And the man who is summoned to report what happens.
It is the story of a hooker who used to be a college professor.
And the story of a city with a major problem, that chooses to hide its eyes.
In “The Best Sniper Ever,” a serial sniper is on the loose -- a man who has racked up 68 victims, all of them among the City of Banktown’s homeless. The sniper, John Stone, intends to kill one more person, but this last victim -- this final murderous situation -- figures to be much different.
He takes a hostage, Yolanda Vargas, a hooker who, against all wisdom, hooks in broad daylight on the city’s busiest streets. Using her as bait, he lures Chuck Roper -- the Banktown Bastion-Tribune’s number one sports reporter for 20 years running -- to the Gateway Hotel, where John intends to snuff out his 69th and final victim.
Chuck Roper is a sports scribe who secretly loathes sports, who’s spent his career hiding from non-sports-related stories because he fears the human emotions that so naturally come with writing them. He’ll try everything in his power to avoid the Banktown Sniper -- including getting himself arrested, and busting out of jail.
Finally, there is the sniper’s target, Kermit Rudolph, a homeless man with no clue who he is, who wears a talking helmet and thinks he’s playing in the Super Bowl. What makes this particular homeless man so special? Where did he come from? And who is he, really? Can Yolanda stop John Stone from killing him? And is it possible to make Chuck Roper give a spit?
An action-packed, thought-provoking thriller, “The Best Sniper Ever” keeps the pages turning, from its very first chapter-ending cliffhanger to its ultimate, tie-everything-together conclusion.
“The Best Sniper Ever” is the debut novel by columnist Jonathan David Morris. This exclusive ebook edition includes the shocking first chapter of the novella, “Versus Nurture.”
Praise for “The Best Sniper Ever”:
"Morris's first book is a gripping, fast read, soundly paced and solidly plotted. A number of parallels to mid-late period Vonnegut." — Patrick Slevin, The Aquarian Weekly
"Between writers who churn out recycled plot lines every two months, and books based on television shows that were spinoffs of motion pictures, it can be quite difficult to find a fresh, original voice in the literary world. Jonathan David Morris possesses such a voice." — Craig Ostroff, Montgomery Newspapers
Jonathan David Morris is the author of five books, including his 2008 debut novel, The Best Sniper Ever, and the 2012 novella, Versus Nurture.
JDM first broke into the world of professional writing with a brief 2000 sportswriting stint with The Times of Trenton. In 2001, he established the column, JDM vs the World, which appears, amongst other places, in North Jersey's Aquarian Weekly.
He currently lives in Chester Co., Pennsylvania, with his wife, son, and cat.