Crazed by Jacob Stone

When he bought the Frankenstein monster mask at a Hollywood costume store, he didn’t choose it randomly. Given what he’d later be doing, he expected the media to be calling him the Frankenstein killer. Yeah, he had read Mary Shelley’s novel and knew the scientist was the one named Frankenstein and not his monster, but if he was caught on video wearing this mask it would solidify the nickname that he wanted. Not that he wanted to be caught on video, but just in case he was.

The fourth office he broke into was Morris Brick’s, and he found what he was looking for there. Most of the case files were for corporate accounts and wouldn’t be any good for the plan Sheila had devised, but there were seven files that would work just fine. Griffin made photocopies of these files, and returned the originals to Morris Brick’s office. Before he left the office, a framed photo of a very attractive woman and a young girl who had to be her equally very attractive daughter caught his eye. They must’ve been Brick’s wife and daughter. Before this was over he’d be including at least one of them in his plans.



“A dark and different serial killer novel that will haunt the reader long after the book is closed.” —John Lutz on Deranged

L.A. detective Morris Brick has seen the face of evil. He has witnessed the grisly handiwork of a deranged sadist known as SCK—the Skull Cracker Killer. But Brick isn’t the only one watching. A crazed lunatic’s interest in the case has turned into a deadly obsession. This sicko vows to outdo SCK and reach new heights of macabre mayhem. The mounting body count is a personal challenge to Brick. But as he lays his trap, he can hardly imagine the evil he is about to face . . .

Praise for Deranged, the first Morris Brick thriller

“A fascinating and exciting blend of misdirection, topsy-turvy, and violence.” —Reed Farrel Coleman

“Grisly fun. It’s James Ellroy meets Alfred Hitchcock on the psychotic side of the street.” —Paul Levine

“Compelling, thrilling, and frightening.”—Vincent Zandri



Jacob Stone is the pseudonym for Dave Zeltserman, an award-winning author of crime, mystery and horror fiction. His crime novels Small Crimes and Pariah were both named by the Washington Post as best books of the year with Small Crimes also topping National Public Radio’s list of best crime and mystery novels of 2008.

His horror novel, The Caretaker of the Lorne Field, was short listed by the American Library Association for best horror novel of 2010, a Black Quill nominee for best dark genre book, and a Library Journal horror gem.

His Frankenstein retelling Monster was named by Booklist as one of the 10 best horror novels of the year, and by WBUR as one of the best novels of the year.

His mystery fiction is regularly published by Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, has won Shamus and Derringer awards, and twice has won the Ellery Queen’s Readers Choice award.

Dave’s novels have been translated to German, French, Italian, Dutch, Lithuanian and Thai. His novel Small Crimes has been made into a film starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Molly Parker, Gary Cole, Robert Forster, and Jacki Weaver and can be seen on Netflix. His novels Outsourced and The Caretaker of Lorne Field are currently in development.