The Chessman

The Chessman

by Jeffrey B. Burton
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The Chessman 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
WaterfrontReader More than 1 year ago
Whenever I pick a novel from a new author, I'm always worried I may be let down. The Chessman was a pleasant surprise. The Chessman is centered around a 'copy-cat' killer. The author doesn't lean on the run-of-the-mill over used twists so frequently recycled in mystery novels. Burton, effortlessly slips in uniquely clever twists that serpentine through his mystery. A few of the character developments actually made me stop and wonder if I was about to read what I thought I was about to read! Sure enough, the author carefully walks the reader through the episode...as if nothing was out of the ordinary. Well done. The last third of the book delivers a most rewarding and thrilling finish. It's nice to find new authors to add to the list for their next release. I've added Jeffrey B. Burton to my list.
Wiliam_Maltese More than 1 year ago
CHESS FOR A VIEWER CAN BE BIG YAWN! Says “Suspense Magazine” in its cover blurb for Jeffrey B. Burton’s novel, THE CHESSMAN: “I wouldn’t suggest putting this on your reading list. I would beg you to put it on the very top.” Which got “it” at least half right — the first half. I don’t know how fresh some of these plot twists were in 2011 when this book was first published, but I found several of them presently hackneyed. More than once, I’ve been served up a serial killer ticked off by a copycat, by rich kids gone wild at a party, by rich kids’ parents covering up the scandal, by a spy keyly planted within the justice system to provide ongoing information in an investigation, by a super-smart villain always one step ahead of the game, by inference that a military background is a prime breeding ground for homicidal maniacs… Okay, there’s a parallel plot about laundered money and a major Ponzi scheme. Does any of that sound familiar? The Mafia is brought into play, both from Chicago and New York. Flashbacks keep occurring like every other chapter, which, along with the book’s Noah’s Ark of characters, gets, at times, downright confusing. Maybe love and revenge can provide the motivations for multiple murders, but this game of chessmen (and women) needed far more original moves to make it seem little more than a replay of matches that have already come before.
Mohamed6Two More than 1 year ago
The story being told in the novel (THE CHESSMAN) is a non stop action with lots of things going on, killing, chasing, getting justice over, and so forth. It is easy to read with a fluency that has no sister. I have spent a very short time reading because it does not give that enough reading feeling. I felt the urge to get the reading done as soon as possible so that the story flow smoothly through my human brain. The Chessman is an enjoy reading. Exceptional.
TimothyCWard More than 1 year ago
If I keep picking up books written as well as Jeffrey's, I'll become a much faster reader. I prefer books in Fantasy, Science Fiction, or Horror, so the fact that this book grabbed my attention so quickly and easily is an impressive feat. I was first introduced to Jeffrey B. Burton through his short story "A Building This Size" in Evolved Publishing's Evolution Vol. 1 anthology. His story was my favorite in that anthology, and I have been eager ever since to see how he could wow and entertain me in a novel length story. Three major forces propel this story forward: an ex-FBI agent, who almost lost his life trying to stop a serial killer called The Chessman, and who is now called back to duty when another murder occurs three years later that matches The Chessman's m.o.. In between interesting character profiles of the large cast involved, we learn tiny clues about The Chessman and whether or not he is responsible for this new set of murders. There is a father and daughter who find themselves caught in the middle and if Cady doesn't figure out who is pulling the strings and where The Chessman is involved, it could be too late for them. Overall, my response is that Jeffrey did a fantastic job. I'm not the best at remembering character's names, but I was intrigued by every character he put on the page, and I figured it all out in the end. I just read along, flipping pages with earnest as I fully enjoyed the story he was telling. He does a great job of hiding the identity, motivation, and actions of the bad guys so that you have a handful of exhilarating "ah ha" moments. The action and research were also very well done, making the escape in this read all the more powerful because of how real it felt. I recommend fans of any genre to pick this up. Anyone who appreciates a well-told story will be whisked away.
Midwesterner More than 1 year ago
Excellent plot and writing that fully captured my attention and kept me turning pages. The author deftly weaves the clues from the old cases with the new ones. Just when you think the hero has identified the serial killer, another twist comes along, with more interesting supporting characters. This is an adult book, with some gritty violence, well-framed within the story. It's decidedly there, but the author doesn't dwell on it.