Publishers Weekly calls Why Was Rachel Murdered? a “taut debut”, “enjoyable thriller”

Praise from the leading U.S. publishing-industry trade magazine is adding more buzz around the new thriller from debut author Bill Prentice, Why Was Rachel Murdered?

“Prentice’s taut debut draws the reader into the world of Ponzi schemes, money laundering, political corruption, and greed” says Publishers Weekly. “[This] enjoyable thriller provides insight into current real-life headlines about international criminal activity.”

High praise from the 147-year-old industry Bible that, according to its website, receives more than 1000 books per month and selects only a small percentage to review. Indie and self-published novels such as Why Was Rachel Murdered? account for an even smaller percentage. Reviews in Publishers Weekly are read by thousands of librarians, bookstore owners, publishers and literary agents across the United States and around the world.

In Why Was Rachel Murdered? ex-RCMP financial-crimes specialist Neil Walker investigates the murder of a brilliant mathematician. He finds himself working with the victim’s sister, a high-powered political operator he once nearly arrested for corruption. Walker uncovers a conspiracy that stretches from Parliament Hill in Ottawa to New York City then deep into the poorest and most desperate corners of the developing world.

Kudos from Publishers Weekly add to earlier 5-star reviews on Amazon, Kobo and Goodreads. Readers said they loved the novel’s fast pace, its compelling characters and its intelligence. One reader reported she became so engrossed in the story she “burned the beans on my stove.” Calgary-based crime writer David Poulsen, author of the Cullen and Cobb mystery series, called it “a breakneck-paced thrill ride through a world populated by compelling characters, both good and bad.”

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Why Was Rachel Murdered?
Crime fiction
300 pages
ISBN 978-1-7753337-1-5 (ebook)
978-1-7753337-0-8 (paperback)
Published by Echo Road, Toronto
Release date: December 1, 2018