The debut crime novel from independent publisher Urbane Publications and renowned communications expert Chris Parker, Influence is a thought-provoking thriller that dares the reader to question just how much we know about ourselves and the people we share our lives with. Can even the greatest communication expert be a mystery to himself? Can a man who appears to have everything also be a killer? Whatever the answers, no-one can escape the power of Influence.
Influence kills…Influence is the greatest force on earth. Influence equals power, the power to affect people and events. The most powerful people alive have the greatest influence. And they can use it for good or bad. Marcus Kline is the world’s leading authority on communication and influence. He can tell what you are thinking. He can see inside you. He can step inside your mind.
In global demand as a consultant, Marcus Kline shares his expertise with world leaders, corporate giants and global media stars. Confident, self- assured and controlling, Marcus revels in his unparalleled skill.
Yet when a series of murder victims bear the horrific hallmarks of an intelligent and remorseless serial killer, Detective Inspector Peter Jones turns to Marcus for help – and everything changes.
As the killer sets a deadly pace, the invisible, irresistible and terrifying power of influence threatens friendships, reputations, and lives. When events appear to implicate the great Marcus Kline himself, everyone learns that the worst pain isn’t physical…
Set in contemporary Nottingham, Influence introduces readers to Marcus Kline, confident, and arrogant, communications consultant and expert who is about to discover that not every situation can be analysed and controlled. Somewhere between Derren Brown in full control mode, and Tim Roth’s Dr Cal Lightman in Lie to Me, is Marcus Kline a potential victim – or a sadistic and clever killer? Will you like Marcus? Will you hate him? You’ll very likely do both, and you’ll be influenced every step of the way, just like those in Marcus’s life.
At a time when we are increasingly driven by the power of communication, and the implications of persuasiveness, this is a timely, topical and frightening journey through the evil that influence can truly do.
The book is supported by a unique and exciting website at http://marcuskline.co.uk which is already garnering a very positive and intrigued response.
About the Author
Chris Parker is a writer, communications expert and lecturer. He began his study of interpersonaland intra-personal communication in the 1970s. He is a highly experienced presenter, management trainer and consultant. He wrote his first novel in 1986. He has since written several books on communication and influence, including the bestselling Campaign It!. Chris lives in Nottingham.
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