Forensic Scientist: A New Kind of Superhero in BODY OF THE CRIME


The definition of a hero is a person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. What immediately comes to mind are those who keep us safe like soldiers, police officers, and emergency personnel, but a hero can be someone closer to home, like a mentor or someone within a community who accomplishes something noteworthy, such as with charity work or fighting for an important cause to help others.

I could go on because there are all types of heroes out there. Most of us have known or read about these heroes. Of course, there are the bigger than life fictional type of heroes—superheroes.

Why do we gravitate toward the superhero phenomenon, such as with entertainment?  Is it because we see a part of ourselves in these individuals, whether fictional or not?

From a psychological standpoint, do we secretly have an alter-ego screaming to get out to do fantastic tings? Do we actually learn more about ourselves from the villains? This would be an interesting subject to venture into further.

What about the unsung heroes, cold case detectives and forensic scientists for example, that continues to work for the same goal to find the perpetrator that committed the crime. Couldn’t they be categorized as a hero, or maybe even a superhero? I think so.

I have been pondering this angle for a while, and I developed a new series with a forensic scientist as the hero. Well, he’s not the ordinary forensic scientist, but rather an expert forensic witness and criminal profiler. Meet Dr. Chip Palmer who lives like recluse, no one knows exactly where he lives because of the death threats from his court testimonies, and his unusually astute approach to crime scenes. My new series debut with Body of the Crime.



A Chip Palmer Forensic Mystery



Three grisly murders linked to five cold cases, dubbed the Flower Girl Murders, pushes detectives to their limit to find a clever and extremely brutal serial killer, leaving a California town demanding justice. The District Attorney’s Serial Special Task Force retains the help of the reclusive Dr. Chip Palmer, a forensic expert and criminal profiler, to steer them in the right direction. Palmer is known for his astute academic interpretations of serial and predatory crimes, along with his unconventional tactics that goes against general police procedures. He is partnered with the tough and beautiful D.A. Inspector Kate Rawlins, a homicide detective transplanted from Phoenix, and the chemistry ignites between the team—passionate and deadly.

The Flower Girl Murders leaves three homicides, five cold cases, two seasoned detectives, three suspects, and one serial killer calling all the shots. The investigation must rely on one eccentric forensic scientist to unravel the clues to solve the case. But at what cost?

Available at Amazon for 99 cents for June only.


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About jchasenovelist

Published thriller author, criminologist, and blogger.
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2 Responses to Forensic Scientist: A New Kind of Superhero in BODY OF THE CRIME

  1. an_aussie_bookworm says:

    Sounds fantastic!

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