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Measure Twice by J.J. HensleyMeasure Twice is J.J. Hensley’s stunning follow-up to RESOLVE, which was a named a finalist for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers organization.

Lester Mayton is struggling to break free from his addiction. In his particular case, the drug of choice is religion. Now with his wife dead and city officials to blame, Mayton is out for revenge. In order to commit the atrocities necessary to spread his message of justice, he must change his ways and become the evil he has always abhorred.

Pittsburgh Homicide Detective Jackson Channing is struggling to break free from his own addiction. His alcoholism may have already cost him his marriage and now threatens to sweep away his sanity. Ever since he and his partner were brutally tortured by a sadistic murderer, his life has spun out of control. Following a failed suicide attempt, Channing decides his life must have some meaning and the only way he can put the pieces back together is to break free of his addiction and commit acts of redemption.

When the body of a city official is discovered in a public location, the entire city of Pittsburgh bears witness to a form of evil that is difficult to comprehend. Channing learns the killer is patient, methodical, and precise. In order to stop the killing, Channing will have to pull his life together and come to terms with a secret that is tearing him apart.

With each chapter of this thriller representing one of the 12 steps of addiction recovery, Measure Twice is a story of personal struggle, revenge, and the search for redemption. Pay attention throughout this heart-pounding pursuit. The details are important because every cut is lethal.

MEASURE TWICE is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.


It’s about time somebody gave Hannibal Lecter a run for his money. Lester Mayton, the serial killer who sets new standards of murderous inventiveness in J.J. Hensley’s new novel “Measure Twice,” is up to the task. Hensley walks a reader right up the edge of unbearable dread, then leavens it with flashes of witty insights into the way local bureaucracies and political infighting can hamper something even as critical as the need to stop a killer before he strikes again. – Gwen Florio, award-winning author of Montana and Dakota

J.J. Hensley keeps you turning the pages from the very start. A finely crafted story of redemption, MEASURE TWICE will keep your adrenaline pumping. -Tim Green, bestselling author of The Forth Perimeter and Exact Revenge


J.J. Hensley is a former police officer and former Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service. He holds a degree in Administration of Justice from Penn State University and also earned a M.S. degree in Criminal Justice Administration. Hensley is originally from Huntington, WV. He lives with his wife and daughter near Pittsburgh, PA. He the author of the crime novels RESOLVE and MEASURE TWICE. Visit the author on Goodreads and at or Follow him on Twitter @JJHensleyauthor.

Mr. Hensley’s novel RESOLVE was a winner of a BEST OF 2013 AWARD, presented by Suspense Magazine.

RESOLVE was a finalist for the 2014 International Thriller Writers award for Best First Novel.

He is a member of the International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime.