Pub Date 03 Mar 2017
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**Ben Oneal’s Die Laughing is the first in the series of Benjamin Kroh Novels now available through NetGalley. Its sequel, Die by Proxy is also available upon request here: http://netgal.ly/3b0rC5
On a warm summer night in central Indiana, a surprisingly well-adjusted serial killer, and successful stand-up comedian, has come out to play.
The Cowboy, aka comedian Robbie Lester, suffers blackouts. He fears this Darkness, does things, bad things. During one of his dark episodes, a Killer announces his coming-out party when a body, missing nine of his ten ﬁngertips, is placed on display. Beside the body is a cooler containing nine ﬁngertips, not his victims, a calling card that his body count stands at ten.
FBI Agent Benjamin Kroh is back where he spent his childhood. As he and his team investigate, the case moves in some unforeseen directions. As their unsub continues to kill and collect trophies, Kroh’s gut tells him that they are close to stopping the highly skilled predator. Kroh must stop The Fingertip Killer before more lives are lost, including those of his family.
About the Author
Ben Oneal is the product of a barber and a telephone operator. Yes, a man who could give a close shave as well as a haircut, and a woman on the other end of the phone, politely asking, “Number Please?” He graduated from Purdue University and made a career as a lamp designer for General Motors. While at GM, he worked with a man known as “a modern-day Bluebeard.” The man was suspected of killing his mother and two wives and was convicted of killing his third. This piqued his interest in criminal psychology, especially in the minds of serial killers. At one time, he considered a career in stand-up comedy, giving him an inside view of life in the comedy circuit. A lifelong seeker of knowledge and truth, and what he ﬁnds most abhorrent is a closed mind. He still enjoys playing the game, “What If ”.
“Oneal’s novel is a solid thriller that should appeal to fans of TV series like Criminal Minds.” Kirkus Reviews
"Benjamin O’Neal’s Die Laughing is a fast-paced thriller that fuses classic elements of horror and suspense stories, from bloody, violent murder to intense, passionate love." Foreword Clarion Review