Feb 6, 2017
Seattle is being plagued by a string of gruesome murders. For Detective Peter Tao, it’s a career-making case, but he’s struggling to find a lead. How is the killer choosing his victims? What is he trying to prove?
With a long list of suspects and nothing to connect them, Peter is more determined than ever to apprehend the murderer. Then Peter gets the one vital piece of evidence that ties everything together. Now he’ll have to look beyond the obvious to identify the killer before anyone else is murdered.
Solve the mystery in this fast-moving crime thriller by Ethan Stone.
Today I’m sharing an exclusive excerpt that focus on the serial killer case that had been closed. There’s new evidence and Detective Peter Tao is determined to get to the truth.
Saturday was officially my day off, but I went in to see if Shep had any new leads or needed my help.
“I’m just doing Internet searches,” he said. “I can handle it, but I’ll call you if I need you.”
“Thanks, man.” I said and patted his shoulder.
On my desk was a message from a guy named Mason Patel requesting I call him back. The name rang a bell but it took a minute for me to remember who he was. Jamey and I had interviewed him at the docks on Elliot Bay. He’d been near where the body of Julian Ramsay had been found. I checked out my notes to refresh my memories, and it came back to me.
Patel had been partying the night of the murder but he had seen a redheaded woman on the docks. I had no idea why he’d be calling me but I returned the phone-call. I’d been just about to hang up when he answered.
“Hello, Mr. Patel, this is Detective Tao returning your call.”
“Oh, hey, Detective. You told me to call if I had more information for you.”
I considered telling him the case was closed, but wanted to hear what he had to say.
“I saw that woman again. The one I told you about.”
“The woman on the docks? You saw her again?”
“Yeah. She’s a drag queen. I saw her sing at Le Faux, the cabaret bar on Broadway. She, or he, performed as Lavish Gloss.”
“You’re sure it was her?”
“Well, not a hundred percent, but I’m pretty positive it was her.”
After ending the call with Patel I visited Le Faux’s website and learned Lavish Gloss was performing again that night.
“Wonder if Bryce likes drag shows?” I whispered to no one in particular.
I closed down my computer and was heading to the restroom when I bumped into Aza. Literally bumped into him because neither of us was looking where we were going.
“Peter! How are you?”
We shook hands. “I’m good. How about you?”
“The same. I’ve missed working with you. I enjoyed getting out of the cave.” He nodded toward the dark tech room.
“I liked it as well. I hope we can work together again sometime.”
He paused and had a concerned expression on his face. “There was something I wanted to talk to you about but I wasn’t sure if I should.” He glanced around like he was searching for eavesdroppers.
“You want to grab a bite at the diner across the street?” I asked.
“Yes, I would like that very much.”
We crossed the street and took a booth, waiting until we ordered to start talking.
“What’s on your mind, Aza?”
He chewed on his lip for a moment. “I know the case is closed, but there are things that bug me. It doesn’t feel right.”
I chuckled and he shot me an inquisitive stare. “Molly just talked to me yesterday and said the same thing. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have the same concerns.”
Aza relaxed and took a sip of water. “I can’t tell you exactly what bothers me and that’s the problem. I have nothing concrete. Just a gut feeling.”
“Ditto,” I said. “I wouldn’t even know where to start.”
“I have a few ideas but wasn’t sure if I should do anything.”
“It can’t be anything official. I don’t want it getting out that we have doubts. If we were wrong we’d all be screwed.”
“I can do it in between other cases,” Aza said. “It won’t alert anyone. We have free rein back there as long as we get results. I just wanted to get your thoughts beforehand.”
“I say, go for it. Report to me as soon as you find anything.”
He grinned. “Working together again. I love it.”
Romance on the Edge
Ethan Stone doesn’t write your typical boy meets boy stories. With a combination of love and suspense he makes his characters work hard for their HEAs. If they can survive what he puts them through, then they can survive anything. He enjoys Romance with an Edge.
Ethan has been reading mysteries and thrillers since he was young. He’s had a thing for guys in uniform for just as long. That may have influenced the stories he writes.
He’s a native Oregonian with two kids. One of whom has made him a grandfather three times over; even though he is way too young.
Readers can find Ethan online.
His books: http://www.ethanjstone.com/my-books