Friendswood, TX (PRWEB) June 27, 2014
Georgia and Missouri’s recent executions of convicted killers reignited the capital punishment debate across social media and elsewhere. With more than 140 death row prisoners found innocent, there’s good reason the debate rages across all societies and religions. By 2011, even though 140 countries had abolished the death penalty, 20 carried out executions and 60 others imposed death sentences.
Taking a life has more than just legal consequences. To explore the psychological and moral effects of deciding who should die for a crime, a new thriller by Colin Knight provokes readers to consider how they might make the same choices his protagonist confronts. “Some People Deserve to Die” explores the full impact on Alan Davies, the story’s anti-hero, as self-preservation forces him to make life and death decisions in desperate situations.
Newly published by TotalRecall Publictions, the novel begins as Alan, a naive and nerdy high school boy, is plied with alcohol and drugs by four school jocks. He's then led to an abandoned building where a girl, unconscious and naked, lies helpless in the dirt with a sack tied over her head. Encouraged, berated, and taunted, Alan reluctantly rapes the girl.
Six months after his crime, Alan’s sister, Julie, commits suicide and leaves a note that convinces Alan she had been the unknown girl in the abandoned building. Devastated, Alan runs away from home, succumbs to alcohol and drugs, and enters the underworld of drug smuggling. Soon, he's drawn into international plots, guerrilla conflict and mercenary activities.
Twenty years later, a chance confrontation brings Alan eye-to-eye with the four jocks who tricked him into raping his sister. When Alan’s cruel and permanent justice has been meted out, he receives a letter explaining the truth about his sister’s rape. He's forced to recognize the true extent and consequences of his selfish self-pity and to consider that his form of justice was not quite so righteous.
For the astute reader, the gritty story of Alan’s transformation from an innocent, naïve teenager into a vengeful and merciless killer is a backdrop to how some parts of society have become indifferent to and desensitized to taking human life in payment for an offense against society. Alan’s conclusion about who deserves to die doesn’t have a Hollywood ending. No matter which side of the death penalty debate they are on, Alan’s actions will challenge every reader’s opinions.
'Some People Deserve to Die' is available from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, and other bookstores.
Colin Knight was born in Manchester, England in 1962 and immigrated to Canada in 1987. He holds a BA Honours in Political Science and an MA in International Relations. He has worked in the public and private sectors for thirty years, most recently as a National Security and Intelligence Analyst within the Security and Intelligence Secretariat of the Privy Council of the Government of Canada, and as a Policy Advisor with Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He has traveled extensively, met many people, and enjoys writing.
TotalRecall Publications Inc. was founded in 1998 by Bruce Moran, a former NASA IT professional who transitioned into computer instruction and educational materials. The company began with the introduction of study guides and Q&A testing software for various computer and financial certification exams and expanded into library and information science textbooks in 2007. Since 2008, the publisher has been developing a fiction product line by debut authors that focuses on mysteries, thrillers, and military action. Additionally, TotalRecall has expanded into general nonfiction and now publishes more than 200 non-fiction and fiction titles, all distributed worldwide through book retailers and wholesalers and via eBook databases such as ebrary, EBSCO, and Books24x7.com. http://www.totalrecallpress.com