Trigger Warning

E.V. Stephens has completed her new book “Accountable”: a powerful tale of a killer seeking retribution against his victims.

E.V. is an avid fan of fictional crime fighters in books and on television, and this affection served as the inspiration for her debut novel. Her previous writing experience included developing educational materials, editing employee newsletters, and drafting creative communication pieces for company projects and events. She was born and raised in Chicago and still calls the Windy City home.

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, E.V. Stephens’s “Accountable” is an action-packed story of a woman who sets out in search of closure and peace but instead finds herself in a murderer’s clutches.

Bedford Homicide Detective Valerie Benchik understands the toll violent crime takes on those left behind. She was only ten when her best friend was abducted and strangled, and now Val must cope with another devastating loss when her husband is fatally shot. Normally focused and confident, Val is haunted by images of Dave’s last moments and she immerses herself in work when a young attorney is tortured and killed after placing a frantic, untraceable call to 911.

Adriana Ortiz quit her job at Bedford’s most prestigious firm to work for Legal Aid and recently had a confrontation with an abusive, drug-dealing ex-boyfriend. With her partner, Greg Payton, Val tracks down the ex, and after he shoots Val and escapes, his guilt seems certain—until a 911 operator gets a second untraceable call and then a third. The detectives soon come to the chilling realization they’re hunting a killer on a mission to hold his victims accountable for their actions.

With the clock ticking on another 911 call, Val is desperate to stop the killer and provide some closure for the relatives, but she allows raw emotions to overrule her cop instincts, and when she pursues a suspect without backup, she finds herself facing the same fate as the other victims.

Readers who wish to experience this action-packed work can purchase “Accountable” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play or Barnes and Noble.

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