up. Perhaps we need to start looking at more proactive treatments like this book acknowledges.
I would absolutely recommend this book as I found it to be a very intriguing, insightful, and engaging book. This book asks the tough questions and makes you consider answers from all sides. This book will definitely challenge you and maybe even make you re-think some past choices or at least to spend a little longer before making a choice.
**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
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Ronald Chapman is owner of an international speaking and consulting company, Magnetic North LLC. In addition to international accreditation as a speaker and national awards for radio commentary, he is the author of two novels, My Name is Wonder (Terra Nova Publishing, 2016) and A Killer's Grace (Terra Nova Publishing, 2016 and 2012), two works of non-fiction, Seeing True: Ninety Contemplations in Ninety Days (Ozark Mountain Publishing, 2008) and What a Wonderful World: Seeing Through New Eyes (Page Free Publishing, 2004) and the producer of three audio sets, Seeing True: The Way of Spirit (Ozark Mountain Publishing, 2016, 2005), Breathing, Releasing and Breaking Through: Practices for Seeing True (Ozark Mountain Publishing, 2015), and Seeing True – The Way of Success in Leadership (Magnetic North Audio, 2005). Ron provides a wide array of social media content at www.SeeingTrue.com,
content for people in substance abuse recovery at www.ProgressiveRecovery.org, and other content from his master site, www.RonaldChapman.com. He holds a Masters in Social Welfare from The University at Albany (New York.) Prior to his relocation to Atlanta, Georgia in 2008, he was a long-time resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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