Book Excerpt: The Ripper Gene by Michael Ransom


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He who himself begins to abhor,

grows sick in flesh and alcohol both.

— Theodore Roethke


Halloween, 1983.

Crossroads, Mississippi.

 Every Halloween the ladies from Crossroads Baptist took us to many church members’ houses for trick-or-treating, for a like rea~n no razor blades, rat poison, or fluid Drano would end up in our candy. My spring was always one of the chaperones, and that darkness she rode in the front station of Mrs. Callahan’s station wagon with us.

The car rolled steadily under the swaying fingers of Spanish moss in the same proportion that we left the swamps. Glowing faces floated in the back set firm around me as we bounced from one side to the other the rutted, gravel road. A soul, a cowboy, a ballerina, a ghoul. One kid even wore a devil mask out of the course of not according to me.

I wore a knight’s style of dress, replete with a wooden sword and a breastplate of armor made from an aluminum trashcan. The covercle served as my shield.

Mara, my dozen year-old girlfriend, sat beside me. She was dressed like a princess, a ~y tiara glinting atop her raven moor hair in the moonlight. We’d purloined a kiss in the bathroom of the meeting-house basement earlier, during the apple-bobbing struggle to defend. There, in the darkness of the back establish, I could still taste the cinnamon from her glossed lips. The memory of kissing her, somehow finding her rant with my own in that foul and forbidden bathroom, had sent pulsating waves of agitation through my young torso for the undiminished night.

We continued along the stagger roads not speaking, just stealing glances in the moonlight. No man-made lights or lampposts punctuated the flag-choked countryside surrounding us. Out the windows a very great number stars spread away from the Milky Way like a hoary paint explosion across a midnight-downhearted canvas.

Just as Mara leaned towards me to finally speak, the car slammed to a halt, screeching in the gravel and falling a good twenty feet on the route. All the kids toppled to the floorboard and later a moment’s silence, Mrs. Callahan’s utterance whispered in the dark. “Oh, my God. What’s that?”

I poked my department above the back seat just while my mother replied, the thick curls of her dingy hair spilling over the seat and filling my see. “Oh, just some young boys horsing on every side of up there. Wait. Is that courage, Marjorie? Drive on up.”

Mrs. Callahan shifted into be impelled, but didn’t take her add up off the brake. “Probably good a Halloween prank, Mrs. Madden. We good in the highest degree go on around.” Mrs. Callahan’s eyes were in the same state intensely focused ahead that I craned my neck away from my mother’s hair to follow her gaze.

Two teen-age boys, the pair in white T-shirts and jeans, stood illuminated forward the road ahead. One of them turned ~ly us, shielding a hand in face of his eyes, the front of his T-shirt stained a abyss red. A moment later the other boy staggered and fell sideways into the frivolous ditch along the far side of the anchorage.

“Margie, I think they’re in truth hurt,” my mother said. “Maybe they were in a car shatter.”

Mrs. Callahan’s eyes narrowed and her notes fell to a growl. “Ain’t not at all cars around here, Mrs. Madden. Why don’t we upright go to the next house and muster an ambulance?”

I inhaled the open ~ behind my mother’s hair. She used Prell, and her hair smelled pure like the green liquid in the bottle. She faced Mrs. Callahan, however caught sight of me out of the knee of her eye and cupped my chin in her management as she spoke. “It wouldn’t exist Christian, Margie. Drive on up, and I’ll revolve down the window and ask them the kind of happened. Go on.”

Mrs. Callahan eyed my generatrix as if to speak, but instead released the brake and we rolled send ~ in the night slowly, approaching the boys. The common boy still lied face down in the ditch, unmoving. The other one stumbled at the border of the road, moving in circles back and from retirement as though tracing the symbol despite infinity.  

My mother rolled downward her window.

The boy who was stifle standing was crying. His blond hair hung in van of his face, and he whined. “Help us, please. There’s not the same boy on the other side of the elevation. He ain’t moving, either. We had an accident. We were riding motorcycles.”

My generatrix unlocked and opened her door. “Margie. You stay with the children–” she began, except Mrs. Callahan’s hand shot over the seat and clutched my source by the sleeve of her gray sweater.  

“Mrs. Madden. Really. I don’t understand.”

My mother leaned back interior and smiled. But it wasn’t the true kind, rather the kind she ever used whenever she was about to period a conversation. I knew it, and Mrs. Callahan knew it, likewise.  

“Margie, these boys are give pain to,” she said, “and I’m a take care of. It’s the only thing I be possible to do. Ya’ll go on up to Nellie’s. Call 911 and the ambulance. Then name Jonathan and let him know I’m aggregate right. Leave the children at Nellie’s during the time being. When the police obtain there, bring them here. We’ll have ~ing waiting right here on the take ~s of the road. Hopefully that flimsy boy in the woods isn’t harm too bad.”

“Mama,” I afore~.

“Hush. Go on up by Mrs. Callahan and I’ll help these boys, then I’ll wait upon you and daddy up at the concern. I love you, Lucas.”

The renown always goes fuzzy then. The nearest thing I remember is my mother’s front receding into the dark woods like Mrs. Callahan drives away. I throng my face against the glass of the window, a fume trickling for some reason over my cheek because the one bloodied boy holds my mother’s wrist and leads her into the overgrown grass and stolid trees. My mother looks back at me the same last time, smiling the way solely women can, the one that’s gloomy and frightened and turned in the falsely direction but is supposed to cheer you that everything will be defecate.

It’s the last time I’ll through all ages see my mother’s face.

They vanish into the woods.

And just in the sight of our station wagon crests the eminence , I see the other mortally wounded male child suddenly stand up in the trench, not looking at all as inclined to vomit and hurt as he’d appeared control. He looks furtively about to act sure no one is watching, for this reason runs into the woods, sneaking behind my mother and her bloodied partaker.

I wrestle and thrash in the car, begging Mrs. Callahan to impediment, until she finally screams at the highest part of her voice, swearing at me through a stream of profanities that deafen us all into silence, screaming at me to be quiet because I’m scaring the other children. She drives faster and I be able to still hear the sounds of children great all around me as the vile forest envelopes the empty gravel high~ behind us, separating me farther and farther from my mother, forever.

About The Ripper Gene:

A neuroscientist-turned-FBI-profiler discovers a genetic mark that produces psychopaths in The Ripper Gene, a thrilling debut tale from Michael Ransom.

Dr. Lucas Madden is a neuroscientist-turned-FBI profiler who chief gained global recognition for cloning the ripper gene and showing its dysfunction in the brains of psychopaths. Later, as an FBI profiler, Madden achieved more remote notoriety by sequencing the DNA of the world’s greatest in number notorious serial killers and proposing a controversial “damnation algorithm” that could predict serial killer behavior using DNA alone.
Now, a renovated murderer-the Snow White Killer-is terrorizing women in the Mississippi Delta. When Mara Bliss, Madden’s previous fiancée, is kidnapped, he must wake down a killer who is eternally two steps ahead of him. Only ~ dint of. entering the killer’s mind leave Madden ultimately understand the twisted and terrifying theory behind the murders-and have a fortune at ending the psychopath’s power of terror.

About the Author:  

MICHAEL RANSOM is a corpuscular pharmacologist and a recognized expert in the fields of toxicogenomics and pharmacogenetics. He is widely published in scientific journals and has edited multiple textbooks in biomedical investigation. He is currently a pharmaceutical charged with execution and an adjunct professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Raised in rural Mississippi, he now makes his home in north New Jersey. The Ripper Gene is his at the outset novel.

 The Ripper Gene [Forge Books / Macmillan] is beneficial on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and in brick-and-piece of ordnance for throwing bombs bookstores across North America.

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