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 safeguard. yet probably it may simply say “Troubleshooter.”

Used to be little ones performed open air until eventually meal time, now social media’s the recent online game on the town. nowadays, they play on their smartphones. yet with extra freedom comes higher risk. cellular units are a conduit right into a child’s existence, not only for associates 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 woman 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 stricken by the kidnapping of a schoolmate eighteen years previous?

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 previous. Then one other baby is going missing—and Laura needs to race the clock to discover her.

“A terrific debut…Welcome to a powerful new voice in American Crime Fiction”
— T. Jefferson Parker, Edgar Award winner and writer of California Girl

“A complicated, multi-layered, nail-biting Superthriller”
— Michael Prescott, ny instances and Amazon bestselling writer of harmful video games

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Everyone here had some knowledge of FBI profile techniques. They knew as well as she did that when a person employed ritual in his killing, he would do it again. Victor said, “The dress was too small. He must have had the dress first. ” “Maybe that’s all he could find,” said a scrawny cop with a rust-colored, handlebar mustache like Wyatt Earp’s. His nameplate said Danehill. ” “He could have gotten the dress anywhere,” said Victor. ” “What, you mean like sewed? ” “My wife sews,” Sergeant Nesmith said.

Holland shrugged. His watchful eyes scanned the room, landed on Laura. “Why would he come here? We’re a little off the beaten path. ” Officer Duffy spoke up. ” Chief Ducotte looked at Holland. “Go on,” he said. F. Holland talks, people listen. “This is a local guy, been working up to this a long time, peeping in windows, maybe caught masturbating outside some little girl’s house. I see it as opportunistic—nobody was around, he saw her, he grabbed her. Maybe it got out of hand. ” He pushed his chair back, almost pinning Laura’s arm between them.

It had been a very long day. There had been so much to do, and she trusted no one else to do it—even the stuff some might label scutwork—because this was her case and she had to build it painstakingly. In her mind she thought of it as a Popsicle-stick house, placing one piece of evidence atop another until she had a case so tight no defense attorney could knock it down. One thing Frank Entwistle had drummed into her: Think about the end game. In police work, the end game was a conviction. Whatever she uncovered would have to stand up in court.

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