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When his boss was murdered, Cary Bouchard’s life began. 

For years, timid Cary toiled away in a cold cubicle. He had dreams, but not the courage to pursue them. That is, until he lost his job and found his fortune in a most unexpected way. 

Nothing could have prepared Cary for how his life changes: Love, money, and fame come to him all too easily. Soon he’s on TV, signing autographs for legions of fans, in love with a beautiful woman, and buying a Manhattan penthouse. Cary’s newfound confidence and cachet elevates him higher and higher. 

But what goes up must come down. Someone is out for blood. When unspeakable horrors and death start to befall everyone around Cary, everything slips from his grasp. His girlfriend, his fame, and finally...his sanity. All gone. 

A broken man, Cary has nothing to lose as he faces complete oblivion head-on. He does everything he must do in order to uncover the truth about the murder that led to his great fortune. 

But even if he does, will anyone believe him? And can he even trust himself? 

©2012 Staci L. Wilson (P)2018 Staci L. Wilson

Critic Reviews

"Staci Layne Wilson is an expert at creating believable characters, a chilling scenario, and a roller-coaster-ride-of-a-story that doesn't put on the brakes until the very last page." (James Newman, author of Holy Rollers and The Wicked)  

"Staci Layne Wilson has one hell of a book here. It’s a spine tingling story from the very start; exciting, erotic, chilling, horrifying, gruesome...but more than anything, it’s AWESOME. This one I guarantee you will not be able to stop listening to.” (Ruby, Fallen Angels Review)

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An outstanding thriller! Highly recommended.


There are some readers who will take one look at this book and think, “It’s horror. I’m not gonna bother.” Little do they know that in doing so, they’re behaving exactly like its protagonist Cary Bouchard, a snobbish hack writer who writes horror because it’s the only thing he can get published. Wilson perfectly captures the mind of a man who’s bitter and arrogant, yet meek enough that he can’t express his contempt for nearly everyone around him. Cary is not a narcissist in the stereotypical sense and that’s what makes him such a fascinating character. Part of us takes a certain joy in watching his life and sanity fall apart while the other part roots for him because he’s a lot more like us than we care to admit.

And boy does Cary’s life fall apart! The Tragedy Man starts with a murder in the first chapter and keeps building from there, with things at first getting better then much, much worse for its hero. The urban setting and slow descent into madness and horror merit a comparison with Rosemary’s Baby, but at the same time The Tragedy Man is nothing like that at all. Nothing in the story goes the way you would expect and the ending will floor you the way only true originality can. What makes this book even more impressive is that Wilson is not just a writer: she’s also a filmmaker, a producer, a documentarian, a film critic, and an entertainment reporter who has interviewed many a celebrity. How she finds the time to do all these things so well I have no idea. If there’s truly a renaissance woman of the 21st century, it’s Staci Layne Wilson.

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Suspense at it's finest

A surreal and utterly captivating thrill ride that wraps up into a spine-tingling finale. Do NOT miss out on a chance to read this novel. The narration is superb, giving you the eerie sense it is being broadcasted straight from the underworld our beloved main character dwells in. A huge round of applause for Staci Layne Wilson.

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Interesting thriller

Great and interesting thriller - especially for writers. Wonderfully performed by Andy Garrison. Would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed twilight zone.