Rick Reed is an American author and retired Homicide detective out of Evansville, Indiana. He is the author of the Jack Murphy series of crime thrillers that focus on serial killers of the worst order and Detective Jack Murphy’s hunt for them.

Reed is trained in numerous police situations including hostage negotiation and he is also a handwriting expert. During his career, he wrote an underground newspaper known as The Monkey Boy Gazette that would roast his fellow officers, politicians and other public figures. When he wrote an uncomplimentary piece about the mayor, the police launched an investigation which exposed him and didn’t win him many friends. When the Chief of Police sent him to Internal Affairs to run the unit his reasoning was simple “everyone already hates you.” This was when he realized he needed to write and began working towards that when he published the true crime book, Blood Trail.

Publication Order of Jack Murphy Thriller Books

The Cruelest Cut(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Coldest Fear(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Deepest Wound(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Highest Stakes(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Darkest Night(2017) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Slowest Death(2018) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Deadliest Sins(2018) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cleanest Kill(2019) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Fiercest Enemy(2020) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price


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The Cruelest Cut, is the start of the Jack Murphy series. The book sees a series of awful crimes taking place. The first victim is attacked in her home and is forced to watch everything that happens to her, but she’s unable to scream. The second murder is even more twisted, but the killer leaves a twisted nursery rhyme behind that ends with the simple warning: there will be more. Detective Jack Murphy takes this as an invitation to play and comes at the killer, hard.

Another good book in the Jack Murphy series is The Deadliest Sins. An abandoned truck is fulled with murdered immigrants and Jack Murphy is on the case. There is a lone survivor, a possible witness, and government interference. Murphy thinks the killer is doing it in the name of protecting America, but for Murphy the worst crime is to look the other way. He wants justice.

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