Here’s a new novel opening I wrote this morning. I’ll probably tackle this book before I start the second BROKEN BOY SOLDIERS novel. I want to tip my hat to some heroes like John D. MacDonald and Donald Westlake with this book. If this is your kind of story, would you want to read more after the opening here?
THE GRAVE DARK AND DEEP
At dawn, on a warm summer day high in the Rockies, they stripped him and nailed his nuts to a tree stump and left him to die.
His brothers in blue: One old partner who had warned him to keep his nose out of Mr. Derringer’s business; the other a new cop, young, cocky, a kid who had never spoken a word to Roger White.
They made their way out of the forest and back to the field their truck was parked in, while Roger bit through his lower lip and tried not to move a muscle. The pain was so intense that black dots hung like a film over his eyes. His pulse beat recklessly in his temple. His jaw ached from locking the scream in. He hadn’t wanted to give them any satisfaction. But as soon as they were out of sight, he sobbed, unable to look down at the wreckage of his scrotum. Blood was hot, but cooling quickly, on the inside of his thighs. He feared passing out, what further damage might that do?
There were others, but they didn’t hold much precedence now.
He turned his head with excruciating slowness. They’d left the ruined girl’s body ten feet away, at the edge of a wet depression. She was on her left side, facing away from him. There was blood on the insides of her thighs too. The only thing he had to be thankful for was that he couldn’t see her young smashed face. Just the blonde hair, the slope of naked shoulder, the rise of hip, the milky skin somehow bleached.
And for a while there was only the two of them and the quiet, barren wilderness…
My latest Crime novel, IT’S ONLY DEATH, is coming out from DarkFuse in a couple days. You can buy it here!
I also have a Supernatural Thriller, THE DEVIL GAVE THEM BLACK WINGS, coming out March 17th, which you can pre-order here.
Thanks for reading! – Lee