When journalist Kevin Pitcairn receives a disturbing letter from a serial killer, he is drawn into a compelling journey with profound psychological and spiritual implications, not just for the murderer, but for himself and society as a whole. As he tries to investigate and then tell the story, he finds himself battling his own inner demons and sordid history. Events conspire to propel an isolated matter to a national stage and audiences that are increasingly hostile.
Amid the rugged terrain and beautiful culture of New Mexico, a host of characters emerge to surround Pitcairn. Some present great challenges while others ally themselves with him as he is swept toward a destiny he can neither foresee nor control.
Forced to explore the roots of human psychology and sanity Pitcairn must navigate moral and philosophical realms. What is the nature of evil? What powers of choice do humans actually possess? How may we be redeemed? And in the end, by what means may we reconcile with ourselves?
|Publisher:||Terra Nova Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)|
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Pitcairn slumped instantly, but before the sobs he felt boiling up could take hold, rage ripped through him. His heart raced as he leapt to his feet and charged toward a ledge of rock, the cell phone clinched in his hand. Nearing the layered limestone, he hurled the phone. It sailed above the intended target, tore through stems of tall grass and disappeared down the slope beyond.
He stormed over the ledge, stomping through the grass looking for the phone. Thwarted, he bellowed his frustration while moving closer to the creek, sweeping his feet widely before him in the hope of seeing the phone in the grass.
At the lip of creek, which proved to be a steep drop off of seven or eight feet, he peered down. Three upturned and terrified faces stared at him. The boys
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Ronald Chapman’s novel, based on a true event, is an enthralling and captivating story. A bit chilling and always thought provoking, I had a hard time putting this book down even when I was so sleepy I was nodding off. This book is not light reading, but rather one that will challenge core beliefs about the death penalty, guilt vs. innocence and religion. Chapman is a masterful storyteller with the ability to put you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Your only choice is to either give up, or hang on for the ride. I now understand what Chapman meant when he said that this story had a profound effect on his life. If you like books that make you think, that grab you and won’t let go, A Killer’s Grace is a must read.
This book kicks right off with the main character, journalist, Kevin Pitcairn, receiving a letter from convicted rapist and serial killer, Daniel Davidson. In the letter Daniel asks Kevin to help him determine if he suffers from mental illness and to help him tell his story. This book is full of mystery, intrigue, and suspense! This book has engaging characters and a captivating storyline! This book examines good versus evil and the choices we all make. This book also focuses on guilt, forgiveness, faith, and redemption. Throughout the book we also learn that Kevin is dealing with his own demons and is haunted by his some of his past choices. Although Kevin’s dark past is far less evil than Daniel’s it does show connections with self-guilt, and how important every choice we make is. I don’t think anyone actually grows up wanting to become a serial killer. Most serial killers due suffer from mental illness, or a genetic disorder like Klinefelter Syndrome, or a disturbing and difficult childhood. I have always thought there is usually some type of mental, emotional, or physical cause for someone becoming a serial killer. This book offers insight into that formula and creates a better understanding of how someone can become a killer. I really liked that this book wanted to better understand what caused Daniel to become a rapist and killer. This book examined those characteristics and went one step further to not only understand, but also wanting to treat those symptoms. I hate that we often only treat problems after it’s too late. This is why I really enjoyed this book wanting to help understand the problems and treat them so that other Daniel Davidson’s out there could be stopped before they harmed others or themselves. I liked that the convicted rapist and killer, Daniel Davidson wasn’t making excuses or looking for sympathy or denying the guilty verdict. He just wanted answers before he was to be executed. In prison he received medication that helped diminish his obsessive thoughts and fantasies and he had said if only he had received this treatment earlier how many lives could have been saved. As more and more serial killers keep popping up these days I am curious if these treatments would help them. One thing is for sure, serial killers don't seem to be going away. It seems like one gets arrested and two more pop up. Perhaps we need to start looking at more proactive treatments like this book acknowledges. I would absolutely recommend this book as I found it to be a very intriguing, insightful, and engaging book. This book asks the tough questions and makes you consider answers from all sides. This book will definitely challenge you and maybe even make you re-think some past choices or at least to spend a little longer before making a choice. **Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
The question of guilt or innocence.... "A Killer’s Grace" by Ronald Chapman is an introspective and philosophical look at the thorny issues of guilt and responsibility for one’s actions. Catalyzed by a letter from a convicted serial killer, journalist Kevin Pitcairn starts a controversial investigation that leads him to question the precepts of his life and forces him to face his own demons as well as stir up painful issues for those around him. His perseverance and drive force him to make sometimes unwelcome discoveries and changes his worldview forever. This book was a bundle of contradictions for me. It started off relatively slowly, albeit punctuated by vivid imagery celebrating the wild beauty of the deserts and canyons of the American southwest. I felt removed from Pitcairn’s struggles at first, despite my appreciation for his canine companions and my vicarious enjoyment of the savory dishes he consumed. The more I followed this tenacious man on his journey, and saw how others responded to him, while learning about his past and the torments he struggles with, the more I became invested in his search. There were periods that were a little ponderous for me, but I appreciated the focus on the ripple effect of our actions, and thought that the message of ‘violence begets violence’ is sadly very apropos for today’s society. I love the quote from Maya Angelou, “You did then what you knew how to do, and when you knew better you did better.” and think it gives a great overview of life. There are definitely religious overtones to the story, despite the hero’s decided agnosticism, but his discovery of the components of grace support the concept of a higher power. I think this was an excellent tale of the importance of atonement and forgiveness in a story that parallels the phenomenon of flash flooding briefly touched upon, i.e. a quiet and unassuming journey that starts slowly and suddenly takes off like a juggernaut and sweeps away masses of preconceptions and changes the landscape of belief. I'm not sure I agree with the categorization of suspense for the genre but this is definitely a thought-provoking story of self-discovery and the search for grace. A copy of this title was provided to me for review