Implied Contract Second Revised Edition by Mike Smitley

impliedcontract1ISBN: 978-0-9779407-2-1

In the world of law enforcement, there are few things more complicated and exasperating than the investigation of a serial murder. Multiple victims and multiple crime scenes require extra attention and extraordinary analytical skills.

The rare instance of a sniper serial killer is perhaps the most challenging investigation of all. With little evidence and lots of danger, a high-powered rifleman represents an investigator’s worst nightmare. That nightmare has come true for the characters in Implied Contract.

Death at long distance. Imagine a serial killer who never touches his victim. Never kidnaps them, never tortures them, never even comes close to them. Sound impossible? It’s not. Very rarely, a serial killer comes along who represents the pinnacle of deadly detachment. He is a sniper. Using a high-powered rifle and the proper ammunition, he can be hundreds of yards away and still kill instantly. In the right surroundings, a sniper can operate undetected for years. The combination of no trace evidence at the scenes, no witnesses, no ballistic evidence and no informants makes this scenario next to impossible to unravel.

Mason Klauss and Jill Redhorse tackle these seemingly unsolvable murders, deftly weaving through a complicated maze of corrupt politicians, crooked cops, vigilante townspeople, and a budding romantic relationship. Thrilling from beginning to end, Implied Contract examines the inherent injustices and obstacles of the criminal justice system while telling a truly unforgettable story.

Author Mike Smitley has over thirty years of experience in law enforcement. With a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, he expertly combines both fields of study in this compelling novel. Five years before the D.C. serial sniper case of 2003, Mike had completed and copyrighted Implied Contract. Mike can be reached at




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I’ve read you book, and I owe you’re a reply. It was great. It made me laugh, and made my eyes wet once or twice. After chapter 28, I couldn’t pick it up for a couple of days for fear of what would happen to Jill. This should be made into a movie. Bill S. KS.

I loved the book. The characters and plot seemed so real that I had to keep reminding myself that it was fiction. Ever since I read the book, I’ve not been able to get the story out of my head. I can’t wait for your next release. Judy M. WI.

This was the best fictional novel I’ve ever read. I couldn’t put it down till I’d finished the whole book. It seemed so real that the characters had to be real people with different names. I cried my eyes out at the end. Shirley B. MO.  

It was a real decent read.  I usually don’t get what I want out of fictional novels, but this one really delivered.  Roger K. KS.

God, I couldn’t put it down! I read over 150 pages in one day. The best written novel I’ve read in years. Shari F. MO

One of the best novels I’ve ever read. I love Stephen Hunter and your writing is just as good as his. Your writing style is a lot like his also. Tremendous piece of work.  Jim S. WI.

Outstanding book! I loved every page. Darlene K. MO.

There were a couple technical parts of the book that confused me, but overall an outstanding novel. I read a lot and this is one of the better one that I have read.  Rose B. GA.

I really liked the characters and hated to see the book end. Prior to IMPLIED CONTRACT, I had only read one good book this year. It was refreshing to read one where you didn’t figure out who did it within the first 50 pages.  Polly A. OK. 

I liked IMPLIED CONTRACT very much. I liked your writing style and it was obvious that you had a firm grasp of the administration of a small police department. It was very believable to the reader. I liked your characters and enjoyed reading it.  Jerry H. IA.

Great job! You have a God-given gift for creative writing. Your characters were easy to relate to, and likeable (the main ones anyway). Your understanding of the technical side of the investigative process, as well as the administrative process was enlightening. There were numerous twists and turns that I did not expect, or see coming until I was right on top of them. I did not feel betrayed at the end. Well done.  Chris A. MO.

I thoroughly enjoyed IMPLIED CONTRACT. I can’t wait for the next one to come out. Dick R. MO.