Darkness on the Edge of Town (Laura Cardinal Series, Book 1) by J. Carson Black
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: legal Investigator with the Arizona division of Public protection. yet might be it's going to simply say “Troubleshooter.”
Used to be youngsters performed open air till dinner time, now social media’s the hot online game on the town. nowadays, they play on their smartphones. yet with extra freedom comes better possibility. cellular units are a conduit right into a child’s existence, 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 lady present in a town’s park bandshell, she understands instantly what she’s up opposed to: a crafty sexual predator. yet why is she affected by the kidnapping of a schoolmate eighteen years past?
In a runaway case that propels Laura from a lavish Tucson property to the secretive center 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 very good 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, big apple instances and Amazon bestselling writer of risky video games
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Laura was used to this kind of rudeness. A state agency, the Arizona Department of Public Safety could only assist small town police departments if the chief requested it. The chief usually asked for help either because his force was too small or they weren’t equipped to do the job. Laura encountered resentment every time she set foot in one of these small towns. Sometimes she thought her job description should read Professional Pariah. She opened up the back of her vehicle and took out her camera bag, wishing she hadn’t worn dark clothes that absorbed the heat.
Laura sighed. It didn’t feel local to her, but her gut could be wrong. “Who knows? Maybe there’s an Internet connection, like the chief said. In that case, it could be someone from anywhere. Buddy Holland says the guy wouldn’t know Bisbee, but it’s not that big. ” Laura shook her head. Why anywhere? Victor left for Tucson soon afterward, wanting to get home to his new baby. Laura would stay here and go directly to the autopsy in Sierra Vista tomorrow afternoon. The Copper Queen Hotel was full up, but after calling around, she found a place on the main drag through town.
After a moment that seemed like a prayer, they continued up the hill. Sunlight glared off silver-painted roofs down below on the Gulch. Laura realized how thirsty she was. When they got back down, she’d ask for someone to send up some bottled water. They followed the wrought iron fence, looking at everything, paying particular attention to the ground. She could hear her own ragged breathing; they were up at five-thousand feet. They could see into the band shell, the horror closer now. It was unsettling how much the girl looked like a doll.