Book Two in the Highwayman Series
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Unsure if the FBI is watching, Lance
Belanger spends his days and nights in a paranoid malaise, longing to
kill again. Meanwhile, in Bucharest, Romania, an Interpol raid leads to
clues and a witness who can identify the Highwayman. Armed with new
evidence, newly promoted SAC FBI Agent, Dave Maxwell heads for
Bucharest, as his team of investigators redeploys their investigation on
their original suspect, Lance Belanger. It would appear, the net is
But the Highwayman has other ideas.
Just after dusk, outside of Pittsburgh, four strangers exit a service van and perpetrate the mass murder of four families in their suburban homes. It doesn’t take long for the FBI to connect the killings to Highwayman, and when they raid Belanger’s properties, they are left a parting gift.
Another murder and a message for Maxwell from the Highwayman himself.
Come and find me!
As the killing ramps up, Maxwell leads a posse of investigators across two states, north to Canada to try and thwart the Highwayman in his endgame, that involves kidnapping, mass murder, and betrayal.
The predator is now the prey. But can they stop him before he disappears for good?
Book One in the Highwayman Series
ENTER THE HIGHWAYMAN!
Meet Lance Belanger, he has only one ambition,
to be the most infamous killer of all time. After murdering a single mom and
her toddler child, Lance indoctrinates himself into the world of serial murder.
Before long, the bodies start turning up all over the country. Each victim is
incapacitated by a puncture wound to the spine, then, while still alive, they
are dismembered, their arms, legs, and head are severed from the torso.
FBI investigators call their killer “Highwayman.” But beyond the multi-state dumping of staged victims, the killer has left them little else to go on. With no DNA or forensic evidence, veteran FBI agent Lewis Ash is in a race against retirement as he tracks the elusive murderer.
Meanwhile, Lance has other plans that will up his game and increase his body count. In a web of murder that reaches from the United States to Bucharest, Romania, a diabolical plan is set into motion to attract the most dangerous predators the world has to offer.
Can the FBI stop this killer before he sets his plan into motion?
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Marty Croft has it all. A beautiful wife, and a successful career as a commercial artist. That is until his past comes back to haunt him. Enter Gordon Shamus, the psychotic son of Marty’s former gangster boss. After Marty’s wife is kidnapped, he finds himself forced back into a world he left behind. The job seems simple enough. Drive the world’s longest ice road and retrieve a package of stolen diamonds. But what will become of Marty and his wife when the job is done? Will they be disposed of as potential witnesses?
In a twist of fate, the Acadia Diamond mine, located 200 kilometers below the arctic circle, has found something buried in the ice. A portal not of this world, and it is about to be unlocked by unsuspecting scientists. Once opened, the creatures, known as Skentophyte, attack.
Overrun by thousands of mind-controlling aliens, what started out as heist becomes a war for survival. In an ensemble cast of characters, the Acadia mine has become the beachhead of an all-out invasion. Detoured into a fight for survival, Marty finds himself in the company of men thrust into a mission to stop the invading force. Can they stop the creatures before they reach the city of Yellowknife? Will they survive against overwhelming odds? And what of Marty’s wife, Maggie? Will she become collateral damage if Marty can’t make it back in time to rescue her from the clutches of a maniac?
NOW IT WALKS AMONG US!
It has existed for centuries.
A dark curse held captive by an ancient ritual, a creature of insatiable hunger possessing the ability to change shape at will. During the spring and fall equinox it would break through the walls, separating our worlds to feed.
Now it walks among us, unrestrained, and very hungry.
Daniel Blackbird has been chasing the murderous shapeshifter known as The Walker across North America for over a decade. From North of the 60th parallel to the city of Chicago and into the heartland of a small midwestern town in Manitoba. Blackbird follows unrelenting, obsessed with vengeance. In its wake, the Walker leaves a bloody trail of eviscerated victims. Along the path. Blackbird finds himself drawn to the Prairie town of Thomasville where a string of child murders is being investigated.
There, the chief of police, David Logan has uncovered a mass grave in the cornfield of a local farmer named Stephen Hopper. Hopper has confessed, even identified the graves, but claims that he is merely the caretaker of this macabre burial ground and that a creature who he thinks is the devil is responsible.
As Chief Logan grapples with the unthinkable, Blackbird sets out for the prairie town which, as the Equinox approaches, is destined to become a killing ground where cultures and worlds will collide.
Will he get there in time? And who will believe him?
(The Highwayman Series Book 1)'
by MJ Preston
A stunning achievement!
Written by Grady Harp
Canadian author MJ Preston is rapidly
becoming recognized as one the more impressive writers of horror fiction. His
novels to date: THE EQUINOX, ACADIA EVENT, and The Highwayman Series, of which
HIGHWAYMAN is Book 1 (book 2, FOUR, is soon to be released). In addition to his
novels, Preston has been a contributor to short story anthologies, collections
that focus on dark themes.
Finding the platform for creating a novel (and series!) about a diabolical serial killer is a challenge to all writers, a challenge that MJ Preston has comfortably mastered. His entry into his story, shared with raw language, seems adequately comfortable to the reader – a scene that introduces crime reporter Horace Montillo (aka Harry) and a Detective Perkins in a sultry Kentucky office in the year 2008 as an interview regarding ‘Highwayman’ and one ‘Norris” – and the story begins.
'FOUR (The Highwayman Series Book 2)'
by MJ Preston
NOWHERE IS COMPLETELY SAFE!
Written by Grady Harp
up where HIGHWAYMAN left off in 2007, Preston informs us in the
Prologue that the crimes within this volume occur between 19 September
and 17 November. As this is a continuation of the series, some readers
would ask if reading Book 1 is necessary for reading Book 2: the answer
being No, as Preston fills the reader in on the earlier atrocities of
serial killer Lance Belanger – or YES, in that the impact of Book 1 is
so profound that knowing the details heightens the experience of FOUR!
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If you’re looking for a book to thrill you, horrify you and keep you up at night with a mixture of terror and fascination, then Highwayman by M.J. Preston is for you. Highwayman is unlike any novel I have read, and I would highly recommend this novel to any reader seeking both a thrilling and carefully woven story. Preston has succeeded in creating a story that surprises at every turn and authoring a villain that you love to hate.
MJ Preston appeared on THE WRITERS BLOCK with Jim Christina and Bobbi Bell to chat about writing techniques and his journey as a writer.
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MJ Preston appeared with Jim Christina and Bobbi Bell to chat about writing techniques and his journey as a writer.
MJ Preston has an impromptu chat about his northern science fiction horror, ACADIA EVENT.
Kristine Raymond and MJ Preston talk about writing and reading.
Peter Anthony Holder interviews MJ Preston on THE STUPH FILE
The Gang at Beyond the Trope interviews MJ Preston about his Highwayman Series. Check it out!
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