Present-day Chicago forensic scientist Sean McKinney hunts a serial killer who is targeting senior citizens associated with the 1930s era Barker-Karpis gang. Can he get justice for a wrongfully accused man, or will the trail of corpses left by the real killer include McKinney?
Tim Chapman is a former forensic scientist for the Chicago police department who currently teaches writing and tai chi chuan. He holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Northwestern University. His fiction has been published in The Southeast Review, the Chicago Reader, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, and the anthology, “The Rich and the Dead.” His first novel, “Bright and Yellow, Hard and Cold,” was a finalist in Shelf Unbound’s 2013 Best Indie Book competition. His short stories have been collected under the title, “Kiddieland and other misfortunes.” In his spare time he paints pretty pictures and makes an annoying noise with his saxophone that he claims is music. He lives in Chicago with his lovely and patient wife, Ellen, and Mia, the squirrel-chasingest dog in town.
Here's a dark, though polite, excerpt from "Bright and Yellow, Hard and Cold."
Bright and Yellow, Hard and Cold
Gilbert smiled at him and patted his shoulder in a reassuring way. “That’s right. No one can hear us. I need you to step outside with me for a minute. I just want to talk but I’m warning you, I have a gun in my pocket. Keep quiet and cooperate, or I’ll kill you and your wife.” They had continued to walk and were almost at the door. Gilbert released his hand. “Open the door,” he said. As they stepped into the alley he spun Roger to face him and punched him, hard, in the solar plexus. Roger gasped and bent forward at the waist. Gilbert bent low enough to get his shoulder under Roger’s chest and his hand behind his knee. He straightened quickly and tipped him into the open trunk. He looked down at the mixture of pain and bewilderment on Roger’s face. “Watch your fingers,” he said, and slammed the lid closed.