Killing Red

Killing Red

by Henry Perez


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Fifteen years ago, Cuban-American newspaper reporter Alex Chapa made a name for himself when he broke the story of Kenny Lee Grubb's capture, after police were led to the serial killer's house by ten-year-old Annie Sykes.
Now, less than a week before Grubb is scheduled to be executed, Chapa is summoned to the prison for a final interview. But instead of engaging in the usual death row topics of remorse and religious conversion, the killer boasts that his work continues. Not only is someone retracing his deadly steps, but Grubb assures Chapa that Annie Sykes, now a woman in her mid-twenties, will be the copycat's final tribute.
This sends Chapa on a quest to find Grubb's last victim, the one that got away, to save the young woman from a fate the killer planned for her fifteen years earlier. But Chapa isn't the only one searching for the elusive Annie Sykes. And Annie isn't the only one whose life needs to be saved...
Set on the mean streets of Chicago and in the deceptively dangerous towns that surround the city, Killing Red is a stunning debut thriller by former newspaper reporter Henry Perez.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781530985043
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/09/2016
Series: Alex Chapa Thriller
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

HENRY PEREZ worked as a newspaper reporter for more than a decade. Born in Cuba, he immigrated to the U.S. at a young age, and lives in the Chicago area with his wife and children. Killing Red is his first novel. Readers can visit him at

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Killing Red 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book grabbed me by the throat. I devoured its 400 pages in four readings, which is a new indoor record for me. Killing Red has, shall I say, the bones of a great thriller: troubled hero, damsel in distress, black-hearted central villain and a cast of characters every bit as colorful as "The Usual Suspects." Henry Perez adds to this mix great pacing and true suspense. I didn't see the last turn coming but it's a good one. This book surprised throughout with its humanism, humor and whodunit twists. Beyond that, Perez's treatment of his protagonist is first-rate. I really care about this guy and his all-too-real human weaknesses. Reporter Alex Chapa may have been born in Cuba but his willingness to take on his own dark past in his search for redemption makes him as 100% American as Rick Blaine. Somebody wants to kill Red but you just have the sense that ain't gonna happen on Alex Chapa's watch, even if he has no idea how he'll stop them. He's smart, resourceful and relentless, his brain and his heart his best weapons against the array of dark forces around him. I am definitely looking forward to another round of drinks at Prather's while I read Alex's next adventure. Hope it's soon.
CrimeReader More than 1 year ago
Years from now, when Henry Perez is a familiar name to thriller and crime fiction lovers everywhere, readers will look back at KILLING RED as the brilliant debut that started it all. This one has everything you could ask for: An original protagonist who is compelling, credible, and easy to root for, a scary villain who will haunt you long after the book is finished, and a rollercoaster ride of a plot that is unlike any I've ever read before. KILLING RED is the story of Alex Chapa, a reporter whose professional life is as successful, as his personal life is a train wreck. Chapa has less than a week to track down a woman who survived a terrible ordeal as a child, before a copycat killer finds her. But KILLING RED is far from the typical serial killer novel. It contains more twists and turns and cliffhangers than most authors would ever dare put into a single book. As an author, Perez is a risk taker. He's a storyteller who warns his readers to expect the unexpected, then delivers on that threat. This is more than a brilliant debut. It's a reading experience that will stay with you for a long time, and an introduction to what promises to be a great career. Highest recommendation!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from start to finish, and I went from one to the other with hardly a break in between. I didn't realize when I bought the book that it was the author's first, and I must say I'm impressed. Killing Red reminded me of James Patterson's early novels, with a bit of Jeffrey Deaver mixed in. It's a really exciting find! Picked this up to keep me company on a long trip. When I reached my destination I bought three more copies to give away. I can't wait for the author's next effort.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Kenneth Lee Grubb kidnapped and killed nine children he believed were demons and also sanctioned by God's blessing needed to send back to hell. Only Annie Sykes escaped his execution; she gave the police his description and directions to his home. He was caught, tried and convicted to die.---------- Reporter Alex Chapa covered the gruesome story for the Tri-Cities Bulletin fifteen years ago. That story gave him recognition that led to his current position with the more prestigious Chicago Record. Six days before the State executes him, Grubb calls Chapa inviting him to interview him. In between his boasts of being a weapon for the good of mankind, he informs him that a copy cat serial killer is repeating his murders; only this predator plans to finish the job he failed to complete, killing "Red" as he calls Sykes. Alex quickly learns there are nine people dead as homage by someone to Grubb. Chapa vows to find and keep Annie safe not fully understanding the devilish scheme of Grubb's "protégé".------------- Readers will enjoy Henry Perez's strong first tale because the key characters come across as real. Grubb especially is a fascinating antagonist in a macabre sense as he invokes the need to be rid of demons for killing the children. Alex is a solid reporter, but proves he is made of the right stuff as he follows up on Grubb's rant risking his life to keep a woman he does not know outside of her childhood testimony safe. Fast-paced from the onset, readers will enjoy this action-packed riveting thriller as murder is done in the name of getting rid of demons that look like children.--------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It is fast paced, thrilling and a very exciting read. I connected with the main character, Alex Chapa, from the very beginning and found myself rooting for him all the way to the end. Chapa's strained relationship with his daughter tugs at the heart strings and his comical banter with his detective friend is funny and real. His determination to wrong a prior mistake and save a victim of a killer's rampage makes this a page turner that is hard to put down. It's a great debut for what appears to be an author who knows how to capture an audience. Hope the next installment of Chapa is not too far behind!
Valerie_Wolhyt More than 1 year ago
Killing Red was an amazing book. I was enaged immediately. So much happened within the first few pages that I wondered where the storyline is going to go. Henry Perez really develops the plot and the storyline flows. The character development puts the reader right into the storyline. Each page was captivating and gripping. I also love how Perez constructs the analogies he uses. I'm hooked on Henry Perez and can't wait for his next book. Keep writing!
JD_Smith More than 1 year ago
Killing Red is apparently the author's first book, but it reads like the work of someone who has been doing this a long time. Henry Perez uses multiple points of view to get inside the heads of both hero and villain. At the same time, the plotting is tight as a drum, and along the way he displays moments of wit and insight that cause this novel to exceed expectations. He has created a fictional world and an intriguing protagonist in Alex Chapa. Here's hoping Perez gives us more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the book a little slow. The main character development was good, but the story overall wasn't that good. I also read his most recent book, but didn't like that much either. There are also a lot of typo's in it.
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Brewer More than 1 year ago
Initially I thought Perez was on the right track. It is, with rare exeception, absolutely necessary for Mystery/Crime/Thrillers to be written in the third person. With the narrator doubling as protagonist and tripling as hero, a first person account mutes all of the thrills. We know the narrator cannot be killed during his/her deathly encounters or he/she cannot finish telling the story. So Perez gets that. He starts off writing in the third person, but there is absolutely no separate, independent character development of anyone other than protagaonist, Alex Chapa, a newspaper reporter. Not a single paragraph was written without "Chapa this..." and "Chapa that...". After the first hundred pages you no longer want to see the word/name, "Chapa". There are at least 8-10 characters in this novel,including a serial killer, surviving victims, law enforcers, co-workers, girlfriends, witnesses, all who have their own potential stories, viewpoints and possible action scenes. But none of these characters ever really come to life and we never learn enough about any of them to really care about their fates. All we get is Chapa, Chapa and more Chapa. He is the only character in this entire book that Perez develops. It becomes way to easy to predict the story's outcome, which told in the third person actually reads as if it is being told in first person. Additionally there is a mystery within this story about a death row inmate's upcoming execution and his influence on events taking place outside of the prison over which he should have abolutely no control. The mystery is a huge "how?". But the book ends without the mystery being solved. One or more identified or possibly unidentified characters has or have some responsibilty for everything that that happens in this book. But when the final page is turned the reader is left with our hero Chapa's mission coming to a predictable end, we still do not know how the villain accomplished his misadventure or who his additional assistants are. This is not simply a loose end left untied. A missing piece this big in a jigsaw puzzle and you would never know the picture. Sorry I can't be more specific but for those of you who will go on to read this book I do not want to give anything away. My recommendation, however, is to find a different read. Perez can write. He can also devise characters that should fit a good thriller. He just does not know how to take advantage of his writing ability, make those characters come to life or thrill the reader. Eeven worse, he gave up on his own story, bringing it to an end before making it come together.