J.J. Hensley’s Next Trevor Galloway Thriller Set for October 2020 Release

On October 12, 2020, former Pittsburgh narcotics detective Trevor Galloway will return in The Better of the Bad, the latest novel from author J.J. Hensley.

Originally introduced in the 2017 thriller Bolt Action Remedy, Trevor Galloway’s latest adventure (which follows last year’s Forgiveness Dies) will bring Hensley’s current series total to four books, and this time around, he’ll be chasing his toughest foe yet—an evil murderer known as “the 9-1-1 Killer.”

See the official plot details and cover art below.


The better of the badIt’s 9:10 PM in the Chatham County Communications Center. The dispatchers stare at each other, afraid to move, afraid to breathe. One minute to go. Will tonight be the night? The clock on the wall changes. 9:11. A phone rings. The screens indicate the 9-1-1 call is coming from a blocked number. The dispatchers hope and pray it’s a coincidental call for service. Perhaps a car break-in or a bar fight. With all eyes on her, one dispatcher presses a button, puts the call on speaker for everyone to hear.

“Chatham 9-1-1. What’s your emergency?”

The distorted voice comes across the speaker. He gives the address. There will be a body at that location. That’s for certain. The killer dares the police to catch him and then, like before…he’s gone.

Former Pittsburgh narcotics detective Trevor Galloway and new P.I. Bethany Nolan are enlisted to look into the case of the 9-1-1 Killer and the investigation takes an unexpected turn when Galloway suggests the murderer may be a first responder. Galloway is pushed to the limit as he wonders if his hallucinations are returning and if members of a drug gang that want him dead have tracked him to Savannah, Georgia.

Galloway soon discovers he doesn’t trust the police. He doesn’t trust his client. He doesn’t even trust himself.


“J.J. Hensley has pulled off an incredible feat: The Better of the Bad is a real rush with a gripping mystery at its heart. The Trevor Galloway series gets bigger, badder, and more energetic with every book.” —Nick Kolakowski, author of Boise Longpig Hunting Club and Maxine Unleashes Doomsday



J.J. Hensley is a former police officer and former Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service. Hensley is the author of the crime novels RESOLVE, MEASURE TWICE, CHALK’S OUTLINE, BOLT ACTION REMEDY, RECORD SCRATCH, and several short stories. He is originally from Huntington, WV, and currently resides near Savannah, Georgia.

Mr. Hensley’s novel RESOLVE was a winner of a BEST OF 2013 AWARD, presented by Suspense Magazine and a finalist for the 2014 International Thriller Writers award for Best First Novel. Record Scratch was an honorable mention for the Best of 2018.

Readers looking to pre-order copies of The Better of the Bad can now do so here. In the meantime, make sure you’re following J.J. Hensley on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and his official website for more details.


Praised as “One of the hardest working, most thoughtful, and fairest reviewers out there” by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Ryan Steck has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). Steck also works full-time as a freelance editor and pens a monthly thriller column for CrimeReads. For more information, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.


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