Blurb: In a recent murder, a man is indicted. His Modus Operandi or Method of Operation is the signature of an infamous notorious serial killer named ‘The Black Smith’, known for inflicting grave torturing prior to putting his victims to death. The Black Smith’s killing spree spanned over a period of 20 years. Due to the varied victimology, it made it utterly impossible for the Law Enforcements, including the Federal Investigating Unit to profile him until very recently; 83 victims had his insignia. During the early years, when he started, he was referred to as ‘the copy cat’, copying the MO of a serial killer, ‘ Full Moon Butcher ‘ of the 80s, to the very exact detail – who went dormant almost suddenly.The indicted man is shifted to a high security prison, where he unusually comes across a series of writings on the cell wall. These writings contain unusual depictions about an undiscovered life, of a supposed ‘Yellow Winged Stranger’, the Master of the Ordinary; an ex-prisoner trapped in the compulsion of his own making. And he has a message for the convict.
About the Author:Imran is an enthusiast bearing an endless temperament for writing, and likes to be creative whenever he finds time. The thing that brings the most out of him is his craving to do the same things in the most different possible way. Born in India, he currently works and lives in the Middle East.
Review: A Yellow Winged Stranger by Imran Usman delves into The Blacksmith’s past to give a glimpse into the origins of a serial killer. The author switches from first-person to third-person as he guides through a web of love, treachery, and manipulation to a surprising climax. The story has no order to follow and the story shifts gears a lot. The editor should have worked more on the content. The Crime and The Prisoner chapters are the key chapters. The pace of the story is very fast and you feel that the murder mysteries should be solved soon. The author has written the characters, scenes and words in a good way but could be written better. A good read for mystery lovers but overall it did not appeal to me. I found the writing somewhere too descriptive where the imagination was a bit difficult in my mind. There were grammatical errors which could be avoided. I don’t like too much of philosophies in fiction and I found this in this book which made me neutral to read further. I found that the book has many questions rather than providing answers for them.
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