Author: Kevin G. Chapman
Narrator: Kevin G. Chapman
Length: 10 hours 10 minutes
Publisher: First Legacy Productions⎮2020
Series: Mike Stoneman, Book 2
Release date: Feb. 14, 2020
“Unique and twisted. Another home run by Kevin Chapman!” -- Michelle files, author of The Many Lives of Ivy Wells.
THE DEAD GIRL THEY FISHED OUT OF THE EAST RIVER WAS A DRUG ADDICTED HOOKER, SO NOBODY CARES. Except that M.E. Michelle McNeill thinks it’s a murder. When NYPD Homicide detectives Mike Stoneman and Jason Dickson start investigating, they encounter unexpected obstacles that point in a disturbing direction.
Every death is a tragedy, and every murderer should be exposed, even when nobody wants to hear about it. In order to uncover the truth, Mike and Jason have to go outside the lines, and risk their own reputations, jobs – and lives. This case is one that Mike can’t walk away from, no matter how much he wants to.
Harry Bosch fans will love this fast-paced police thriller, from award-winning author Kevin G. Chapman. Book #1 in the Mike Stoneman Thriller series, Righteous Assassin, was named one of the top 20 Mystery/Thrillers of 2019 by the Kindle Book Review. The series continues here.
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Kevin G. Chapman is, by profession, an attorney specializing in labor and employment law. He is the most recent past Chair of the Labor & Employment Law Network of the Association of Corporate Counsel, leading a group of 6800 in-house employment lawyers. Kevin is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars and enjoys teaching management training courses.
Kevin’s passion (aside from playing tournament poker) is writing fiction. Kevin’s first Novel: "Identity Crisis: A Rick LaBlonde, P.I. Mystery," was self-published through Xlibris in 2003, and is now available via Amazon.com as a Kindle e-book. His second novel, A Legacy of One, published in 2016 and was a finalist (short list) for the Chanticleer Book Reviews' Somerset Award for Literary Fiction. A Legacy of One is a serious book, filled with political and social commentary and a plot involving personal identity, self-determination, and the struggle to make the right life decisions. Kevin’s next novel, Righteous Assassin (A Mike Stoneman Thriller), was a much more "fun" read -- it's a page-turner. It has some serious sub-themes, but it's a serial killer chase and it's intended to be enjoyable and easy to read. It was named one of the top 20 Mystery/Thrillers of 2019 by the Kindle Book Review! Kevin has just recently finished book #2 in the Mike Stoneman Thriller series, Deadly Enterprise, which was published on December 2, 2019. He has recently completed the narration of books 1 and 2 in the Mike Stoneman Thriller series for audiobook release in 2020.
Kevin has also written several short stories, including "Fool Me Twice," the winner of the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association's 2010 Legal Fiction Writing Competition, which was the genesis of the character Mike Stoneman, the protagonist in Righteous Assassin. He has also written one complete screenplay (unproduced so far) and has another screenplay and two more novels currently in the works, one of which is a sci-fi space opera epic.
Kevin is a resident of West Windsor, New Jersey and is a a graduate of Columbia College (‘83), where he was a classmate of Barack Obama, and Boston University School of Law (magna cum laude ’86). Readers can contact Kevin via his website at www.KevinGChapman.com.
NYT: Detective Stoneman, you have spent the last 17 years chasing down criminals in New York. What has been your biggest challenge?
Stoneman: Dealing with the changes at City Hall. It’s tough to be a cop in this City, but it gets tougher when you’re not sure whether the mayor and the police commissioner has your back. When the politics change after an election, it’s like you have to get your bearings all over again. The criminals are at least consistent.
NYT: You received extensive coverage in the media after you and your partner headed up the team that tracked down the Righteous Assassin. Was that your most challenging case?
Stoneman: No. It may have been the most high-profile case, but I’ve had many more that were harder to solve.
NYT: Can you describe what happened that night in Queens when Ronald Randal died and the City was freed from the terror of the Righteous Assassin?
Stoneman: No. I’d rather not talk about it. I know everyone wants to make it out like I was a hero, but I’ll tell you that I’m no hero. I was just trying to stay alive, and I was fortunate enough to do so.
NYT: What do you love most about your job?
Stoneman: I enjoy teaching the younger cops, and the cadets. I get to determine what the facts are, so it’s much easier than figuring out what really happened at a crime scene.
NYT: Do you have any regrets about your career?
Stoneman: Many. I’ve screwed up plenty. I’m not going to talk about them.
NYT: Well, why don’t we try something a bit lighter. What do you like to do in your off time?
Stoneman: I enjoy going out to Citi Field to watch the Mets. I’ve been a fan my whole life. I had the pleasure of attending a World Series game in 2015, and I’d like to see another very soon.
NYT: What’s your favorite Broadway show?
Stoneman: Avenue Q. I love the sick sense of humor.
NYT: If you could do one thing in New York City that you’ve never done before, what would it be?
Stoneman: I would love to get into a boat and sail around Manhattan.
NYT: Do you sail?
Stoneman: No. Never. No idea how. But I’d like to do it.
NYT: What’s your favorite restaurant?
Stoneman: The Nam Wah Tea House on Doyer street in Chinatown. My cousin Louie used to take me there years ago. It was just a hole in the wall then. I guess it still kinda is. It’s the kind of place that the tourists don’t go, which makes me like it. It’s also cheap and the food is good, so what more can you want?
NYT: This spring you were seen at the Hero’s ball in the company of the county medical examiner, Dr. Michelle McNeill. Are you and the ME seeing each other?
Stoneman: I’m afraid that my personal life is not something that I feel comfortable talking about.
NYT: Fair enough, Detective. Last question. Aside from Ronald Randall, have you ever had to kill anyone?
Stoneman: Yes. But again, it’s not something I want to talk about.