Vendetta Stone by Tom Wood
“As a former newspaperman and a Nashville resident, I especially enjoyed the book because of its reporter protagonist and its Music City setting. The plot is believable, provides action and suspense, and the characters are well-defined. It also offers insight into how the media functions that 'civilians' should find interesting. It’s a good, quick read and I enjoyed it.”
—Larry Woody, former Tennessean sports writer/outdoors editor and author, is a three-time Tennessee Sports Writer of the Year and a member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame and the Martin Methodist College Sports Hall of Fame
“Tom Wood’s journalistic background is perfectly showcased in his suspenseful first novel, Vendetta Stone. Its clever premise as a true crime novel, written from the point of view of journalist Gerry Hilliard, works so well that readers may question why they didn’t know about these serial murders earlier. Vividly drawn and complex characters join a well-crafted plot to create a 'can’t turn the pages fast enough' winner. … [It] practically cries out for a sequel.”
—Michelle Broussard Honick, co-author of Ghosts, Gangsters and Gamblers of Las Vegas
“It is a gripping thriller . . . an excellent social and psychological piece of literature, especially looking into the mind of a serial killer.”
—Nick Sullivan, former Tennessean sports writer, outdoors editor, and copy editor
“Finished Vendetta Stone last night—what a thriller!”
—Suzanne Webb Brunson, former Nashville Banner reporter
Your loved one is murdered. You have the will—and the skill—to do something about it. Do you want justice ... or revenge? For Jackson Stone, a Nashville advertising executive, former Marine and avid outdoorsman, his journey to answer that question begins with an extraordinary press conference to announce his deadly intentions in this fictional true-crime thriller. The sensational comments concerning the murder of his quickly go viral, and reaction is swift—from the police to Jackson’s family members to his church family, from bloggers to victim’s right advocates to anti-violence groups. Everyone takes sides and his comments divide Music City like never before. Soon, the hunter becomes the hunted, and Jackson’s fate will be decided in a suspenseful showdown at one of Nashville’s iconic landmarks.
There to chronicle it all is journalist Gerry Hilliard, who also recounts his own role in tracking down the killer in his first “true-crime” book, Vendetta Stone.
Veteran sports writer and copy editor Tom Wood has covered a wide variety of events, ranging from Nashville universities to boxing, from the Iroquois Memorial Steeplechase to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games for The Tennessean, where he also wrote a number of entertainment features. Since his retirement from that newspaper, he has continued to contribute freelance articles for several news outlets including the Knoxville News Sentinel, Nashville Ledger, The Associated Press and Ft. Myers News-Press. He had a short story published in the 2012 Civil War anthology Filtered Through Time and contributed an interview to the 1989 collection Feast of Fear: Conversations With Stephen King. The native North Carolinian and Middle Tennessee State University graduate is also an actor and has appeared as a background character actor in numerous episodes of the ABC series Nashville (seasons one and two) as well as several other film and multimedia projects. Vendetta Stone is Wood’s first novel. His website is http://tomwoodauthor.com.