“The first thing we do, we kill all the lawyers”—Henry VI

The First Thing

We Do . . .

by Bertram Gibbs

Someone is killing defense lawyers who represent drug dealers, rapists, pedophiles and murderers.  Detectives Fine and Costa are working the case, trying to piece together whatever can be found  to locate the killer.  As much as they want to find the person responsible for the deaths of these lawyers, they see these representatives of the legal system as bottom-feeders; attorneys who manipulate the law and allow the guilty to go free to cause more pain and destruction. As more of these lawyers are killed, Fine and Costa follow a serpentine trail of evidence, all leading to its most logical conclusion: this is the work of a serial killer.  Then Detective Fine’s childhood friend, public defender, Eric Price, is murdered. Now it’s personal and nothing will stand in Fine’s way to catch the killer. This book is the prequel to Gibbs’ Reflection from the Abyss.

ISBN 978-1-9389850-1-0 • 5.5 x 8.5 paperback • 366 pgs. • $16.95


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“What can I say? Lawyers are being killed. All I could think of when I read the blurb on First Thing We Do is, “How do you stop a lawyer from drowning? Take your foot off of his head!” This novel is another piece of work from Bertram Gibbs that keeps you twisting and turning in every direction. You think you have things figured out and wham you get clipped in the teeth with another twist. Very well written and the characters of Frank Costa and Desmond Fine work so well together that you can’t help but to not only like them but to root for them to get the killer. I can’t wait to see where Mr. Gibbs takes us with his next novel! Genius Pure Genius!”—John P. McDonald

Downright refreshing and surprising!
“…I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I found myself really drawn-in by the style and mix of intellectual and raw throughout the book. Just the right dose of both, well balanced. 
I’m not going to give away any spoilers here, but just when you think you know what’s going to happen next the author throws you a curve that won’t let you set the book down. I’ll just say this—the storyline was nowhere near as typical as I was expecting and I couldn’t have known just how gritty and gripping this was going to be! “—Digital Man
 “I was hooked from the beginning. I started out enjoying the characterizations and the writing and the next thing I knew, I was not reading a book, I was participating as the story unfolded in ways that blew my mind. I was on the edge of my seat wondering ‘What next?'”—Kindle Reviewer
About the author

CMPheadsofstateGibbsBertram Gibbs (or ‘Bert’, if you prefer, or ‘Mr. Gibbs’, which he prefers), grew up in the Bronx, New York, with four constants running through his life: reading, writing, movies and sarcasm.  All of which play a distinct part in his stories. Growing up in a semi-theatrical family; his grandmother a former chorus girl, his grandfather a former jazz drummer, and his mother going to every movie and Broadway show all her adult life, he was never without a story or a tale to tell (as if being a New Yorker wasn’t enough).  Between 15 and 25, he became an actor and did a few off-Broadway shows, one appearance on a PBS television production, performed with the Metropolitan Opera and the Mayor of New York at Gracie Mansion, an extra in the 1976 ‘King Kong’ film, and ended working in credit and collections (do not look for a linear correlation — you won’t find any).  But all the while, to keep himself sane (depending on your definition), he wrote fiction. He is also the author of Formally Known As … — an irreverent take on the super-hero genre, the novella, The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of , and fan fiction novellas, Justice League International: The Return of BWAH-HAH-HA!, Justice Society of America: Cinemania, Batman: For You, World’s Finest: Just Another Mutha-$%@&!-ing Team-Up Story, and Justice Society of America: Image on the JLU2001 Fan Fiction Project.

Aside from being a film, television and comic book historian and critic, Mr. Gibbs studies forensic psychology and lives in a hidden fortified bunker somewhere in the United States.  The bunker is surrounded by an electrified underground moat and is guarded by armed accountants, guard dogs, rabid gerbils, and his teen-aged daughter.

author photo by Gabrielle Gibbs

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