Braden McKinley

Join Braden McKinley as he signs his book, Daisy Chain Killers.

When: Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 7 p.m.

Where: Chaucer's Books, 3321 State St., Santa Barbara

Cost: Free

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Lectures & Workshops: Book Signings


In their compelling novel entitled Daisy Chain Killers, Jim Barrett & Braden McKinley tell a powerful story of the machinations of the crime tandem of Jackson Dickson and Randall Atkins. When the book opens, their first target is Bill Fermey. Fermey is convinced by Dickson that he should open an offshore account to hide money from the Internal Revenue Service. Of course, the money, $100,000.00 was placed into one of Dickson’s fictitious companies. The deal is that Dickson will get 10% of the amount for holding the money, but ends up with all of the money after he and Atkins murder the victim.

But, the murders don’t stop there. These greedy “businessmen” lure others into their web, convincing one man, who was living on the streets in Austin, that he should become the CEO of an off-shore company. When he accepts the job, sobers up, and agrees to a million dollar “key man” life insurance policy, he is murdered in Mexico and the two businessmen are all the richer.

Enter two Irish Detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Brian McKenna and Max McQuillin who catch the Fermey case. Both highly experienced homicide detectives soon learn that they are in the case of their careers as the tentacles of Dickson and Atkins reach around the world. And as they struggle with this investigation, the reader learns that these two have their own demons that they must excise in order to solve the crimes which continue to unfold in front of them.

They do have one helpful clue in the murders. At the time of death, all of the victim’s have their right ear cut off. Why do the murderers find it necessary to leave this calling card and what does this unusual M.O. have to do with these crimes being solved?

Braden McKinley was born in Western Pennsylvania and schooled locally. In 1962, he married his high school sweetheart, Nancy. He joined the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department in 1965, and rose to the rank of Lieutenant before accepting an appointment as Chief Investigator with the District Attorney’s Office. He retired in 1993. He has produced or performed in a hundred stage plays and a television series. He makes his home in California.

Phone: 805-682-6787

Event posted April 23, 2013
Last updated April 23, 2013


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