Caleb and Linda Pirtle Best Cover Design Award for a Crime Suspense Novel: The Sacrifice
February 23, 2013
Caleb and Linda Pirtle is pleased to announce the winners of its Best Cover Design for Mystery Novels. The awards will be announced each day, and they are being given in the genres of International Thriller, Mystery, Conspiracy Thriller, Crime, Historical Crime, Romantic Suspense, Paranormal Mystery, Cozy Mystery, Thriller, Detective, Spy Thriller, Crime Suspense, Hard-Boiled, Political Thriller, and Suspense.
Winner of the Best Cover Design for a Crime Novel will be announced tomorrow.
THE AWARD FOR THE BEST COVER DESIGN FOR A CRIME SUSPENSE NOVEL GOES TO THE SACRIFICE, WRITTEN BY MARK BOUTON, DESIGNED BY REESE-WINSLOW DESIGNS, AND PUBLISHED BY OAK TREE PRESS.
The Story: The FBI races to find a kidnapped baby before she’s sacrificed by a satanic cult. When the newborn daughter of a Texas state senator is snatched from the hospital, FBI agents John Ransom, a crafty veteran, and Kathy Devereaux, a striking Cajun rookie, head the pressure-filled investigation to save the infant.
The agents learn a Palo mayombre cult plans a human sacrifice. But there are other suspects, and all possibilities must be checked. The agents catch the senator getting cozy with a nurse from the hospital. Evidence shows inside help in the kidnapping, adding more suspects to the list.
They’re all found to belong to the cult, and they are determined to sacrifice the senator’s baby. Now the FBI must trick the bloodthirsty cultists and stop the ceremony before they do the unthinkable.
Review by Sam Freene: How do you describe fear? Why would someone about to commit a crime sweat, get cold chills and panic that the job would not be completed? A young girl is about to abduct a child from the hospital as part of an assignment she was being paid for by a satanic cult. Entering the hospital on a stormy night, taking every precaution not to get caught, she manages to leave the building with the child unnoticed. Completing one task and taking the newborn child of a state senator in Texas, she then performs a ritual on the child’s forehead that will make you shudder and cringe. What will happen if she’s not found, and what is the reason behind the kidnapping?
Author Mark Bouton lets the reader go right inside the mind’s of the investigators as he explains the procedures and allows you to try and piece the information together along with the FBI. Jack Ramson and Kathy Devereaux team up to find this infant along with members of the police force. These characters are true to life. The story is definitely believable, the characters are quite unique and the lessons learned are many.
Review by Mary Kate Denny: Mark Bouton has led me once again into a fast paced book that intrigues and twists and turns.
Finding out who the suspects are is the game at hand. Suspense builds and when you think you
know who did it, the door shuts and again the pursuit is on.
Bouton’s amusing sayings inject humor once more. Plus a bit of lust!
A good read….. the last sixty pages cannot be put down. A very human, heartfelt touch is saved for the last couple of pages.
Review by Reed Leon: Jack Ransom, a soulful renaissance man at heart, must stop the kidnapping of an innocent infant from becoming a horrific murder. As Jack and his sharp-witted partner Kathy Devereaux search for clues, they each must come to terms with events in their personal lives, challenges any reader can identify with. The most unique character is the one with many voices; Mark Bouton’s narration gives a gritty depth to this enjoyable story.