You Killed My Brother
Release Date: June 2013
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Crime, Fiction
Publisher: GMTA Publishing LLC
Rainer is an affluent doctor and is involved in a car crash with a drunken man that’s a member of a local street gang. The doctor becomes a paraplegic and his brother, Glenn, is on the police force, and places his desire for revenge on hold to prove the judicial system works.
But when the drunken man is found not guilty, Glenn loses his trust in the system and kills the man responsible for paralyzing his brother. The gang responds to the slaying by targeting members of the police force, local business owners and his own family.
The two sides suffer casualty’s, one after the other, in this show of “for every action, there is a reaction”. The gang is dismantled and Rainer’s family is fragmented, giving a haunting sense that the need for revenge is toxic and how a decision to drive while intoxicated can dramatically change the course of many lives.
Rainer is a successful doctor and father of two. He’s a celebrated member of the community for his exceptional care and charity work. Brick is a local street thug that can’t keep his nose clean. When fate brings the two together through tragedy, the life of Rainer is changed dramatically.
Glenn is a seasoned cop and Rainer’s younger brother. Trusting the justice system, he keeps his desire for revenge in check as Brick is brought to trial. But when the jury hands Brick a lean sentence, Glenn sets out to avenge his family’s suffering. But what he forgets in his rage is that for every action, there is a reaction.
“If you make a sound, tonight is going to be the last night of your life. Do you understand me?”
The woman stiffened and dropped the music player to the ground.
“Easy,” he said, and clamped his hand down on her shoulder. “Take a breath and think about what I said to you,” he said, and kept her in place with ease. He twisted the gun in her back. “You know what that is, don’t you?”
The woman whimpered but remained still. Her breathing was heavy and her legs shook terribly.
“That’s good. Nice and easy,” Brick said with an expression of pure satisfaction. “Fear can be a great thing. It can help keep you alive tonight. I promise you that what I’m after isn’t worth your life.”
“Please don’t hurt me,” she said. “Take whatever you want.”
“That’s a good girl and I plan on it,” he said. “Now, I want you to reach into your bag and hand me your wallet over your shoulder. Make sure you don’t turn around because that is a price you don’t want to pay.”
He listened to the woman unzip her pocketbook and shuffle through some of the items inside.
“Nothing smart,” he said and dug the barrel of the gun into her side a little more. “And I don’t want you speaking anymore. Just do as I say and give me what I want. If you do that, I’ll leave you alone.”
The woman handed him the wallet and he snatched it out of her hand. He quickly rifled through the money compartment and the sight of several twenty-dollar bills satisfied him.
“You see, this is all working out just fine,” he said, and removed the bills from the wallet and stuffed them into his pocket.
“Now that you’ve gotten what you wanted, please just go,” the woman said.
Brick threw the wallet to the ground at her feet. “And I remember telling you not to talk! Don’t ever cross a Sinner,” he said, and drew the weapon back and swung it into the side of her head. The loud thud of the metal hitting bone was accompanied with a spray of blood. The woman fell into a heap.
“Damn!” he said, and ran for Paco’s car. “I missed that feeling!”
Keith Rommel is a native of Long Island, New York and currently lives with his family in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. Keith is a retail manager and has enjoyed collecting comic books since he was a child (a hobby inspired by a teacher in grade school to help overcome a reading comprehension disability).
Keith Rommel is the author of the critically acclaimed dark suspense Thanatology Series entitled The Cursed Man and The Lurking Man. His newest novel: You Killed My Brother is a fast-paced suspense thriller with crime and some rather unorthodox police work. Keith is the co screenplay writer for The Cursed Man movie and is currently hard at work on the third novel in the Thanatology Series due out winter 2013.