Chicago homicide detective Lt. Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels walks into Murray’s diner, unaware that two serial killers are sitting at the counter getting acquainted. She’ll soon find out.
The first two chapters of Serial Uncut (Extended Version) are mere appetite-whetters.
Just outside of Tampa in 1978, a man named Gregory Donaldson hitches a ride after the Ford Pinto he’d stolen breaks down. He’s picked up by a serial killer (Mr. K) who coaches him into slowly killing the man in his Lincoln Continental trunk – very slowly (it takes two hours) alongside the road.
Then in Indianapolis, 1995, 15-year-old horror novel fan Lucy gloms onto a writer at a horror writing conference and slashes his throat in the hotel bathroom. She’s taken under the wing of two serial killers (Orson and Luther); the three of them dispose of another writer before parting.
Which brings us to Wisconsin, 2007, truck driver toe-muncher (literally) Marshal Otis Taylor takes a break from dining on a Murray’s diner prostitute and meets Donaldson (remember him?). They overcome Lt. Daniels, but she and the prostitute escape.
A week later, Donaldson messes up another hitchhiker in Utah, then picks up … Lucy, who’d just messed up two young men. It becomes a battle of wits and “who can outdo the other.” But, they both mess up.
Serial Uncut is full of irony, and kind of fun in a sick and gory way. The authors put the tale together, taking characters from their previous stories and sort of stitching them together. It works – a little ragged at first, but if you can get through the first two chapters, you’re good to go.
Carl Graves, Jack Kilborn & J.A. Konrath
Smashwords ($19.99 list)
ISBN 13: 987-1452366319