Sunday, March 25, 2012

Two Graves by D.A. Graystone
My rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Book Blurb:
Forty year old Preston Peterson, pudgy, myopic and socially inept, knows the terror of being bullied. From his earliest childhood memory, he has faced ridicule, name calling, harassment and beatings. Fear ruled his life, possessed him, controlled his every encounter with others.

Now, he has killed.

Now, rage rules his life.

Digging out his despised High School year book, Preston uses computer aged photographs to find and kill look-alikes of his persecutors.
The time has come for those who bullied him to pay the ultimate price for their torture.

Preston is getting even and everyone is a target.

But with a panicked city and Lieutenant Gregg Mann's task force looking for him, Preston should have remembered the Chinese proverb, "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig TWO GRAVES."

My review:
This is a complex novel with two intersecting stories. 

The first is of a middle-aged man who has always been bullied, and one day accidentally kills a tormentor. Teetering on the edge of madness after years of such abuse, the power that he experiences on eliminating that bully is the trigger that pushes him over the edge. He decides to eliminate all the bullies of the world starting with those who tormented him in high school, but instead of looking them up he decides to use age progression photographs and starts killing people who look like the aged photos believing they are the same people he went to high school with. 

In addition to the main storyline, there is a subplot involving police corruption and a local crime lord.

This is a solid thriller/crime novel that SHOULD make the bullies of the world think twice! 
About the author:
Derek Graystone was born in Rivers, Manitoba, Canada. After a brief stay there and in Trenton, Ontario, Canada, Derek has spent the majority of his life in London, Ontario, Canada. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelors Degree in English Literature in 1984.

Derek has had a varied career including jewellery store manager, warehouse manager for an ice cream distributor, manager of a gas station, and the finance and systems manager for a children's charity. In 2002, Derek quit his day job and started his own office automation and Internet presence company and a relaxation massage business with his wife. Derek is also a Reiki Master as well as having a successful online Wiccan business.

Derek's first book, The Schliemann Legacy, is a spy thriller involving Nazis, terrorists and the hunt for the treasures of Troy.

Derek followed up with Two Graves, a crime novel about a serial killer who is killing look-alikes of the people who bullied and terrorized him in his youth. Derek is planning to release the next in the Kesle PD series called Too Many Graves which will appear in 2012.
Currently, Derek is working on the first novel in the Witches of Aquarius series; Windcrusher will be released in 2012.

Derek lives with his wife Yvette in their home in London Ontario when they aren't visiting their island getaway in Exuma, Bahamas. Derek is also the father of four girls and one boy and has five granddaughters (with another grandchild on the way).

If you'd like to connect with Derek, you can email him at dagraystone@dagraystone.com. You can also catch up with him on Facebook, Twitter, or his website.  

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