Seven years before the events in Indiscriminate and three months before the events in Impact, Detective Sergeant Noah Harkham and his partner, Senior Detective Rob Meares investigated a pair of grisly murders linked only by the bizarre signature left behind by the killer: a clock set at 1 o’clock carved into the victim’s flesh.
However, before they could get any solid leads on the case, Rob suddenly died of what was ruled natural causes, leaving Noah grieving, and with a case that quickly went cold.
Now, a new victim has been found, bearing the mark of the One O’clock Killer. Detectives Alan Franks and Casey Townsend are on the case, but Franks calls on his former partner, Noah, to give them insight into a case seven years cold.
Read on for a sneak preview:
Noah was deep into the case notes of a seventeen-year cold rape/homicide when his phone rang. The caller ID told him it was Detective Franks. He answered the phone on speaker, something he did more often now that he could only hear out of one ear. “Yeah, Frankie, what’s up?”
“I just got called to a homicide on the RiverWalk.” Frankie sounded stressed, his voice tinged with anxiety. “The victim was found with a clock face carved into his forehead.”
He sat up straighter. “A clock?”
“Set at one o’clock,” Franks added grimly.
Noah swallowed hard, his heart beginning to pound. “He’s back.”
“I’m gonna need you to come to the station, take me through the old case files.”
“Whatever you need, Frankie,” he replied, gripping the chair arms tighter. “I’ll be right there.”
Thank you for reading this teaser preview of my forthcoming book: Time of Death, Book Two of the Riverdale PD Series.
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-Excerpt from Time of Death, © 2018 J.I. O’Neal
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