Blog Tour + Giveaway: Psychopaths & Sinners (Don't... #5) by Jack L. Pyke

Jack L. Pyke kicks off The Psychopaths & Sinners’ Blog Tour today at Boy Meets Boy Reviews! The author chats about...psychopaths. Or should we say one of the most famous psychopaths. And more about the latest in the popular Don't... series. Check it out and don't miss the rest of the tour stops this week. Enter in the giveaway for your chance to win an eBook copy of Psychopaths & Sinners!

Author: Jack L. Pyke

Novel: Psychopaths & Sinners, Don’t… book 5

Release Date: 22nd May, 2018

Blurb: “Because us? Psychopaths and sinners… we don’t need fixing, Gray.”
Three bodies, three mutilations, each one with something… unusual inserted into the wounds. The deaths are enough to leave Ash Thomas scrambling around to find someone to trust as the murders hit so close to home and heart.
For Gray Raoul, MI5 director of G-Branch, the deaths offer something else, a fall back into a familiar life where culling serial killers cater to his own darker mindset. But the farther Gray moves away from home, the more he realises serial killer games in the field are nothing compared to who he has locked up back at home. Sometimes walking the fine line between psychopaths and live-in lovers is a far darker game.
For Ash, that might just mean he’s on his own now, facing a killer who has a deadly fascination for pretty young men and dancing Holly Blue butterflies over their skin.

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The Psychopaths & Sinners’ Blog Tour
Sleeping with Psychopaths: the cullers.

It isn’t hard to find a special post to help kickstart the Psychopaths & Sinners’ Blog Tour. Profiling the worst of psychopaths as they sometimes turn serial killer has been a fascination since the original psychopath “supposedly” emerged back in the Victorian era: Jack the Ripper. And as for those who sleep with them…? That will forever remain one of the darkest questions known to man.
History is pretty clear on Jack: officially he murdered five prostitutes, with motives still unknown to this day. The conspiracy theories behind those motives have had ripperologists debating through the years over why: was he a butcher, doctor, vet, midwife -- male, female? Did Jack harbour a deep hate for prostitutes, or was he a collector of body parts, out to cure infertility and make a name for himself in the backdrop of the emerging medical field? Perhaps the most notable conspiracy theory of all tests out whether Jack was tied to the Crown, clearing up the “mistakes” of the Royals. 
But was there something else going on back then, something that went under the radar? Especially with how there were two serial killers loose on London streets. Why were two serial killers loose on London streets?
Before Jack the Ripper and the first murder of a prostitute in 1888, the 5th of September 1873 saw one side of a woman’s body found in Battersea Waterworks. Almost playing tag with Jack after that, more torsos were also found along the Thames, right up until 1889. 
They were known as the Thames Torso Murders. All supposedly with the same surgical skill as Jack, all creating a climate of fear on London streets.
Social conditions of London slums were undergoing minor change by the government during that period. But then as the newspapers broke the news of Jack the Ripper, and journalists cries went up for serious social reform, the UK government accelerated that change, along with bringing in trade unions and focusing on worker rights. A decade after the first Jack the Ripper murder, London had undergone drastic change for the better.
And yet both the identity of the Thames Torso Murderer and Jack the Ripper remained unknown; they disappeared back into obscurity.
Or, perhaps, with calm and social order being restored on the back of chaos, they were simply called back into obscurity.
The power of the government, any government, has always brought up the question: just how far will they go to regain social stability? Would they kill their own? Set one dog free to slaughter another? Perhaps in this case, set two dogs free to feed and fuck about with chaos that forced social change? And the payment for the dogs? That couldn’t be simpler: remain the top of their food chain and be allowed a clear playing field to… cull. To do what they were born to do as natural born killers.
2018, present day. Meet Gray Raoul, MI5 Director of Counterterrorism. One of only three psychopaths who are called to heel by the Monarchy. One of only three of the Crown’s cullers, but top of the psychopath feeding chain. When MI5 rules and regulations fail, Gray’s called in for culls as high up as corrupt politicians, right down to regional instability and arms dealers.
But give him a serial killer… one of his own kind, he prolongs it. He loves it. 
Give him a serial killer who loves inserting come-covered holly blue butterflies into his victim’s bodies, like the one making a home in Psychopaths & Sinners, and he’ll dance with the worst of society when it comes to dominance over another killer.
Gray’s life is never more black and white: you’re either cattle, or the bastards who hunt them. Stands to reason no lover would register in Gray’s world, and yet, Gray has two. Most would need sectioning for getting involved with Gray, and one has been: Jack Harrison. He’s a certified psychopath in his own right, or a part of him is, at least, and he digs deep into Gray’s culler world, calling the sadist out at every twist and turn in Gray’s already dark mindset. The ultimate sinner as a lover.
The surprise comes with Jan Richards, the third part to their triad.
Soft soul, soft heart, Jan’s… just an accountant, where his love of disaster movies sees him naturally fall into the same disaster when it comes to life and what happens between the sheets.
Both Jack and Jan offer such a yin and yang effect on Gray. Yet if asked to reason why they sleep with him, they couldn’t, not fully. Perhaps sleeping with a psychopath is superfluous compared to getting to know the man. How with any psychopath, it all starts so subtly on a psychological level, so that by the time body and fist catch up, they’re already in balls deep without even realising. 
But there’s one glitch to all of that system. 
Get two psychopaths together, they know how and when to play each other: they have been playing like that for years, but throw Jan’s… normalness in with them? Normal becomes the threat that destabilises. Normal changes all the rules, showing the murky water between black and white that neither psychopath has walked before. 
With the cullers themselves, they’ve been around through some of the UK’s darkest moments, with Gray making his own mark right along with them. But there’s change now, and it’s forcing a new shift in Gray, one that’s never looking… darker when it comes to sleeping with psychopaths.
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Author Bio: Jack L. Pyke blames her dark writing influences on living close to one of England’s finest forests. Having grown up hearing a history of kidnappings, murders, strange sightings, and sexual exploits her neck of the woods is renowned for, Jack takes that into her writing, having also learned that human coping strategies for intense situations can sometimes make the best of people have disastrously bad moments. Redeeming those flaws is Jack’s drive, and if that drive just happens to lead to sexual tension between two or more guys, Jack’s the first to let nature take its course.

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1 comment:

  1. Darkly delicious bits and blurbs. I have been eagerly awaiting the next installment in the "Don't" series. And I adore Gray--something about a bad-ass, super-alpha Dom, who still has the capacity to love so deeply, tickles my fancy-bone. Thanks for the chance to win...