The Delphi Murders Inspired Florida’s Book “Out for Blood” Michael Lister
WEWAHITCHKA – The Locals’ Last Mystery author Michael Lister finds his long-suffering hero John Jordan “Out for Blood” when an investigation puts Jordan’s relatives in the sights of a brutal killer.
Once again, Lister turned to real-world criminal investigations to illuminate the storyline.
“He was inspired by the Delphi murders, a heartbreaking and fascinating case,” Lister said.
On Valentine’s Day 2017, the bodies of Abigail Williams and Liberty German were discovered near the Monon High Bridge Trail, which is part of the Delphi Historic Trails in Delphi, Indiana, according to information Lister shared about the true criminal origins of the novel. The murders received significant media coverage due to a video and audio recording of a person suspected of being the killer of the girls, which was found on German’s smartphone. However, despite thousands of denunciations and the circulation of tapes, no arrests in the case were made.
Lister’s new mystery begins with Jordan investigating the brutal attack on two teenage girls, only to uncover shocking secrets someone is willing to kill for. But the killer’s next victim will be someone he cares about. Can Jordan solve two puzzling murders and protect those he loves?
“This is John Jordan’s first mystery thriller in which one of the main characters is murdered,” Lister said. “The ramifications of this will carry over into the series of books to come.… How John Jordan, as a compassionate and loving family man with young children, handles a case like this is more compelling to me than any other facet. of it. ”
Over the past 25 years, Lister has drawn inspiration from a number of real criminal cases including the Atlanta Child Murders, JonBenét Ramsey Case, Maura Murray Case, Hae Min Lee Case, the Brianna Maitland case, Columbine, the crimes of Ted Bundy. , the lost girls of Panama and many more.
“I continually seek and try to stay open to inspiration,” Lister said in March, discussing another book release. “I think that’s the key for all artists, but for a novelist who writes a long series starring the same core of characters, I think it’s absolutely essential. In the hopes of keeping my John Jordan series fresh, vibrant, and relevant, I turned to three main reservoirs of new ideas and inspiration: literature, current events, and real unsolved crime. “
Lister said he has studied thousands of real criminal cases and only wrote about a dozen. Those on whom he writes are those who do not let go, who capture his imagination. Specifically, those he brought into the world of his novels had puzzling, mysterious, and heartbreaking elements.
“In ‘Out for Blood’ I use the Delphi killings because it has all of these elements and more,” Lister said. “How can the police have audio and video footage of the killer and not keep him in custody, without even knowing who he is?” Why would a killer take the risk of attacking two victims in broad daylight in a public place with other people around? happens to a family when a loved one is murdered? What happens to a community? “
The author plans events for his first thriller
Lister will be hosting a “Words & Music” event at 6 pm on Saturday July 10 at Lie’brary on Beck, 1123 Beck Ave., in historic St. Andrews. The event will feature musical performances by her duo, Bliss Street, with Denise Denaro, as well as Aaron Beardon. Other guest authors include Craig Bush and this journalist.
Next, Lister will participate in an author chat session hosted online by the Bay County Public Library at 2 p.m. on July 21. The discussion is open to the public. For Zoom registration information, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ze3yCx8VQQmuojReomtQtw
In addition, Lister hosts a weekly Zoom Discussion titled ‘Meaning Mondays’, in which he and participants talk about inspiring topics, such as purpose, meaning, love, relationships, faith, fear, anxiety, letting go and more. Get details on their website at MichaelLister.com/meaning-every-moment.
Live chats are recorded for those who can’t catch them in the moment and can be viewed on his social media page at Facebook.com/MichaelLister.