Why Serial-Killer Fiction Isn’t Going Anywhere
BY CAROLYN ARNOLD
Years ago, a rumor circulated in the writing community that books about serial killers were passé. I didn’t buy it, though. Had any of these writers picked up a mystery book or watched popular shows on television? Serial killers were everywhere! And still are.
The truth is, many people have a morbid fascination with serial killers and want to know what makes them tick, to try to understand them. While people certainly have sympathy for the victims, this addiction to serial-killer fiction, if you will, is similar to that of a motorist who can’t stop looking at the car crash on the side of the road. They are drawn to watch, and let’s face it: death connects all of us. That may sound morbid, but we all face death and loss eventually.
We also know that serial killers exist in the world around us, and the threat is real. In fact, a former chief of the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit noted, “A very conservative estimate is that there are between twenty-five and fifty active serial killers in the United States” at any given time. The truth is, you may even be in contact with one without knowing it. And as it is with any piece of fiction, books involving serial killers take us into the world of the what-if. But it goes further than that: it plays up our fears and triggers the primal instinct of survival.
Maybe it’s all related to the adrenaline rush we get on a roller coaster, maybe it’s not, but one thing is certain: serial-killer fiction isn’t going anywhere. This is one reason I decided to start the Brandon Fisher FBI series and why I continue to write it today. Each book in the series involves the hunt for a serial killer, and not only do I provide readers with the viewpoint of the investigators but I tap into the psyche of the killer, as well. It’s a dark place to be, but as I said, it’s a real and intriguing one.
In the latest book in the series, Remnants, FBI agent and profiler Brandon Fisher and his team are called to Savannah, Georgia, when body parts belonging to three separate victims are recovered from the Little Ogeechee River. As the case takes one creepy turn after another, Brandon finds himself embroiled in a psychological nightmare.
Even though Remnants is part of the Brandon Fisher FBI series, it stands alone, so you can pick it up without having read the previous books. But let me ask you this: will you be brave enough to join the hunt for this serial killer?
Remnants is available in e-book, paperback, and hardcover formats from popular retailers.
Book Title: REMNANTS
Author: Carolyn Arnold
Series: Brandon Fisher FBI series, Book 6
Published by: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-988353-49-4
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-988353-50-0
ISBN (hardcover): 978-1-988353-51-7
All that remains are whispers of the past…
When multiple body parts are recovered from the Little Ogeechee River in Savannah, Georgia, local law enforcement calls in FBI agent and profiler Brandon Fisher and his team to investigate. But with the remains pointing to three separate victims, this isn’t proving to be an open-and-shut case.
With no quick means of identifying the victims, building a profile of this serial killer is proving more challenging than usual. How is the killer picking these victims? Why are their limbs being severed and bodies mutilated? And what is it about them that is triggering this killer to murder?
The questions compound as the body count continues to rise, and when a torso painted blue and missing its heart is found, the case takes an even darker turn. But this is only the beginning, and these new leads draw the FBI into a creepy psychological nightmare. One thing is clear, though: the killing isn’t going to stop until they figure it all out. And they are running out of time…
Excerpt from Chapter 12 of Remnants (Brandon Fisher FBI series):
KILLING WAS THE BEST SEDATIVE. Just knowing that the time was coming had allowed him to fall asleep the second his head had hit the pillow last night, and now the clock on his nightstand told him it was almost noon.
He got out of bed and opened the curtains, letting the sun spill in and blanket him in its warm glow. Closing his eyes, he bathed in its splendor. His breath was calm and deep as he got down onto his knees and spread his arms heavenward, giving thanks for not just another day but for the blessing of life. Not his, but what would be the beginning of another offering.
He remained there in a meditative state, letting his consciousness drift to the other realm, a place far too few visited or were even aware of. But it was in this stillness that he found his true self, his identity, and his purpose, where he became centered and focused on the seriousness of his mission.
He wrapped himself in a black robe and shuffled downstairs and out the back door. He stood on the patio facing the riverbank with his eyes closed.
As the sun warmed his eyelids, he imagined himself being carried up toward the sky, merging with the flames, the source of life, and shedding his human form. He knew that he belonged somewhere else—a different plane of existence—but the physical required roots. So for now, he was grounded.
He remained standing there until the sun ducked behind a cloud, the shadows casting over him. He opened his eyes and knew. It was time.
His stride was full of purpose as he returned inside to where he kept the man in a dimly lit room. He closed the door behind him and headed for the preparation room.
The man was standing, restrained at the wrists and ankles, and held up by a clasp around his neck. His arms and legs were stretched out like rays of sunshine. The offering was free to talk, but his spirit had become broken with the passage of time and he rarely whispered a word.
What to expect from the Brandon Fisher FBI series:
Profilers. Serial killers. The hunt is on. Do serial killers and the FBI fascinate you? Do you like getting inside the minds of killers, love being creeped out, sleeping with your eyes open, and feeling like you’re involved in murder investigations? Then join FBI agent and profiler Brandon Fisher and his team with the Behavioral Analysis Unit in their hunt for serial killers.
This is the perfect book series for fans of Criminal Minds, NCIS, Silence of the Lambs, Seven, Dexter, Luther, and True Crime.
Read in any order or follow the series from the beginning.
About the Author
CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.
Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.
Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.
She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.
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