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Two Graves: A Kesle City Homicide Novel

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  228 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
Forty year old Preston Peterson, pudgy, myopic and socially inept, knows the terror of being bullied. From his earliest childhood memory, he has faced ridicule, name calling, harassment and beatings. Fear ruled his life, possessed him, controlled his every encounter with others. Now, he has killed. Now, rage rules his life. Digging out his despised High School year book, P ...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published June 22nd 2011 by Maaaddy Enterprises Inc.
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Kathleen Patel
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My personal note: The fact that the serial killer in this book was a victim of bullying caught my attention. I am an activist for anti-bullying. This book illustrates just how deep the damage of bullying can go.

This was an incredibly well written novel. Mr. Graystone, you are a talented writer. Once I started reading- I was hooked. The storyline is profound, with a captivating subplot.

This book will keep you on your toes. The tension builds from the first page. The depth of the characters deep
Martha Bryce
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Two Graves
Two Graves is a great serial murderer novel. After a life of being bullied, brutally teased, of having his weakness exposed and his love spurned, this serial killer starts to mete out his revenge on those who hurt him so badly. His first killing is accidental but the power surge resulting from it breeds in this pitiful, pathetic loser an intense desire to feel the blood of his tormentors run through his hands.
Detective Mann is a good cop, an imperfect man and a thoroughly likeable char
M.E. Lorde
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Derek Graystone's book `Two Graves'. It's a complex read and I mean that in the greatest sense of the term. It is not a read you will get bored with, or lost in. It pulled me so far in, that I had real difficulty putting it down. If it weren't for taking care of my daughter, I probably wouldn't have. That's not all that common for me. It was a fascinating depiction of the mind of a killer, with solid writing that moved me swiftly through the pages. This is a clean read. If you e ...more
J.C. Andrijeski
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Really fantastic thriller and detective novel...but yeah, definitely disturbing! It's hard not to feel some empathy for the villain, Preston, who pretty much has been treated like garbage most of his life, and has let it twist him into a near demon-like character, lost in delusions and hiding behind a demeanor that most find more pathetic than dangerous. I found the idea of a serial killer growing out of severe and unrelenting bullying, all the way through from his childhood to adolescence to ad ...more
Zoe Saadia
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The memories of being bullied would not always fade away. Some people may nourish their rage and frustration until they snap. Such was the case with Preston Peterson and his warpath of revenge is chilling and breathtaking.

Reading this well-written novel, I felt like watching a good movie/thriller, horrified but unable to stop. I just HAD to find out what will happen and the tension kept mounting. I’m not into detective novels, but this one gripped me so firmly, I knew I was hooked from the very
Gina's Library
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I reviewed this book for World Literary Cafe.

I give this book a 4 star rating. It started out great fast paced and loved it. Then in the middle it got slow. The ending picked up again.

Preston is a very sick individual. He was a victim of bullies as a child. As an adult he feels that murdering them is justified. A lot of people were bullied as a child. That doesn't give them a right to kill. Not to mention, his victims aren't even the right people!

The cops are looking all over the city for this k
Jenni Cavallero
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book didn't sit all that well with me. While I always enjoy a good murder mystery or crime book this one didn't have a strong enough writing style or "hook" to make up for the crudeness of the main character. I enjoyed reading more about the detectives and their story than that of the focused character who was the murderer. I enjoyed the read, it was very quick but I'm glad it was free for my kindle and won't be a title to be seen on my shelves at home.
Feb 11, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I was intrigued when the book began, but every time I would pick up where I left off, more new characters and plots. I couldn't follow along. I don't like to waste time, so put this one off to the side.
Mar 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
**This book was provided to me free-of-charge through a First Reads Goodreads giveaway.**

This thriller/suspense centres on a middle aged man, Preston Peterson, who was the victim of bullying throughout his life. Preston finally reaches his breaking point and snaps. Anger and revenge fill his heart as he uses computer aged photographs to brutally murder his past tormentors. Did I say “brutally”, what I meant was “BRUTALLY”!

I LOVE thrillers! I can even handle the grotesque, but this was over-the-t
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Two Graves is an exciting, gruesome thriller told from 2 points of view, the killer, and the lieutenant. With a couple different plots, this was a book I had a hard time putting down.

Right from the start we’re introduced to Preston. A man who has been bullied all his life, and even as an adult he is still easy prey. After being accosted by some teens, he finds one of them alone, and in an unfortunate accident that ends up with the death of the young boy, Preston finds pleasure in beating the alr
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Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
CAUTION: This review contains spoilers.

If you are looking for a more complex mystery/crime drama, this is your book.

From the very beginning, readers are swept into the action and yet not spared good writing: intense imagery, developed characters, and a gritty, reality-driven plot line.

Graystone's characterizations ring truer than the old detective noir novels I grew up loving, and his imagery was every bit as rich. I love a good mystery and this was it. I especially liked Mann and Dani. I am
Lorne Oliver
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was bullied in school, but nowhere as bad as Preston Peterson. My bullying was more in my head than in reality, but I get how it can make you feel. I can understand how someone would want to get revenge.

In Two Graves, kind of by accident, Preston gets a taste of what it was like to strike back at the people who liked torturing the week. He got a taste for murder. And he liked it. At first I sympathised with Preston and how he wanted to get back at the bullies from his high school years, even
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
originally appeared on:Bookshelf Confessions

* I won a free copy of this book from the Librarything Giveaway Program*

i always loved action/mystery/crime/detective books.. and two graves made it on my list.. The plot of the story was typical- a child who grew up into a man bearing all the pain and sorrows of him being bullied since he was a kid, a child who dreams to take the bullies down one day. But from that starting point Mr. Graystone made a wonderful impact by letting his readers know the re
Susan Ashcraft
Gregg Mann, Lieutenant at Southside Division in Kesle, Is uneasy when he views the first body. While to some it looks like a gang related murder, there is just something that doesn't sit well with Mann. Could this be the start of something else?

Preston Peterson, lonely, overweight and under-appreciated his entire life, has finally had enough. The first kill was an accident, technically not even a murder. Oh but the thrill, the rush, the feeling of power! Its not over until Preston Peterson says
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a very readable book. Nothing particularly out of the ordinary in that it is the tale of a serial killer and his pursuit(and an organised crime side line). There are plenty of those about and this breaks no new ground and is not top of the class.
Our main cop is a heavy drinker but it does make a change that his poison is endless cans of Pepsi rather than the hard stuff.
The killings are brutal but the author does not dwell too long or go into too much gratuitous detail with each of the te
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
When you set out on revenge, dig two graves. - Confucius
Before you mistreat the geeky nerd in school, remember that he might come back to haunt you. Preston had been bullied one too many times and sets out for revenge. He leads an entire city on a manhunt for the next few months as he avenges himself. But this is really only half of the story.

When I started this story I thought it was only going to be about the manhunt for Preston. But while Preston is high on the list of people to rid the city
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Two Graves is a very intense serial killer novel. Poor invisible Preston, bullied all his life, teased, taunted, mistreated and pissed. He is now out to get revenge 25 years later. He's armed with the yearbook and some very hurtful memories - and remembers every one of his embarrassing moments compliments of his school aged tormenters.

The power of the mafia. They seem to be a step ahead of the police department. Angelino's powers and influence knows no boundary. Is there a rat on the force?

Aug 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two Graves begins as most crime novels do: a crime (in this case, murder) is committed and the reader is introduced to the murderer's violence, followed by meeting the police officers and detectives who are charged with hunting the criminal down. Unlike most crime novels, however, Graystone's story is good and keeps your attention throughout each changing perspective. The tale is not told from the point-of-view of one character or perspective, but from all sides; within a handful of chapters, yo ...more
Quentin Stewart
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A detective novel that has two investigations going on at the same time and that keep overlapping each other. The characters are well developed and the various subplots keeps the reader on their toes as to what is going to happen next and who is going to be the next victim. The book is built around a serial killer and his desire to step out of the shadows of being the victim of bullying for his entire life. He feels he can do this by using his intelligence against those that bullied him in schoo ...more
Yvonne Taylor
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was so intense, that it was hard to put down, when I did have to put it away I could not stop thinking about it. The characters were so real, that it was scary!!
When a man sets his goals on killing everyone from his high school class that bullied him 25 years earlier, the drama begins. He has their photos from the yearbook enhanced to show what they would look like 25 years later and then sit in the background and wait for them to show up in a variety of places. Problem is, these are
Amy Siggelow
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from the Member Giveaways on Library Thing.

This book was a very good crime novel. It is told from the point of view of the killer and also from the point of view of the cops.

Preston Peterson is a man who has been bullied and tortured his whole life. Years after high school, he decides that he has had enough and decides to "pay back" all of his high school abusers. He stakes out who he thinks are his former classmates and tortures and kills several of them, leading to his nickname
Kerry Reis
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-version
A fatal accident during a teen's attempted harassment of a man who has lived a life of being bullied becomes the final stressor in triggering a delusional vengeful serial killing spree, setting off a media-influenced panic in Kelse City and upending the mayor's re-election campaign. Lieutenant Gregg Mann finds his life complicated as he leads the task force, while secretly trying to find the mob-connected mole in the upper levels of the police force, a complication that increases dramatically as ...more
Peggy Holloway
May 13, 2013 rated it liked it
The two story lines running at the same time was a little confusing. Usually when an author does this, it eventually ties them together and you say, "Oh, that's how this ties together." In this book, the two story lines seem to tie together by accident, by the serial killer being in the wrong place at the wrong time and the mafia guy seeing him as a possible witness. I was disappointed that the police had worked so hard and then didn't get the satisfaction of bringing the serial killer to justic ...more
Bill Thibadeau
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this book when you have the time to finish it without putting aside for awhile. The story is rich, interesting, intriguing, addicting, powerful, etc. There are a lot of characters who are portrayed in such a way that the reader can feel them in the storyline. The story has several intertwined lines that are well balanced. I seriously enjoyed the book and highly recommend it. This is a very substantial read. I would like to give it 4.5 stars. I cannot give it five stars due to proofreading e ...more
Andy Angel
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A well paced Serial Killer novel with a Mafia side story thrown in - what's not to love?
I found this to be an interesting take on the serial killer genre as you get to see how the killer develops in his confidence as the story progresses. The killings get more gruesome as the bodies mount up. The characters in the Kesle Police Department are believable and all are given their own bit of background which keeps the story ticking along.
There were also a few moments which made me think "never saw th
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Two Graves is a suspenseful and well-written book. Graystone weaves several threads into a powerful, satisfying read. The serial killer is especialy well developed and very believable. I found the main protagonist likable. If you want to see the complexity of a search for a killer AND get into the mind of a developing serial killer, you'll like this book.

Two Graves

Douglas Preston
Margaret Tidwell
Mar 15, 2012 rated it liked it
The author does a great job of building the novel and the suspense in the book. I really like his style of writing and will be checking out other books by him for sure. Now that being said I couldn't get into this book because of the way he described the killer reminded me of my husband and so for me I just couldn't get into the book because of the fact he reminded me of my husband.

I would think most people would love this book because he is a great writer and does develop his characters well.
Juli Pennock
Aug 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: hated, pointless
Started out very strong, and I found Preston intriguing. Half-way through, however, the characters started blurring together and the typos got very distracting. Typos and flat-out mistakes, that is. (It's "GoodFellas," not "Good Fellows.")

Anyway, I was horribly disappointed in the ending. Preston was just about the only fully-realized character (a Pepsi addiction does not a character make, in regard to the main detective).

My disappointment at the (way too pat) ending was made bitter by how excit
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give half stars b/c I'd give this 2.5 stars. I throughly enjoyed the evolution of the serial killer & even the side story of the attempted murder of the undercover cop. But what happened to my payoff? Both stories just ended without the statisfaction the build-up demanded. No explaination as to why, no pleading from the guilty as to the greater good....nothing. The ending just didn't satisfy me in a way the story demanded. It's almost as if this book is set up to introduce us ...more
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