By Grant Jerkins

A twisting debut novel of homicide and darkish kinfolk secrets and techniques from a riveting new voice in crime fiction. A murdered lady. A grieving husband. And their son-a mentally handicapped grownup with a background of violent outbursts. an easy case. Or is it? Leo Hewitt, an Assistant DA as soon as blamed for atmosphere unfastened a infamous child-killer, is raring to redeem himself with this intimate and grisly crime. As he digs under the skin he discovers greater than he ever anticipated-including an emotionally disturbed spouse, a husband who'd do whatever to flee his disastrous marriage, and an accused younger guy with out obvious technique of safeguard. yet with each one surprising new revelation, Leo is barely led deeper and deeper into the darkness-an inescapable capture of blood bonds and twisted relatives secrets and techniques.

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Have to what? Where the fuck are you going? ” “I’m sorry,” I say. There is nothing else for me to say. ” But I can, and I do. When I get home, all the lights are off. I walk through the dark house and into the kitchen. I take the knife from my pocket and return it to the vacant spot in the cutlery block. In the bedroom, I submit to Rachel. The sex act is animalistic. She is vicious. She scratches me until I bleed. Scratches herself. She cries out in her climax. Sweaty and blood-smeared, she dismounts me.

Listen, Grace, I’m almost finished here. ” “You sure? ” Later, I call Rachel again. She answers on the seventh ring. Immediately I recognize the alcohol in her voice. I hear the television in the background. She tries to disguise her drunkenness but overcompensates, pronouncing each word with excruciating accuracy. She sounds like a drunk trying not to sound drunk. I know that soon she will dip into her pharmaceutical supply and augment her drunkenness with a carefully chosen pill. Depending on the pill chosen, I know that when I arrive home later I will be greeted by either a catatonic stupor or the ravings of a maniac whose lunacy is directed toward me.

At first, but now I understand. ” “Yeah. ” I had taken her to the nicest restaurant I could afford without using a credit card or writing a check. It was in the same town as the Hendrix Institute, but I didn’t worry about being seen with her. My home was in another county. Violet was impressed with the food and the opulent—to her—atmosphere. After the meal, we talked. At first, our conversation was stilted—we were from different worlds, after all—but we soon picked up a comfortable rhythm. “That’s incredible,” I said.

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