Karen’s Killer Book Bench #SerialKiller #Crime #Thriller: I SCREAM MAN, A Nut Cracker Investigation by Katherine Ramsland

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A Nut Cracker Investigation



When a boy vanishes under strange circumstances, forensic psychologist Annie Hunter collects her team of sleuths, the Nut Crackers. They link the boy to a network of powerful people, the “I Scream Men,” who gain political favors through a juvenile sex trafficking ring. As Annie tries to hide a victim they seek to silence, head predator Alder Plattman – nicknamed “Plat-eye” – snatches her young daughter. Relying on coded clues, some quirky allies, and the mysterious method of remote viewing, Annie sets out to rescue her daughter and cripple the criminal network. Among her associates is attorney Jackson Raines, a youth advocate whose brother stole the network’s secret records before he was murdered. As a hurricane bears down and Plat-eye chases Annie’s team, they race to recover this vital cache before he can destroy it.

A Nut Cracker Investigation

Character Interview, Dr. Annie Hunter

  1. What is your name? Do you have a nickname?

I’m Dr. Annie Hunter. I never did take my ex-husband’s name, fortunately. My childhood best friend, who was abducted when she was 13, called me Cordelia, referring to the highly imaginative Anne of Green Gables. But my true nickname was offered as a secret, to be revealed only to intimate confidantes. If I reveal it, you’ll know you’re my friend.

  1. Who is your best friend? What kinds of things do you do when you’re together?

Hailey Harper was my best friend as a kid. She was abducted and never came back. It happened right in front of me, and that helped to propel my career as a psychologist-investigator. Currently, my best friend is Natra Gawoni, who’s also my assistant, info-miner, and confidante. (She knows my secret name.) She resides on the other side of the beach mansion my father left to me, with her Doberdor human remains specialist dog, Mika. When we’re not on a case, we might be at a forensic training.

  1. If you have a family, how do you get along with them? If you don’t, are there people in your life that you consider family?

My mother mostly belittled me, so I rarely speak with her. She didn’t think I’d amount to much, and after I failed Hailey Harper on the day she was abducted, I tended to agree. But now I own a practice as a forensic psychologist and a private investigation agency. My father, with whom I was close, is gone. He left a note, so some people think he killed himself, but I believe it was pseudocide. I’ve been looking for him in “thin” places, because he’d studied areas around the world where people have mysteriously vanished. It’s no surprise that I specialize in disappearances, myself, especially missing kids. My daughter, Kamryn, is nine. She’s highly creative and neurodiverse. In addition, my core investigative team is my family. I’ve mentioned Natra, and I also have Ayden Scott, my freelance PI who also does search-and-rescue, handyman repairs, and surfing on Outer Banks beaches. They all bring a lot to my life.

  1. When you’re angry, what do you do? Where do you go? How do you deal with your anger?

Admittedly, I’m intense, and some people read that as anger, but I do hate cruelty and injustice. It motivates me to act on someone’s behalf, especially kids. I usually dive deep into my cases to avoid taking my anger out on others. Natra’s always there to remind me to rein it in, and her dog, Mika, calms me. Since I live on the Outer Banks, I go chase ghost crabs on the beach. A good sunrise or sunset helps me to work through my issues. Often, the energy from anger stimulates new ideas.

  1. If you had to make me a meal right now, without going to the store, what would you find in your refrigerator to feed us?

I keep the fridge stocked with the makings of Southwestern fare. First, tortillas are easy to make and store. Second, I love a good guacamole. I invite visitors to help cut up tomatoes, chilies and cheese, and the cooking aroma, paired with wine or margaritas, stimulates conversation. I tend to host people who are involved in crime investigation, and this kind of food is easy to make while I participate.

  1. What’s the one thing you’re afraid of losing?

Some people say I’m abnormally lacking in fear. I’ll admit I tend to take risks. But I do fear losing my daughter, Kamryn, and I almost did when the I Scream Men abducted her to force me to drop a case. But she’s scrappy, with a bit of MacGyver in her make-up, so she’s likely to be okay. She’s an expert on knots and she thrives on escape rooms.

  1. What makes you laugh out loud?

I laugh at the things my daughter conjures up to challenge me. We have a riddle game that I invented to help her to curb her attention issues and improve her focus. She’s competitive, so she comes up with some real challenges, and she usually wins. This means I have to perform some physically demanding chore. But even those can make me laugh, like when she set up an obstacle course made entirely of knots. My work is often so grim that it’s wonderful to have this outlet.

  1. Has anyone broken your heart? Who was he?

My ex-husband, Wayne Worth, cheated on me several times and broke my heart. He’s in law enforcement and we share a daughter, so I still see him. He gets annoyed when I enter his territory for a case, but he helps. I also help him. Still, he doesn’t respect my profession, which breaks my heart in a deeper way.

  1. What’s the one thing you want out of life that you don’t think you can have? Why can’t you have it?

I don’t think I’ll ever achieve a sense of contentment. I want to keep learning and growing, and that requires a certain degree of restless curiosity. That’s due to the sense of deep mystery my father imparted to me, and the thing that I believe lured him away. I sometimes think I’ll never find him, but as I chase down leads, I’m always learning something new – and often something extraordinary. Like when I went to the Stranger’s Room in William Butler Yeats’ tower, Thoor Ballylee, in Ireland. That was set up for spirit communication! I might end up as mentally tormented as my father, but he paved the way for adventure.

Meet Author Katherine Ramsland…

Dr. Katherine Ramsland teaches forensic psychology at DeSales University in Pennsylvania, where she is the Assistant Provost. She has appeared as an expert in criminal psychology on more than 200 crime documentaries and magazine shows, is an executive producer of Murder House Flip, and has consulted for CSI, Bones, and The Alienist. The author of more than 1,500 articles and 69 books, including The Forensic Science of CSI, The Forensic Psychology of Criminal Minds, How to Catch a Killer, The Psychology of Death Investigations, and Confession of a Serial Killer: The Untold Story of Dennis Rader, The BTK Killer, she was co-executive producer for the Wolf Entertainment/A&E four-part documentary based on the years she spent talking with Rader. Ramsland consults on death investigations, pens a blog for Psychology Today, and is currently writing a fiction series based on a female forensic psychologist who manages a private investigation agency. The first one, I Scream Man, will be published in September 2022.


Links to Katherine’s website, blog, books, etc.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3QB2J09

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/i-scream-man-katherine-ramsland/1142105565?ean=9781685121730



**Special Giveaway** Katherine is giving away a Kindle copy of I SCREAM MAN to one lucky reader who comments on her Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.

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12 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Book Bench #SerialKiller #Crime #Thriller: I SCREAM MAN, A Nut Cracker Investigation by Katherine Ramsland”

  1. Good morning, Katherine, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I’m intrigued by your character interview. Annie sounds like a complex character. I do love thrillers! Can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for sharing it with us today!

  2. Great write up, Katherine! I have a question for Annie: If you were hosting a dinner party and could invite 5 people, dead or alive, who would they be?

    1. Great question! First, Jack the Ripper, because then I’d know who he is! Also, Zodiac, for the same reason. I’ll also need someone with a solid facility with chatting, so we’ll try Ted Bundy for that one. Now, I need someone who’ll keep them all in line, like a commanding aristocrat with a whip. I think Erzsebet Bathory might work for that role. Then, I’d also invite my father, Lang Hunter, because he’s missing, and he’s been chasing down people involved in strange vanishments. He’s a repository of mystical secrets. I definitely need him there.

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