The Blonde Heiress, a Carter A. Johnson Thriller

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Staging two perfect murders and planning a third horrific crime was child's play for the brilliant defense attorney. Then a relentless stranger began searching for evidence to nail the despotic monster.
As the killer cleaned up loose ends the body count increased almost daily. Carter remained one step behind the diabolical killer until he decided to dispense his own brand of justice. More

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Language: American English
ISBN: 9781465711151
About Robert Schobernd

Hi, my name is Bob Schobernd. I publish my writing as Robert Schobernd.
I primarily write in the crime category. My crime stories started with a trilogy character study detailing an assassin’s rise and fall. The trilogy title is Irrevocable Change and the individual books are: Reverse Metamorphosis, The Assassin Evolves, and The Devil's Homecoming. These stories are about coarse criminals and focus on the life experiences of an assassin and how his actions affect his family and friends.
The first series I’ve written is the Carter A. Johnson novels. They depict a vigilante who invokes double jeopardy on criminals he determines to be guilty. The first story is The Blonde Heiress, a novella length introduction to the series. The second novel is The Dogtrot Murder. That story follows the prison internment of a wife convicted of killing her husband and Carter’s efforts to free her. A third story in the series is Cape Abigail, and its setting is the coast of Maine. Here Carter is joined by Kate Menke the prisoner in The Dogtrot Murder.
As a change of genre, I published a short (15,000 words), very dark thriller/horror story, titled 59 Hours. I’ll give you a hint; some people bloom, wilt and die in fifty nine hours.
In the near future I plan to continue with additional crime stories and also pursue other stories in the thriller/horror genre.

Thank you, I hope you enjoy my stories,

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Review by: VigilantReader1 on Feb. 15, 2017 :
Title – The Blonde Heiress
Author – Robert Schobernd
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Vigilante
135 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 2/15/17
No. 34 - 2017

Main Characters:
Carter A. Johnson, ex-cop who is hired as a vigilante.
Harrison J. Withers, the mysterious man who contacts Carter to join a vigilante group.
Mayna Mortinson, ex video porn star, a widow until she married her defense attorney
Edward J. Smalley, defense attorney, Mayna’s husband

The novella length story opens with Carter A. Johnson awaiting a jury’s decision to send him to prison or find him innocent. Of course, he is innocent and leaves the court to submit his resignation from the Los Angeles Police Department.
While on a train headed out of town, he is contacted by Harrison J. Withers who hints at a job offer to be presented when they meet. Before meeting Harrison, Carter plots to get even with the five police officers who framed him. And get even he does.
His first case with the vigilante group is to investigate the murder of two people and the court decision to free the wife accused of the murders. He quickly gets a feeling in his gut that things aren’t as they appear. When Mayna, the blonde heiress, dies mysteriously he knows he is on the trail of a sadistic murderer. But knowing who the killer is and having evidence to present to a prosecutor are two different things. In the end, Carter gets his man and resorts to vigilante justice to prevent the killer from leaving the country.

I enjoyed the plot and the story and recommend it to those readers who are not put off by vigilante justice or descriptions of violent murders.

The editing, sentence structure and character development are good.
There are enough details to carry the plot and paint a clear picture of the characters and surroundings.
Research of Las Vegas and the surrounding area is apparent.
The plot is fast paced and interesting.
The writing style is crisp and fast moving.

This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
Vigilant Reader Book Reviews.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

Review by: Nora Lee on Jan. 05, 2015 :
I have enjoyed The Blonde Heiress thoroughly, so much that I read it twice. The editing is good and character development is great, especially the way Carter A. Johnson was introduced and shown to be a stubborn and focused contrarian. The action scenes are well thought out and detailed. The plot and dialog are believable and fast paced. I look forward to reading the next book.
(reviewed 4 years after purchase)

Review by: Clair Roxanna on Nov. 27, 2014 :
The first part of this novella took some time to introduce the character. Then it was flat out pedal to the metal. How Carter got his name was neat. The mean guy is really mean and the final scene was great. It's short but I liked it enough to download the second book.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)

Review by: Jay Patterson on Oct. 30, 2014 :
A lot of plot and action is crammed into this novella. Carter is a tough vigilante who is one step behind the antagonist until the end. The fight scenes and gun fights are believable and well executed. I highly recommend this story if you like a lot of action from a kick ass vigilante.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)

Review by: I. Readalot on Oct. 01, 2014 :
This author has been one of my favorites since I read his trilogy Irrevocable Change. The description of action sequences is again great and I can imagine each move as it flows from start to finish. The lead character comes across as being real and is a modern day intelligent tough guy with feelings. The story moves quickly as Carter gathers information and is always one step behind the villain. The role of a vigilante to right the wrongs of the judicial system is interesting and is the main theme in this novella. For a first book in a series I thought it was a bit short, but it's free and is an introduction of the main character in a series. I'm buying the follow up story.
(reviewed 4 years after purchase)

Review by: Luke Short on Aug. 02, 2014 :
This author is good. Someone commented on grammar and punctuation issues. I noticed one or two but was not bothered by it.

Great Story. Great Read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lillith Dunn on July 29, 2014 :
I loved it. It is short but a lot of action is packed into it. I'm looking forward to the follow up book and I recommend The Blonde Heiress to other action readers. Also, the editing is good.
(review of free book)

Review by: dj mcpherson on Jan. 29, 2013 :
This book was fast paced and kept me intrigued until the end. If you like action, this is for you!
(review of free book)

Review by: Elizabeth Young on Aug. 12, 2012 : (no rating)
i really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. 5 stars! but i'd really like to see better cover art for this story. i almost passed it up thinking it was not such a great read based on the artwork.
(review of free book)

Review by: Ske Stanley on March 10, 2012 :
A good fast moving story with some good twists, maybe there is justice after all.
(review of free book)

Review by: Kristi (Books N Beans) on Nov. 29, 2011 :
Absolutely gripping story! How could it not be? The Blonde Heiress starts in a courtroom with Carter A. Johnson (interesting tidbit how he got his name) receiving an innocent verdict for murder and other charges, he resigns from the police force due to corruption amongst his peers, and he's offered a job with a secretive and elite group (with no name) who want him to carry out vigilante justice for those who have escaped through normal legal channels. Why did they choose him? Well, let's just say the idea of being a vigilante isn't offensive to him.

Now we jump into the current investigation, which creates a bit of a lull in the otherwise fast-paced story. Don't dispare though, just as things get a little quiet up pops an action scene. Oh yeah, this one fits all the criteria for any stereotypical action-loving guy. There are bullets flying, hot girls, car chasing, and a touch of murder just to keep it interesting.

Then the ending! Fantastic!

On a side note, for the more technical of you, there is quite a bit of punctuation issues, a few grammar mishaps, and a word here and there that don't fit as they should in the sentence. But honestly, who cares? It was a great read!

Sadly, to the best of my knowledge, this title is only available on Smashwords. Not that Smashwords is bad, it just limits accessbility for readers to one site. However, it's highly recommended for anyone that loves a good action packed book to head on over and get it!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)

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