The Ripper GeneDebut author Michael Ransom joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss his gripping new thriller, THE RIPPER GENE.

Show Notes

Michael shares the background of his protagonist, neuroscientist-turned-FBI-profiler, Dr. Lucas Madden.

We discuss the book’s prologue and how that scene, with 12-year-old Lucas Madden, came from a real life experience.

Michael is a scientist with a genetics background. He does an excellent job of making the science in THE RIPPER GENE understandable for readers. He also teaches at The University of Pennsylvania.

Michael describes the “lightbulb moment” for the story, which came several years ago.

We discuss the publication process for THE RIPPER GENE and what surprised Micahel as a first-time author.

From the Publisher:

Michael Ransome_A neuroscientist-turned-FBI-profiler discovers a genetic signature that produces psychopaths in The Ripper Gene, a thrilling debut novel from Michael Ransom.

Dr. Lucas Madden is a neuroscientist-turned-FBI profiler who first gained global recognition for cloning the ripper gene and showing its dysfunction in the brains of psychopaths. Later, as an FBI profiler, Madden achieved further notoriety by sequencing the DNA of the world’s most notorious serial killers and proposing a controversial “damnation algorithm” that could predict serial killer behavior using DNA alone.

Now, a new murderer-the Snow White Killer is terrorizing women in the Mississippi Delta. When Mara Bliss, Madden’s former fiancée, is kidnapped, he must track down a killer who is always two steps ahead of him. Only by entering the killer’s mind will Madden ultimately understand the twisted and terrifying rationale behind the murders and have a chance at ending the psychopath’s reign of terror.


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