Killing the Man
It starts with the violent murders of three white upstanding professionals; three crimes stark in their symbolism. The first victim is hung from a tree, iron shackles around his neck and wrists. The second is burned alive in a white hood and robe. The third, staked through with a wooden cross.
Someone is sending a message, one that calls back to a dirty time in our nation's history, but what does it all mean? Rick Killing has no idea. He's a man of failed promise who let his life slip off track and now only wants to get his own house in order. But as the murders continue, he finds that the focus is on him. Why? Is he the next target, or the next reason?
To answer those high-stakes questions, to reclaim the life he wants, Rick will have to go straight through men with plans for a new, mad world order; men who kill for cold purpose. It ends with a challenge to everything Rick has ever held close and a threat to the lives of those nearest to him.
"It holds your interest--I could not put it down when I was getting close to the end."
"All in all, it was a great book: it was interesting, captivating, hilarious (at just the right times); hard to put down."
Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite - A 5 Star review
Killing the Man by Kenneth B. Humphrey is an action-packed thriller with elements of romance and humor thrown in. Killing the Man gets off to a fast-paced start with an introduction to the central protagonist, Rick Killing, whose character is both believable and quite likable. Shortly after, three murders are reported, all of which occur in a bizarre and violent manner. They are murders of three white men that replicate the killings that occurred during the slavery and post-Civil war days in the American South: one of the victims, bound in chains and shackles, is hanged to death from a tree, the second is burnt alive in a white hood and robe reminiscent of the KKK, and the third one is dead on a wooden cross. Rick Killing is a white guy, concerned with minding his own business, until he starts to realize that he is part of this plot and the bizarre murder sprees. What happens next is a race for life as he finds himself embroiled deeper and deeper in what turns out to be a deadly plot in which multiple lives, including those of the people he loves, may be at stake.
Killing the Man by Kenneth B. Humphrey is a thrilling story woven with wit and humor that makes it a fun and exciting read. Kenneth B. Humphrey’s writing style is lucid and relaxed, which makes the book extremely believable and the characters easy to relate to. I also enjoyed the character of the central protagonist, Rick Killing, tremendously as he handles situations with a unique mix of charm, wit, and strength. Overall, this is a good book that makes for great armchair reading. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an action-filled book packed with some fun and humor along the way.