By Harry Shannon

In October, of 1993 a small specified Ops crew roped down in Somalia to assassinate a cult chief. The challenge went horribly flawed. Their chief used to be killed, the medic shot within the backbone. basically of the D-Boys, crimson Burke and Scotty Bowden, got here away unscathed.

The getting older infantrymen now stay within the l. a. zone. Wheelchair sure 'Doc' is hired by means of the Coroner's workplace, Bowden is a progressively deteriorating cop at the take and Burke works either side of the legislation to hide his wife’s scientific debts. whilst recognized horror novelist Peter Stryker is located useless, Burke is employed to enquire. might a guy may devote suicide by means of butchering his personal body?

The bloody path speedily leads Burke to embody an previous lover, confront a vicious drug lord, and eventually recruit his pals to degree one final project opposed to a mysterious cult with plans remake the area with a dangerous virus.

"A darkish, exciting story of homicide and intrigue that might have you ever turning the pages as quickly as you can."
--Crimespree Magazine

"The strain of Darkness is a depressing and exciting walk alongside the knife area. hugely recommended."
--Cemetery Dance

"Shannon’s impeccable pacing and eye for the terrifying will go away the reader shaken and unsettled."
--Publisher’s Weekly

"Easily the best thrillers of the year."
-J.A. Konrath

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He has a few form of symbols on items of paper in a hidden position, they get swiped. " "Uh huh. " "Lots of individuals hate Stryker, the daughter says. You interview Merriman and friend within the related day and are available up empty either instances. " "Yeah. " "And ultimately document does a bit digging for you, and between different issues says the infant powder from the adjacent suite does not fit yours. So we've got to determine someone else did pass in there to slice-and-dice Stryker. " Burke sat up rigorously. "You left whatever out. " "Dinky Martin? " "No, I doubt that is relating to any of this. i believe Dinky simply desired to even the ranking for the whipping I gave him Sunday evening. " "So what are you conversing approximately? " "I intended the truth that document has gotten a few severe warmth for supporting me out. And upload to that Scotty Bowden all at once appearing so bizarre. Jesus, you'll imagine he was once at the different aspect, or anything. " "Other part of what, Burke? " "That's the query, is not it? Beats the hell out me. " Burke leaned ahead, elbows at the table. He'd been pounded on ahead of, yet now not at this complicated age. He remembered a line from an previous Indiana Jones motion picture, whatever approximately it now not being the rate however the mileage that eventually received you. "Okay, Suite 1124. " "Say what? " "That previous couple who rented the suite subsequent to Stryker on the Sheraton," Gina stated, impatiently. She appeared down at her notes, unconsciously pursed her lips. She gave the look of a small baby. "Here it really is, Dorothy. Clinton and Dorothy Farnsworth. I appeared them up on the net, Burke. They pop up at the society pages much. Fund elevating for health center wings, doubles tennis for the prune juice set, that kind of factor. " Burke grunted. "Likely to be squeaky fresh, in different phrases. " "Well, I received to thinking about. What could a wealthy Bel Air couple owns their very own mansion be doing renting a not-that-swanky suite on the Sheraton for an evening? development on their mansion, what? " He felt a relax strolling on skinny, furry legs. "You recognize whatever, that may be a damned stable query, isn't really it? so that you checked on their whereabouts the evening of Stryker's demise, simply to be certain. " "Oh, they have been on the town okay, yet they have been supposedly attending a personal party at Shutters in Santa Monica, and stayed relatively past due. Whoever checked into that suite, Burke, it wasn't them. " "Did you get an outline from the employees? i do not take into account there being whatever within the police document lets use. " Gina produced a folded piece of paper. "I schmoozed, I wheedled, I begged. Scotty nearly shit himself, yet then he faxed it over. " Burke grabbed it from her hand. It used to be a replica of the hotel's registration records for Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Farnsworth. "The handwriting? " "It's a fairly sturdy forgery," Gina stated, "but it truly is faux. I checked. " She yawned. "But witness the substantial conceitedness, my guy. The company handle is true for the genuine Farnsworth, over on road of the celebs in Century urban. yet have a look at the house deal with they gave. " "Did the law enforcement officials ever persist with up in this? " "Not to this point. And belief me, Scotty sounded scared.

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