Author S.J. Whitney Debuts With ‘Game of Nines’

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New book follows the lives of a youthful ensemble whose lives unfold while a serial killer is at large.

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From S.J. Whitney comes “Game of Nines,” a compelling work of fiction that centers on Steven, Natasha and Melody, three lives that entwine to bring about lives less ordinary. Their lives are more complicated than one might first think. Eventually, this is what brings them to their actions — actions that unfold their lives to an ultimate end.

Looking for work after being rejected by others, Melody finds one on the farm of a local man who has one son, Steven. After a while, Steven’s father must go away on business, leaving him in the care of Melody and her only daughter, Natasha. Being raised by Melody and spending time with Natasha, Steven soon finds himself growing up faster than he ever thought. Being the only ones on the farm most of the time, they learn how life can quickly change, and how passions can grow.

One fateful day, things change when they meet Jake and his sisters, Susan and Georgina. Being a fair bit younger than Jake and his sisters, Natasha and Steven experience yet another part of life unknown to them as they embark on a friendship that would change their lives forever.

Meanwhile, the town is put on alert upon news of a murder close by, then yet another and another. Soon, there is a spate of murders. Discovering that the murders are all linked, and all being labeled crimes of passion, it becomes known as the Casanova Killer.

A coming-of-age tale made imposing with mystery, tension and crime, “Game of Nines” is an intriguing and intelligent puzzle and probably one of the most astonishing debuts in the thriller genre.

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About the Author
S.J. Whitney is a 29-year-old writer who enjoys watching crime shows, watching people closely to see their expressions, why they look a particular way, and then enquiring. Whitney is someone who enjoys listening and taking in what others have to say more than he enjoys talking himself. Having two passions, he wanted to study psychology (forensic) and writing. After some consultation and thought, he chose the latter. Choosing the writing path, he saw the advantage: he could fulfill the two great passions he has if the time called for it. In choosing to write, he is able to feed the hunger he has to write and, in time, study psychology or consult with psychologists in order to bring genuine, real-life studies to his writing.

Game of Nines * by S.J. Whitney
Publication Date: November 12, 2013
Trade Paperback; AU$29.99; 381 pages; 978-1-4931-2666-8
Trade Hardback; AU$49.99; 381 pages; 978-1-4931-2667-5
e-book; AU$3.99; 978-1-4931-2668-2

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