A rogue cop. Clues from a mysterious source. Can he unravel the truth in time?
Christian faith shattered from the recent loss of those he loved most, police detective Jude Cameron must now find the murderer of his mentor. But the evidence seems too obvious, too easy.
With the help of messages his Alzheimer’s-stricken mother insists come directly from the long-dead King Solomon, Cameron discovers a trail of mysterious clues that point to a plot that will shake the country to its core.
Although abruptly pulled from the case, Cameron continues to work through a puzzle of questions and personal threats. But is he willing to face the true killers and become the Cruel Messenger he was destined to be?
Winner of the 2017 Selah Award for speculative fiction from the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. A finalist for the Realm Award, recognizing the most excellent speculative fiction books written by Christian authors. Also, a finalist for the Excellence in Editing Award from the Christian Editor Connection.
“Cruel Messenger rockets along at a breakneck pace as Detective Jude Cameron tries to unravel a rats’ nest of betrayal, corrupt civic leaders, and terrorists. His beloved Pittsburgh is under attack, but the danger is much bigger than anyone suspects. … Cruel Messenger is a cascade of surprises.” – Rick Knox, editor and writer
“When I saw the honest and compassionate treatment of Jude’s Alzheimers-stricken mother I was drawn to the book. The scenes with mom (Edna) made me both laugh and cry because they were so true to how my patients are.” – Debbie Renwick, healthcare professional
“I loved the book. It moved quickly and kept my interest and kept me reading. Cruel Messenger even won out over sleep and when you have an active two-year-old that is saying a lot. My background is with education and the American Library Association. I’ve been around good books and this is one of them.” – Becca Rennie, former educator and American Library Association employee, now stay-at-home mom
Timothy W. Ayers lost his father to cancer and his mother to Alzheimer’s and knows the pain of lost love. He delivers life’s cruelty, and its goodness, in this fast-paced thriller. Tim Ayers is a former pastor, living near his grandchildren along the Mississippi River. If he isn’t writing, he is learning the fine art of Lego building. He spent many years as a professional cartoonist and children’s writer, and has produced several bestsellers in Young Adult fiction. www.timothywayers.com