By J. Carson Black
Laura Cardinal: Packs a SIG Sauer P226 9mm. Investigates homicides in small cities that experience constrained assets. Brings justice to homicide victims--and to their killers. Laura’s task description: felony Investigator with the Arizona division of Public security. yet probably it may simply say “Troubleshooter.”
Used to be young ones performed outdoor until eventually dinner time, now social media’s the recent video game on the town. nowadays, they play on their smartphones. yet with extra freedom comes better probability. cellular units are a conduit right into a child’s lifestyles, not only for pals yet in case you intend damage. this can be the message of J. Carson Black’s Daphne du Maurier Award-nominated mystery, DARKNESS at the fringe of TOWN.
When Laura investigates the homicide of a fourteen-year-old woman present in a town’s park bandshell, she is aware instantly what she’s up opposed to: a crafty sexual predator. yet why is she suffering from the kidnapping of a schoolmate eighteen years prior?
In a runaway case that propels Laura from a lavish Tucson property to the secretive middle of a northern Florida city, she needs to confront the ghosts of her personal earlier. Then one other baby is going missing—and Laura needs to race the clock to discover her.
“A fantastic debut…Welcome to a robust new voice in American Crime Fiction”
— T. Jefferson Parker, Edgar Award winner and writer of California Girl
“A advanced, multi-layered, nail-biting Superthriller”
— Michael Prescott, long island instances and Amazon bestselling writer of risky video games
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Something between Duffy and Noone. Buddy Holland, who’d seemed preoccupied throughout the proceedings, followed Laura’s gaze. One corner of his mouth came up. Whatever was going on with Duffy and Noone, he knew about it. ” “If it’s his crib it’d be pretty much impossible to find,” said Danehill. “I got some photographs of the crowd by the crime scene tape this morning,” Laura said. “Our guy might not have been able to stay away. As soon as we have them, I want to canvass the neighborhood again.
With the rain came the stench of death. Suddenly, she could feel him, his essence leaking out of the wet cement, the air around her. Controlled rage. A predator. For a moment, she knew what it was like to be a rabbit in the shadow of the hawk. Was he watching her now? She looked around, but saw nothing. Imagined she heard footsteps, but it was only the rain. The wind blew harder. The tree shadows lashed back and forth on the wall of the band shell in tortured shapes, as if they were being strangled.
When she caught the case the next day, there was no doubt in Laura’s mind that it was the one Frank Entwistle had alluded to. It was the weekend, and she was at her little house on the guest ranch where she lived rent-free. The owner, a friend from high school, liked the idea of having a criminal investigator from the Arizona Department of Public Safety living on his property. The dream about Frank Entwistle remained with her, vivid and unsettling. It didn’t feel like a dream. When she got up this morning, she sleepwalked into the bathroom.