Gripped By Fear

Christian Books, General Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers

By John M. Wills

Publisher : TotalRecall Publications

ABOUT John M. Wills

John M. Wills
Award-winning author and free lance writer/speaker/instructor.  Former Chicago police officer and retired FBI agent. John has published more than 125 articles relating to police training and officer survival.He writes a monthly column on, and is the creator of the Chicago Wa More...



Chicago Police Detectives Pete Shannon and Marilyn Benson are thrust into the limelight when their first major investigation turns the city upside down.  A madman is on the loose, attacking women who travel downtown to clean offices.  As the number of attacks continues to mount, the detectives find themselves pressured by their boss to end this reign of terror committed by a psychopathic rapist. 

The community becomes outraged and protests at City Hall, causing the Mayor to demand action by his police department.  In the midst of it all, Marilyn learns some disturbing news that forces her to choose between her loyalty to Pete and the man she loves.

Once again John Wills delivers a nitty-gritty true-to-life "you can taste the atmosphere" story about the life of police officers on the often violent streets of Chicago.  Captured in the language and with a feel that only a cop from Chicago can deliver, "Gripped By Fear", second in the Chicago Warrior series, reveals some of the heroism, fears, motivation and courage cops everywhere can relate to.

Frank Borelli, Editor-In-Chief

Gripped by Fear is Christian fiction's equivalent of Law and Order: gritty yet filled with hope in the ultimate triumph, delivering a thrilling read that Christian readers will appreciate.

Alex Jurek

John Wills…takes you to the heart and soul of the Chicago undercover police force…taking note of every movement, every sound, things out of place—details only a veteran of law enforcement could provide.  Woven through this police thriller is an inspirational message of faith.  Gripped By Fear is a great read and a book you won’t want to miss. (Read the entire review here)

Margaret Oleska

 Richmond Book Examiner

“Gripped by Fear” is as authentic as it gets.  John Wills brings all of his law enforcement experience as well as his writing skills together to bring us a terrific read."  

Lt. Randy Sutton "the most highly decorated officer in dept history"
Las Vegas Metro Police Dept
Author: "True Blue" and "A Cops Life"
LE Commentator Fox News

The second in the Chicago Warriors series, Gripped by Fear is a not only a good mystery but also an exploration of the many challenges faced by today’s law enforcement officers.  It will be of special interest to readers who enjoy books with a strong Christian theme.

Marilyn Olsen, President

Public Safety Writers Association


John M. Wills, a veteran of thirty five years in law enforcement, both as a Chicago Police Officer and FBI Agent, writes with a keen insight and deep understanding of the criminal justice system.  His police procedural novels are unique in that they are written on two contrasting levels--the gritty, often times life threatening police incidents, and the many moral dilemmas faced by law enforcement officers in  the pursuit of their duties.  In Gripped By Fear, the author has succeeded in creating police officers who are not amoral super heroes, but decent human beings, doing their best under the most difficult of circumstances.  Gripped By Fear is a great read!

Ed Kenney
Special Agent (Ret)
Supervisor, FBI Academy Library at Quantico, VA