When two dissimilar murders occur on Long Island, preceding another in Old Town, Maine, two seasoned homicide detectives note certain similarities that carry the killer s signature. The investigation leads authorities to believe that an eco-terrorist is punishing those deemed responsible for environmental pollution by claiming the lives of their loved ones in retaliation. A more compelling mystery surrounds the killer as factions within federal, state, and local governments look the other way in the interest of national security, while a Mafia don and his crew work the parameters. The penultimate hour reveals that serial murderer Malcolm Columba is the author and architect of an operation that safely places Bureau agents within the ranks of extremist groups around the globe with the help of a wealthy industrialist. It is an unlikely vigilante with a vengeance who searches unrelentingly for the madman in a race to the finish. Charged with Columba s murder, in addition to others for which he is being framed, Justin Barnes, seeks out (with help from the maverick s scintillating associate, Jacqueline Rubino, along with a handful of rogue detectives) and ultimately destroys a sinister force hellbent on securing an encoded document that promises to imperil the hegemony of our nation. Editor s note: The Author is the second in a series of four novels portraying Justin Barnes; it is the prequel to The Teacher, first published in May, 2006.
July 2013 : USA Paperback
July 2007 : USA Perfect Paperback
Title: The Author
Author(s): Robert Banfelder
ISBN: 1-59466-099-9 / 978-1-59466-099-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Port Town Publishing
February 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition