Building Tension

With the coming release of The Front Range Butcher I knew I wanted my protagonist, Jarvis Mann, to face something new and dangerous. In previous books he has been challenged by lying clients, loan sharks and gangsters, greedy corporations, Russian mobsters and Chinese government thugs. This time he is going face to face, matching wits with a suspected serial killer. A man who revels in playing mind games, getting into the heads of all around him. The suspect was smart, coy. egotistic and maniacal, thinking he was the smartest man in the room. Jarvis has always used his fists and guns, to catch the bad guys, though to some degree his smarts. But this time is up against a man who uses his brainpower and mind manipulation to physiologically wear down those who challenge him, knowing if he gets inside their head he can win the mental war. Jarvis and Simon, face off in several chapters, each of them trying to find an edge against the other, building tension in their confrontation. It is that one on one battle, that I feel gives the book it’s central focus and is the meat that makes The Front Range Butcher my best writing to date. I hope when you read it, you’ll feel the same.

On that note, I’ve received some early feedback from ARC reviewers on the book. Here are a couple of snippets from those reviews:

The mystery was masterfully written. There were several twists in the plot that added to the heart-pounding tension building up to the final reveal of the “Front Range Butcher’s” identity, and I really couldn’t put the book down during the last few chapters – Charity at On My Kindle

This is an excellent read! Maybe the best in the Jarvis Mann PI series, so far. It’s filled with twists and turns that keep you riveted to the pages and brings you to a conclusion that surprises yet satisfies. I highly recommend this book and look forward to the next book in the series. A 5 star read! – Teresa at Poised Penned Productions

What do you think? Sound like something you want to read. If so, if you preorder on Amazon by March 26th, you will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card. Just email the proof of purchase to my author email address at:


The paperback version of The Front Range Butcher is now available as well through Amazon. Get it for $15.99. If you enjoy a real book, all my full length novels are available as well through Amazon or you can buy them direct from me, where I will sign them. Just send me an email and we can work out the cost.

Speaking of paperbacks, I will be at Smoky Hill High School in Aurora Colorado on March 10th from 9AM-3PM meeting readers, selling and signing my books. If you live in the Denver Metro area be sure to stop by and say hi. I always loved talking with fans of Jarvis and potential new fans. I will be in the east gym along with a lot of other vendors. Admission and parking are free. Right now the weather looks great and I’m looking forward to a busy day.

2018 SHHS Spring Craft Fair

More Instafreebie giveaways to check out below if you are looking for free Mystery/Crime/Thriller books from a variety of indie authors, including my first novel in the Jarvis Mann PI series, Tracking A Shadow. Check them out:

Crime & Mystery free book giveaway until March 30th. 56 different books to choose from.


Killer Crime free book giveaway until March 31st. 46 different books to choose from.


Thanks for reading my newsletter and stopping by my website. Share with all your bookworm friends. For those around the US on spring break, be sure to stay out of trouble, for Jarvis is tied up on his next case and won’t be available to bail you out!!

R Weir


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