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THE COMPANY OF DEMONS
by Michael Jordan
The brutal murder of a friend leaves lawyer John Coleman stunned and sends shock waves through the city of Cleveland. The technique of the killing recalls memories of the Torso Murderer, who dismembered at least twelve people decades ago and vanished–eluding even the legendary Eliot Ness. Jennifer, the victim’s beautiful daughter, hires John to handle her father’s estate, and romantic feelings for her soon complicate his already troubled marriage. When John finds himself entangled with a cold-blooded biker gang, an ex-cop with a fuzzy past, and the drug-addicted son of the dead man, he struggles to make sense of it all. But he cannot escape a growing sense of dread.
There was never any trouble at the Tam O’Shanter, even on a rocking weekend night, even when one of the Tribe smacked a homer for a go-ahead run. Tim and Karen ran a tight joint, the perfect hideaway to lounge beneath faded posters of ‘70s rock bands and sip a cold one. So when Karen screamed from the seedy alley behind the bar, our little oasis was shattered. Tim bolted for the back door.
I rushed after him and squinted in the bright sunlight. Tim was cradling his wife in his arms. She stared at me vacantly, then broke away and retched. Huddled over the rough asphalt, in her thin T-shirt and faded jeans, Karen reminded me of a fragile little girl. The wastebasket she’d intended to empty lay near her, paper napkins and discared receipts fluttering in the humid breeze. Tim waved a hand toward a Dumpster, its lid flung open, wedged tight against the crumbling brick wall. “Don’t look.”
But I did.
The sight of a naked body, sprawled across plastic, garbage bags, was impossible to miss. Or part of a body, really, because the head was gone. So was everything below the waist. The hairy torso had been split down the middle, and I didn’t need to be a pathologist to know that someone had scooped out the guts and the lungs and the heart. Flies droned incessantly and, in the summer heat, the stench of rancid meat wafted to me. I backed away.
AUTHOR Bio and Links
Michael Jordan obtained his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, with highest honors, and his law degree from George Washington University, where he was a member of the Law Review. A trial lawyer and arbitrator for over three decades, he has been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer and named to Best Lawyers in America. A member of the International Association of Crime Writers, The Company of Demons is his first novel.
An avid traveler, Michael has climbed Mt. Fuji, swam in The Devil’s Pool on the cusp of Victoria Falls, trekked a glacier in Patagonia, and visited numerous other countries. Yes—an international thriller lies in the future! He has also acted in several theatrical productions and his experience on stage is helpful in creating characters for his novels. He is currently working on his next book, a thriller set during the closing stages of WWII.
A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Michael and his wife, Linda Gross Brown, a soft pastel artist, divide their time between homes in Rocky River, Ohio, and Longboat Key, Florida. They enjoy traveling, pleasure boating, and very cold martinis.
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Thanks for being here today Michael. Tell us about you.
I have been fortunate to travel extensively and have met interesting people all over the world. My wide range of interests has given me the opportunity to enjoy a variety of experiences, and I’m always ready for another adventure!
If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
Leonardo Da Vinci, because I am amazed by the depth and range of the man’s talents.
What’s the story behind your latest book?
Years ago, the notorious Torso Murderer slaughtered at least twelve victims, eluded legendary lawman Eliot Ness, and vanished without a trace. What if the killer returned today for one final act of vengeance?
What is your writing process?
I like to be alone in a quiet space, preferably one with a view of something pleasant. When I hit a roadblock in the writing, contemplating the view helps me focus and figure out a fresh approach.
Tell us about your main character.
John Coleman is a troubled, conflicted man who often fails to take responsibility for his actions. Can he set aside those weaknesses and do what must be done to save those he loves?
If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role and why.
I picture Bruce Willis as he could capture the underdog, cynical, and difficult John Coleman.
What are you working on next?
A thriller set in the closing days of WWII.
What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their book?
To make certain that the book is absolutely top quality. If the book attracts readers, momentum can be built through many platforms—signings, websites, Facebook, etc. If the book is not a quality read, it may attract word, but not the type that you want.
What is your favorite book on your shelf right now?
All the Light We Cannot See
Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I enjoy acting and have appeared in several amateur theatrical productions.
You are given the choice of one super power. What super power would you have and why?
Flight, because how utterly cool would that be?
List 5 things on your bucket list:
- Visit all 50 states (46 to date)
- Travel throughout China
- Learn to speak at least intermediate level Spanish
- Visit Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
- Publish three novels
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