By Julia Spencer-Fleming

Saturday, November 14, 5:00 A.M.

In the small Adirondack city of Millers Kill, an outdated lumberman sits at nighttime along with his gun throughout his knees. round the corner, an unemployed logger sleeps off his bender from the evening prior to. the landlord of the town's final paper mill tosses in his mattress. And a tender lady, one among 3 heirs to the 250,000-acre nice Camp, wakes by myself in darkness, certain and gagged.

Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne wishes not anything greater than a quiet day of searching within the mountains on his 50th birthday. His spouse must have the town's new luxurious lodge prepared for its gala commencing evening. The Reverend Clare Fergusson expects to spend the day getting St. Alban's Church prepared for the bishop's annual stopover at. Her long-distance suitor from ny expects a few solutions approximately their dating in the course of his weekend on the town.

In Millers Kill, the place we all know everybody and all are a part of an interconnected net of blood or acquaintance, one person's problems have a fashion of ensnaring others. What starts as an easy case of a girl misplaced within the woods ends up in a tangle of revenge, blackmail, attack, kidnapping, and homicide. because the hours tick through, Russ and Clare fight to make experience in their town's plunge into chaos---and their very own chaotic feelings.

Something negative waits within the ice-rimed mountains cradling Millers Kill. whatever that will not be content material with only one death---or . . .

In To Darkness and To Death, Julia Spencer-Fleming maintains her relocating tale of how a small city, in addition to a very good urban, can harbor evil, and the fight of 2 sincere humans to accommodate the ubiquitous risk in their emotions for one another.

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Mr. van der Hoeven. ” He prolonged his hand. “You’ve obtained stable searching wind up right here. ” Van der Hoeven’s grip used to be cool and dry. “I prefer to imagine so. Did you are taking whatever? ” Russ shook his head. “Afraid no longer. yet Ed the following harvested a attractiveness. ” “Six issues. ” Ed rocked backward and forward on his heels, each orange-and-camo-clad line of him radiating pride. “We field-dressed the outdated boy and hung him up, and after having to perform a little paintings, Russ made up our minds he’d had sufficient. ” Russ smiled good-naturedly. “No use letting the beef sit down round ageing. Gotta get it domestic and butcher it. ” “It’s simply in addition. ” Eugene regarded towards the woods obvious from his entrance door with an expression of resignation. “The seek and rescue workforce is offered trying to find my sister. Any online game within the sector is long past to floor this present day. ” “Your sister? ” Russ spoke extra sharply than he had meant to. Eugene checked out him for a second, then stepped again from the door. “Why don’t you are available? ” Ed made a few noise approximately their smell—dressing out a greenback wasn’t a fresh process—but Russ van der Hoeven in with out remark. He didn’t imagine a bit clean blood from a fit deer made them offensive. He had visible and smelled a ways, some distance worse in twenty-seven years as a cop. the inner of the nice camp must have felt welcoming. The wooden and rugs made patches of quilt-warm colour, and the spindly antiques have been balanced by way of certainly cozy chairs and sofas, yet there has been whatever off-putting approximately it. chilly. probably it used to be the sheer measurement of where; the residing room–dining room was once nearly as significant because the footprint of Russ’s apartment. “I set a few espresso and pastries out for the searchers. may possibly I give you something? ” Van der Hoeven waved towards a sideboard that may have stuffed up part the Van Alstynes’ kitchen. “No. thank you. ” Ed wasn’t as reticent, grabbing a muffin out of a basket made up of looping silver cord set subsequent to a coffeemaker. “So what’s this approximately your sister? ” Russ requested. “Maybe I must have rung up your humans rather than John Huggins. ” Eugene’s gaze used to be unfocused, as though he have been taking a look into the misty previous. “But I reasoned the one factor the police may possibly do will be calling out the hunt and rescue crew. ” “Are you certain she’s misplaced? ” “It’s the single factor i will be able to consider. ” Van der Hoeven ran a give up the again of his head, smoothing his overgrown hair, bunching it right into a little ponytail in his fist. “Millie and that i have been having dinner final night—” “Millie is your sister? ” “My more youthful sister, sure. Our older sister, Louisa, lives in San Francisco. besides, after dinner, she stated she used to be going to take a stroll. i used to be drained, and making plans on getting up early to seek, so I acknowledged reliable evening. whilst I arose this morning, she wasn’t in her room. Her mattress hadn’t been slept in. I took a brief flip round the paths and constructions nearest to the home, and once it was once visible she wasn’t wherever within sight, I phoned seek and rescue. ” “What time did your sister exit on her stroll? ” “We dined at 8, so it should have been just about 9.

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