Well after the recent discussion here on Kindle publishing, I decided to stick one of my novels up there, even though I don't own the device.

It's a thriller and it got me my first agent but never sold to a major house, though it came close in a couple places. I've made one sale in the first days it's been available, first time I've ever been paid for my work.

(Weird feeling!) Below is the pitch and the link ...

Argus Ward is a former U.S. Secret Service agent who runs a protection agency catering to the rich and famous. His best-kept secret--which he shares with lawyers and doctors and even psychiatrists--is his status as a high-functioning paranoid schizophrenic. One day, with little warning, he turns psychotic for the first time in twenty years. He lands in a secure psychiatric facility, charged with the murder of his most famous client, high tech industry billionaire John Helms, the wealthiest man in America.

Argus has no memory of the killing. A blood test suggests to him that some unknown enemy had switched his anti-psychotic medication with identical-looking dummy pills to purposely drive him insane. A sign of lingering paranoia? His doctor thinks so. Even his wife.

Yet Argus escapes incarceration to prove his theory. With the law on his trail and a ticking time bomb in his head--due to a lack of medication--he discovers that his disease had been "weaponized" by a powerful group to secretly assassinate John Helms as part of a multiple assassination conspiracy of world-wide significance.

Or has Argus simply lost his mind again? What in the end is "real" and what is only imagination in his story? And what is justice for the criminally insane?

Come lose your grip on reality. Read "Crack-Up."


A bargain at $1.99

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Comment by Chris Eilersen on December 11, 2009 at 6:19am
Eric: I bought this for my Kindle (worth much much more than $1.99!) and read it in one sitting. The plot, though intricate and multi-faceted, was easy and enjoyable to follow, and the first person description of paranoid schizophrenia seems spot on (not having first hand knowledge). A very exciting read!
Comment by Lynn on July 31, 2009 at 10:37pm
Well, I screwed up the link, so here it is again:


I think you will find a few 'fans' there. :-)
Comment by Lynn on July 31, 2009 at 9:27pm
Mr. Christopherson,

I came across your book on Amazon 'by accident' (since usually I get book referrals from forums), and read it. After reading, I posted a review which I do for all books I read. My "name" on Amazon is RedAdept.

Anyway, I gave your book 5 stars. Then, I posted about it in the Amazon Kindle forums and the kindleboards.com forums.

This was last night.

This morning, your book was at the top of the Amazon Movers & Shakers lIst. That list is updated hourly, so it may not be there long.

Here are the sales rankings from your book:

Average Customer Review:
1 Review
5 star: (1)
4 star: (0)
3 star: (0)
2 star: (0)
1 star: (0)

› See all customer reviews...
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5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
Amazon.com Sales Rank: #371 in Kindle Store (See Bestsellers in Kindle Store)
Popular in these categories: (What's this?)

#34 in Books > Mystery & Thrillers > Mystery
#34 in Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Mystery & Thrillers > Thrillers > Suspense
#51 in Books > Mystery & Thrillers > Thrillers > Suspense

As of 6:25 am this morning (Eastern Time)

Anyway, if you would like to drop by the Amazon Forums to say "Hi" on 'your' thread, here is the link:

kindleboards.com is a great place for authors, too.
Comment by Donna Carrick on July 26, 2009 at 10:28pm
Good for you, Eric, stepping boldly into the future! The story sounds terrific, and I hope it sells like "crazy"! - Ha Ha

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