Rick Lacey   Author/Ghostwriter

"One of the decade’s most original and surreal psychological thrillers, Lacey has crafted an impossible-to-put-down murder tale while skewering corporate dysfunction and deftly exploring a rare twin psychopathy." - BestThrillers.com

“A complex psychological thriller exploring twin sisters’ folie à deux, set against the backdrop of corporate downsizing.” — Kirkus Reviews

"Characters this well-crafted make for a novel that is impossible to put down. Bravo." - BestThrillers.com

 "… his inventive story of identical, psychotic twins makes for compelling reading for those interested in the workings of the deviant mind.” — Kirkus Reviews

"… the core conceit of criminally inclined, psychologically damaged twins is an absorbing one that will appeal to those who enjoy dark, twisted books by the likes of Stephen King or Thomas Harris, or films such as director David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers." — Kirkus Reviews

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Reviews, Review Blurbs, and Review Suggestions

"One of the decade’s most original and surreal psychological thrillers, Lacey has crafted an impossible-to-put-down murder tale while skewering corporate dysfunction and deftly exploring a rare twin psychopathy." - BestThrillers.com

“A complex psychological thriller exploring twin sisters’ folie à deux, set against the backdrop of corporate downsizing.” — Kirkus Reviews

"Characters this well-crafted make for a novel that is impossible to put down. Bravo." - BestThrillers.com

 "… his inventive story of identical, psychotic twins makes for compelling reading for those interested in the workings of the deviant mind.” — Kirkus Reviews

"… the core conceit of criminally inclined, psychologically damaged twins is an absorbing one that will appeal to those who enjoy dark, twisted books by the likes of Stephen King or Thomas Harris, or films such as director David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers." — Kirkus Reviews


"The book was great. Enjoyed it immensely. The dialogue and narrative flows perfectly. Taking place in Cleveland, he did a great job of describing places and times that made me nostalgic. Also, having worked in Management for a Fortune 100 company, he described the inner-workings of international "Big Business" perfectly. The characters are three dimensional and the "double" plot line works great. Definitely, plenty of suspense and intrigue, culminating in a great ending - a Shakespearean ending. A real psychological thriller. Very, very well written and easy to read. I highly recommend this Novel.
"~Bob Semenak

​"Think about it! A complex journey through the landscape(s) of the human psyche. A bit of mindful attention is needed (thank goodness) but the journey and destination prove worthwhile." ~D.F. Cicora

"Very intriguing from beginning to end! An insightful journey through the psychotic mind that is both thrilling and terrifying at the same time. I've read many murder/mystery books but none that provided such and in depth experience. A must read for Clevelanders who will love the local references." -- Michelle Jeckel


This book does the impossible.  It actually makes you hope and pray for the psychotic killers to succeed in their final murder and get away with it.


Move over Gone Girl and go home Girl on the Train.  There are two new girls in town and they’ve taken the psychological thriller to the next level.


More so than any novel I’ve read, it was obvious to me that this author has really been there and (other than maybe committing murder) has really done that.  I believed it!


This one thrilled me to my core AND taught me more than I ever thought I’d know about psychotic killers and how they came to be that way.  I may have to go back and read some of my favorite psychological thrillers from a whole new perspective.



When is the movie coming out?  Big scenes set in film-worthy locations all over the world serve well as background for a thrilling and twisty plot.  Bravo!

 
I was already a fan of Shakespeare.  Now I’m A Fan of Death and Shakespeare!



Who said psychological thrillers needed flawed narrators?  The narration in this one is perfect.  He tells us everything and still manages to shock us with a thrill-packed unpredictable ending.


I lived through a corporate downsizing and couldn’t imagine what they were thinking in the corporate Boardroom.  Thanks to this book, I now think I know.  Too bad there was no psychotic killer on the loose then!


This novel contains several of the most thought provoking, well written, and memorable murder scenes in literary history.  Even If you only read the murder scenes, you will love this book!
 


Psychotics are people too and deserve our respect.  I will never look at them in the same way again.  Poor, tortured souls.


I really thought psychotics were born that way.  I’m a bit bi-polar myself and so are my sisters.  There but for the grace of God go I.  A psychotic transformation could happen to any one of us.
 

I know at the back of my mind that it was a fictional psychological thriller, but it just rings so so true that I want to believe it.  To me, that’s the definition of great writing.


I always find mistakes in novels.  Often times, I find them in the first paragraph.  This book is flawless, and I read it twice and looked hard.  Congratulations to the author.


Loved the literary devices.  The use of repetition was eye catching.  I spotted the two mirror image paragraphs and even counted the same number of words in each.  Incredible attention to detail.
 

The psychotic sisters were so well developed and believable that you want to cry for them.  The hero was so naïve and emotionally fragile that you want to slap him.  Together, it worked.  It gets my highest rating.


It started on the day of the OJ Simpson murders and has some startling insights about OJ that I never imagined even after everything I’ve seen over the years.  I guess it’s never too late to learn.  After all these years of defending OJ, this book changed my mind.  He did it!


I loved the book and really loved the psychiatrist character.  I found her to be both the main character's conscious and alter-ego.  Her role was substantial and he did a great job of using her to describe clinical psychological diagnosis to save the reader from research.


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Coming from Rick Lacey
August 12, 2018


A Fan of Death and Shakespeare

The first psychological thriller to detail a psychotic transformation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UPSIDE DOWN PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER LAUNCHED

Readers Cheer for the Psychotic Killer and against the Innocent Victim in this Summer’s Shocking Novel, A Fan of Death and Shakespeare by Rick Lacey

Willoughby, Ohio, August 12, 2018, /PRNewswire/

From the Author:

As a frustrated fan of psychological thrillers, myself, I wanted my readers to have a good knowledge of mental illness and a respect for psychosis, so I’m taking them into the mind of the killer to witness her psychotic transformation, understand why she thinks she must kill to save herself, and appreciate why she will eventually self-destruct.

About the Author:

Rick brings lifetimes of knowledge to his fifth novel.  He holds three degrees, has pursued several careers, has traveled extensively, and has met some incredible characters while accumulating the experiences that add color and authenticity to his time-honored writing philosophy: “I live it.  I write it.”

About the Book:

A Fan of Death and Shakespeare explores one of the most perfect and mind-blowing forms of psychosis, Folie à Deux from the French meaning Madness of Two.  Readers are privileged to witness identical twin sisters, born with tremendous potential but with a family history of manic-depressive illness, suffer a traumatic emotional event that transforms them from carefree young girls into vengeful psychotic killers.  The book delves deeply into the phenomenal workings of their psychotic minds, a place previously available only to psychotics themselves and a select group of dedicated psychiatrists.   Although the book reveals every detail as the sisters plan and carry out a killing spree designed to take revenge and cure themselves, readers are shocked by an ending none see coming no matter how closely they read.

For Review copies or Author Interviews Contact Rick directly:

By email at rplacey@hotmail.com               By phone or text at 239-849-1467

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