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Cream of the Cool

Nonfiction graphic novel, written by Jeff Jensen and illustrated by Jonathan Case, published in 2011 by Dark Horse Comics.

Jensen was actually writing about his own father, Tom Jensen, a detective in the King County Sheriff’s Office in Washington state. Detective Jensen spent a good chunk of his career on the hunt for the infamous Green River Killer, a serial killer who murdered numerous women in the 1980s and 1990s. When the murderer was finally…

Please help me, I begged her silently.
"I'm fine."
I'm not fine, and I am going to kill someone, and I don't know if I'll be able to stop.
"I'm fine, let's go back.”
--John Cleaver


I Am Not a Serial Killer is the 2010 debut novel of writer Dan Wells and the first in the original John Cleaver I am Not a Serial Killer trilogy. There is another trilogy featuring John Cleaver coming up.

Spoiler-Free Synopsis:

Back, way back when I was a teenager, I spent a lot of time exploring the margins of my world. I had a special affinity for railroad tracks, both for the romantic allure of freight trains and for the practical reason that train tracks usually were the best source of unsettled land in an urban area. There was one particular sliver of land, called for historical reasons Pranklin, that ran between freight tracks and where I-205 and I-84 diverged. One night, at the age of…

 

I wrote this between 1990 and 1992 on spec to Warner BooksVirginia Kidd was my agent.  It's the beginning of a 130,000 word novel.

I paid a professional editor $2000 to fix it up for me. That was a substantial percentage of my take home, back then.  And I had three kids and a wife to support.  We could have used the $2k to go on a nice family vacation.  Instead, I sent it to a coin-operated woman in Los Angeles who was recommended…