A Blade Away

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Overview

Killers and victims on the fringes of society are the focus of the 'Fringe Killer' series. "A Blade Away" kicks it off with a murderous transgendered twist.

"I am the last true artist."

Jamie Davenport is a struggling young officer on the Louisville Police Force. In her first homicide case, Jamie must track down a twisted killer who preys upon transgendered men to bring about The Change and transform them into their "true selves".

"I am da ...

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Overview

Killers and victims on the fringes of society are the focus of the 'Fringe Killer' series. "A Blade Away" kicks it off with a murderous transgendered twist.

"I am the last true artist."

Jamie Davenport is a struggling young officer on the Louisville Police Force. In her first homicide case, Jamie must track down a twisted killer who preys upon transgendered men to bring about The Change and transform them into their "true selves".

"I am da Vinci with flesh."

However, even with the help of her friend and mentor, Skip Abrahm, she finds herself fighting a war on three fronts: a victimized population reluctant to cooperate, a police force unwilling to take the crimes seriously, and a killer that is always one step ahead.

"I am a god with your gender."

Warning: Contains adult situations and material.

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Editorial Reviews

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A Blade Away is a fast-paced and well-plotted tale of a serial killer who victimizes the transgendered population of Louisville, Kentucky...Wallen does an excellent job of approaching the material in a way that is entertaining without being exploitive or artificially controversial.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461082217
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 4/8/2011
  • Pages: 390
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Wallen has been many things during his adult life. Among those many things, Jack has been an actor, hair stylist, computer engineer, bike mechanic, radio personality, and of course a writer. Over the past decade Jack has written thousands of technical articles (mostly about the Linux operating system), theatrical scripts for young audiences, as well as thriller, horror, and other forms of fiction. Jack now concentrates on horror, thriller, and fantasy fiction.

Jack lives with his incredibly wonderful wife, three step-children, and six (count 'em...six) cats!

For his inspiration to begin reading and writing, Jack thanks the ever-incredible Clive Barker for words that words can not describe.

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    Compelling and Unique Thriller - Must read!

    There are two kinds of "disturbing" novels, the kind that splashes blood and depravity around for cheap shock value, and the other kind- a novel so delicately contstructed that the reader goes willingly into that dark night. And such is the case with this novel, A Blade Away. The journey, while disturbing, reads honest and true. The details maybe gruesome at times, but what other than horrendous acts of violence could give birth to a serial killer who doesn't even realize that's what he's become. Not to sound like a PSA, but serial killers are people too, though society often forgets that. Wallen has given us a complex bad-guy with deep battle scars and a warped sense of purpose. Serial Killers may not think like the average person, but they do think and feel just ilke the rest of us. Wallen is that good... I found myself both repulsed by and empathetic towards the twisted Doctor at the same time.

    In the other corner, battling against evil and a narrow-minded boy's club is Detective Jamie Davenport. Along with her unofficial partner Skip, Jamie is plunged headfirst into Louisville transgendered community. Whle battling a downright frigid work environment, her neglected libido and potentially complicated relationship issues, Jamie must track down the killer before another person falls victim - or before the Chief busts her back down to desk work.

    I've said before that the hallmark of a good book is two-fold: If you're tired the next morning from staying up late to read just one more chapter (and then another, and another) and if your mind revisits parts of the novel days, weeks, or even months later, like remembered reaility instead of a fictional account. A Blade Away had me on both counts. If Wallen can handle serial killers, the transgendered, cross-dressers and the suspense genre in such a creative, finely-tuned, and insightful way as he's done with A Blade Away, then I can't wait to read his other novels!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

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    Shocking!

    This is an extremely shocking book. I dig shock factor, though I know a lot of people don't. A Blade Away made my skin crawl. It is an in-depth picture of the inner workings of a serial killer's mind--a serial killer who doesn't know he IS a serial killer. It deals with the hardships of being homosexual, being a female police officer, and the identity issues transgendered folks face. It is touching, painful, and intriguing. I'm looking forward to reading the next books in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

    Terrible

    I couldnt finish it - The characters just did not seem real - Sorry l wasted my money on it

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2010

    Thrilling ride

    From cover to cover this book was a thrill to read. I won't give away the plot as that would be doing readers (and the author) a disservice. But the characters are very well developed and the relationship between the main characters (Jamie and Skip) is a delight and completely believable. There is plenty of humor to help the reader get through the graphic scenes when the killer is at his work. And, speaking of killers...Mr. Wallen has created a killer as frightening as any you will find in a thriller. Hannibal Lecter has nothing on Lakme. I plan on following this author and hope that he takes Jamie and Skip on exciting ride after ride. For the low price of an ebook, you will be glad you purchased this thriller.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Only barely ok. Gets too cheesy way too much.

    Could have been a good book. He gets way too cheesy often enough I think trying to be humorous, but I almost put it down before I finished it. I had to learn to just skip paragraphs to finish it. The cheesy bantor just didn't feel like it fit with the darkness of part of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2011

    Loved it

    Great charcter development and fun interesting characters. I want more in this series.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    Good Book...

    I enjoyed the main characters in the story.

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