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PSST! The book is NOT as scary as the cover!

Cover art for mystery novel Accountable by E.V. Stephens


Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-68348-922-1

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-68348-009-9

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-68348-010-5

Bedford Homicide Detective Valerie Benchik understands the toll violent crime takes on those left behind. She was only ten when her best friend was abducted and strangled, and now Val must cope with another devastating loss when her husband is fatally shot.


Normally focused and confident, Val is haunted by images of Dave’s last moments and she immerses herself in work when a young attorney is tortured and killed after placing a frantic, untraceable call to 911.

Adriana Ortiz quit her job at Bedford’s most prestigious firm to work for Legal Aid and recently had a confrontation with an abusive, drug-dealing ex-boyfriend. With her partner, Greg Payton, Val tracks down the ex, and after he shoots Val and escapes, his guilt seems certain...until a 911 operator gets a second untraceable call and then a third. The detectives soon come to the chilling realization they’re hunting a killer on a mission to hold his victims accountable for their actions.

With the clock ticking on another 911 call, Val is desperate to stop the killer and provide some closure for the relatives, but she allows raw emotions to overrule her cop-instincts, and when she pursues a suspect without backup, she finds herself facing the same fate as the other victims.

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Witness Statements

​RE: Accountable

​Some Five Star Amazon reviews:

"Very well written, a good mystery. Very believable characters, I hope there will be a sequel." - Jan J.

“A real cliffhanger! I was engaged throughout the book and was kept in suspense until the very end as to "who done it".  Enjoyed following the main character's own personal struggles as she worked the case too.  Looking forward to more from E.V. Stephens!” - Jana R.

“This mystery was outstanding... I highly recommend this read!!!! Love it! Love it! Love it!” - Wally B.

“I just finished reading Accountable - will keep you on the edge of your seat! Kudos to EV....impressive writing and a great read!” - Liz C.

​From Readers' Favorite:

"This sensational novel is comparable to the best-selling murder mysteries by authors such as John Grisham and James Patterson, and I believe we will be seeing this author on a best-seller list soon." - Susan Sewell

"There are plenty of red herrings to consider and following these police professionals as they worked their case felt authentic and real." - Jack Magnus

Supply Requisition

Ask for Accountable at your favorite independent bookstore or purchase online at one of the following sites:

Signed copies of Accountable

are available at:

Anderson's Bookshop

26 S La Grange Rd,

La Grange, IL 60525


5112 Main St,

Downers Grove, IL 60515




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