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'Tightly-written and fast-paced...keeps you turning the pages' Simon Kernick, author of RELENTLESS

About the Author

RICHARD JAY PARKER was born in South Wales but moved to London where he has led a successful career as a TV writer and producer, contributing to a wide variety of TV shows and writing mainstream comedy for the likes of the BBC and Channel 5. He had a short movie shot in 2008 called Nobody Speak and then turned to writing novels. He now lives in Salisbury and Stop Me is his debut. Author's Website: www.richardjayparker.com

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (January 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749007133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749007133
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,445,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Parker was formerly a TV script writer, script editor and producer before turning his hand to penning high concept, stand alone thrillers.

His second stand alone thriller SCARE ME has just been published.

The movie rights to SCARE ME have been acquired by major Hollywood studio, Relativity Media and the book is being adapted for the screen by Wentworth Miller - star of PRISON BREAK and screenwriter of horror thriller STOKER starring Nicole Kidman.

STOP ME, his darkly fiendish debut, was shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award.

'STOP ME is a tightly written, fast paced debut that keeps you turning the pages...' Simon Kernick (Author of RELENTLESS and SEVERED)



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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Monie Garcia VINE VOICE on March 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm sure you've seen them. The emails that flood your inbox that say forward this to 10 people or something bad will happen to you. Well when Leo Sharpe gets an email from a man calling himself The Vacation Killer he deletes it just like most people do. What Leo doesn't know is that this email is real. The killer has kidnapped a woman and if the email doesn't get forwarded back to him within 10 days the woman will be murdered and evidence proving the death is sent to the police.

But when Leo's wife disappears and the police receive an email from The Vacation Killer, Leo fears the worst. When 10 days pass and the police don't receive further evidence from the killer that Laura is dead, hope flares in him.
Leo's life spirals out of control and he spends months searching for Laura. He even goes so far as to befriend a man who confessed to Laura's murder even though he's never left his home state of Louisiana. Will Leo ever learn the truth behind Laura's disappearance or will he become The Vacation Killer's next victim?

Stop Me had me feeling like one big ball of nerves. The anticipation of who the real killer was and what would happen to Leo was mesmerizing and I just couldn't stop reading. The beginning of the book is a bit scattered but everything tightens up after the first third of the book and things really heat up with the last third. I highly recommend this one for anyone who loves thrillers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Brookoff on July 10, 2010
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Early on I was hoping for Simon Templar, or James Bond, or Dirty Harry to enter the scene, solve the crime, and bash the scull of the perpetrator. But Richard Jay Parker's STOP ME focuses on an "everyday" man who finds himself in the most awful situation of what must be the abduction of his wife by a known serial killer who to this point has shown merciless murderous intent on each of his victims. And even when it appears obvious to everyone else that Leo's wife Laura must have been murdered by this homicidal subhuman psychopath, one thing gives Leo hope: in the case of Laura, the psychopath, unlike in all of the other cases, failed to send the police her severed jawbone as a token of the completion of one more murderous bloody undertaking. The story then becomes Leo's relentless pursuit of the truth, a solving of the mystery of the Vacation Killer.

If you want to read tense crime drama combined with depiction of human travail, then you want to read STOP ME, a tightly constructed novel written by the hand of a professional! This book is worth every penny of its cost, and every minute of your time!

Stanley I. Brookoff (author of HYPERSPACE, the novel): Hyperspace
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martha A. Cheves on April 23, 2010
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On Monday, November 12th, 2007, Leo Sharpe received an email.

Howdy doody.
On vacation in the uk
Slim, attractive brunette with capped teeth
Forward this email to ten friends
Each of those friends must forward it to ten friends
Maybe one of those friends of friends of friends will be one of my friends
If this email ends up in my inbox within a week I wont slit the bitchs throat
Can you afford not to send this on to ten friends?
Vk

Apparently messages like this had made the rounds of the US, Germany and now the UK. After being passed on by some and deleted by others, the results always seemed to be the same in that it apparently never makes its round back to the original sender. And to prove that he is as good as his word, a portion of each victim's jaw is sent to the police.

Leo received his message through his office computer. He was getting ready to meet his wife Laura to do some Christmas shopping so instead of forwarding it on to 10 friends he called the company's IT. They handled it by simply deleting the message.

Leo met Laura at their special place, Chevalier's Bar. Shortly after arriving, Laura told Leo she needed to go to the ladies room. She left and that was the last Leo saw of his wife. Then came his own email informing him that the Vacation Killer had Laura and would slit her throat unless he received his email back in his own inbox within a week. A week went by and unlike the other VK victims, no jaw bone was sent to the police. Leo could only hope that the email had made it back to the killer's inbox giving him hope that she was still alive and could be found.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lincs Reader on March 4, 2013
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I was intrigued by the idea for this story; a serial killer who sends out emails to multiple addresses instructing the recipents to forward the message to all of their friends. If their friends then forward the message to their own friends, maybe the message will arrive back into the killer's own inbox. If it does, he will spare his victim, if it doesn't, he will slit their throat. Sounds promising, quite unusual and has a glowing endorsement from author Simon Kernick.

The story starts well - it is fast-paced and suspenseful. As more and more victims of the so-called Vacation Killer are killed, and more and more hoaxers get in on the act, the Police are finding it increasingly difficult to solve this crime. When Leo Sharpe receives one of the Vacation Killer emails he deletes it, when his wife Laura disappears he begins to regret it!

Laura has become the Vacation Killer's next victim, but as the months pass and there is no evidence of her death sent to the Police, Leo's life spirals out of control. And this is where the novel spirals completely out of control and enters a world of pure nonsense! The majority of the middle part of the novel revolves around Leo's very odd online relationship with a guy in America who claims he is the killer, yet it's been proved that he can't be. Leo travels to the USA, meets this guy, gets himself caught up in some pretty ridiculous capers and then comes home again. Why? I've no idea - this adds nothing to the story, is hardly relevant to the plot and just made me sigh with frustration.

A great start, an interesting idea, but a real disappointment overall.
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