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IM smallerThe Internet Is the New Meat Market for Gay Men.

Now a Killer Is Turning the Meat Market into a Meat Wagon.

One by one, he’s killing them. Lurking in the digital underworld of Men4HookUpNow, he lures, seduces, charms, reaching out through instant messages to the unwary. They invite him over. He’s just another trick. Harmless. They’re dead wrong.

When the first bloody body surfaces, openly gay Chicago Police Department detective Ed Comparetto is called in to investigate. Sickened by the butchered mess of one of his brothers left on display in a bathtub, he seeks relief outside where the young man who discovered the body waits to tell him the story of how he found his friend. But who is this witness…and did he play a bigger part in the murder than he’s letting on?

For Comparetto, this encounter with a witness is the beginning of a nightmare. Because this witness did more than just show up at the scene of the crime; he set the scene. And maybe, he’s more than just a killer…maybe he’s dead himself.

Comparetto is on a journey to discover the truth, a truth that he needs to find before he loses his career, his boyfriend, his sanity…his life. Because in this killer’s world, IM doesn’t stand for instant message…it stands for instant murder.

IM is available from Amazon and Audible.


“Ripe with suspense and an escalating momentum that doesn’t let up…” — Vince Liaguno, Dark Scribe

“…one intense and super wild thrilling ride…A definite and astounding 5 stars!” — Terry South, Quality Book Reviews


Rick R. Reed is the author of more than 20 novels and a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner. He lives in Seattle.