Four Minutes

Four Minutes

by J C Laird

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Overview

The demented serial killer, a victim's vengeful twin sister, and the love-lorn renegade cop, bound together by the four minutes of death uniting them.

Norman Frederick Bartholomew believes the souls of his victims live on inside their bodies for at least four minutes beyond their physical death. It is his obsession with desecrating those special minutes that differentiates him from other serial killers. Twenty-six murders spread across six western states during the past ten years, and Norman is still flying under the radar-until the murder of his latest victim. The woman has a twin sister and, although over 1,800 miles away, she somehow knows. And now she's coming for him.

Ryan Sanders, former consort to the rich and famous and current business partner in a mixed martial arts studio, is deluged with memories from her sister post mortem, and the basest of violations committed upon her. Seeking revenge, she begins her search for the killer, determined that nothing will stop her.

Sergeant Jack Kroner, a twenty-year police veteran and Ryan's close friend and confidant, is just as determined to accompany and protect her. Secretly in love with the young woman, he is willing to sacrifice his career-and his life-if it becomes necessary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781539728146
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/04/2016
Pages: 370
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

J C Laird has written numerous short stories spanning several genres. This is his second novel. Born and raised in Michigan, he attended college in California before embarking on a thirty-year career in law enforcement. He is now retired and living in Florida¬.

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Four Minutes 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loveddd this! Absolutely wanted the story to keep going. Great detail to give the mind a mental picture without overly elaborating the surroundings. For such a shortstorythe previous reviews were spoton by saying this packed a punch 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Creepy but good fast read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great free short read...fast paste of course. I will be looking for more from this author....excellent teaser! Great story telling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
12 pages long. But each page counted. Well edited and suspensful, i would have added another star if it had been longer and a fifth if the revenge had been more probable. This was a good, if violent read. I would like to see what this author could do with a full length mystery, even if it was just expanding on this one. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was well written. Along the lines of something Stephen King would write. Wish it was longer and grateful it was short at the same time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For such a short story it sure made up for it. At only twelve pages it was worth it. I would read more.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite Four Minutes by John C. Laird is a story of murder. A serial killer has gone undetected for ten years, murdering no less than 26 people in six Western states. Norman Frederick Bartholomew has a belief that after a person dies, their souls love for a further four minutes. It is these four minutes that he concentrates on when he desecrates their bodies. Norman has remained undetected until now, until his latest victim. She has a twin sister and, although they are far apart, her twin “lives” the final four minutes through a connection that only twins can have. Now she wants blood – Norman’s blood - and so begins the journey of Ryan Sanders, a journey that will lead her to the door of a despicable killer, and nothing is going to get in her way. Jack Kroner is a sergeant who has been with the police for 20 years. He is also a close friend of Ryan’s and, in love with her, he vows to protect her, even if it costs him his career, even his life. Four Minutes by John C. Laird is a thrilling read. The opener is carefully designed to grab your attention and take you through the rest of the story, a wild roller coaster ride that threatens to derail you at every turn, but hang in there. This is a fast paced read and it doesn’t let up for one minute. The plot is amazing and quite original, which makes for a really refreshing change. The characters are developed so well that you feel as though you would know them instantly if you met them on the street. There is plenty of action here, a little romance, and a lot of suspense and terror; all the ingredients for a top class book. The connection between twins is a fascinating one and Mr. Laird explores it in its most horrific way in this story – kind of makes me glad I don’t have one! I think this would make a terrific TV movie, and ideal for anyone who wants a gripping read, but it's not for the faint-hearted!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sick but sweet revenge.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice way for a serial killer to go. Good idea
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chills and a sense of dread reading this. A powerful punch for a short story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish it was longer. D from Chitown.
Sunflower--girl More than 1 year ago
Great story.  I rated it a three in hopes the author will decide to write a full novel.  
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This is good.jw
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unexpected ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fitting end to an evil monster!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
would recommend, very short and easy to read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only 12 pages but great story all the way through. I really liked this book. Everything I look for in a short story. Worth the time to read.
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A good read will read more by this author
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