Grant Jerkins is the author of THE NINTH STEP and AT THE END OF THE ROAD. Winner of the Writers Network Screenplay and Fiction Competition (Fade In Awards), his first novel, A VERY SIMPLE CRIME, was selected from well over two-thousand entries to take the top honors, and has since been optioned for film.
SUBLIMINAL CONTENT: This novel utilizes computer-generated retrographia—a form of backmasking which may be perceptible at a subconscious level when the book is read forward. Susceptible individuals should refrain from reading.
"Grant's fans will never forgive him." --Penguin Group, Senior Executive Editor
"I'm afraid that I really didn't like it. While it is certainly well-written, as are all of Grant's books, I found it to be too dark and off-putting. There really isn't anyone to "root" for and the subject matter is pretty distasteful. That being said, I would hate to end our publishing relationship with Grant at this point. For me, personally, and as a company as well, we are really committed to building Grant's career." --Penguin/Berkley (prior to ending their publishing relationship with the author)
"There is some dark magic in this one. I mean, really dark. Like whittle-my-bones-to-a-bloody-point dark. Jerkins calmly, unflinchingly goes about his business of crafting some troubled yet sympathetic characters who are in dire straits. That he manages to make these characters sympathetic, their problems understandable, is impressive and prompts the reader to consider the justice in violence. But despite the skill of its execution ... I must pass." --HarperCollins, Acquisitions Editor
"Pass." --St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books; Macmillan; Thomas & Mercer; Alfred Knopf; Scribner; Mysterious Press; Grove Press; Simon & Schuster; William Morrow and Company; Little, Brown and Company, Henry Holt and Company; Tor Forge; Farrar, Straus and Giroux; et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
BLIGHT DIGEST -- 13 stories of horror featuring works from Matt Andrew, Angel Luis Colón, Eddie McNamara, Grant Jerkins and others.
“A HIGH-POWERED BONE-RATTLER OF A NOVEL.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A vivid, visceral look at the world of the police sniper, and it gets your adrenal gland working overtime."
New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner
There’s not a soul you can trust in the story…[a] well-fashioned but extremely nasty study in abnormal psychology, which dares us to solve a mystery in which none of the normal character cues can be taken at face value.
--Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
No one in this novel is as they appear to be, and the twists and turns never let up until the very last page. This dark, chilling debut…is a real page-turner and should especially appeal to legal thriller fans.”
--Library Journal (starred review)
So stylishly twisted that I read it in one sitting. (Top 10 of the year)
--Carole Barrowman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A masterfully Hitchcockian story...Jerkins’ writing is both brilliant and brutal...and you’ll be kicking yourself if you don’t jump on board his bandwagon and get a comfy seat now because there’s going to be standing room only soon.
--Elizabeth A. White, Savannah Morning News
The product of A Very Talented Writer. Don't miss it.
--NYT bestselling author Ridley Pearson
Truly unusual. This one will haunt you.
--The Poisoned Pen
Jerkins juggles his plot twists like a top circus acrobat in this nasty legal noir.
A Very Simple Crime is out now from Penguin/Berkley, and is available in bookstores, as well as online at Amazon, Borders, Barnes & Noble, etc. And look for it at Mystery Lovers Bookshop, who recently reccomended AVSC in their newsletter, calling it "A Real Stunner."
Also available for the Kindle and other ebook formats.
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I was one of three featured guests on Suspense Radio's special showcase of debut authors. The show was aired live and the archived recording is now online.