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J. A. Kerley - Author

About the Author

Jack Kerley worked in advertising and teaching before becoming a full-time novelist. He lives in Newport, Kentucky, but also spends a good deal of time in Southern Alabama, the setting for his Carson Ryder series, starting with The Hundredth Man. He is married with two children.

Featured books by J. A. Kerley

The Apostle

The Apostle

Author: J. A. Kerley Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/12/2014

From the bestselling author of Her Last Scream, a chilling tale of ritual murder and corruption, featuring Detective Carson Ryder. The Reverend Honus Schrum, a nationally renowned minister and owner of a broadcasting empire, tells the media he has come home to Key West to die. Meanwhile, Detective Carson Ryder is investigating the ritualistic murders of young women with chequered pasts, discovering the killings have religious overtones. Simultaneously, a newly retired Harry Nautilus takes a job as a driver/bodyguard for Richard Owsley, an ambitious pastor in Mobile. They come to Florida, where Owsley meets with Schrum and is enlisted to complete a special and mysterious 'project' Schrum has promised a billionaire benefactor. As Carson digs deeper into the murders, Harry, interest piqued by all the hush-hush goings-on of his new employer, begins to covertly investigate the strange project. Their independent investigations begin to converge, and Carson and Harry uncover a horrifying connection between the cases...

The Memory Killer

The Memory Killer

Author: J. A. Kerley Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/06/2014

Detective Carson Ryder faces a cunning and inventive adversary in this terrifying thriller from the bestselling author of Her Last Scream. Young men in Miami are being abducted and tortured after their drinks are spiked with a cocktail of drugs that leaves them unable to recall their ordeal. Despite this, Detective Carson Ryder knows the predator's name, height, age, colouring ...everything. It's impossible for the perpetrator to avoid detection. Yet he does. When Carson seeks answers from his brother, a wanted criminal intimate with twisted minds, Jeremy's odd behaviour sparks even more questions. With each abduction, the violence becomes more horrific, and it's only a short time until torture turns to murder. But how do you catch an invisible man?

Other books by J. A. Kerley

The Death File A Gripping Serial Killer Thriller with a Shocking Twist

The Death File A Gripping Serial Killer Thriller with a Shocking Twist

Author: J. A. Kerley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/12/2017

Detective Carson Ryder returns, on the trail of a brutal killer with mysterious motives. Two psychologists are murdered 2000 miles apart - one in Phoenix, Arizona, one in Miami, Florida. Amazingly, both have noted down the name of Carson Ryder - a detective with the Florida Center for Law Enforcement who specializes in catching psychopathic killers. Carson joins forces with troubled Phoenix Detective Tasha Novarro to trace a ruthless killer whose advantages include an uncanny talent for persuasion, an utter lack of remorse, and the horrifying ability to predict their every move. A killer even Carson might not be capable of stopping...

Death File: A gripping serial killer thriller with a shocking twist (Carson Ryder, Book 13)

Death File: A gripping serial killer thriller with a shocking twist (Carson Ryder, Book 13)

Author: J. A. Kerley Format: eBook Release Date: 19/10/2017

Detective Carson Ryder returns, on the trail of a brutal killer with mysterious motives.Two psychologists are murdered 2000 miles apart - one in Phoenix, Arizona, one in Miami, Florida.Amazingly, both have noted down the name of Carson Ryder - a detective with the Florida Center for Law Enforcement who specializes in catching psychopathic killers.Carson joins forces with troubled Phoenix Detective Tasha Novarro to trace a ruthless killer whose advantages include an uncanny talent for persuasion, an utter lack of remorse, and the horrifying ability to predict their every move. A killer even Carson might not be capable of stopping...

The Apostle

The Apostle

Author: J. A. Kerley Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/12/2014

From the bestselling author of Her Last Scream, a chilling tale of ritual murder and corruption, featuring Detective Carson Ryder. The Reverend Honus Schrum, a nationally renowned minister and owner of a broadcasting empire, tells the media he has come home to Key West to die. Meanwhile, Detective Carson Ryder is investigating the ritualistic murders of young women with chequered pasts, discovering the killings have religious overtones. Simultaneously, a newly retired Harry Nautilus takes a job as a driver/bodyguard for Richard Owsley, an ambitious pastor in Mobile. They come to Florida, where Owsley meets with Schrum and is enlisted to complete a special and mysterious 'project' Schrum has promised a billionaire benefactor. As Carson digs deeper into the murders, Harry, interest piqued by all the hush-hush goings-on of his new employer, begins to covertly investigate the strange project. Their independent investigations begin to converge, and Carson and Harry uncover a horrifying connection between the cases...

Apostle

Apostle

Author: J. A. Kerley Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2014

From the bestselling author of Her Last Scream, a chilling tale of ritual murder and corruption, featuring Detective Carson Ryder.The Reverend Honus Schrum, a nationally renowned minister and owner of a broadcasting empire, tells the media he has come home to Key West to die. Meanwhile, Detective Carson Ryder is investigating the ritualistic murders of young women with chequered pasts, discovering the killings have religious overtones.Simultaneously, a newly retired Harry Nautilus takes a job as a driver/bodyguard for Richard Owsley, an ambitious pastor in Mobile. They come to Florida, where Owsley meets with Schrum and is enlisted to complete a special and mysterious `project' Schrum has promised a billionaire benefactor.As Carson digs deeper into the murders, Harry, interest piqued by all the hush-hush goings-on of his new employer, begins to covertly investigate the strange project. Their independent investigations begin to converge, and Carson and Harry uncover a horrifying connection between the cases...

The Memory Killer

The Memory Killer

Author: J. A. Kerley Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/06/2014

Detective Carson Ryder faces a cunning and inventive adversary in this terrifying thriller from the bestselling author of Her Last Scream. Young men in Miami are being abducted and tortured after their drinks are spiked with a cocktail of drugs that leaves them unable to recall their ordeal. Despite this, Detective Carson Ryder knows the predator's name, height, age, colouring ...everything. It's impossible for the perpetrator to avoid detection. Yet he does. When Carson seeks answers from his brother, a wanted criminal intimate with twisted minds, Jeremy's odd behaviour sparks even more questions. With each abduction, the violence becomes more horrific, and it's only a short time until torture turns to murder. But how do you catch an invisible man?

Memory Killer

Memory Killer

Author: J. A. Kerley Format: eBook Release Date: 19/06/2014

Detective Carson Ryder faces a cunning and inventive adversary in this terrifying thriller from the bestselling author of Her Last Scream.Young men in Miami are being abducted and tortured after their drinks are spiked with a cocktail of drugs that leaves them unable to recall their ordeal. Despite this, Detective Carson Ryder knows the predator's name, height, age, colouring ... everything. It's impossible for the perpetrator to avoid detection. Yet he does.When Carson seeks answers from his brother, a wanted criminal intimate with twisted minds, Jeremy's odd behaviour sparks even more questions. With each abduction, the violence becomes more horrific, and it's only a short time until torture turns to murder.But how do you catch an invisible man?

Death Box (Carson Ryder, Book 10)

Death Box (Carson Ryder, Book 10)

Author: J. A. Kerley Format: eBook Release Date: 05/12/2013

Detective Carson Ryder faces his most terrifying adversary yet in this nail-biting thriller from the author of Her Last Scream.Carson Ryder thought he'd seen everything ...A specialist in twisted crimes, Detective Carson Ryder thought he'd seen the lowest depths of human depravity. But he's barely started his new job in Miami when called to a horrific scene: a concrete pillar built of human remains, their agony forever frozen in stone.Finding the secret of the pillar drags him into the sordid world of human trafficking, where one terrified girl holds the key to unraveling a web of pain, prostitution and murder. There's just one problem: Ryder's not the only one chasing the girl.And the others will kill to keep the secret safe.

Death Box: Part 1 of 3 (Chapters 1-12) (Carson Ryder, Book 10)

Death Box: Part 1 of 3 (Chapters 1-12) (Carson Ryder, Book 10)

Author: J. A. Kerley Format: eBook Release Date: 21/11/2013

This book has been serialized into 3 parts - this is PART 1 of 3. TRY THIS THRILLER FOR FREE. A nail-biting new novel featuring Detective Carson Ryder.Carson Ryder thought he'd seen everything ...A specialist in twisted crimes, Detective Carson Ryder thought he'd seen the lowest depths of human depravity. But he's barely started his new job in Miami when called to a horrific scene: a concrete pillar built of human remains, their agony forever frozen in stone.Finding the secret of the pillar drags him into the sordid world of human trafficking, where one terrified girl holds the key to unraveling a web of pain, prostitution and murder. There's just one problem: Ryder's not the only one chasing the girl.And the others will kill to keep the secret safe.

Death Box: Part 2 of 3 (Chapters 13-27) (Carson Ryder, Book 10)

Death Box: Part 2 of 3 (Chapters 13-27) (Carson Ryder, Book 10)

Author: J. A. Kerley Format: eBook Release Date: 21/11/2013

This book has been serialized into 3 parts - this is PART 2 of 3. TRY THIS THRILLER AT A SPECIAL PRICE. A nail-biting new novel featuring Detective Carson Ryder.Carson Ryder thought he'd seen everything ...A specialist in twisted crimes, Detective Carson Ryder thought he'd seen the lowest depths of human depravity. But he's barely started his new job in Miami when called to a horrific scene: a concrete pillar built of human remains, their agony forever frozen in stone.Finding the secret of the pillar drags him into the sordid world of human trafficking, where one terrified girl holds the key to unraveling a web of pain, prostitution and murder. There's just one problem: Ryder's not the only one chasing the girl.And the others will kill to keep the secret safe.

Death Box: Part 3 of 3 (Chapters 28-52) (Carson Ryder, Book 10)

Death Box: Part 3 of 3 (Chapters 28-52) (Carson Ryder, Book 10)

Author: J. A. Kerley Format: eBook Release Date: 21/11/2013

This book has been serialized into 3 parts - this is PART 3 of 3. TRY THIS THRILLER AT A SPECIAL PRICE. A nail-biting new novel featuring Detective Carson Ryder.Carson Ryder thought he'd seen everything ...A specialist in twisted crimes, Detective Carson Ryder thought he'd seen the lowest depths of human depravity. But he's barely started his new job in Miami when called to a horrific scene: a concrete pillar built of human remains, their agony forever frozen in stone.Finding the secret of the pillar drags him into the sordid world of human trafficking, where one terrified girl holds the key to unraveling a web of pain, prostitution and murder. There's just one problem: Ryder's not the only one chasing the girl.And the others will kill to keep the secret safe.

Detective Carson Ryder Thriller Series Books 7-9: Buried Alive, Her Last Scream, The Killing Game

Detective Carson Ryder Thriller Series Books 7-9: Buried Alive, Her Last Scream, The Killing Game

Author: J. A. Kerley Format: eBook Release Date: 07/11/2013

Three thrillers featuring Detective Carson Ryder.BURIED ALIVE: Carson's vacation in the Kentucky mountains is interrupted by a series of grisly murders. Carson's psychopath brother Jeremy appears, claiming innocence in the series of symbol-laden deaths. But Jeremy has never been a fan of the truth.HER LAST SCREAM: Abused women are entering a secret 'underground railroad' to escape tormentors. But a killer is loose in the anonymous system. Carson and Harry send an undercover agent into the maze as bait. The concept quickly gets complicated, and the undercover cop adds a few complications of her own.THE KILLING GAME: A psychopathic killer is playing a deadly game with the Mobile Police Department, Alabama. Carson Ryder has never seen a killing spree like it: nothing connects the victims, the murder weapon is always different, and the horrific scenes are devoid of evidence. Carson is caught up in a sadistic game of life and death, and there can only be one victor...

Detective Carson Ryder Thriller Series Books 4-6: Blood Brother, In the Blood, Little Girls Lost

Detective Carson Ryder Thriller Series Books 4-6: Blood Brother, In the Blood, Little Girls Lost

Author: J. A. Kerley Format: eBook Release Date: 15/08/2013

Three thrillers featuring Detective Carson Ryder.BLOOD BROTHER: The Manhattan murder of a close friend draws Carson to New York, dropping him into a whirlpool that pulls him deep into his own past. Carson's mad brother Jeremy returns to the mixture.IN THE BLOOD: A baby floats in from the sea and launches Carson and Harry into a world of money-hungry preachers, white-supremacists, and genetics researchers. Where did the child come from? And why do so many forces wish it harm?LITTLE GIRLS LOST: Carson reluctantly teams with a disgraced and mysteriously fired detective to investigate a horrifying series of child abductions. The first in the series where Carson doesn't narrate the tale.

Detective Carson Ryder Thriller Series Books 1-3: The Hundredth Man, The Death Collectors, The Broken Souls

Detective Carson Ryder Thriller Series Books 1-3: The Hundredth Man, The Death Collectors, The Broken Souls

Author: J. A. Kerley Format: eBook Release Date: 09/05/2013

Three thrillers featuring Detective Carson Ryder.THE HUNDREDTH MAN: A body is found in the sweating heat of an Alabama night; headless, words inked on the skin. Detective Carson Ryder is good at this sort of thing - crazies and freaks. To his eyes this is the work of a serial killer - and when another mutilated victim turns up his suspicions are confirmed.Famous for solving a series of crimes the year before, Carson Ryder has experience with psychopaths. But he had help with that case - from a past he is trying to forget. Now he needs it again.When the truth begins to dawn, it shines on an evil so twisted, so dangerous, it could destroy everything that Carson cares about.THE DEATH COLLECTORS: Thirty years after his death, Marsden Hexcamp's 'Art of the Final Moment' remains as sought after as ever. But this is no ordinary collection. Half a dozen victims were slowly tortured to death so that their final agonies could be distilled into art.When tiny scraps of Hexcamp's 'art' start appearing at murder scenes alongside gruesomely displayed corpses, Detective Carson Ryder and his partner Harry Nautilus must go back three decades in search of answers.THE BROKEN SOULS: The gore-sodden horror that greets homicide detective Carson Ryder on a late-night call out is enough to make him want to quit the case. Too late.Now he and his partner Harry are up to their necks in a Southern swamp of the bizarre and disturbing. An investigation full of twists and strange clues looks like it's leading to the city's least likely suspects - a powerful family whose philanthropy has made them famous. But behind their money and smiles is a dynasty divided by hate.Their strange and horrific past is about to engulf everyone around them in a storm of violence and depravity. And Ryder's right in the middle of it...

Her Last Scream

Her Last Scream

Author: J. A. Kerley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/2011

A serial-killer targets the country's most vulnerable women in this new thriller featuring Detective Carson Ryder. They thought they were safe at last... Across the US, a secret network of crisis centres permanently relocates women in serious danger from domestic abuse. But now someone is killing them before they reach their destinations. Detectives Carson Ryder and Harry Nautilus are having trouble gaining the trust of the volunteers who run the scheme. The only way in is for an undercover police officer to pose as a threatened woman, making herself a target and drawing the killer out. Reinetta Early is the ideal candidate - but she also happens to be Harry's niece. He always promised his sister that he would keep Reinetta safe from harm. Suddenly he's unsure if he can even keep her alive...

Buried Alive

Buried Alive

Author: J. A. Kerley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/10/2010

The next in the bestselling series of psychological thrillers featuring Carson Ryder, the detective with a unique perspective on serial killers Soon after witnessing the escape of violent psychopath Bobby Crayline from prison, Alabaman detective Carson Ryder takes a rare break in the mountains. But his vacation is interrupted when an anonymous phone call summons him to the scene of a grisly murder. With more savage killings, and the heavy-handed FBI only inflaming the situation, Ryder and local detective Donna Cherry sift through the increasingly bizarre clues. Is there more than one killer on the loose? And how does Carson's clinically insane brother, Jeremy, now on the run, fit into the picture? It is down to Ryder to unearth horrors from the past that others believe should remain buried...

The Broken Souls

The Broken Souls

Author: J. A. Kerley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2010

A brilliant new psychological serial killer thriller featuring homicide detective Carson Ryder, hero of the bestselling `The Hundredth Man' and `Her Last Scream.' Blood was everywhere, like the interior had been hosed down with an artery ... The gore-sodden horror that greets homicide detective Carson Ryder on a late-night call out is enough to make him want to quit the case. Too late. Now he and his partner Harry are up to their necks in a Southern swamp of the bizarre and disturbing. An investigation full of twists and strange clues looks like it's leading to the city's least likely suspects - a powerful family whose philanthropy has made them famous. But behind their money and smiles is a dynasty divided by hate. Their strange and horrific past is about to engulf everyone around them in a storm of violence and depravity. And Ryder's right in the middle of it ...

The Death Collectors

The Death Collectors

Author: J. A. Kerley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/2009

A terrifying new serial-killer thriller featuring Carson Ryder, hero of the bestselling The Hundredth Man. Thirty years after his death, Marsden Hexcamp's `Art of the Final Moment' remains as sought after as ever. But this is no ordinary collection. Hexcamp's portfolio was completed with the aid of a devoted band of acolytes - and half a dozen victims, each of whom was slowly tortured to death so that their final agonies could be distilled into art. When tiny scraps of Hexcamp's `art' begin appearing at murder scenes alongside gruesomely displayed corpses, Detective Carson Ryder and his partner Harry Nautilus must go back three decades in search of answers. Meanwhile an auction has been announced and the death collectors are gathering. These wealthy connoisseurs of serial-killer memorabilia will pay millions to acquire Hexcamp's art - unless Carson and Harry can beat them in their quest for the anti-grail.

Little Girls Lost

Little Girls Lost

Author: J. A. Kerley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2009

The fourth in the bestselling series of psychological thrillers featuring Carson Ryder, the detective with a unique perspective on serial killers. Children are disappearing in Mobile, Alabama, the latest snatched from her own bedroom. There are no clues - and, as yet, no bodies. Homicide Detective Carson Ryder is called in to investigate the abduction of little LaShelle Shearing only to find the case getting tangled up in murky departmental and civic politics. And with his partner Harry Nautilus fighting for his life after being viciously attacked, Carson is feeling increasingly isolated. Public rage is now reaching dangerous levels, and Ryder's bosses turn for help to ex-Detective Conner Sandhill whose uncanny ability to spot connections and details missed by others is legendary - but who left the department under a cloud. Ryder and Sandhill form an uneasy alliance in the hunt for the missing children, a hunt which becomes all the more urgent for tragic personal reasons. But at the root of these disappearances is something truly evil... and its source is closer to home than either could have imagined.

In the Blood

In the Blood

Author: J. A. Kerley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2009

The author of BLOOD BROTHER returns with a new psychological thriller featuring Carson Ryder, the detective with a unique perspective on serial killers - his brother's one. TV evangelist Reverend Scaler made his fortune from firebrand rhetoric on the sins of modern America. But Scaler has preached his last sermon after being bound and beaten to death in an apparent S&M session. Detective Carson Ryder has his own problems. He's edgy and unpredictable, the crime scene barely seeming to affect him any more than finding an infant abandoned in a boat - nearby, a burnt-out shack, a body and signs of a struggle. Scaler's tangled personal life reveals bizarre connections between the cases. And it seems the baby fighting for its life in hospital has powerful enemies. Ryder can't seem to save himself - but can he save the life of an innocent child?

Blood Brother

Blood Brother

Author: J. A. Kerley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2008

The spine-chilling serial killer thriller featuring Carson Ryder - the homicide detective with a hidden secret that could destroy his career These brothers have murder in their veins. Detective Carson Ryder's sworn duty is to track killers down. He's never revealed the fact that his brother, Jeremy, is one of America's most notorious killers - now imprisoned. Secretly, Ryder has used Jeremy's homicidal insight to solve cases. He's made a career out of it. Now his brother's escaped and is at large in New York. With Jeremy the chief suspect in a series of horrifying mutilation-murders, a mysterious video demands Ryder be brought into help. It looks like a straightforward manhunt. It couldn't be more different - or more terrifying. A dangerous cat-and-mouse game develops between Jeremy and the NYPD, with Ryder in the middle, trying to keep his brother alive and the cops in the dark. But it's a game of life, death and deceit, a game with an unknown number of players and no clear way of winning...

Death Collectors (Carson Ryder, Book 2)

Death Collectors (Carson Ryder, Book 2)

Author: J. A. Kerley Format: eBook Release Date: 19/03/2007

A major new psychological thriller featuring Carson Ryder, hero of the bestselling, The Hundredth ManThirty years after his death, Marsden Hexcamp's 'Art of the Final Moment' remains as sought after as ever. But this is no ordinary collection. Hexcamp's portfolio was completed with the aid of a devoted band of acolytes - and half a dozen victims, each of whom was slowly tortured to death so that their final agonies could be distilled into art.When tiny scraps of Hexcamp's 'art' begin appearing at murder scenes alongside gruesomely displayed corpses, Detective Carson Ryder and his partner Harry Nautilus must go back three decades in search of answers.Meanwhile an auction has been announced and the death collectors are gathering. These wealthy connoisseurs of serial-killer memorabilia will pay millions to acquire Hexcamp's art - unless Carson and Harry can beat them in their quest for the anti-grail.

Broken Souls (Carson Ryder, Book 3)

Broken Souls (Carson Ryder, Book 3)

Author: J. A. Kerley Format: eBook Release Date: 19/03/2007

A major new psychological serial killer thriller featuring homicide detective Carson Ryder, hero of the bestsellers The Hundredth Man and The Death Collectors.It looked like an abattoir when they found the mutilated body of the young journalist inside her car. And if Carson Ryder and his partner had known what they were getting into, they would never have taken the case.Too late, what looks like the work of a lone madman spreads tentacles that wrap themselves round all sorts of strange areas. And it's not long before attention focuses on the city's most unlikely suspects: the wealthy family whose philanthropy has made them famous and influential.For behind every fortune, there is a crime. And behind their money and smiles is a family divided by hatred, a family whose strange and horrific past is about to engulf everyone around them - including Ryder.

Hundredth Man (Carson Ryder, Book 1)

Hundredth Man (Carson Ryder, Book 1)

Author: J. A. Kerley Format: eBook Release Date: 19/03/2007

A darkly compelling serial-killer thriller set in America's deep South, introducing the next big name in psychological thrillers and, in Carson Ryder, a fascinating and complex protagonist set for a long time to come.A headless male torso found in the sweating heat of an Alabama night is assumed to be that of a murdered prostitute, killed in a moment of passion. The head of Mobile's police department would have it so, but Detective Carson Ryder sees something else: the deliberate placement of the remains, the lack of blood, the bizarre writing on the victim's skin. Ryder has become a local celebrity after solving a series of brutal murders a year earlier, but his reputation is built on a terrible secret, stemming from his childhood - a secret he has kept from even his closest friend.Another torso; another, even stranger, message - and the victim this time is no prostitute. Whatever Ryder's instincts about the case, however, the Byzantine manoeuvrings of departmental politics are interfering with the investigation. Are deliberate obstacles being placed in Ryder's way? And how does the chief pathologist's office tie in? Is there indeed a psychopathic killer out there in the night or does the solution lie elsewhere?Ryder must get to the heart of the murders - and grapple with the demons that are rising again from his own past.