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The Coppersmith (Janelle Becker Books) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 27, 2014
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"From the first page.. I was hooked. I could not put it down." - Amazon customer
"Twists and turns abound . . fantastic!" - Amazon customer
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About the Book...
This was actually my first completed novel, and as such will always hold a dear place in my heart. I'd struggled for years to come up with a story concept that would hold my interest long enough to finish it, and despaired for years of ever completing a novel and moving from the ranks of mere "writer" to "author."
Having spent considerable time in ministry counseling others, and sharing a keen interest in understanding the nature and problem of evil, I began researching both serial killers and how the behavioral science of "profiling" actually works. It was in 2005 that I hit on the idea, and from there it was off to the races.
Well, not quite. First, I did a ton of research both on historical serial killers (and boy did that lead to some weird dreams!) as well as more on how the FBI actually functions. From there, I built the puzzle that became the core of The Coppersmith's story, and then wrote it in several chunks. Still, it took me two years to finish. But the euphoria I felt when I actually reached the climax and the end of the story was unforgettable.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
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Trying to decipher the killer's obscure motives leads Janelle to reconnect with her uncle, who is a pastor in Rome, New York, and to start digging into the Bible for clues. She and her fellow investigators are challenged to confront their assumptions about the Bible and religion.
Fans of "Criminal Minds" may want to check out this ingenious serial killer story while they wait for a new season to begin. Even Spencer Reid would be stretched by this case.
The characterization is lacking. The agents from the BSU were easy to keep track of (especially since one is the only female law enforcement), but the agent from NY and the NY State Police detective kept getting mixed up in my mind. The author tried to make them separate characters, but they did not really separate themselves.
I object some to the author's portrayal of the atheist character. Throughout the book, that character admits to having a lack of knowledge about religion. Perhaps that describes the atheists the author knows, but every atheist I know (and I know a lot) knows the Bible better than many Christians.