Written in Blood

Written in Blood

by Layton Green

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Written in Blood by Layton Green

A career homicide detective returns to his small hometown and is soon asked to investigate a series of local murders with a perverse literary twist.

Detective Joe "Preach" Everson, a prison chaplain turned police officer, is coming home. After a decade tracking down killers in Atlanta, and with a reputation as one of the finest homicide detectives in the city, his career derailed when he suffered a mental breakdown during the investigation of a serial killer who was targeting children.

No sooner does Preach arrive at home in Creekville, North Carolina--a bohemian community near Chapel Hill--than a local bookstore owner is brutally killed, the first murder in a decade. The only officer with homicide experience, Preach is assigned to the case and makes a shocking discovery: the bookstore owner has been murdered in exactly the same manner as the pawnbroker in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment.

With the help of Ariana Hale, a law student and bibliophile who knew the victim, Preach investigates the local writer's community. As their questions increase, a second body is found, this time eerily resembling the crime scene in a famous Edgar Allan Poe novella. Preach and Ariana realize that their adversary is an intelligent, literate killer with a mind as devious as it is disturbed. And one or both of them may be his next target.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633883611
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 344,318
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Layton Green is a mystery, suspense, and thriller writer and the author of the Dominic Grey series, as well as other works of fiction. His novels have been optioned for film, nominated for multiple awards--including a finalist for an International Thriller Writers award--and have topped numerous genre lists in the United States, the UK, and Germany. In addition to writing, Green attended law school in New Orleans and was a practicing attorney for the better part of a decade.

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Written in Blood 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ShellyReyn 10 days ago
"He was here for the potential victims. For Ari. For the people living in fear in the town of Creekville. He ran away once before, from this town and from himself. He wasn't doing it again. Not while he still had a choice." This was my first read of Layton Green, and I'm already planning my trip back to the little bookstore in town to grab another one! What a great thriller!! I never saw the end coming!! And the literary tie-in is brilliant!! Joe "Preach" Everson has just returned to his hometown of Creekville, NC. After his career as a detective in Atlanta ended after a mental-breakdown following his investigation of a serial killer targeting children, he thought returning to the small town would be just what he needed. But, now there's been a murder in this small town - one that has strange ties to a literary classic novel. Then another. And another. The killer is mimicking the murders described in famous books - to the letter. As the bodies pile up, as well as the literary connections, Preach enlists the help of Ari Hale, a local bookstore manager, to find the links within the murder scenes and the books to help track down the culprit. As the two race against time before another citizen of Creekville ends up at the morgue, the clues lead to the last person Preach would have suspected. But, will Preach solve the case before he finds himself, and Ari, the killer's next victims? I was captivated by this book! The connection to the novels is genius! I absolutely loved it and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great read, with a surprising ending!! Never in a million years did I see that coming!
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
I wasn’t sure how I was going to get on with this book, based on my experience of the first few chapters, but after the first murder takes place it starts to come into its own. Preach is a priest turned police detective, lead investigator on a series of literary themed murders. This book trod a very fine line between entertainment and cliché but Green managed to sidestep all the cringey clichés in my opinion – Preach is a sensitive and thoughtful main character and his religious past has made him philosophical rather than seeing the world in black and white. The murders themselves are inspired by classic crime novels, giving them a respectful nod in their mentions. Their relevance doesn’t become clear until the very end and the mystery itself isn’t one that can be easily guessed. There are multiple layers to this book beyond the murder investigation as you’re introduced to the residents of the town, which sets it apart from other books in the genre. It’s always fun to read a book about books and authors, it’s necessarily gimmicky but fun nonetheless! This has a start-of-series feel to it, with the introduction of a romance and some relationships which weren’t fully developed in this book. I’m not sure how many strongly themed murders you can fit into a series but I’m prepared to find out! Normally, a strong theme in a murder mystery novel makes it a little bit fluffier, but this book contained some pretty dark and graphic themes about the dark side of humanity and the awful things we do to each other, it’s not for the faint of heart. The chapters alternate between the perspectives of Preach, his rookie partner, Kirby, and the young bookshop assistant, Ari. The characters are well written and easy to relate to, and offer different views on the case as it unfolds. This is going to be a series to follow if you like crime thrillers that consider the good and bad sides of humanity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has so many twists and turns along a highway of dangerous curves that you don't know you've hit the side of the mountain until you're looking at a the rocks through the windshield. The ending will blindside you. What a ride! Layton Green is steering us away, temporarily, from his main characters Viktor Radek and Dominic Grey to give us his latest character, Joe "Preach" Everson, a cop with some baggage, but who doesn't have some baggage? This is a fast-paced, can't put it down type book. I read it in two days. I also feel like I have run a mental marathon. I am looking forward to sweating through some more of these adrenaline rushes.
birdladyvm More than 1 year ago
Layton Green created a police procedural which will knock your socks off. With characters which are full-bodied, believable, and well-developed, Layton Green packed this book with a whirlwind of action, people, and relationships. I found the premise intriguing, and the action nonstop as Green led me through this investigation. Green created the typical small town which could be located anywhere in America. Under the small town facade, the reader finds greed, corruption, crime, deviance, and murder. To all appearances, Creedville is the perfect community until you dig under the surface and the scum floats to the top. Detective Joe "Preach" Everson's character will fascinate the reader. From preacher to prison chaplain to detective, Joe "Preach" Everson's life has been one of turmoil and pain; he thought he had seen the worse man could offer. Hoping to recoup and restore in Creekville, Preach finds himself in the middle of multi-faceted murders. He's a man torn by guilt, mental breakdowns, and the need to protect, serve, and provide justice; with his mental stability in question, he's ordered to see a therapist. His therapist of choice is his Aunt Jane. She takes his case with a caveat; he will be referred to someone else if she finds he has a problem. Using famous literary novels as the theme for the murders, the killer is elusive and smart. In a town full of criminal elements, Preach has a multitude of suspects. Layton included multi-plot lines, twists, and turns, and family dynamics into this highly suspenseful crime drama. He skillfully wove all the plot threads together, while keeping the suspense and mystery at a high peak. The action begins on the first page and continues throughout the story as Preach and his partner delve into the underbelly of Creekville. They find more than they bargained for as they dig into human lives and political arenas. Layton included a twist in Preach's partner; a man who is smart, greedy for success, and notoriety. Including a romance element into the story added depth to this power-packed drama. Not only is she a romantic interest, but she also helps interpret the scenes literary connections. However, time is running out to the solve murders and save the next victim. Preach finds Ariana and himself in the crosshairs of the criminal element in town. With an ending which left me gasping, I could not believe the identity of the killer. I did not see that coming! Layton writing's vividly descriptive and flows smoothly from scene to scene. His characters are well-developed and his storyline's fresh and original. I found myself worn to a frazzle as I closed this book, yet, thoroughly satisfied and entertained. Written In Blood is one of the best crime dramas I have read in some time. I could not put this book down. As a result, I suggest you get ready for a long day and night of reading as you delve into the town of Creekville. I would not hesitate to buy this book for myself or a friend. WRITTEN IN BLOOD RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4 FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE: Additionally, I received this book from the author and Edelweiss. I chose to voluntarily review the book with honest crime suspense book reviews. Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, all book reviews on-line and on my blog, are my opinions. Also, ARC's do not influences my voluntary crime suspense books review.
birdladyvm More than 1 year ago
Layton Green created a police procedural which will knock your socks off. With characters which are full-bodied, believable, and well-developed, Layton Green packed this book with a whirlwind of action, people, and relationships. I found the premise intriguing, and the action nonstop as Green led me through this investigation. Green created the typical small town which could be located anywhere in America. Under the small town facade, the reader finds greed, corruption, crime, deviance, and murder. To all appearances, Creedville is the perfect community until you dig under the surface and the scum floats to the top. Detective Joe "Preach" Everson's character will fascinate the reader. From preacher to prison chaplain to detective, Joe "Preach" Everson's life has been one of turmoil and pain; he thought he had seen the worse man could offer. Hoping to recoup and restore in Creekville, Preach finds himself in the middle of multi-faceted murders. He's a man torn by guilt, mental breakdowns, and the need to protect, serve, and provide justice; with his mental stability in question, he's ordered to see a therapist. His therapist of choice is his Aunt Jane. She takes his case with a caveat; he will be referred to someone else if she finds he has a problem. Using famous literary novels as the theme for the murders, the killer is elusive and smart. In a town full of criminal elements, Preach has a multitude of suspects. Layton included multi-plot lines, twists, and turns, and family dynamics into this highly suspenseful crime drama. He skillfully wove all the plot threads together, while keeping the suspense and mystery at a high peak. The action begins on the first page and continues throughout the story as Preach and his partner delve into the underbelly of Creekville. They find more than they bargained for as they dig into human lives and political arenas. Layton included a twist in Preach's partner; a man who is smart, greedy for success, and notoriety. Including a romance element into the story added depth to this power-packed drama. Not only is she a romantic interest, but she also helps interpret the scenes literary connections. However, time is running out to the solve murders and save the next victim. Preach finds Ariana and himself in the crosshairs of the criminal element in town. With an ending which left me gasping, I could not believe the identity of the killer. I did not see that coming! Layton writing's vividly descriptive and flows smoothly from scene to scene. His characters are well-developed and his storyline's fresh and original. I found myself worn to a frazzle as I closed this book, yet, thoroughly satisfied and entertained. Written In Blood is one of the best crime dramas I have read in some time. I could not put this book down. As a result, I suggest you get ready for a long day and night of reading as you delve into the town of Creekville. I would not hesitate to buy this book for myself or a friend. WRITTEN IN BLOOD RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4 FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE: Additionally, I received this book from the author and Edelweiss. I chose to voluntarily review the book with honest crime suspense book reviews. Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, all book reviews on-line and on my blog, are my opinions. Also, ARC's do not influences my voluntary crime suspense books review.
birdladyvm More than 1 year ago
Layton Green created a police procedural which will knock your socks off. With characters which are full-bodied, believable, and well-developed, Layton Green packed this book with a whirlwind of action, people, and relationships. I found the premise intriguing, and the action nonstop as Green led me through this investigation. Green created the typical small town which could be located anywhere in America. Under the small town facade, the reader finds greed, corruption, crime, deviance, and murder. To all appearances, Creedville is the perfect community until you dig under the surface and the scum floats to the top. Detective Joe "Preach" Everson's character will fascinate the reader. From preacher to prison chaplain to detective, Joe "Preach" Everson's life has been one of turmoil and pain; he thought he had seen the worse man could offer. Hoping to recoup and restore in Creekville, Preach finds himself in the middle of multi-faceted murders. He's a man torn by guilt, mental breakdowns, and the need to protect, serve, and provide justice; with his mental stability in question, he's ordered to see a therapist. His therapist of choice is his Aunt Jane. She takes his case with a caveat; he will be referred to someone else if she finds he has a problem. Using famous literary novels as the theme for the murders, the killer is elusive and smart. In a town full of criminal elements, Preach has a multitude of suspects. Layton included multi-plot lines, twists, and turns, and family dynamics into this highly suspenseful crime drama. He skillfully wove all the plot threads together, while keeping the suspense and mystery at a high peak. The action begins on the first page and continues throughout the story as Preach and his partner delve into the underbelly of Creekville. They find more than they bargained for as they dig into human lives and political arenas. Layton included a twist in Preach's partner; a man who is smart, greedy for success, and notoriety. Including a romance element into the story added depth to this power-packed drama. Not only is she a romantic interest, but she also helps interpret the scenes literary connections. However, time is running out to the solve murders and save the next victim. Preach finds Ariana and himself in the crosshairs of the criminal element in town. With an ending which left me gasping, I could not believe the identity of the killer. I did not see that coming! Layton writing's vividly descriptive and flows smoothly from scene to scene. His characters are well-developed and his storyline's fresh and original. I found myself worn to a frazzle as I closed this book, yet, thoroughly satisfied and entertained. Written In Blood is one of the best crime dramas I have read in some time. I could not put this book down. As a result, I suggest you get ready for a long day and night of reading as you delve into the town of Creekville. I would not hesitate to buy this book for myself or a friend. WRITTEN IN BLOOD RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4 FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE: Additionally, I received this book from the author and Edelweiss. I chose to voluntarily review the book with honest crime suspense book reviews. Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, all book reviews on-line and on my blog, are my opinions. Also, ARC's do not influences my voluntary crime suspense books review.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
Detective Joe "Preach" Everson is home after years of being away working and suffering mental issues. Now he's back on the case in his small town of Greenville, North Carolina when a local bookshop owner is killed in the manner portrayed in a famous book. With the help of a young law student and his new partner,  they search for the killer. This book was really good. It was intriguing,  mysterious, and full of danger and drama. The characters are all very real with real problems and they are easy to relate to and to like. I really grew to like Preach as a character because of his damaged past and his present. This book was written very well and as a crime book, it had it all. It had the good guys, bad guys, and crime, with drugs and murder and danger around every corner. It was definitely an edge of your seat read. I thought I knew the murderer, but the truth is a shocker that I never saw coming. I have not read anything from this author before, but this book was very promising and I hope to read more in the future.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Written in Blood is a meticulously crafted perfectly paced crime thriller. The author’s ability to create lifelike characters and authentic crime scenes brought this story alive for me. Once I started reading this book, I was hooked, engrossed and addicted. Written In Blood is brilliant! Murders were adding up in Creekville, North Carolina. The killer was recreating brutal murder scenes, from books, written by Dostoevsky, Poe and Agatha Christie. But why? Creekville was just a small town where nothing ever happened; at least it was. Joe Everson aka Preach was once a top-notch detective, but a mental breakdown in Atlanta changed all of that. Preach returned home to Creekville and was hoping to slowly ease his way back into his law enforcement career. Detective Joe Everson, however, would not get his wish. Shortly after the detective returned to his hometown, Creekville had its first murder in a decade. And, since Preach was the only detective with homicide experience, ready or not, he would have to head the investigation. This was no ordinary killer they were looking for. The only connection Preach could find, along with his friend, Ari Hale, a bibliophile, was that each murder scene was precisely recreated from a horror book. Preach was grateful for Ari Hale’s literary expertise and although he knew that the timing was wrong for a relationship, he could feel a mutual attraction between them, growing. Their relationship, however, no matter how secret they tried to keep it, was noticed, namely by the thugs gunning for Preach. And, the closer Preach and his partner Kirby came to nailing the mastermind, behind the killings, the more dangerous, life became for them, as well as for everyone Preach and Kirby loved and cared for. Written In Blood is a multi-layered, superbly crafted, compelling thriller. It’s a riveting twisty tale of intrigue, greed, revenge, and self-discovery; with a dash of romance, mixed in. Layton Green is a talented writer. If you haven’t discovered this author’s work yet, I would highly recommend, Written In Blood. The book is extraordinary. Many thanks to Layton Green, Prometheus Books, and Edelweiss, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!