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Presumed Guilty – James Carol (A Jefferson Winter Novella #1)

The first in a special eBook only series: The Jefferson Winter Chronicles, featuring Jefferson Winter, and introducing his mentor, Yoko Tanaka. Together they make an unforgettable team.

Special Agent Yoko Tanaka is one of the best profilers in the FBI. She’s observant, smart and professional, but doesn’t really play well with others. She’s been called in to consult on the case of ‘Valentino’, a killer who steals his victims’ hearts. Literally.

With five women already dead, time is running out for the police to catch the killer before he strikes again. Within twenty-four hours of Yoko’s arrival they have a suspect in custody: a precocious nineteen-year-old kid called Jefferson Winter whose IQ is off the charts. He’s also a textbook psychopath and the son of one of America’s most notorious serial killers. Not only does he confess to the murders, he knows details of the crimes that only the killer could know. It’s an open and shut case, or is it?

My Review: Have I mentioned how much I LOVE Jefferson Winter?  This brilliant novella introduces us to Jefferson BEFORE he joins the FBI and once again my main issue with novella’s is that they are too bloody short.  Seriously I could read about Jefferson Winter, his disturbing background and his ability to track down serial killers, his relationship with Special Agent Yoko Tanaka all night long.

Another brilliant (but too bloody short) story, with a creepy killer and some interesting glimpses into who Jefferson Winter really is.  Highly recommended.

About The Author: James Carol was born in Scotland in 1969, where he spent his early years. He moved to England in the eighties and has lived there ever since. At various times he has worked as a guitarist, sound engineer, guitar tutor, journalist, and a horse riding instructor.

The character of Jefferson Winter came about because he wanted to write a series of books that gave him as much freedom as possible. He figured that the more interesting he kept things for himself, the more interesting it would be for the reader.

Although the novels are written as a series, James approaches each book as a stand-alone. Each story is set in a different location, and has a different cast of characters. The beauty of this approach is that the novels can be read out of order.

Broken Dolls, the first Jefferson Winter thriller, will be published in January 2014. This will be followed in the Spring by Presumed Guilty, the first in a series of eBooks set during Winter’s FBI days. Watch Me, the second Jefferson Winter thriller, is scheduled for publication in September 2014.

When he’s not writing, James spends his time training horses and riders. An accomplished guitarist, he relaxes by writing and recording music. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two children.

Books In Order:
Jefferson Winter
1. Broken Dolls (2014)
2. Watch Me (2014)
3. Prey (2015)
4. The Quiet Man (2017)
Presumed Guilty (2014)
Hush Little Baby (2014)
Open Your Eyes (2016)

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