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"Hutchins, author of the audiobook podcast trilogy 7th Son, makes his print debut with the stellar first of an interactive supernatural thriller series. Zach Taylor, an art therapist, must evaluate Martin Grace, a blind audio engineer suspected of a dozen homicides, to determine whether Martin is mentally competent to stand trial for the murder of hip-hop singer Tanya Gold, whose body was “torn literally limb from limb.” Martin claims he’s an “unwitting psychic sniper,” fore-seeing crimes actually committed by a Russian demon or “Dark Man.” One of his possible earlier victims was Martin’s psychiatrist, Sophronia Poole, the girlfriend of Zack’s dad, William V. Taylor, the New York City DA seeking to convict Martin. Weisman, an alternative reality game whiz, is responsible for the items inside the book’s front pocket—a psychiatric report, family photos, death and birth certificates, etc.—that allow the reader to follow a multimedia trail of clues." --Starred Publishers Weekly (June)
"Start with an eerie setting. Add equal parts House, CSI, andThe X-Files. Place yourself at the side of an accidental detective embroiled in a complex web of madness, revenge, betrayal, and secret identities. Then light some dynamite under the box most novels live in and watch the pieces land outside the pages—in art, on websites, in e-mails, and in phone numbers that give you answers when you call. This is the future of storytelling, and it’s a thrilling ride." --Anthony E. Zuiker, Creator/Executive Producer of the CSI: Franchise
"Jordan Weisman is once again the vanguard of that new form of narrative—Transmedia Storytelling. The enigmatic tapestry of characters and events slowly slips off the page, taking the reader with it into a mosaic of facts and clues that compel us to know the truth behind the murders of the accused: Martin Grace. So compelling is the journey between these precisely crafted symbiotic worlds, the reader may scarcely recognize their own transformation from passive to active, as they pick up where the text subsides and become the protagonist." --Gore Verbinski, Director
"The world may be black to Martin Grace, but he can peer deep into your soul, find where your fears slither, and make them sway like a snake charmer. Personal Effects is a rocking genre-mash that mixes mystery with psychodrama and serves it up in a high-bandwidth torrent of terror." --Scott Sigler, author of Infected and the hit podcast novel Earthcore
"J.C. Hutchins delivers another mind-ripping story that shakes the foundations of reality. In the creation of Martin Grace he offers a richly complicated catalyst for events that keeps writhing the reader on a deadly twisted hook that won't let go. Don't worry about the lap bar. It won't save you from screaming on this ride." --Patrick Lussier, director of White Noise 2, Dracula 2000, and editor of the Scream trilogy, Halloween: H20, The Eye, and Red Eye
It would have been fun if the websites and phone numbers still worked....Published 2 months ago by Ashley
Personal Effect: Dark Arts by J.C. Hutchins and Jordon Weisman introduces an interesting multi-format approach to mystery reading. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Annette Lamb
This book really opened my eyes to the possibilities of book making. This was by far one of the most interactive books I've ever seen. The many items inside were so much fun. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Squirrel
JC Hutchins fails to disappoint with any of his writings. I got started with his 7th Son trilogy, but only the first book is out in print.Published 22 months ago by Eric Hess
I read this book a few years back and I plan on reading again. I'll first say that this book lies somewhere between 3 stars and 4 stars. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Beezee
the authors are obviously very young, liberal, naive, and optimistic, but they will undoubtedly grow out of it :) book was very fun to read, really grabs your attention, but it... Read morePublished on April 18, 2013 by White Rabbit
I'm sorry it took me this long to review this book. I absolutely love it. I wish Mr. Hutchins was putting out more work. I love his books and this one has really stayed with me.Published on March 13, 2013 by Amazon Customer
The book is good, the idea is great, but nearly all the websites are now defunct and people should be aware of this before buying the book. Read morePublished on February 21, 2012 by Midwest Andy