Read true-to-life mystery novel in new book ‘Random Acts of Malice’

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Author George R. Hopkins creates realistic murder mystery using real life accounts

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The story for the novel “Random Acts of Malice” (published by Xlibris) first came to being when the author George R. Hopkins received an e-mail from a retired criminal judge telling him that a woman imprisoned for the manslaughter of a 10 month-old child had once threatened to kill him. The gory facts of this case soon intrigued the author and with the judge’s permission he soon set out to write this immersive mystery novel.

“Random Acts of Malice” follows Homicide detective Tom Cavanaugh who is tasked with investigating the truth behind threatening letters sent from a prisoner in a women’s correctional facility to a childhood friend, now a criminal judge. Are the threats real or the imagination of a prisoner looking for preferential treatment? The urgency of the investigation increases as, one by one, people involved with the manslaughter conviction of a woman who tied a 10-month-old child to a radiator start dying.

As Cavanaugh tries to unravel the murders and find the person or persons behind them, his brother, Jesuit priest Jack Bennis, joins the hunt as he thinks he knows the assassin is someone who once tried to kill him and has a personal grudge against him. This engrossing mystery read uses real life accounts which give it a realistic flair.

“Random Acts of Malice”
By George R. Hopkins
Hardcover | 6x9 in | 284 pages | ISBN 9781499084924
Softcover | 6x9 in | 284 pages | ISBN 9781499084931
E-Book | 284 pages | ISBN 9781499084948
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Before becoming a full-time writer, George Hopkins was a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and an English chairperson of a NYC high school. He has taught writing in workshops, colleges, and in Puerto Rico and twice was chosen by the NY Association of Teachers as Teacher of the Year. NY1 honored him as a New Yorker of the Week for his work with senior writers, and he has received two CTV NOVA Awards for community service. Each of his three previous mystery-suspense novels received awards, and the most recent, “Letters from the Dead.” was one of six finalists in the 2013 International Readers’ Favorite Book Awards and won second prize in the Reader Views Book Contest in mystery-suspense-thriller.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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