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The Chessman

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  77 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Hidden forces are willing to kill any and all who stand in the way of untold billions. To

toss the authorities off track, they borrow

the modus operandi of a brutal serial killer

The Chessman who stalked the corridors

of power in Washington, D.C. some years

earlier. The ruse is working brilliantly except

for one minor detail: the real Chessman is

not pleased not pleased one iota
Hardcover, 347 pages
Published May 25th 2012 by MacAdam/Cage Publishing
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Timothy Ward
If I keep picking up books written as well as Jeffrey's, I'll become a much faster reader. I prefer books in Fantasy, Science Fiction, or Horror, so the fact that this book grabbed my attention so quickly and easily is an impressive feat. I was first introduced to Jeffrey B. Burton through his short story "A Building This Size" in Evolved Publishing's Evolution Vol. 1 anthology. His story was my favorite in that anthology, and I have been eager ever since to see how he could wow and entertain me ...more
The reader does not have to be a chess player to enjoy The Chessman by Jeffrey B. Burton. A serial murderer leaves a chess piece in each victim's fatal wound. The investigation is halted when a body believed to be that of the chessman is found, along with leftover chess pieces. Three years later, another murder appears to be the work of the chessman. Retired Special Agent Drew Cady is coaxed back to work on the cold case that left him with a permanent hand injury and early retirement. Is it a co ...more

Good satire of cops and robbers books.
Jesse Johnson
"The Chessman" lived up to its great reviews in that it slipped the rug out from under my feet on at least two occasions. The financial scheming portion of the mystery could be ripped from today's headlines. Burton writes with a hard edge, but there's great tenderness beneath.
Jul 02, 2012 Sarah rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Based on the reviews my expectations were high, and the beginning was a huge disappointment-- poor writing quality, grammatical issues, etc. Once I got into the story it was okay; I thought the first chronological half of the mystery was much more interesting than the second.
It was a good murder/mystery with a touch of romance. It was well written, but a bit confusing on the characters until about half way through the book when the plot starts to tie them in with one another. The ending was predictable but still a well told story.
Good stuff. Burton weaves an interesting plot that kept me turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. Book flowed well. Had to turn back a few times to put the pieces together, but I enjoy when a book does that. Definitely recommend this one.
Tony Houck
The Chessman is a smart read. Keep an eye open for throways quips that come back with significance later in the book. The novel is broken into the three stages of a chess match (opening moves, middle game, end game).
Craig Meland
Evil twins, corrupt politicians, serial killers, and a flawed hero trying to climb out of the abyss. I highly recommend this mystery novel.
Very good read; intriguing plot and great character development. This really pulled me in, and I'm hoping there will be a sequel!
This is a fantastic twist on the FBI BAU Serial Killer genre. King's Knight to Queen's Bishop Four, Check.
Linda Seiler
I enjoyed this book. It was well paced with plenty of twists. All in all, a good murder mystery.
It has a pretty good plot line but drags a little toward the end.
Mediocre at best mystery novel. Not really worth your time.
A good fast paced mystery page turner!
Bella Richardson
Just ok. Easy read.
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Jeffrey B. Burton's mystery/thriller, The Lynchpin, is scheduled to come out February 24, 2015. The Chessman, Jeff's thriller about a serial killer in hot pursuit of his own copycat, came out to excellent reviews in 2012. Jeff's short story, The Soul Fish, received Honorable Mention in Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of 2010. High Score and In This the Era of the Great Wilting were both published in Mu ...more
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