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Righteous Assassin

(Mike Stoneman #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  50 reviews
2019 Kindle Book Award Semi-Finalist (Mystery/Thriller)

A MOB BOSS IS EATEN ALIVE BY TIGERS AT THE BRONX ZOO. A New Jersey factory owner is mutilated and left to bleed out. A French pharmaceutical baron is tortured and frozen to death. A high-society fashion designer is poisoned. Each new murder adds a piece to the serial killer’s jigsaw puzzle, but even deciphering the clu
Kindle Edition, 395 pages
Published October 19th 2018 by Kindle Direct Publishing (first published October 18th 2018)
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The Cats’ Mother
I received a free copy of this very enjoyable police thriller from the author after he posted on the Crime Fiction Addicts Facebook page that he was looking for reviewers. It appears to be the start of a new police series, set in New York.

Mike Stoneman is a senior detective with the NYPD, somewhat old-fashioned in his approach and proud of his reputation as a hard-a**. His new partner, Jason Dickson, suspects that a series of bizarre murders, with no apparent links, but all occurring on the last
Bruce Perrin
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Familiar Crime-Thriller Plot Implemented with Some Gruesome Action

Righteous Assassin features a dinosaur of a police detective (Detective Mike Stoneman) who has seen it all. He’s partnered with a young, ambitious rookie. Over the course of the story, he develops a romantic interest in an intelligent, attractive woman. And of course, he has a brilliant, psychotic, serial killer to chase. Sound familiar? If you’re a reader of crime thrillers, these threads should be. And so, the question becomes
Carianne Carleo-Evangelist
Goodreads dates will say I read this in a week, but I really read it over the last two days once I had time to read and subsequently couldn't put it down.

I really enjoyed "meeting" Stoneman, Jason, Angela Manning and the rest of the Righteous Assassin / Menstrual Killer task force. I liked the dynamics between members of the task force as Chapman fleshed out the characters and we got to know them more. The race and experience dynamics between Jason and Mike were interesting to follow as the for
3.5 stars

I won a Kindle version of this book via a Goodreads giveaway, for which I thank the publisher and the author.

This book began in a rather exciting way and somewhere in the middle got a bit mired down and then toward the end became interesting again. I found the section about the police department's workings interesting. I liked the back-story about the killer and that the author made an obvious effort to fill in as much past and present information as he could to satisfy the reader's cur
Vickie Fisher
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for an edge of your seat crime thriller this is the book for you. Righteous Assassin, will keep you turning the pages, as Mike Stoneman and his partner Jason Dickson race the calendar to stop the next murder. The killer has a secret blog where we get to see into his mind, and let me tell you it is not a mind you want to linger in. It is these pages that caused me to give only 4 stars, the violence was to explicit for me and at times I had to put the book down. If you like that ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like Instinct? You'll love this book. Mike Stoneman is an NYC detective hunting a serial killer on the loose who strikes once a month. The book has so many authentic details, you'll feel like you're in the NYPD yourself trying to crack the case. Really enjoyed this book -- so much so that I nearly missed a subway stop because I was so caught up in the plot. ...more
Lauren Talk Back Fernandez
3.5 stars. I liked this book, but I thought it was a little too detailed for my liking. I figured out the little twist at the end, which was fine. I liked the characters. I thought the religious aspect of the serial killer was a neat twist to the story. A good read, just not one of my favorites.
Lori Byrd
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Whoo...what a ride this was. I never wanted to get off the ride. I loved the authors mind that thought up these awful murders. Brilliant. And the ending.....oh my god......just too good. No, not good, GREAT! I guess you know by my review, I’m a huge fan. More, more, more.
Christi Massey
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Man, I LOVED this book! What a crazy ride. Great characters, awesome plot. GREAT read!!
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to see more of Mike Stoneman as this was such a fast paced book I could not put it done till the last page so pleaseeeeee start on #2
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kept my attention from the first page to the last
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, first-reads
This was a fun police procedural thriller. Stoneman and Dickson are interesting characters, though sometimes their dialogue with each other feels a little unnatural (though it's Chapman's first book- I expect that will improve) I would definitely read more about him.

There wasn't a lot of character development of the villain... the usual psychopathic Evil McEvilson with a religious symbolism angle. Not exactly new ground. Also, when we finally hear the villain speak, he talks just like his overwr
Sherrie Gallegos
Loving this series already. Stoneman & Dickson are on the hunt for a serial killer who thinks he is doing Gods work.
Wilde Sky
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A veteran police detective and his new side-kick hunt a serial killer who is acting as an ‘avenging angel’.

I liked the style of this police thriller, alternating between the thoughts of the killer and the actions of the police chasing him, which worked well. The interaction of the characters, their developing relationships and the ‘serial killer who is doing society a favour’ views were all believable – the bumbling interactions between the pretty ME and the main detective made him seem more rea
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detective Mike Stoneman is is a New York City Detective who solves crimes with his partner Jason Dickson. They make a great couple, have biting dialogue, and they know how to catch a killer.
A recent crime wave has got their attention - they are assassinations, and at face value do not look connected. But they link them together, and with the help of an FBI agent, Angela Manning, they start to put the puzzle together. Are these serial killings or is someone plain crazy killing people in the stran
Jeannie Sharpe
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Left Nothing Out

This great book crossed every T dotted every I for the thriller that it is. Written well and the plot grew well. I would not want to spoil by telling what happens. It’s a great read for you to find out.
Antigone Walsh
A vigilante serial killer believes he is on a mission from God. He murders a variety of unsavory categories in inventive ways but gets distracted when the police lead by Mike Stoneman, his partner and an FBI profiler get too close too soon.

this is a pretty good book. Initially, I wasn't sure I would finish it. I didn't like Stoneman and his treatment and attitude towards his partner, a young black detective. I also didn't like the police nickname for the killer. It was believable but offensive.
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pardon the delay, but things get a little hectic this time of year.

I am very pleased that I won this book and have discovered a new author whose future novels I can look forward to.

The NYPD, an FBI profiler, and a serial killer with a fanatical compulsion. All are believable and likable....well, except for that last one. That is, he's believable but not at all likable. In fact, you would think the author has had quite a bit of experience in the police department and is drawing from personal hist
Wanda Adams
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will admit up front that I am not often a fan of crime novels. I was, however, immediately drawn into this book because of the set-up, where the inner thoughts of a killer, who is convinced that he's on a mission from God to rid the world of evil-doers, explains why he plans to kill his prey, and why he plans each murder carefully and precisely.

The elusive killer goes by many different names, one of which is Charles Gordon (CG), so that's the one I'll use in this review. He was discharged fro
Abigail Rook
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Righteous Assassin" is a well-written police thriller with passages of explicit violence. It is not a splatter horror, but sensitive readers might dislike it. The plot, a brilliant, deeply religious serial killer who is punishing "awful people" in the name of God, is not exactly new. For example, it resembles David Fincher's "Se7en" - even the two detectives, an old hand and a novice, remind me of Somerset and Mills in Finchers movie (with reversed skin colors ;)) But of course there are differ ...more
Laurel Heidtman
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this police procedural crime novel. It’s not a constant stream of tension and thrills, but there’s plenty of it mixed in with the slower pace of police investigation. In other words, it’s realistic. TV cop shows have to get their story done in less than an hour, so people not familiar with police work tend to think it’s all an adrenaline rush. There’s plenty of that, but there’s also the routine hard work of investigation. The author of Righteous Assassin gets that right and hel ...more
Cynthia Austin
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A soldier released from the military due to psychological discharge, a string of murders around New York City, and a criminal investigation team hellbent on solving their case.

Righteous Assassin follows the case Detective Mike Stoneman and his team are working on. In between solving the identity of the city’s latest serial killer, Stoneman is presented with conflict between him and his newly assigned partner, starts up a relationship with the medical examiner and eventually finds himself in a h
Chris Norbury
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Huge props to Chapman for creating a serial killer with a unique pattern to his kills: base each murder on one of the Plagues of Egypt. The brilliance of that concept is that the detectives, Stoneman and Dickson, were powerless to predict who would be the next victim or where it would occur. Only near the end did the connection between the victims become clear (and rather obvious, in hindsight).

The prose was solid. The plot proceeded logically. Chapman creatively inserted a "ticking clock" eleme
PanOrpheus PanOrpheus
Beginning with a journal entry from the killer, we see his perspective immediately in this most unusual novel. Then, we meet the New York Detective Mike Stoneman, a twenty-four year veteran of the force, and we encounter a corpse eaten alive by tigers! Detective Jason Dickson, Stoneman’s new partner is tall, in great shape and neatly dressed. Mike is not! The murder scene is the Bronx Zoo, and the victim is a known criminal! Alternating between the killer’s journal, and the activities of the det ...more
Robert Williscroft
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kevin Chapman is an excellent writer. One of the things I look for in a book is whether or not the author keep track of point-of-view. Except for one or two gray areas, Chapman kept track of point-of-view throughout the book. The number of characters in this police story made it essential to keep track of point-of-view, and Chapman delivered.

Righteous Assassin is well plotted, and for the most part, Chapman presents an accurate picture of police work on a difficult case. Unaccountably, there are
Charlotte Brackett
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book piqued my interest from the moment I read the jacket, and it did not disappoint. I applaud Chapman for coming up with such creative, rather heinous murders and for being able to keep the story both going and exciting for the entirety of the book.

The author put enough detail into all of the main characters that I felt like I really got to know them all, both individually and as a team. I came to know these people. And like and dislike them.

I also liked that catching the murderer wasn’t
Rae Lake
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loving this mystery!

I really enjoyed this read! It takes a lot for me to get into mystery, but this book had me from start to finish. Mike and Jason are both detectives and new partners. They have run into a slew of gruesome homicides that have come up with no suspects, Mike thinks it is just simple murders but Jason thinks it os something more. He thinks it is the work of a serial killer. The pair of them go through each of the murders trying to find any clues that may have been over looked to
Linda Thompson
Move over Harry Bosch, there’s a new guy in town. I have loved Harry Bosch from the first book through book 28 and until now, have never found another like him. Well, that wait is over. Detective Michael Stoneman can match wits with Harry any day of the week. Chapman’s writing is clear, concise, crisp and stays on point. His characters are well-defined and as you progress through the book, you begin to care about each of them. The story was definitely a thriller, an edge-of-your-seat read that k ...more
Nicole Dunton
Apr 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Detective Mike Stoneman and his partner Jason Dickson have picked up on a pattern of deaths that have been happening in the city. On the last Saturday of every month, a person who hasn't led the best life is found dead in a bizarre way. From being poisoned to being eaten by an animal at the zoo. With no pattern or motive evident, they find it hard to prove anything that will give them cause to put aside the rest of their cases and dig deeper into the case. They don't even have anything that can ...more
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Totally reminiscent of Jonathan Kellerman books from the 80s. Definitely not my typical choice of genres. This needed a lot of editing and the author seemed to rely on some really cliche stereotypes (everyone from Jews, African Americans, Latinas, Cops and women. It was on and on). Even the descriptions of the obvious romance between the cop and the medical examiner made me cringe (every date was in a different ethnic restaurant and omg, the cheerleader outfit. Ew.). It’s too bad because the plo ...more
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