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Detective Rachel Flynn is a smart woman. She doesn’t believe in the undead. But the clues are starting to point that way and she’s smart enough to see it. Doesn’t mean she has to like it.
Then her son disappears.
Plunged into a race against time, young Cory Flynn must set aside everything he thought he knew about life and the universe to fight against a new kind of evil.
Smith Rock State Park. One of Deschutes County’s most unique landmarks, a monolith of pale stone reaching from the earth several hundred feet into the cool azure sky, the Crooked River winding lazily around it as it cut its way through the otherwise dusty land spotted occasionally with juniper, sage, and--later in the season--wind-blown tumbleweeds.
Rachel stood on the edge of the canyon edge, staring at the massive escarpment for a long moment before flicking her eyes about the river’s edge below her. She spotted a few day hikers and other ordinary folks about their business, but no sign of Gavin Chase.
She’d wanted to get here early to stake out the area. It was just good procedure when you were meeting with an unknown. The early bird gets the worm and all that.
More like the early bird doesn’t get pounced by the late-sleeping cat.
The crunching of gravel underfoot signaled Amanda’s approach. “No sign of him?”
“Uh-uh.” And she didn’t like it. From what little she’d learned about the man, it seemed unlikely he’d not known the advantage he was giving up. Amanda, despite the fact that he’d been her teacher for two whole semesters at the Academy, didn’t know a hell of a lot more about him. God save me from mysterious men, she thought irritably.
More gravel grinding and Ben appeared to her other side, nose wrinkled in distaste. “There’s a dead deer down there somewhere,” he remarked casually. “Been dead for a while, too.”
Rachel idly wished she’d had something of Chase’s to present to Ben. If he had the talents of a bloodhound, the least she could do would be to get some use out of them. Like finding out if Chase had already been here and was just hiding now.
Her cell phone rang again, the musical chime sounding phenomenally loud in this natural setting. “Flynn.”
“Well, Rachel. I’m in the cave at the base of the rock. If you want to come talk, come now.”
“Be there in a few,” she said curtly before hanging up. “He’s down in that cave,” she said, pointing to a black blotch at the base of the great rock at the center of a sprawl of trails leading around the park.
“I’ve got a bad feeling about this,” Ben remarked grudgingly. “Maybe you two should go ahead and I can slip up behind you a ways... kinda like a reserve force?”
“Not a bad idea,” she said, after thinking about it for a second. “Tell me, Ben, can you turn into a werewolf whenever you want--well, you don’t need a full moon, do you? It wasn’t full last night.”
“No, but Cory did something that made it happen,” he admitted. “So I’m not sure I can do it on my own.”
“If something goes wrong, we’re going to have to hope you can. C’mon, Amanda. Let’s not keep the nice man waiting.”
Amanda snickered as they headed down the trail into the canyon.
Saje Williams lives in Washington State with his wife, four dogs, the world’s politest cat, a ball python, and a mouse named “Leftover.” He’s been involved in canine rescue for years.
Of Man and Monster: “With the fast pace, this reviewer was hard pressed not to scream and shout as the heart-pounding ride felt like a roller coaster that wasn’t going to stop! With each page, Mr. Williams will capture the readers’ imagination and deliver them to the brink and back with every word!” -- Dawn, Loveromancesandmore.com .
“Saje Williams has written yet another compelling and complex story in Freak City. The world-building is vast and brilliantly done and the variety of characters is immense.”—Kelley Hartsell, Kelley’s Kwips and Kritiques
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 290
Paper Weight (lb): 10.4
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