November 2, 2015 -- Simon Duke, the author of Out of Bounds, is delighted to announce the launch of his new novel in mid-January 2016. The Perfectionist - a modern day crime thriller set in the U.S. – explores new angles in the serial killer theme while providing a fair share of frightening twists and turns. It’s a novel he's wanted to write for many years.
The Perfectionist is a haunting, psychological thriller with compelling and vivid storytelling as well as major character development, which begins with a severed head found rotting in an Iowa corn field, in 1988. Confronted with this gruesome discovery, Gerry Stokes – an arrogant and obnoxious newspaper reporter – agrees to cover up the affair. But the truth can't be concealed forever.
More than twenty years later, Stokes must finally atone for his errors as the past returns with a vengeance. Forced into an investigation to discover what happened all those years ago, he stumbles upon a sordid truth: the victim is one of many; people seemingly chosen at random across America by a serial killer at large for more than two decades; a killer with a unique and horrific modus operandi who’s flown under the radar. Still at large the killer seeks to achieve artistic perfection in his methods of execution. He is "The Perfectionist".
While tracking the killer under the cloak of FBI suspicion, Stokes sets himself an ambitious target and potential path to fame: write a book that leads the police to the killer, a first in the history of publishing.
The stakes are high and the pressure is on. Stokes is in the race of his life to discover The Perfectionist's identity and publish his bestseller, while forced to bend the notion of what is ethically right.
Prior to the mid-January 2016 launch, Duke plans a marketing and publicity campaign which will include a video trailer integrating music by renowned American singer and composer, Josh Garrels.
Simon Duke was born in Stoke-on-Trent (UK) in 1979. He obtained a B.A. in French with Film Studies in 2001 and has been working in journalism ever since. He currently lives in Toulouse, France.
His other fiction work includes his debut novel, Out of Bounds - published in 2014, and available at Amazon; CreateSpace; Smashwords; Barnes & Noble; Apple; Sony; Kobo; etc – as well various short stories and poems available on his website http://simongduke.blogspot.com
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