He blends in. He is successful, intelligent and methodical. There are no clues. There are no leads. The only thing the FBI and local police have to go on is the method of death: two bullets to the face- gruesome and meant to send a message. But it’s difficult to understand any message coming from a dark and damaged mind. Two adopted boys, struggling in their own world, have no idea they are the next targets. Neither does their family. And neither does local law enforcement.
One of the final scenes in the book. The six brothers are home alone in a snow storm. They heard gunshots and two boys went out to find the source. Brian and George found a seriously wounded detective. George drives him to the city to the hospital leaving Brian to find who had shot him.
Brian heard him, and both he and Momma sped up. It was shortly after that when Brian saw movement. At first a shadow, then a silhouette in black against the snow. He judged the man to be thirty to forty yards ahead of him and off to the right. He did not think he could get off a good shot.
Brian struggled with the possibility, the probability of shooting a man, another human being. He knew both George and Brett had, though they did not like to talk about it. Brett viewed it matter-of-factly, whereas George was ashamed. Brett was too. Maybe. Different circumstances, same result.
Brian had always been religious and had taken church and his Catholic faith seriously. Even after his mom shot his dad and then took her own life. Even after Brad had died. Perhaps even more so then. He had talked long into the night with Randy and George about God and religion. A bit odd for freshmen in high school. Brian talked with Jeremy, wept in front of him as he struggled with the concept of forgiving his parents, knowing it was the right thing to do, but not being able to.
Now he was faced with the probability of shooting a man. Killing was against one of the commandments, and he took that seriously. Yet, he knew he was the only one standing between the man and his brothers. Between the man and Bobby. It was that thought that kept him moving.
Ahead, the man had stopped, maybe to catch his breath, maybe to determine his direction.
Joseph Lewis has written five books: Caught in a Web; Taking Lives; Stolen Lives; Shattered Lives, and Splintered Lives. His sixth, Spiral into Darkness, debuts January 17, 2019 from Black Rose Writing.
Lewis has been in education for 42 years and counting as a teacher, coach, counselor and administrator. He is currently a high school principal and resides in Virginia with his wife, Kim, along with his daughters, Hannah and Emily. His son, Wil, is deceased.
Lewis uses his psychology and counseling background to craft his characters which helps to bring them to life. His books are topical and fresh and appeal to anyone who enjoys crime thriller fiction with grit and realism and a touch of young adult thrown in.
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