“As a former newspaperman and a Nashville resident, I especially enjoyed the book because of its reporter protagonist and its Music City setting. The plot is believable, provides action and suspense, and the characters are well-defined. It also offers insight into how the media functions that “civilians” should find interesting. It’s a good, quick read and I enjoyed it.”
—Larry Woody, a former Tennessean sports writer/outdoors editor and author, is a three-time Tennessee Sports Writer of the Year and a member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame and the Martin Methodist College Sports Hall of Fame
“Tom Wood’s journalistic background is perfectly showcased in his suspenseful first novel, Vendetta Stone. Its clever premise as a true crime novel, written from the point of view of journalist Gerry Hilliard, works so well that readers may question why they didn’t know about these serial murders earlier. Vividly drawn and complex characters join a well-crafted plot to create a “can’t turn the pages fast enough” winner. … [It] practically cries out for a sequel.”
—Michelle Broussard Honick, Co-author of Ghosts, Gangsters and Gamblers of Las Vegas
“One thought that hit me mid-way through was “Hitchcock” (I have admired his work for many years) and I use the term here in the highest regard. You did not disappoint. You kept an even keel without the ups and downs of over-dramatizing or leaving one hanging that so often happens. To boot, I learned a lot about the media businesses and that was an added plus.”
—Skip Nipper, Author and Nashville baseball historian
“It’s not difficult to imagine Vendetta Stone being adapted to film, and I think such a film would be welcomed by a large audience. Anyone who enjoys a good crime thriller as well as a realistic glimpse into Southern life should read this novel.”
—Stephen Delos Wilson, member of the Tennessee Screenwriting Association
“It is a gripping thriller . . . an excellent social and psychological piece of literature, especially looking into the mind of a serial killer.”
—Nick Sullivan is a former Tennessean sports writer, outdoors editor and copy editor
“Finished VENDETTA STONE last night — what a thriller, Tom! You nailed it. … Tom surprised me with his ending — and how he got there.”
—Suzanne Webb Brunson is a former Nashville Banner reporter
Tom, I have been too long in telling you how much I enjoyed Vendetta Stone. One thought that hit me mid-way through was “Hitchcock” (I have admired his work for many years) and I use the term here in the highest regard.
You did not disappoint. You kept an even keel without the ups and downs of over-dramatizing or leaving one hanging that so often happens. To boot, I learned a lot about the media businesses and that was an added plus.
My wife will be reading next, and I’m sure she will enjoy it as much as I did. Thank you for a wonderful book and good luck with the screenplay!
Glad you enjoyed it, Skip! I am so blown away by your “Hitchcock” comparison; his work is some of the finest ever and still stands the test of time.
When I picked up Vendetta Stone, I didn’t realized I’d signed up for an all-nighter! Great characterization and plotting kept me awake until the end. It was a stone-cold good book!
Warning: don’t pick up this novel and expect to be able to put it down until the last page. To paraphrase from your work, “Thou shalt not pass up this great read.”
Hey, it’s a (pardon the pun) page Turner! Thanks very much for the kind words.
I really enjoy your monthly article Country Legens of the past and Present in the country family reunion news, and look forward to it each month. The people you show on the heading of the article I know who they are all are except the man just before Loretta. Who is he? Thanks and hope you continue the articles.