Book Title: You Killed My Brother
Author: Keith Rommel
Release Date: June 2013
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Crime, Fiction
Publisher: GMTA Publishing LLC
Presented by: As You Wish Tours
Rainer is an affluent doctor and is involved in a car crash with a drunken man that’s a member of a local street gang. The doctor becomes a paraplegic and his brother, Glenn, is on the police force, and places his desire for revenge on hold to prove the judicial system works.
But when the drunken man is found not guilty, Glenn loses his trust in the system and kills the man responsible for paralyzing his brother. The gang responds to the slaying by targeting members of the police force, local business owners and his own family.
The two sides suffer casualties, one after the other, in this show of “for every action, there is a reaction”. The gang is dismantled and Rainer’s family is fragmented, giving a haunting sense that the need for revenge is toxic and how a decision to drive while intoxicated can dramatically change the course of many lives.
Rainer is a successful doctor and father of two. He’s a celebrated member of the community for his exceptional care and charity work. Brick is a local street thug that can’t keep his nose clean. When fate brings the two together through tragedy, the life of Rainer is changed dramatically.
Glenn is a seasoned cop and Rainer’s younger brother. Trusting the justice system, he keeps his desire for revenge in check as Brick is brought to trial. But when the jury hands Brick a lean sentence, Glenn sets out to avenge his family’s suffering. But what he forgets in his rage is that for every action, there is a reaction.
Without the warning of skidding tires or a screaming passenger, his car was slammed broadside. The impact was between the passenger door and rear quarter-panel, sending the car skidding sideways and into a utility pole. The doctor’s head snapped to the side violently and his body instantly went numb. The squeal of bending steel folding all around him was deafening and he was pinned in the seat. His body was twisted in such a way that his eyes were looking at what he thought were his legs.
He cringed, knowing how grotesquely twisted they were and what that meant for him. This was bad and his legs disappeared inside the wreckage. He felt no pain and that concerned him. It was the coming comfort of shock and although he tried to fight it, it was powerful. There were so many people that depended on his health, and this particular night was no different. There was a police officer with a bunch of holes in his chest waiting for him on the operating table.
“I’m sorry,” Rainer gurgled on a mouthful of blood. He spat and mindlessly continued to try and decipher what were his legs and what belonged to his car. He tried to shake his head to dislodge the confusion, but found that he couldn’t move.
His body was delicately intertwined with steel, and it pinched him enough that it kept him perfectly still.
“I don’t want to die,” he said, his voice a raspy wheeze. “I have too much to do.”
But the coming darkness descended upon him and smothered him in nothingness.
Keith Rommel is a native of Long Island, New York and currently lives with his family in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. Keith is a retail manager and has enjoyed collecting comic books since he was a child (a hobby inspired by a teacher in grade school to help overcome a reading comprehension disability).
Keith Rommel is the author of the critically acclaimed dark suspense Thanatology Series entitled The Cursed Man and The Lurking Man. His newest novel: You Killed My Brother is a fast-paced suspense thriller with crime and some rather unorthodox police work. Keith is the co-screenplay writer for The Cursed Man movie and is currently hard at work on the third novel in the Thanatology Series due out winter 2013.