by Wiley Brooks

The paperback of Wiley Brooks’ debut novel, The Next Best Thing, is now for sale at Amazon. The release price is $9.99 as a special to friends and family who want to be early readers. The price will increase next month to its regular price of $12.99. Click here to buy it in paperback.

The Next Best Thing

The writing style in The Next Best Thing is crisp and face paced. An expert analysis found it to be a close match to the style used by New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci. Early reviewers have echoed this view with comments like, “. . .can’t put it down” and “. . .a real page-turner.”

The Next Best Thing is not your typical serial killer mystery.

It is about Joey, a young man who oozes charm to prey on young American women traveling alone in Malaysia. On his trail is Mason Ray, an ex-CIA agent turned investigator. Mason must deal with debilitating flashbacks to something awful he did years before.

Joey decides to commit one last murder. He targets Jessica, a 33-year-old widow from Seattle who he meets at a Penang beach. She’s smart, beautiful and more than Joey bargained for.

A character-driven story, The Next Best Thing visits exotic locales throughout Malaysia and weaves in a taste of Malaysian cuisine.