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Chalk Valley [Kindle Edition]

D.L. Johnstone
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Amazon Top 50 Thriller Bestseller!

In a remote mountain valley in British Columbia, a serial killer preys on innocent lives. After teenagers discover the body of a missing girl in Chalk Valley, searchers find the remains of two more victims secreted deep in the woods. A monster dwells among them.

Chalk Valley police detective John McCarty is picked to lead a task force to find the murderer but inexperience, politics and McCarty's own inner demons quickly overwhelm him. The investigation falters.

On a dark, lonely highway many miles from Chalk Valley, RCMP Sergeant Dave Kreaver comes across a van crashed at the side of the road. The driver is anxious to leave the scene but Kreaver discovers an unconscious teen-aged girl in the van. Kreaver suspects the driver could be the serial killer everyone's looking for, but his inquiries are ignored.

The task force is in well over its head, buried by a mountain of leads and dozens of potential suspects. Kreaver’s supervisors tell him to back off and let the task force do its job.

Kreaver throws himself into a deadly cat and mouse game with a murderous psychopath, a race against time with innocent victims in play. Operating alone and without official sanction, can he stop the Chalk Valley Killer before he claims more lives?

"Chalk Valley presents a balance of action, police technique, and character development that is incredibly rare to find period, and damn near unheard of in a debut."
- Book Reviews by Elizabeth A. White

"Devilishly creative … terrifyingly macabre and realistic story. Definitely keep the lights on when reading 'Chalk Valley'!!"
- Bibiliophilic Book Blog

"Chalk Valley is probably one of the best crime novels I have read in a very long time."
-My Little Book Space

"Johnstone impresses with his tantalizing and absorbing debut - a great thriller."
- Verdict Book Reviews

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 978 KB
  • Print Length: 377 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482000253
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: D.L.Johnstone (25 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008LDYW2K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #188,490 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

D.L.Johnstone lives in the Toronto area with his wife, four kids and a half-dog/half-sasquatch named Charlie. He is the author of best-selling crime thriller CHALK VALLEY and the new historic thriller FURIES, released December 2012.

If you'd like to contact him, please drop him an email at : or follow him on Twitter @DLJohnstone1. He comments on thrillers, "indie" publishing and other miscellany at his blog:

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Would Prefer It Was Better Edited 6 Oct. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really quite enjoyed this story but would have preferred it had been better edited first. There were some oft-repeated mistakes throughout that drove me nuts.
The tale is set in Canada where a serial killer is on the loose. It rightly quoted Ted Bundy at the beginning remarking on the way law-enforcement made his chosen career path an easy one to take seeing as they didn't communicate with each other. So as a transient murderer he got away with it for many more years than he rightly should have.
This was the case with the murderer Phil of the story. He crossed boundaries and the differing police agencies used differing systems, even in this 21st century. As we learned here in the UK to our cost after a massive scale set of killings with the Yorkshire Ripper you could be totally bogged down with information and tips to follow up, however well-meaning, if those in pursuit don't have a clear method of cross-checking suspects. It was around 5 times I think they interviewed Sutcliffe without realising it !!
There were lots of "little" words lost in sentences in this-such as be/the or a.
In one line 'they weren't' was repeated twice for no reason as was 'go to' in another.
There were apostrophe mistakes and words running into each other like afterall or moreso. A proper proofread would have easily picked these up. Annoyingly, superindent was misspelt as superindendant every single time it was used. Muesli had a randon x added thus became mueslix.
ALL these mistakes easily meant I knocked one star down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really gripping 2 Oct. 2012
By Bexie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
just finished reading this, it was a real gripping page turner, i couldnt put the book down and finished it in two days, great story line, i will look out and buy books from this Author again, xx
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By Sara P
Format:Kindle Edition
I am absolutely amazed that this is a debut. I read a lot (an awful lot) of crime fiction and this sits right up there with the best. Well written characters and gripping multiple plot lines without the seemingly obligatory romantic sub plots which take over so many similar books. These characters feel real - noone's a hero, everyone's flawed. Really satisfying and I shall be watching out for more from this author.
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