“A Terrifying Story of a Judge Gone Wild”

In this stunning new novel, Gerald Blumenthal explores the mind of a serial killer and the subsequent court room dramas that follow. Like his previous award-winning novel The Brass Compass (now being adapted to the big screen), The Monkey Trial is fact-based but is fictionalized to avoid another court drama! The novel begs the question: what happens if a man chosen by society to judge others in society commits heinous crimes? The Monkey Trial gives us a true and extraordinary account of the workings of the American legal system as it deals with a deranged serial killer. A novel full of action and suspense, The Monkey Trial will grab you from the very first page and not let you go until the climactic ending! This is a book no one can afford to miss.

Author Carlette Ritter


“A Fact-Based story”

Who would have thought that a well-respected judge could have become a serial killer? Gerald Blumenthal’s second novel is the culmination of hundreds of in-depth interviews with attorneys and medical personnel involving real murder trials and real life dramas. Impeccably researched, grippingly told with eleventh-hour drama, filled with serial murders and court room drama this novel reads like a page-turning murder mystery. It will horrify with cutting truth, yet ultimately the story will reveal the facts behind man’s failings. This book is a master-piece to savor and keep on our bookshelves.

Author Michelle Izmaylov


“A Truly Amazing Novel”

I was flattered that I was one of the first to read this AMAZING novel - a real page- turner. I can’t wait to see the movie.

Avril Danziger


“A Novel that will grab you from the first page”

The best novel I’ve read in a long time. I just couldn’t put it down.

Shelley Kaplan



Colms had already entered the master bedroom. A few seconds later he shouted, “Hey Sarge, come here. There’re others.”

Mike Downward joined him immediately. On the floor of the bedroom lay the bloody and lifeless bodies of two beautiful slender females, both with their nightgowns up over their heads. Mike placed his forefinger over the nearest woman’s throat while Frank did the same with the other female.

Mike asked, “Anything?”

Frank responded, “Nope, yours?”

Mike said, “Same here. I’m going to call the precinct.”

Suddenly, out of the corner of his eye he saw a daubed message on the large mirror. He pointed to the message. “Frank did you see this? It looks like it’s been written in blood.”

Frank wiped his hand across his forehead and read the message out aloud: Judgment day has arrived.

Mike whispered hoarsely, “Helter Skelter? And look at this. Whoever wrote this has left a bloody handprint and it looks like it was left on purpose.”

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