By Grant Jerkins
A twisting debut novel of homicide and darkish relatives secrets and techniques from a riveting new voice in crime fiction. A murdered girl. A grieving husband. And their son-a mentally handicapped grownup with a heritage of violent outbursts. a very easy case. Or is it? Leo Hewitt, an Assistant DA as soon as blamed for surroundings unfastened a infamous child-killer, is keen to redeem himself with this intimate and grisly crime. As he digs under the skin he discovers greater than he ever anticipated-including an emotionally disturbed spouse, a husband who'd do something to flee his disastrous marriage, and an accused younger guy with out obvious technique of safeguard. yet with each one surprising new revelation, Leo is just led deeper and deeper into the darkness-an inescapable catch of blood bonds and twisted kin secrets and techniques.
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Right now you’re afraid I’ll do something crazy. ” “Rachel, I’m not scared of you. You’re my wife. ” “No you don’t. You can’t love me. ” I remained silent. “See! See! I knew it! ” “No. You asked me if I’d ever thought about it. Of course I have. ” “Well, let me tell you, you’ll never leave me. ” She turned from me. Her shoulders were shaking. Then the stringent smell of burning flesh filled the air. “Rachel! ” I turned her to me. She held the burning end of her cigarette to the flesh of her forearm.
No human contact is involved, just a faintly glowing computer terminal to light my solitary investigations. I have called Rachel to tell her that I miss her, that I hope to be home soon, but the truth is that I prefer the company of this quietly humming machine to that of my wife. My machine responds to me in ways that I can foresee and easily understand. My secretary, Grace, has diligently stayed late with me. I imagine, foolishly, that she merely wants to appear ambitious. She drops a stack of folders on my desk.
She talks through her tears, but I have no trouble understanding her. In fact, it is at times like these that I understand her best. “If you want to fight, great, let’s fight. It’s the only time you show any emotion anymore. ” “I don’t want to fight,” I say, and take her into my arms to comfort her, an action that needed no rehearsal, I’ve done it so many times before. “It’s all right. I’m all right and you’re all right. Don’t cry. I brought you something. A surprise. He’s in the car. ” I wake Albert.
A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins