Suspense / Thriller

Solving a 40-Year-Old Murder Case Might Prove Deadly

April 24, 2013
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Indie author Michael Chambers

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TJ is a good kid caught up in some strange events.

After being paired with Navi, the exotic and beautiful new girl in school on a class project, TJ dumps his arguably psychotic girlfriend Stacey.

For that class project, he and Navi choose an obsession of TJ’s: the “Smiling Jack murders,” an unsolved string of serial killings from forty years ago.

But as they begin their project, someone who doesn’t want the original case solved begins killing again, to try to scare the teens off.

The question, in the thriller “Smiling Jack” by Michael Chambers, is, can TJ and his new friend find the old killer before the new one gets to them?

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The Indie Author Life

If you have written a book, and it’s published, and people are buying it, reading it, and commenting on it, are you an “author”?

Most would agree: of course you are.

But Michael Chambers is not yet sure he’s comfortable with that mantle, as he wrote in a recent blog post:

Maybe it’s the small-town, down-home in me, but I have a very hard time referring to myself as an “author;” the word conjures up images of a stuffy old man sitting in a wing-back chair, wearing a red velvet smoking jacket and rambling endlessly about poetic beat and the “literary merit” of other people’s work. In other words, talking a LOT about other people’s writing, but doing damn precious little of their own.

Well, I don’t own a wing-back chair, I’ve never even wanted to wear a smoking jacket, and I can’t imagine questioning the “literary merit” of someone else’s work. Truth be told, virtually every time I’ve been subjected to these discussions of “literary merit,” it’s been someone criticizing the work of someone who simply writes better than they do.

When someone asks me what I do, I tell them I’m a writer.

Read Michael’s entire post, titled “On Authors versus Writers and the Notion of Literary Merit” here.

And watch the trailer for “Smiling Jack”:

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4 Responses to Solving a 40-Year-Old Murder Case Might Prove Deadly

  1. April 24, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Thanks Bill! Great write up!

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