'He cut the woman to calm her down...'
So begins this relentless journey into madness and murder by Knowing screenwriter Ryne Douglas Pearson.
"An interesting twist on the serial-killer thriller" Publishers Weekly praise for 'Top Ten'
His plan...kill his way to the top. Her orders...stop him. At all costs.
A killer who believes himself an artist of unmatched talent is incensed when he is placed last on the FBI's most wanted list, and begins killing off those fugitives above him, each in a twisted manner that serves his creative vision.
But his horrific climb to the top, which leaves both guilty and innocent dead in its wake, must be stopped by FBI Special Agent Ariel Grace, who is given an almost impossible and equally inexplicable task -- save number five on the list.
Or die trying.
From its shocking opening to its pulse-pounding conclusion, Top Ten grabs the reader and never lets go.
This electrifying thriller is now available in the 'Author's Cut' version, with scenes returned that were edited from the original hardcover release for being 'too intense'.
This is the version of Top Ten as it was written, and as it was meant to be read.
Praise for Ryne Douglas Pearson's novels...
"...a plot that is all too believable" New York Times for 'Capitol Punishment'
"Interesting premise...interesting killer" St. Petersburg Times for 'Top Ten'
"A must... A gripping blend of techno-thriller and detective story... The suspense runs at a high pitch" Publishers Weekly for 'Cloudburst'
"Mind-boggling... A hyperreal whiz-bang novel by a gifted high-tech specialist" Kirkus Reviews for 'Cloudburst'
"Suspenseful and filled with precise descriptions of weaponry; will appeal to Tom Clancy's readers" Booklist for 'October's Ghost'
"Pearson delivers another riveting technothriller... Highly recommended" Library Journal for 'October's Ghost'
"...chillingly prescient..down-to-the-wire suspense" Publishers Weekly for 'Capitol Punishment'
"Action-packed and fast-paced... Keeps the reader flipping pages frantically" Library Journal for 'Simple Simon'
"Excellent entertainment from first page to last" Booklist for 'Simple Simon'
"Aerodynamic prose and superb pacing... A one-sitting book that will make the hours fly by" Publishers Weekly for 'Simple Simon'