The Baptist: A Psychological Thriller

Marble City Publishing

The second novel from Ruby Barnes (author of Peril).

A contemporary psychological thriller set in the medieval Irish city of Kilkenny.

Early reader feedback on The Baptist:

'The writing is tight and very atmospheric. A chilling tale of real evil.'

'Dark and disturbing, but oh so good.'

'Dark and dingy, hot and steamy, everything you need from a novel in one swift download.'

'Well written and totally convincing, it provides an absorbing insight into the minds of some very strange characters. It's not without humour albeit of the dark kind.'

'Compelling and very, very different.'

'I was hooked right from the start and loved the dark and sinister quality of this tale.'

From the author Ruby Barnes:

The Baptist - he's clever, calculating and uncatchable. If you hear a knocking on your door don't let him in. John Baptist is cleansing a path for the Second Coming.
To deliberately drown your brother in a bathtub is a terrible, if clean, thing. Might it not be excused, if he is the manifest son of Satan? But that wasn’t the view of the Authorities, when they committed John to Fairfield Mental Institution. It wasn’t all bad; they let him keep his hair long and he met Dirty Mary. Like an institutionalised Bonnie and Clyde, they roamed the Victorian asylum and grounds, fulfilling their deluded fantasies. There were casualties.
John and Mary loved, lost and left. Thank God for Care in the Community.
When God shines a light, it burns. Feargal and his friends relight my fire.
The last prophet must wander, cleanse.
I am not the One. I am merely sent to prepare a way for the One.
I am The Baptist.
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Marble City Publishing
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Jan 29, 2015
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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An anthology of twenty-one crime, mystery, suspense and romance stories from nineteen authors, including Emmy-nominated John Goldsmith and Booker-nominated Jim Williams.

This global collection of short stories from 400 to 7000 words covers everything from crime fiction to romantic suspense and historical mystery.

Authors: John Goldsmith, Jim Williams, Jeremy Hinchliff, John Holland, Gerry McCullough, Alexandar Altman, R.A. Barnes, Maura Barrett, Eileen Condon, Mary Healy, Susan Howe, Damon King, Mary Mitchell, Jeanne O’Dwyer, Michael Rumsey, Valerie Ryan, Dennis Thompson, Catherine Tynan and T. West.


La Morvandelle by John Goldsmith – from rabbit stew to alien abduction

Diodati by Jim Williams – of poets and monsters

The Sand Students by Jeremy Hinchliff – a feud on shifting sands

The Book by John Holland – the librarian takes liberties

Harvey’s Lucky Day by Gerry McCullough – some say we make our own luck

The Quiet Room by Alexandar Altman – overdosed on love

Heirloom by R.A. Barnes – a deadly pact

Son of Angus by Maura Barrett – a summer of mystic love

The Red Scarf by Eileen Condon – unrequited love in the countryside

Braille of Brocade by Mary Healy – discovering inner beauty

The Five Loves of Frank by Jeremy Hinchliff – you’re not The One

Two of a Kind by Susan Howe – a torrent of love

Mr Mystery by Damon King – the dangers of internet dating

That’s Enough! by Mary Mitchell – a disobedient husband

Book Lovers by Jeanne O’Dwyer – reading between the lines

Coaster Nights by Michael Rumsey – the grass is always greener

Spilled Wine by Damon King – is it better to have loved and lost?

One for the Road by Valerie Ryan – raise a glass to the happy couple

Terminal Vengeance by Dennis Thompson – the gentler sex prevails

Him by Catherine Tynan – he can’t be avoided forever

Phantasmagoria by T. West – visiting old haunts
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