Laws of Depravity

Laws of Depravity

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by Eriq La Salle
     
 

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New York City. Fall 2011. A priest is found murdered in the most gruesome of crime scenes. The brutal slaying is the work of "The Martyr Maker," a serial killer that for the past 30 years has left behind a legacy of torture and fear. Every ten years, he butchers 12 clergymen in twisted scenes reflecting the martyrdom of Jesus and his disciples. Detective Cavanaugh,…  See more details below

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New York City. Fall 2011. A priest is found murdered in the most gruesome of crime scenes. The brutal slaying is the work of "The Martyr Maker," a serial killer that for the past 30 years has left behind a legacy of torture and fear. Every ten years, he butchers 12 clergymen in twisted scenes reflecting the martyrdom of Jesus and his disciples. Detective Cavanaugh, along with his partner and an F.B.I. agent know that they have very little time to catch this monster before he completes his final cycle of killing and disappears forever. But the investigation is made even more difficult when they discover that the seemingly unrelated clergymen are anything but the symbols of godliness they would have their community believe.

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The surprises keep coming in La Salle's twisting debut thriller, in which good and evil aren't always black and white. Quincy Cavanaugh and Tavares "Phee" Freeman team up with FBI agent Janet Maclin in the pursuit of a serial killer who's murdered 12 clergymen every 10 years for the past three decades. With the killings set to occur over a limited number of days, the investigators have to move quickly to catch the Martyr Maker before he takes more lives and goes back into hiding. In the process, they discover that he isn't randomly pursuing men of the cloth--he's targeting the ones who use their positions to keep lurid secrets safe, and he believes he's on a mission from God. In addition to the absorbing, fast-paced plot that will keep readers guessing until the end, each wonderfully sculpted character has a distinct, lifelike personality. Some characters aren't who they appear to be, and few escape the story unchanged. Crucial subplots revolving around the main characters' family members and significant others, who struggle with their own demons--like Quincy's brother, who's a priest, and a mother whose son committed suicide on her father's watch--add nuance, making the characters real, vulnerable and flawed. Without skimping on character development in exchange for action, the plot offers catalysts for change while raising spiritual questions and blurring the line between good and evil, which propels the story upward from being merely a solid, entertaining thriller to being a gripping must-read that could have readers pondering right and wrong long after they've finished. A delightfully twisting roller-coaster ride through light, dark and the shades between.
Co-author of - Neal Baer
"Laws of Depravity will take you on a heart-pounding ride of vengeance, murder and atonement, never letting you rest until you've reached the final page…Drawing on his talent as an acclaimed actor and director, Mr. La Salle digs deep into his characters' psyches, delivering a group of bruised and tarnished individuals you won't soon forget."
bestselling author of Beneath a Marble Sky, Beside a Burning Sea, Dragon House, The Wishing Trees, and Cross Currents - John Shors
“Actor and Director Eriq La Salle’s intense debut is a modern day parable cleverly masquerading as a crime novel. A muscular, gritty, and spiritual thriller”.
Leonard Chang
"Eriq La Salle, in LAWS OF DEPRAVITY, has written an utterly compelling and riveting thriller with echoes of the dark master, Thomas Harris. Here, La Salle also adds a surprising twist by weaving in a spiritual component that raises the narrative to lofty and thought-provoking levels. It's a wonderful accomplishment."
Amazon.com - Elisha Wilson Beach
I have never been an avid reader of thrillers but Laws of Depravity is a book I could not put down. I LOVED IT! It has a nail-biting plot and characters that I can't help but want to know more about. I gasped, I cried, I laughed. The only thing wrong with this book is that book #2 is not immediately available.
Amazon.com - SRR srr
AWESOMENESS!!!! - A definite "DON'T WANNA PUT IT DOWN" book! From being a thriller to a love story to a tear jerker...it hit every emotion. The twists and surprises kept me intrigued, shocked and wanting more. I loved the short chapters that kept my interest and had me reading til I couldn't keep my eyes open anymore. I can't WAIT for book number 2!!!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781477582114
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
06/01/2012
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

Meet the Author

Actor/director Eriq La Salle is best known to worldwide television audiences for his award-winning portrayal of the commanding Dr. Peter Benton on the critically acclaimed and history-making medical drama ER. Educated at Juilliard and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, his credits range from Broadway to film roles opposite Eddie Murphy in "Coming to America" and Robin Williams in "One Hour Photo." La Salle has maintained a prolific acting career while at the same time working steadily as a director, taking the helm for HBO and Showtime in addition to episodics such as Law & Order, CSI: New York and A Gifted Man, to name a few. This year he marks the beginning of the third element of his triple-threat career with the publication this summer of his first book in a trilogy, the page-turning thriller Laws of Depravity.

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