A double homicide is investigated by a detective in his next lifetime.

Death Unmasked

by Rick Sulik

A reincarnated evil is stalking the women of Houston. With each murder, the madman quotes an excerpt from the Oscar Wilde poem, “The Ballad of Reading Gaol.” A huge smokestack belching smoke, a ragged flea market double-breasted wool coat, and an old antique picture frame, bring the distant past back to haunt Houston Homicide Detective, Sean Jamison. With those catalysts, Jamison knows who he was in a past life and that he lost the only woman he could ever love. Searching for his reincarnated mate becomes Jamison’s raison d’être as he and fellow detectives scour Houston for a brutal serial killer. The memory of timeless love drives Jamison’s dogged search for a serial killer, determined to finish what he started decades earlier.
Each clue brings Jamison closer to unmasking his old nemesis. Tenacious police work, lessons learned in the past, and intuition may be the only weapons he has in preventing history from repeating itself.

One reviewer said, it “takes you on a rollercoaster ride to try to find a long-lost love and a serial killer!”

ISBN 978-1-938985-83-6• 6 x 9 paperback • 260 pgs • $14.99

Reviews

“. . . A great, well-written book that takes you on a rollercoaster ride to try to find a long-lost love and serial killer.” —Life of a Crazy Mom, Amazon Reviewer

” . . . The story itself is great, has a nice varying pace, the right amount of “cliff-hangers” and will draw you in stimulating a number of emotions like anxiety, fear, hope, loss, heartbreak, anger and joy. There aren’t “too many” characters like many books where the author’s seem to need/want to fill-up space and I like that their development and background are appropriate for their involvement level.
This is the rare book where the “good-guys” live “Happily Ever After”. . . you think.”—
The Holey One, Amazon Reviewer

“The author has accomplished an impassioned, arduously written result of crafting together various stylistic elements to tell his story that, combined, engage the reader on different levels and provide different perspectives of social, spiritual and humanistic themes in an entertaining way.” —Robert M. Tucker, author, Byron, Chance of a Lifetime, American Landscape

“Poetry and murder: an unlikely couple, but the twain meet in this fascinating, supernaturally inspired detective thriller.” —D. Clarke

“Whilst this book has been presented as a sci fi thriller it is also an amazing way to reach many people and inspire them with knowledge of other lives, other ways of thinking and ways to allow their spirits to grow and enrich their lives and those around them!”—Raine, award-winning author of Rainedrops from Heaven

“Death Unmasked is up there with the best books that I have read this year. If you like hard hitting crime novels, I would think that you would love this one.”— K. Reading

“A fast-paced police thriller centered on instincts finely honed by years of on-the-job police work, reincarnation, and faith in intuition, make this a very enjoyable read.”   —K. Burdick

“The author has captured all the nuances of the people, politics, illness, grit and determination that flowed through our psychiatric experiences. He shows the overly analytic approach that we thought was helpful…and it was not. He projects a truly genuine love of our veterans and their struggles.”
—H. Eugene Evans, Ph.D.Reviews

“This was such an enjoyable book to read. So well written, with a very clever and interesting plot. Rick Sulik has done a fabulous job in linking two stories over two different life times. It’s hard to imagine what it would be like to have an invading Army capture your land and take you prisoner. For Emil and Laura this happened far too quickly for them to do anything about it. Even though they ran, it was too little too late for them, and they were easily taken as prisoners. Unfortunately for Laura a very sadistic and evil Officer takes an unhealthy interest in her. Emil made a valid attempt to stop her being taken from him, but ultimately he had no chance against armed soldiers. Laura’s sudden death devastated Emil, but he was defiant to the very end, before the soldiers extinguished his life as well. Now the story takes us to the modern era, and a serial killer on the loose. At 57 years of age Sean has been a Police Officer and now Detective for the last 38 years, and he’s tired and in need of a good women. Being a bit of a loner wasn’t going to help him in that part of his life. The serial killer is so quick when he attacks each unsuspecting women, that they really don’t stand a chance. Sean is able to go into a meditative state where his past lives flash before him like a movie projector. His boss Captain Schaeffer is of course a bit sceptical about Sean’s visions, however she is worried about him and is prepared to help and keep him out of trouble. He truly believes that Mary is his reincarnated wife from a previous life, who was killed by the Nazis.”
—Todd Simpson

About the author


Rick SulikRick Sulik
was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. After completing high school in Boardman, Ohio, he enlisted and served four years in the United States Air Force Military Police. After receiving an Honorable Discharge, he worked three and a half years with the Houston, Texas Police Department, twenty-two years with the Pasadena, Texas Police Department, and ten years as a courthouse bailiff with the Gonzales County, Texas Sheriff’s Department, before retiring in 2013.

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