Because sometimes you have to read about a murder.
The book is The Company Of Demons by Michael Jordan, a thriller.
The brutal murder of a friend leaves lawyer John Coleman stunned and sends shock waves through the city of Cleveland. The technique of the killing recalls memories of the Torso Murderer, who dismembered at least twelve people decades ago and vanished–eluding even the legendary Eliot Ness. Jennifer, the victim’s beautiful daughter, hires John to handle her father’s estate, and romantic feelings for her soon complicate his already troubled marriage. When John finds himself entangled with a cold-blooded biker gang, an ex-cop with a fuzzy past, and the drug-addicted son of the dead man, he struggles to make sense of it all. But he cannot escape a growing sense of dread.
There was never any trouble at the Tam O’Shanter, even on a rocking weekend night, even when one of the Tribe smacked a homer for a go-ahead run. Tim and Karen ran a tight joint, the perfect hideaway to lounge beneath faded posters of ‘70s rock bands and sip a cold one. So when Karen screamed from the seedy alley behind the bar, our little oasis was shattered. Tim bolted for the back door.
I rushed after him and squinted in the bright sunlight. Tim was cradling his wife in his arms. She stared at me vacantly, then broke away and retched. Huddled over the rough asphalt, in her thin T-shirt and faded jeans, Karen reminded me of a fragile little girl. The wastebasket she’d intended to empty lay near her, paper napkins and discared receipts fluttering in the humid breeze. Tim waved a hand toward a Dumpster, its lid flung open, wedged tight against the crumbling brick wall. “Don’t look.”
But I did.
The sight of a naked body, sprawled across plastic, garbage bags, was impossible to miss. Or part of a body, really, because the head was gone. So was everything below the waist. The hairy torso had been split down the middle, and I didn’t need to be a pathologist to know that someone had scooped out the guts and the lungs and the heart. Flies droned incessantly and, in the summer heat, the stench of rancid meat wafted to me. I backed away.
A chat with the Author
Michael Jordan obtained his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, with highest honors, and his law degree from George Washington University, where he was a member of the Law Review. A trial lawyer and arbitrator for over three decades, he has been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer and named to Best Lawyers in America. A member of the International Association of Crime Writers, The Company of Demons is his first novel.
An avid traveler, Michael has climbed Mt. Fuji, swam in The Devil’s Pool on the cusp of Victoria Falls, trekked a glacier in Patagonia, and visited numerous other countries. Yes—an international thriller lies in the future! He has also acted in several theatrical productions and his experience on stage is helpful in creating characters for his novels. He is currently working on his next book, a thriller set during the closing stages of WWII.
A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Michael and his wife, Linda Gross Brown, a soft pastel artist, divide their time between homes in Rocky River, Ohio, and Longboat Key, Florida. They enjoy traveling, pleasure boating, and very cold martinis.
Hi Michael, and welcome! Can you tell us an interesting fact about your book?
THAT IT IS BASED ON ACTUAL MURDERS COMMITTED BY ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S FIRST SERIAL KILLERS
Did you always have the reins of the story or the people in it tried to take over?
I BELIEVE IT IS BEST WHEN MY CHARACTERS TAKE OVER—THEY SHOULD DRIVE THE STORY
What are you working on now?
A WWII THRILLER BASED ON SOME LITTLE KNOWN EVENTS
Do you have a day job?
I NOW WORK AS AN ARBITRATOR AND WORKED AS A TRIAL LAWYER BEFORE DEVOTING MORE TIME TO WRITING
What do your friend and family think about your being a writer?
THEY ARE VERY SUPPORTIVE
A hidden or uncommon talent that helps or makes it harder to write the story?
A STRONG THEATER BACKGROUND THAT HELPS ME DEVELOP CHARACTERS AND SCENES
Do you outline books ahead of time or are you more of a by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer?
I PREPARE A GENERAL OUTLINE, BUT WILL STRAY FROM IT AS THE STORY DEVELOPS
What has been one of your most rewarding experiences as an author?
ATTENDING SIGNINGS AND READINGS AND MEETING PEOPLE WHO HAVE ENJOYED THE BOOK
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
TRAVEL, THEATER, AND DINING EXPERIENCES
Pen or computer: COMPUTER
Music or silence: SILENCE
Alone or in public: ALONE
If you could have any accent from anywhere in the world, which would it be? FRENCH
First thought when the alarm goes off in the in the morning? I AM STILL HERE
Is marriage outdated? NO
Thank you, Michael!
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