In this pulse-pounding novella, Amazon bestselling author Layton Green crafts another chilling, atmospheric entry in what critics have called "the most original series in years."
IS IT MURDER FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE . . . OR THE FINAL RUSE OF A TWISTED SERIAL KILLER?
Three years ago, a deranged murderer dubbed the Halloween Killer butchered half a dozen people in New Orleans. He was caught and sentenced to die. Just before his execution, the Halloween Killer vowed to take revenge on the district attorney who put him behind bars.
Less than a week after the lethal injection, Sebastian Gichaud, a wealthy playboy grieving over the death of his mother, throws on a black cloak and hacks the prosecutor to death with a giant scythe.
Not only did Sebastian appear to be fulfilling the serial killer's last wish -- he claimed that he was the Halloween Killer.
Now, as the anniversary of the grisly murder approaches, Sebastian is facing trial. No one will touch the case. In a desperate attempt to save his son, Sebastian's father hires Viktor Radek, professor of religious phenomenology, to investigate.
If Sebastian is guilty, Viktor wonders, then why are he and his associate Dominic Grey being warned off the case? And why did the Halloween Killer visit a series of reincarnation experts before his death?
None of Professor Radek's doubts might matter, because he and Grey face the impossible task of convincing an Orleans Parish jury that Sebastian Gichaud is either a prisoner in his own mind – or possessed by the spirit of the Halloween Killer.
(Note to fans of the Dominic Grey series: The Reaper's Game is a standalone novella that takes place earlier in time than The Shadow Cartel.)
PRAISE FOR THE DOMINIC GREY SERIES
"Relentless" –Publisher's Weekly
"Layton Green is a master of intellectual suspense." –JT Ellison, New York Times bestselling author
"Stirring and imaginative . . . the reader [is] in for a wild ride." –Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author
"A story that will move you to the edge of your seat" –The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, on The Diabolist
"Layton Green should be a household name . . . The Diabolist is a dark, intelligent, spellbinding novel." –Beauty in Ruins Reviews
"It was hard for me to put [The Diabolist] down at night simply to sleep." –Night Owl Reviews
"An awesome read" –Blood Writes Mystery Blog, naming The Summoner as Mystery Pick of the Week and one of the top ten books of 2011
"I do believe Layton Green has moved into my top 5 author category" –A Novel Source
"Layton Green is an absolutely brilliant writer" –Everything To Do With Books
"[The Summoner] is one of the best books I've ever read" –Odyssey Reviews
"Giving Green's The Summoner five stars and five stars alone downplays how I feel about this book" –1000+ Books to Read
"The confines of a page are not enough for Layton Green's writing. His work begs to be translated into 100-foot high IMAX images, rendered in 3D, and given a score by Hanz Zimmer." –Biblioteca
About the Author
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Layton is a bestselling author who writes across multiple genres, including mystery, thriller, suspense, horror, and fantasy. He is the author of the popular Dominic Grey series, as well as other works of fiction. His novels have been optioned for film, nominated for multiple awards (including a two-time finalist for an International Thriller Writers award), and have reached #1 on numerous genre lists in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. Layton is also the co-editor of International Thrills, an online magazine for ITW (International Thriller Writers) that interviews crime authors from around the world.
In addition to writing, Layton attended law school in New Orleans and was a practicing attorney for the better part of a decade. He has also been an intern for the United Nations, an ESL teacher in Central America, a bartender in London, a seller of cheap knives on the streets of Brixton, a door to door phone book deliverer in Florida, and the list goes downhill from there.
Layton lives with his family in North Carolina. You can also visit him on Facebook, Goodreads, or on his website (www.laytongreen.com).