Publication date: January 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
The murders are followed by the trial of the century, where media vilifies Meho as a psychopath, mass murderer, and a monster — all under the influence of FBI, who are trying to conceal the identity of the victims and protect the National Security.
The only person who believes that Meho is innocent is his 10-year-old brother Bucky, who will turn heavens and earth to free Meho. After learning the truth, Bucky is devastated, but not all things are as they seem, and the truth will be revealed at the very end.
Twenty one. That’s the number that always swirled in my mind. Twenty-one lives I had taken; twenty-one people who no longer exist because of me; twenty-one monsters I had sent to hell. Not paradise. But hell. I’m sure of that.
I was five-years-old when I killed for the first time. I still remember the rush I felt when I pulled the trigger; the chill through my spine when I saw his head explode like a balloon; the bubbling feeling in my stomach when I saw his lifeless corpse crash down like a sawed-off pine tree.
Within the five-hundred-and thirteen days after that day, I followed that kill with twenty more. Twenty-one. I prayed to Allah there wouldn’t be any more.