A Hard Death by Jonathan Hayes

By Jonathan Hayes

Extraordinary forensic pathologist Edward Jenner returns during this explosive sequel to invaluable Blood—an edgy, electrifying mystery set in a small-town coastal neighborhood the place not anything is because it turns out. Edward Jenner, brought in priceless Blood, has survived the terrible ordeal of the Inquisitor serial killings in manhattan, yet now not the political fallout. His nation clinical license suspended, Jenner reveals himself banished to Douglas County in coastal Florida, operating as a medical expert within the balmy seashore hotel of Port Fontaine. yet there is a seamy underside to picturesque Douglas County. First Jenner reveals the our bodies of a murdered guy and girl decaying in a sunken motor vehicle. Then an nameless name in the midst of the evening leads him to a ugly discovery within the center of the Everglades. He reveals strains of a shadowy felony conspiracy, and shortly learns that he can belief not anyone. along with his lifestyles at the line, Jenner refuses to stroll away and allow the murderers move unpunished. the result's darkish Florida noir, a fierce, edge-of-the-seat mystery from an rising grasp of the style.

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CHAPTER 10 Jenner asked all staff other than Flanagan, and Bunny Rutledge and Calvin Major, the mortuary technicians who’d be assisting him, to leave the morgue area. He followed the employees out of the autopsy room, crossing the breezeway into the main office facility so he could change into his scrubs. Marie Carter, the office manager, put up a fresh pot of coffee in the break room, then disappeared, returning a short while later with four dozen doughnuts from the Dunkin’ Donuts on Country Club Road.

The man eyed Jenner warily; his jutting jaw and narrow, toothless mouth gave his face a skeletal air. He looked Jenner up and down, squinting at the grubby T-shirt and running shorts. Jenner waited. Finally the man nodded. Jenner lifted the cart onto the sidewalk, then followed the old man’s pointing directions. As Jenner pushed the rattling cart along the breezeway, the man puffed along behind, muttering something about immigrants and liquor stores and respect. They stopped at the man’s room, next to the ice box and vending machines under the stairs.

But Jenner didn’t understand why—he wasn’t afraid of that man, nor did he feel guilty for killing him. The man had been a monster. He’d killed one of Jenner’s friends and carved up another; he’d done it while Jenner lay gasping in front of them. And he would’ve killed Ana de Jong too. Ana. The man had kept her prisoner in the warehouse for days, then hunted her like an animal through the decaying space, stabbing at her with a big iron spike. Jenner remembered her lying there on the couch afterward, too weak to cry as he plucked nails from her filthy skin.

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