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The Saints Go Dying (Arthur Beautyman Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Erik Hanberg
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Book Description

Arthur Beautyman, a computer hacker turned detective, is hunting a serial killer targeting modern day saints. Every two months, a new body turns up—and the world is left with one less good person.

Against him is an unscrupulous reality TV show, whose sole premise is that the police are corrupt and incompetent. As the intensifying public reaction pushes all of Beautyman’s resources to the limits, he dusts off his old habits—computer hacking—to dig up evidence he couldn’t find legally.

But when he accidentally leaves a cyber-trail, he finds himself targeted by a member of his own department, who doesn't know the hacker she's tailing is in the office next door.

It's a deadly cat-and-mouse game set against the lights of Hollywood.

Editorial Reviews


"The Saints Go Dying is a quick read that packs a suspense-filled punch to the end" - The Book Diva's Reads
"Fast paced, with a bit of gory detail (not too much though), a likable lead detective, and some smart twists." - TC Booked Up Reviews
"The story is full of mystery and great suspense ... Once you start it, you won't be able to put it down until the end." - Life in Review

About the Author

Erik Hanberg has been a writer all his life. Novels, screenplays, plays, even a stray poem or two. He lives with his wife Mary and two children in Tacoma, Washington, where he is also an elected official.

Product Details

  • File Size: 672 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Side x Side Publishing (March 31, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003F769PK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,782 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun, quick read March 4, 2012
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I usually don't read mysteries, but this one had been sitting on my virtual shelf for a while. I read it in one evening (or night, as it is now after 1am).

I liked a lot about this book: The dialogue was snappy and fairly realistic. It had me guessing the whole way through, and I was not sure whether my guesses would be right or wrong. There wasn't too much time spent on gratuitous character development. It was a fun read, very much in the vein of my favorite TV mystery dramas like Monk, Law & Order, and Murder She Wrote . (I hope the author will take that as a compliment.)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Fine June 25, 2013
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THE MARINARA MURDERS was a good, light romp of a mystery, so I got this, its prequel. This is one heckuva excellent mystery. It is a short read, but a great plot. Beautyman is a detective in LA and the lead investigator in a serial murder. His rival in the investigation is reality show that likes to show the incompetence of the police. The rivalry makes for an interesting backdrop.

It is difficult to say anything more about the plot except that Beautyman combines the instincts of Holmes with some mad computer skills (no need to be a techy to enjoy that aspect). Beautyman uses his computer like the good old sheriffs of the good old westerns - he only unpacks it for good and when absolutely necessary.

This was a very very good mystery. It had more depth and quality than THE MARINARA MURDERS. Also far less humor, so there's that trade-off. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. This is far more than a Kindle bargain book - it's a darn enjoyable mystery.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thriller, an absolutely cracking read... December 31, 2011
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An excellent thriller, what a gem. It is one of those books that I had to read all the way through in one go. The writer managed to create an atmosphere of suspense, psychological tag and also the complete helplessness of the police system when it comes to ferreting out one serial killer in a city of millions. At the end I realised he had managed to do it without any over the top shootout, car chase or hang from the rooftop by the nail of your ring finger kind of action scenes. He created a need to know, a curiosity in the reader to find out what the main character would do next. I enjoyed the concept of having the cop be a computer nerd instead of a sweaty muscle bearing ex-marine with weapons hidden in his doughnuts. I thoroughly enjoyed the read, highly recommend it and look forward to the next installment I received a free copy of this book for my review.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Mystery-Lovers April 28, 2013
By Caitlin
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I loved the main character - Arthur Beautyman. He has his own interesting storyline underlining the mystery he's solving. Exciting read. If you love mysteries and detective series you'll have a hard time putting this book down!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars engaging and easy to read December 7, 2013
By lyn T.
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I usually find detective novels are "hit or miss" for me. I really enjoyed this one! Entertaining dialogue, characters and interactions. I had an inkling who are "bad guy" was before our hero did, but even after realization dawned there were twists. Very fun read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another good murders story February 5, 2014
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Interesting, unexpected twist at the end. Good descriptions and character development.I'd recommend it to anyone who likes good murder stories.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Cop's a Hacker April 10, 2014
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Over the years, mystery writers have come up with virtually every permutation possible of the cop vs. serial killer story line. Just when you think there's no new spin a writer can put on this type of mystery, Erik Hanberg comes up with not one but two unique plot twists, and the result is "The Saints Go Dying," a highly original thriller that defies easy categorization.

The book's hero is Arthur Beautyman, a poorly named character if ever there was one, since Arthur isn't much of a physical specimen. What he is, however, is a brilliant computer hacker (that's twist number one) who has decided to use his skills to bring down the bad guys. Since he can't admit to his often illegal hacking opportunities, he uses the information he uncovers as the basis for "insights" that lead to actually admissible incriminating evidence that puts the bad guys away.

His current case involves a murderer the press has dubbed the Babylon killer, who has committed a series of murders over the course of a year throughout the Los Angeles area. The public is frustrated and afraid, and a scummy police reenactment show called American Justice is out to do a hatchet job on the cops in general and Beautyman in particular for their incompetence in failing to solve the case.

What follows is plot twist number two, something I'd never come across before in a mystery. Beautyman soon begins to suspect that Gregory Raphael, the actor who plays the killer in the TV show reenactments, is the actual killer. Regardless of whether Raphael is the actual killer, he's clever enough to milk the situation to his best advantage to further his career and make Beautyman look bad in the process.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SAINTS GO DYING September 1, 2014
By DGlenn
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A Good read. Did loose the pace around the seventy percent Mark, and had about half dozen glitches that proof readers did not find. But. Still worth my time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Saints Go Dying
I picked this book because it was next on my list and ended being glad that I did. A very good read with plot and character twists. Did not put down until it was finished.
Published 8 days ago by sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Crime Mystery
I bought this book about six months ago but, because of the cover art, I never felt like reading It. (I'm sorry artist of the cover art, it just looks cheesy). Read more
Published 10 days ago by perfent
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a fun, short read
This was a fun, short read. It's style reminded me of a dime novel with a more practical and down to earth protagonist.
Published 18 days ago by GeminiDragon848
5.0 out of 5 stars A can't wait to get to the end to discover who done it :-)
Enjoyed this book. A serial murder mystery that had a great plot, wonderful characters. I couldn't wait to get to the end to see how it was solved. Read more
Published 18 days ago by forgetthegouge
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept my interest throughout
This was a fun read that kept my interest throughout. Arthur Beautyman is definitely flawed, but I enjoyed following along in his investigation. Read more
Published 19 days ago by MysteryLover35
4.0 out of 5 stars The Saints (WARNING: spoiler alert)
Well, first, I hope the world never sees a "Saint Killer". Second, glad it all worked out in the end, but did Beautyman have to go rouge? Read more
Published 24 days ago by Judy Markham
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read
Eric did a very nice job of writing a serial killer mystery without a lot of the graphic gore that some writers seem to think necessary. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gil
4.0 out of 5 stars a page turner
Good mystery about a serial killer. If you are squemishwiththat, skipthisbook. Detective figures out the killers. But the resolution is harder than you think. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bruce E. Derylo
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but nothing to really recommend it.
While the novel had many good qualities one would expect from a detective novel, a cold reading would lead one to believe that the author was an adolescent without much life... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Greg
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Different from the usual "cop story". Kept me reading! Looks like I'll be waiting for the next Arthur Beautyman novel.
Published 1 month ago by Pat Pittman
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More About the Author

Erik Hanberg has been a writer all his life. Novels, screenplays, plays, even a stray poem or two. He lives in Tacoma, Washington, with his wife Mary and two children. In addition to writing novels, he was elected in 2011 as a park commissioner on the park board of Tacoma.

His most recent novel, The Lead Cloak, is now available on Kindle and in paperback.

Arthur Beautyman Mysteries

The Saints Go Dying (2010), The Marinara Murders (2011), and The Con Before Christmas (2012) are about Arthur Beautyman, a computer hacker turned detective. All three books can be easily enjoyed as stand-alone mysteries.

Helping Small (and Very Small) Nonprofits

Based on his years of nonprofit fundraising and leadership, Hanberg published The Little Book of Gold, a fundraising guide for small (and very small) nonprofits.

When he was just 23, Erik Hanberg was hired to run a non-profit arts organization with an annual budget just over $600,000. Two years later, he had increased the budget to $800,000, and increasing fundraising more than 400%.

Since then he has worked in development at multi-million dollar non-profit, and has volunteered on many boards.

He was most recently the Executive Director of a small civic non-profit and currently sits on the distribution committee for a foundation that gives away more than $200,000 a year.

In 2013 he published The Little Book of Likes, a social media guide for small and (and very small) nonprofits based on his social media and marketing experience for nonprofits, small businesses, and his own election to public office in 2011.

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