Reflection From the Abyss

General Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers

By Bertram Gibbs

Publisher : Christopher Matthews Publishing

ABOUT Bertram Gibbs

Bertram Gibbs
Bertram Gibbs (or ‘Bert’, if you prefer, or ‘Mr. Gibbs’, which he prefers), grew up in the Bronx, New York, with four constants running through his life: reading, writing, movies and sarcasm.  All of which play a distinct part in his stories.
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Carlton Book is an accountant.  He conducts his life as he does the spreadsheets he works on; with careful review of all the variables.  His philosophy serves him well in his other profession: an assassin. When he goes to his next ‘assignment’ he finds his target has already been murdered by a serial killer known as ‘The 3-Monkey Killer’. Book must now find the killer before the killer finds him, and before he is arrested for the psychopath’s crimes. And before his own crimes are revealed.

I was watching a program on serial killers on the Discovery network, and what followed was an episode on assassins. Despite the fact that they share an end result, their methods and mindsets are different. As always, the ‘what if’ came to mind; this time what if an assassin is forced to deal with a serial killer, and would one feel morally superior over the other? Because they are on two separate levels, would there be an understanding of the other’s methods? Because there were so many questions, I began jotting notes and the story began to write itself. My knowledge of criminology, criminal psychology and my repeated watching of episodes of Criminal Minds, CSI and assorted crime shows and documentaries helped a great deal.

"Captivating. When I wasn't reading "Reflection from the Abyss", I found myself wishing that I was --that's very rarely happened. "

— Harriet Brown

"I am a Mystery/Crime Novel Junkie. I have read everything from works by Dashiell Hammett, Mickey Spillane, Ed McBain, Agatha Christie, Erle Stanley Gardner, Andrew M. Greeley to Stuart M. Kaminsky. I love them all. "Reflection From The Abyss" is a story that is right on par with works by those authors. The story keeps you guessing to which way Carlton Book will go next. The twists in the plot keep you at the edge of your seat. This was one of the most enjoyable books that I have read in a longtime."

-- John P. McDonald