When a mutilated corpse is found bound to a tree deep in the forest of remote Aubrey Island, Washington, residents learn that the murder mirrors, in every ritualistic detail, a series of revenge killings described in a century-old local ghost story. More abductions and killings soon follow.
Justin Riddley, recently transferred to the island’s small college, faces growing evidence that one of his new friends and fellow students may be the murderer. John Marshall, redemption-seeking captain of the local police force, leads the frantic murder investigation and struggles to figure out whether the killings are tied to the island’s dark and violent past. Tormented by tragic wartime memories, and more convinced with each day that it is humanity’s fate to destroy itself, Marshall races against both the murderer and the specter of his own mental breakdown.
As blood continues to spill, Riddley and Marshall wonder whether there may be a dark, universal force that drives evil deeds great and small, and whether the nature of one’s childhood might sometimes, in the end, be all that separates the saint from the psychopath.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Authors of mysteries involving criminal investigations should develop some level of familiarity with investigative procedure in order for their writing to feel authentic.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
I am an aspiring writer. I can use all the advice you can spare me.
The author of “The Legend of Devil’s Creek” is a former federal agent who drew on his law enforcement experience in crafting this novel in order to give readers an uncommon insider’s glimpse into the world of criminal investigative work.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The story was initially inspired by the author’s many discussions with his closest friends over how each of them thought their upbringing influenced who they became, what issues and deficiencies they were still contending with as adults, and so forth. Eventually, the author wondered what sort of childhood might turn someone into a psychopath and murderer.