What would you do if you met someone claiming to be a serial killer? What if you were an author and the killer wanted you to write their biography? That is the heart of Combustible Punch by Paul Michael Peter.
Rick Philips is an award-winning author who has been struggling to publish something new. His first book was a true story recounting how he survived a school shooting. That book catapulted him to fame and a job being a college writing professor.
Stuck in a slump Rick lives paycheck to paycheck while drinking himself to oblivion. Until he meets Harriet Bristol Wheeler, who claims to be a serial killer. Female serial killers are rare, telling the story of a killer before they are caught has never happened before. Rick needs to take the job she is offering.
Before he will start writng Rick wants proof. As they travel to provide him the needed proof Rick starts to get excited and have reservations. Should he call the police? Can he stop her from killing again? Might he be the next victim? Is she for real or is this just some game?
The book made for an interesting read. It had a page-turning plot and a perfect amount of humor. A topic like this can get dark, so having a bit of humor keeps it from becoming too bleak.
Author Paul Michael Peters seems to have done some homework about killers and investigations. When Harriet gives parts of her backstory and how she was not caught it all reads believably.
If you are in the market for an original story idea with a well thought out plot pick up Combustible Punch by Paul Michael Peters. It will release on August 13 so preorder it now.
A free review copy was provided via NetGalley for this unbiased review.