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The Chessman

The Worldwide Mystery imprint of Harlequin purchased the mass market paperback rights for THE CHESSMAN. The print run released in April 2016 and sold out in its entirety by May of 2017.



THE CHESSMAN is available electronically at all online bookstores (Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.). Hardcopies are available in libraries across the United States and Canada.

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Burton delivers an outstanding serial killer thriller that will impress even seasoned practitioners of this subgenre. The convolutions are both mind-boggling and well-conceived, and Burton excels at balancing scenes of action and pursuit with deduction. Whether or not Cady returns in another book, Burton has established himself as someone definitely to watch. (A Starred Review)

THE CHESSMAN was also listed by Publishers Weekly as one of the best new books for the Week of May 21, 2012.

—Publishers Weekly

That's the barebones outline of Minnesotan Jeffrey Burton's terrific mystery, THE CHESSMAN, made up of a lot of moving parts the author brings together masterfully.

—Mary Ann Grossmann,
St. Paul Pioneer Press

I wouldn’t suggest putting this on your reading list. I would beg you to put it on the very top. You will not be disappointed.

J.M. LeDuc, Suspense Magazine

Any enthusiast of political intrigue and mystery will find plenty of strong twists and turns of plot in THE CHESSMAN, a title recommended for readers who won't settle for less than high drama and intrigue in their reading.

Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

A real page turner, to readers who are interested in reading a book that they'll reread several times, please read THE CHESSMAN.

Andrew F. Gulli, Managing Editor, The Strand Magazine

THE CHESSMAN succeeds in drawing in the reader with action and drama, wearing us down with mystery and suspense, and finally rewarding us for our tenacity by giving us a well-deserved, satisfying ending.

Well done; well written.

John Wills,
New York Journal of Books

THE CHESSMAN is one of Mystery Tribune's five "Thriller Picks for 2013 Holidays."

Mystery Tribune

Fast-paced thriller.

With its mix of high action and mental machinations, the unraveling of this political and economic thriller will keep readers flipping pages until the climax.

—M.K. Graff (author of The Blue Virgin, 2013 Best British Cozy winner), Aunite M Writes

THE CHESSMAN is masterfully written, credible and engrossing – not to be missed.

—Hilary Williamson,
BookLoons.com

For a roller coaster ride of political intrigue and suspense, THE CHESSMAN is the book for you. Just when you think you have it - twists then turns . . . expertly done to keep you on the edge of your seat.

A journey worth taking. Buckle up, for the gripping, solid, bumpy ride! Excellent.

—Dr. Cynthia Lea Clark, Psy.D., MHt.,
Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine (FMAM)

Burton does a good job of handling the multiplicity of motives and of depicting his flawed hero, who finds himself dealing with a superbly clever killer from the past and the murderous forces of the present. THE CHESSMAN offers plenty of suspense and a wild ending.

—John A. Broussard, I Love a Mystery

Foreign Rights

Der Schachspieler (Random House, Germany)

De Schaakman (Karakter Uitgevers, The Netherlands)

Satranc Adam (Babiali Kultur, Turkey)



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