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 security. yet perhaps it's going to simply say “Troubleshooter.”

Used to be children performed open air till meal time, now social media’s the hot online game on the town. nowadays, they play on their smartphones. yet with extra freedom comes higher hazard. cellular units are a conduit right into a child’s lifestyles, not only for acquaintances yet should 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 is familiar with instantly what she’s up opposed to: a crafty sexual predator. yet why is she affected by the kidnapping of a schoolmate eighteen years prior?

In a runaway case that propels Laura from a lavish Tucson property to the secretive middle of a northern Florida city, she needs to confront the ghosts of her personal prior. Then one other baby is going missing—and Laura needs to race the clock to discover her.

“A great debut…Welcome to a powerful 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, manhattan occasions and Amazon bestselling writer of harmful video games

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Mike’s talked to the chief down there, and we all agree,” Jerry said. “You’re the lead investigator on this. ” He always said that, although Laura had never taken any shit yet. She knew the pep talk was just his way of showing support for her, a woman doing a man’s job. But being called in to assist on investigations in other jurisdictions—mostly small towns—Laura knew that petty politics were far more obstructive to an investigation than any effect her gender might have. “Victor will meet you there as soon as he can.

Darrell Lee James buzzed his window down. She flashed her light on his face. It wasn’t him. This guy was fifty if he was a day. Duffy kept her face impassive, but her disappointment was deep. She knew she should feel more than disappointed. There was a monster on the loose. The problem was she didn’t feel things deeply the way other people did, with one exception. Love was the most important emotion on earth, and that she felt in spades. Everything else paled in comparison to what was going on between her and Randall—even catching a killer.

She leaned to look at where the girl’s back departed from the wall. The dress had been zipped up only halfway. No tag. Laura took a deep breath and looked into the girl’s eyes. She had seen many people who had died violently. It seemed to her that the eyes of a large percentage of these victims had been stamped with fathomless terror, as if they had seen their deaths coming for them. But in this girl’s eyes Laura saw no emotion, just broken blood vessels in the whites—petechiae—which hinted at death by strangulation.

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