Nashville: 2 girls are found murdered in a tanning salon. The murderer left two letters written in blood at the wall.
Manhattan: Author Michael Schiftmann and his soon to be fiancÃ©e Taylor Robinson celebrate his 6 million dollar contract for a series of books about a brutal, sadistic serial killer everybody is about to love.
Nashville: An old women reads the newspaper and enters the Nashville police department with a tote bag in the early morning hours. In it books written by Michael Schiftmann. SheÂ´s got a lead and no oneÂ´s going to stop her from telling that she knowÂ´s howÂ´s the Alphabet-Man.
Washington, D. C.
FBI profiler Hank Powell receives a call from Nashville and listens to a crazy, almost impossible story that will begin the investigation to nail a killer without having anything at hands then four books. A recreation of the sociopathic Michael SchiftmannÂ´s steps begins and his connection to the Alphabet-ManÂ´s 14 killings begins to form but still theyÂ´ve got no evidence.
A race against time begins and sucks you up... you are going to love the killer and his fiancÃ©e. At least for a while.
A fantastic, thrilling novel I couldnÂ´t put down. Bewildering and hardly to put in words the reader getÂ´s a sense of the actual writer Steven Womack, his fictional character Michael Schiftmann and the fictional character Michael SchiftmannÂ´s using in his novels.
It is difficult and intriguing to determine how much Womack put of himself into this novel. Especially in the beginning when Michael tells Taylor about his beginnings and praised novels he earned nothing from and how hard it was for him to get anything published at all.
Having read Steven WomackÂ´s homepage I found out that it took him 5 years to find a publisher that was willing to publish this too edgy and too out-there book as a Hardcover edition in 2005. It is a success outside the usual crime-fiction, thriller and mystery genre. Compelling and an insider tip for everyone that likes to take a few steps out of the box.