"A masterfully crafted, horrifically powerful story. Expect the unexpected in this deliciously twisted tale." - Cemetery Dance
Brian Sheridan may be losing his mind.
Asleep, he’s plagued by dreams of murder, women strangled with a red velvet rope then left with a playing card tucked in the corpse. While awake, he’s hallucinating that he’s being stalked by a man painted like a skeleton. It’s getting hard to know what’s real. He hopes all this is driven by his cold turkey withdrawal from a lifetime of anti-anxiety medications.
But when one of his nightmare’s victims shows up on the news, dead, Brian fears he himself may be the unwitting killer...
FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
Russell James grew up on Long Island, New York and graduated from Cornell University and the University of Central Florida. After flying helicopters with the U.S. Army, he has had multiple horror and paranormal thrillers published. His wife reads his work and says "There is something seriously wrong with you."
"The Playing Card Killer is a great crime thriller with a clever plot and well written characters. If you love thrillers and crime fiction I’d recommend giving this one a read."
– The Scary Reviews
"This is a really good read, it is engaging from the start and never loses pace."
– Housewife of Horror
"This book blew me away because it turned out to be SO awesome. I think I need to read more from this author."
– Yolanda Sfetsos
“solid and engaging serial killer thriller with a supernatural twist”
– High Fever Books
"Plenty of twists and thrills in this mystery!"
– The Haunted Reading Room
"THE PLAYING CARD KILLER held my interest from start to finish and the way in which Russell James brought everything to a conclusion was just fabulous. I loved it and it has left me eager to read more from this author."
– Brianne Brynes
"The writing style is an easy one to sit back in and devour the words. It draws you in a piece by piece and is extremely unwanting of letting you go."
– ZooLoo's Book Diary
"This is a KILLER read."
– Don Jimmy Reviews
"Such an intriguing book and so very well done"
– Not Another Book Blogger
"A masterfully crafted, horrifically powerful story. Expect the unexpected in this deliciously twisted tale."
– Cemetery Dance
"THE PLAYING CARD KILLER was one twisty-turny thriller of a ride!"
– Charr's Horror Corner
"Sometimes psychological thrillers can be predictable but this one had a storyline that made me question everything, the end game of this read was astonishingly impressive, sinister, as well as truly original"