by D.J. Schuette

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Aleksandr Zorin is a sadistic psychopath responsible for the magnificent and untimely ends of numerous lives. Exploiting the ineptitude of those who would hunt him, he's remained invisible for years. No one knows he exists. But that's about to change. Soon enough, the world shall behold the true extent of his artistry.

FBI profiler Nicholas Keegan has an uncanny ability to descend into the darkest recesses of the most ravaged minds. When a colleague calls for help with an unusual case, Nick is thrust into the hunt for a predator unlike any he's ever faced. And one that may well cost him everything that matters.

"Aleksandr Zorin is, hands down, the new millennium's Hannibal Lecter. I loved this book."
-Jessie Chandler, award-winning author of the Shay O'Hanlon caper series

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157577421
Publisher: Critical Eye Publishing
Publication date: 12/10/2016
Series: Chaos , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 324
File size: 690 KB

About the Author

D.J. Schuette is an author, blogger, and editor currently residing in the chilly suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota. His work spans a variety of genres, from dark thrillers, to horror, to YA fantasy and beyond. He is a published and award-winning songwriter and poet and the creator of, a fictional blog written from the perspective of Aleksandr Zorin, the serial killer featured in Chaos.

Though to look at him it would seem all but impossible, D.J. has a lovely daughter and gorgeous wife. He is also the owner of quite possibly the most adorable dog on the planet—her constant sighs suggest she wishes he would just leave her alone. How he got so lucky is anyone’s guess.

Visit his webpage at

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Chaos 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite Fans of the TV series Criminal Minds are going to love Chaos by D.J. Schuette. In fact, some of the characters in this thriller will immediately bring to mind those members of the BAU fans have come to love e.g. Chaos’ autistic boy genius, David, will have you thinking of Dr. Spencer Reid and, though she’s older, Valerie reminds us of the delightful and caring Penelope Garcia. But, except for the way the unsub’s profile is presented to the police force in Chaos, that’s where the comparison ends. In the best of psychological thriller tradition, D.J. Schuette pits a brilliant FBI profiler, Nicholas Keegan, against an equally brilliant, but deranged and narcissistic psychopath, Aleksandr Zorin. Zorin is a cold-hearted and prolific killer whose methodology is bloody, brutal and, unfortunately for those trying to find him, variable. The only similarities between the murders that Keegan and his team can see is that the bodies are left face up with a quarter in each hand and one on each eye. Why? What is the significance of these quarters to Zorin? And why does Zorin empty the jewelry boxes of wealthy women but leave their daughter’s jewelry untouched? If Zorin is not motivated by riches, what is his motivation? Apart from an intense plot that kept me riveted, what I liked best about Chaos was the realistic characterization. While Keegan is a top level profiler, he is very human: he loves his wife dearly but suffers with guilt over how his job interferes with their relationship. He doubts his ability to be as good a father as he is a cop. Zorin, by contrast, has no doubts about his skills, but the explanation for his twisted mind and actions is rooted in his upbringing. This realistic approach to the characters and action in Chaos gives the story authenticity and credibility. These characters have depth. Schuette’s depiction of how the FBI works, though again reminiscent of Criminal Minds, is both interesting and enlightening. But one of the most fascinating things I discovered about D.J. Schuette is his website. There you will learn a lot more about Aleksandr Zorin, and about the musings and interests of this talented author and editor, whose next book, Maelstrom, takes off where Chaos ends. If you liked Chaos, Maelstrom promises more great reading. Watch out for it.
Vigilant-Reader More than 1 year ago
Title – Chaos Author – D.J. Schuette Genre – Thriller Amazon Pages Rating 5 stars out of 5 Posted 4/15/17 19 - 2017 Definition of Chaos: Complete disorder and confusion. My impressions: cruel, sick, sadistic, extreme violence, brilliant, capable psychopath, evil incarnate. Main Characters: Nicholas Keegan – FBI, forensic criminologist Aleksandr Zorin – serial killer, diabolical murderer. Chaos takes place across the USA, but the main action narrows down to the Minneapolis, Minnesota area. A new computer program created by FBI agent Nicholas Keegan allows information about serious crimes to be cross referenced to detect those that are possibly attributable to a single serial killer. As the number of similar crimes starts to grow, Nicholas is repulsed by the intense pain inflicted by the psychopath killer they have uncovered. But Nicholas has his own personal issues to deal with; his wife is expecting their first child and resents his job always taking priority. She craves more quality time with him while she fully supports his efforts to stop the diabolical killer. That alone has a major impact on the story’s conclusion. Nicholas eventually meets Zorin and is intrigued to learn the antagonist knows so much about his personal life. This is a difficult story to review without giving away the direction the plot takes to its terrific conclusion. I can only say it is one of the best stories I’ve read, if you can stomach the gory descriptions of the horrific crimes perpetrated on the killer’s victims. There are great investigative exchanges and deductions The editing and sentence structure are excellent as is character development. There are multiple support characters who, of course, are not developed fully because they come and go as needed. The writing style is powerful and full of conflict and the plot is a fresh look at the typical serial killer novel. Thorough research is evident in the depth of details revealed in the sadistic murders. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and highly recommend it, but readers who object to detailed, horrific torture that is inflicted to cause slow, painful deaths should chose to pass on these vivid portrayals. This review was provided in exchange for a free book. Vigilant Reader Book Reviews.