Turn The Key To See Into The Mind Of Chris Keys….

I was asked the other day how I came up with the idea for One Mistake and to be honest the idea of a guy digging a hole in which to bury someone was the idea I had originally. Like most of my stories I start out writing about just a small part of the story and my imagination builds on it from there. I thought about why a guy was digging the hole, then what kind of hole was it, big/little. Then it went to how I would dig a hole to bury a body. I mean why else dig a hole?

It then morphed into a normal guy is pushed to his breaking point and so believing he has no choice, he plots out the perfect murder. Murder is a drastic step that gets a lot lip service in the heat of the moment, but is actually seldom committed. Yeah sure there are thousands murdered every year in America. But there are billions of people, so in contrast, the number of murders, though horrific all, are really quite small in the grand scheme. That’s probably why it intrigues us so much.

Tyler Stone is the neighbor you say hi to as you come back home from work or on the weekend while mowing the lawn. He’s the guy you play softball with or hang out at the bowling alley with. He’s not a monster, but he’s feeling trapped, and the acceptable solution in society’s eyes is simply too much for him. If he goes along with getting divorced it will strip him of his identity and everything he’s worked for. That’s something he can’t deal with.

I then thought about how he’d have to justify to himself, the killing of his wife and after lying convincingly to himself working up the courage to follow through, he finally accepts it’s wrong to do it. Only to justify it by believing its only wrong if he gets caught. Maybe he is a monster deep down inside, maybe we all are to some extent.

So Tyler, who obviously saw the divorce coming, long before the wife actually started acting out, begins planning for the perfect murder. He reads books, lots of books about murder and studies them to learn exactly what the murderer did that gave away the fact that he had killed someone.

Tyler plans the burial site, the cleanup, hunts for and finds the perfect murder weapon, prepares the murder scene, and sets the stage to commit the crime so that his alibi will shield him from suspicion. But even the best laid plans seldom survive the first minute of battle. It is one of the first lessons officer candidates learn at our nation’s military academies. Your enemy will never follow your battle plan. You have to be fluid and reactive, and never give up the initiative, but you will always have to make adjustments on the fly.

Tyler despite thinking he’d planned for nearly everything, discovers he hadn’t planned for hardly anything and is forced from the moment he initiates his plan to reevaluate and rethink everything. The one thing you cannot plan for, in its entirety, is what other people will do. Tyler finds this out the hard way and finds himself battling through one unplanned for challenge after another, all created by others. You’ll find yourself almost rooting for him to get away with it.

I found myself struggling along with Tyler to keep the mistakes to a minimum and keep the story believable. It was challenging thinking up what could possibly go wrong next, without turning it into a comedy.

Once I figured out Tyler would kill his wife, I then had to discover how he‘d avoid making that One Mistake that would get him caught. So when it came to the ending, I simply…Oh wait…I think maybe it would be best if you read that part for yourself. That way I’ll avoid the Mistake of giving it away and that would be truly tragic for me.


My NEW E-book! One Mistake Has Arrived…

Hi there,

I want to tell you all about my latest release “One Mistake.”

Tyler Stone chooses murder over divorcing his two timing, money grubbing wife. He plans the perfect murder down to the smallest detail only to find himself, staggering through and astonishing array of challenges all in the effort to avoid making that One Mistake that would reveal his involvement to the authorities.  Every murderer makes at least One Mistake It only takes One Mistake to get caught and everybody makes at least one. Tyler Stone had made several, but the biggest one was having committed the crime in the first place.


I think it was always on the cards that Chris would write something that would stick. If he has a chance of gaining a worldwide bestseller, it is with this one.

Tyler Stone is a man possessed as he deals with the reality of an impending divorce. He knows he will lose everything in the end. He knows that he has ONE chance. He needs to kill her and he needs to create the perfect murder.

He can’t afford to make ONE mistake…

Every crime is solved with the help of one criminal oversight- whether it be Columbo finding the all important cigar butt shaped piece of evidence or Kojak seeing a reflection of the murderer on his shiny, bald head. There is always one major clue that leads the cops, PI or inquisitive niece to the real murderer.

Tyler researches, he plans, plots and finally he has the perfect murder.

The only question now is… Will it go to plan? Will he succeed? Will he rid himself of a wife who wants nothing more than to destroy him?

Chris Keys kept me on the edge of my seat with this one. He kept me rolling around turning pages and glued to his words. I didn’t know what would happen next. The plot twists, it turns, the way he drives the narrative to keep the reader right on top of the story is masterful. You feel like Chris is telling you the story over a bar with a beer. His words have a warmth seldom seen in a book. He makes you feel like his secret companion, the one he needs to tell the story to before he dies.

Now, on the downside, this is the first book that truly shows a side to Chris Keys that really makes him stand out. His earlier books, interesting as they were, did not have the same feel. This one feels like something that you would read again and again and again. It has a sticky feel it to. An addictive feel. I don’t think anyone could accuse him of being anything less than original with this one. If you read his earlier work you will be disappointed because this one is really the peak. It’s the one that will define the work of Chris Keys.

The book comes out early next week and you would be crazy to miss it. Absolutely crazy! Don’t make even ONE mistake…

Get your copy RIGHT NOW FOR FREE!

Reviews Where Art Thou?

I will have a new book out soon called “One Mistake”. I think you will enjoy it. Let me tell you a little about it, and why I wrote it.

One Mistake was one of those interesting little stories that come along in the middle of the night. I have found myself wrestling with it for many nights and many days. Finally, it was born, it was a beauty.

The story is something I picked up over the years. Every criminal makes one mistake to get caught. Every mastermind makes a failure. Moriaty, The guys on Kojak, and even the ones Sam Waterstone picks up on Law and Order… They all make ONE big mistake that does not let them pass go, does not let them collect $200 and sends them directly to jail.

When a man pitches the perfect crime to the jury of his mind- it seems perfect. It seems like he will get his way and his wife will be dead. HE will have committed the perfect crime.

Does he succeed? Well the book will be out soon… Contact me if you would like to review it!

I can’t wait to see what you guys have to say…