The Executioner

THE EXECUTIONER – Synopsis

Do you like adrenaline pumping psychological thrillers?

The Executioner is a debut thriller from an author we are sure to hear more about in the future

Alex Reid lives a charmed life.

He has a job he loves, a wife who adores him, and a home which has been featured in magazines. As a Detective in the Serious and Violent Crimes unit in Cape Town, South Africa, Alex is fortunate to live in a country where serial killers are few and far between.
But in a whirlwind turn of events, Alex finds himself locked in a life and death struggle with a malevolent serial killer who has chosen Alex as his arch nemesis.
As the body count rises, Alex must try to overcome his own personal tragedy and loss, and go head to head with the man the media have dubbed the Executioner.
Will Alex stop him before he extracts his final revenge?

The Location

Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbour and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum.

The Detective

Detective Alex Reid had a difficult childhood but he survived against all the odds. He is now a Detective solving serious crime cases. He is a unique character that cares about the people he is keeping safe. He has developed a healthy working relationship with Fadi, appreciating his skills along with his strange ways. Together they are determined to take down the bad guys.

Extract:

Chapter One

Christina Masters was marked for death at 5:04pm on Sunday 3rd April 2011. She did not do anything particularly noteworthy to make her stand out from the pool of potential victims. All she did was flip her long blonde hair over her shoulder and fix her lively blue eyes on the killer while she spoke the words that sealed her fate.

“My life belongs to God,” she declared firmly. Struggling to mask the fierce joy that surged through him, the killer smiled as though in total agreement. At last his epic search had come to an end. He studied her carefully while she busied herself preparing the sermon leaflets that would be distributed as soon as the congregation started arriving.

A little young he thought, late teens, maybe early twenties at the most. She was one of those eager do good types. Although she did not quite fit the mold, he mused as he tracked her with his eyes. In his experience the do-gooders that normally filled Churches were those who could not find a fit in normal society. Those who were down on their luck, too socially inept or just too damned unattractive to be accepted into mainstream society. Sort of like me, he mused without rancour. Instead they came here, to the proverbial house of God, where they gained a measure of acceptance and found a system that could fill the holes in their souls. He on the other hand, came to plunder the fertile hunting ground for victims.

He brought his focus back to the task at hand. His prize was not socially inept or unattractive though…far from it. Besides the fact that she was outgoing and seemed socially comfortable, she was physically quite exquisite. Medium height, slim lean body with a face that was surely out of place this side of the Angelic realm…but her crowning glory had to be her hair. Thick and blonde it hung in gentle waves down to her waist.

The object of his attention glanced at him briefly, and catching his stare she blushed and looked away, fumbling with the leaflets briefly before she regained her composure. Charming. He grinned with barely suppressed elation. She was perfect. Of course, he would have to probe her background and circumstances more thoroughly, but he doubted he was going to find anything that would change his mind.

He possessed a deep and profound certainty that he had found his first sacrifice.

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