Laws of Depravity

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New York City. Fall 2012. 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 ...
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New York City. Fall 2012. 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: 6/1/2012
  • Pages: 238
  • Sales rank: 130,100
  • 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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  • Posted August 22, 2012

    I loved this book! I could not put it down. Reading it felt like

    I loved this book! I could not put it down. Reading it felt like I was
    there experiencing the thriller taking place. It was very unpredictable
    and the ending left me feeling satisfied.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2012

    I have to say how much I thoroughly enjoyed this read. I made th

    I have to say how much I thoroughly enjoyed this read. I made the mistake of scanning the first few pages at the beginning of the semester, intending to put it down and get back to it at semester end, but the author clearly had other plans for me and my busy schedule. I found myself continually stealing away in the middle of my work day, just before bedtime, and any other block of time I could swipe because when I wasn't reading I was seriously pressed to get back to the book to find out what happens next. I even went to a bar one night and, while waiting for a friend to arrive, found my eyes glued to the pages of this book on my smartphone's Nook app, totally oblivious to the scene around me. I say all that to say LAWS OF DEPRAVITY is an immensely captivating, well-paced novel with interesting, multidimensional characters, intricate plotting and sub-plotting, surprising twists, and even the perfect dash of romance. Loved it and am eagerly looking forward to the next installment in the series.

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

    Highly Recommend It!

    It was an excellent book. There are some typos in the book but I loved the twists throughout the book. It had me going until the end.

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  • Posted November 11, 2012

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    Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers Favorite ¿Laws of Depravity

    Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers Favorite

    “Laws of Depravity” by Eriq La Salle should be on a fast track to Best Seller status. The line between legal and illegal is broad and readily discernible; the line between right and wrong is not so. This intense debut novel will have you pondering the fine line between right and wrong, between sanity and insanity. La Salle leads us along the razor edge of that distinction, where a minor loss of focus may lead to a long slide in the wrong direction in spite of one’s intent. It clearly elucidates the potentially disastrous results that can break through to the surface years after some precipitating event. This ultra-suspenseful tale scratches the foul underbelly of darkly held secrets, to reveal unfathomable horror.

    Expect to have your world shaken when you read “Laws of Depravity”. La Salle takes a taboo subject and exposes its ugly enormity to all. This is fiction, of course. But it is fiction solidly based in a reality the society can no longer sweep under the proverbial rug. In its distilled form, “Laws of Depravity” shows us the horrendous consequences which may develop from the selfishly uncaring and hostile possession of another’s innocence. It shows us how the effects of an abusive act can impact generations of victims, with seemingly limitless possible results, as is demonstrated by the inconceivably twisted ending. This is a story of good vs. evil where it is not always clear who the good or the evil are. “Laws of Depravity” may be the most engrossing book you read this year.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2012

    Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Readers Favorite "Laws of Dep

    Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Readers Favorite

    "Laws of Depravity" begins with the murder of Everett Deggler. His hands were tightly bound behind his back and he was blindfolded as his assailants led him to the place they had prepared for him. They dipped him in boiling water long enough to blister him but not to kill him; then he was doused with ammonia. When his blindfold was removed he recognized his assailants. The year was 1981 and Deggler was the twelfth clergy to be murdered. Thirty years later once again a serial killer was on the loose. That time he had chosen New York City as his gruesome playground. Every ten years the killer murdered twelve clergy. Thirty six had died over the last thirty years and the killer has once again made his presence known. The Martyr Maker leaves behind his calling card in the form of a biblical scripture. His victims are murdered in manners similar to those of Jesus’ disciples. The killer does not discriminate against a particular denomination; his victims were well respected members of a variety of denominations. Each ten year period he selects a different city to terrorize. Thirty years ago the first victim was crucified. Detectives Quincy Cavanaugh, Phee Freeman and FBI Agent Janet Maclin have been working on the case together. Quincy challenges the profile of the victims. In the past it was assumed the victims were persecuted for their beliefs but he speculates that it could have been for their sins.

    Author Eriq La Salle offers readers a plot that could have been ripped from the headlines. I repeatedly reminded myself that "Laws of Depravity" is a work of fiction. La Salle plays on our fears in this engrossing thriller. The characterization is exquisite and the twists and turns will keep the reader eagerly turning the pages to a well crafted ending. As danger and threat of death came closer and closer to Quincy, Phee and Maclin, I found myself unable to put the book down until I’d read every last word. I look forward to more La Salle's work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2012

    Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers Favorite FBI agent Janet

    Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers Favorite

    FBI agent Janet Maclin has been hunting down the elusive Martyr Maker for 10 years. It has become very personal. Her partner came close to solving the mystery but got too close and met his demise. She has come to New York City hot on the murderer's trail. NYPD's finest Homicide detectives, "Phee" Freeman and Quincy Cavanaugh, have been affected to the core by a killer that targets the clergy of varying religions. This is his fourth go-round, killing twelve clergy every 10 years, but this time there seems to be more urgency. The staged martyrdom is graphic and filled with hate. Even the most weathered officers find it too hard to take in. Will they catch this psycho before he can complete his twisted mission?

    In one of the most suspenseful, thrilling books I have read in a very long time, author Eriq La Salle sets the stage in the first book of his Martyr Maker Series. I found myself glued to this tale of intrigue, determination, and personal issues of the fascinating main characters. I think this would be incredible in an audio book but I am not sure I would be able to pay good enough attention to traffic (it's that good)! I look forward to reading the rest of this series as soon as possible.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2012

    Reviewed by Molly Edwards for Readers Favorite This first book

    Reviewed by Molly Edwards for Readers Favorite

    This first book in author La Salle's "Laws of Depravity" trilogy takes the reader on a journey of intensity. Twelve murders happen every ten years. The victims are members of the clergy, and their murders mimic the way the 12 Apostles from the bible were martyred. This serial killer is taking things to a gruesome level and it's up to detectives Quincy Cavanaugh and Phee Freeman, with the help of FBI agent Janet Maclin, to stop this rampaging killer.

    These three well crafted characters quickly pulled me into the center of an intense plot, filled with drama, adventure, and surprising twists. I felt every struggle, every bit of love, every bit of anger that these characters felt. I definitely recommend this fast paced, thrilling murder mystery. Being a fan of this genre I am adding author Eric La Salle to the top of my favorites list. I can't wait to see what happens in book 2!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2012

    Reviewed by Jorja Davis for Readers Favorite Father O¿Conner, f

    Reviewed by Jorja Davis for Readers Favorite

    Father O’Conner, found flayed in his office by the janitor, brings detectives Quincy Cavanaugh and Tavares “Phee” Freeman to the scene of the brutal slaying. They follow the corpse to the city morgue. There they discover FBI Agent Janet Maclin who hopes to relate this murder to the Martyr Maker. This serial killer is Maclin’s only open case. Over a period of thirty years, thirty-six priests and preachers have been murdered in ways reminiscent of the martyrdom of Jesus and twelve of the major and minor apostles: twelve murders every ten years. Dr. Kravitz, New York City’s chief coroner, following Maclin’s direction, finds a plastic capsule in O’Conner’s stomach containing a rolled up piece of paper with a passage of scripture written on it, confirming the perpetrator’s MO. Maclin, Quincy and Phee now work together in this police procedure trying to get ahead of a killer that is now threatening the clergy of New York City. Coming from diverse backgrounds, each individual peopling this book is flawed and complex. Each character deals with the evil in his or her background, as well as its cost on the present, in different ways. The depth of the story and its expected and unexpected twists and turns make for a highly enjoyable read.

    Author Eriq La Salle draws on his years of experience in storytelling on the stage, television, and movies, this novel is highly visual and visceral. This is a “modern day parable cleverly masquerading as a crime novel:” a study of atonement, confession, revenge, and evil. Its characters are multi-layered bringing depth and vivid reality to this police procedure. Each must confront not only the depravity of a twisted mind, but also the defeated or suppressed depravities that have shaped their own lives and families. The reader is in for a page-turning experience that leaves supper dishes undone and creates bleary-eyed days at the office.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2012

    A Must Read!

    I happened upon this book by accident because of a recommendation on twitter from the author. Read the back and it sounded interesting so I thought I'd give it a try. Well, it was everything a mystery lover could hope for! I couldn't put it down! Even though you know some details early, the suspense is never ending and the author has some great suprises and shocks that he spills out at the end! The subplots are also quite good. I highly recommend this book for fans of the mystery/thriller genre.

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    Posted August 17, 2012

    Need this book on my nook. Amazon is offering for kindle. What

    Need this book on my nook. Amazon is offering for kindle. Whats
    up?????? I forced to pick a rating, but since I can't buy it for my
    nook, ignore my rating.

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