Recently widowed, Austin Police Detective Jason Scarsdale works to solve the murders of two pedophiles, while trying to be both mother and father to his five-year-old daughter. During his investigation, Scarsdale is forced to navigate between the crosshairs of two police commanders out to get him. Drawn to Austin Police Crime Analyst, Dani Mueller, who has also suffered tragedy, Scarsdale fights both his attraction and his suspicions that something just isn’t right…
She is hiding a secret, one that could not only cost her a job—it could end her life…
Dani hides a deadly past. After her daughter was brutally murdered, Dani exacted her revenge then changed her name and fled to Austin. But if her secret ever gets out, she knows there is no place she can hide from the murderer’s vicious family.
Pulled into a web of malice and deceit, Scarsdale and Dani discover the value of breaking the rules. Then just when they thought things couldn’t get worse…they do.
Targeted Age Group:: 21-90
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
AS a former law enforcement officer and a practicing criminal law attorney, I’d been involved with a fair share of cases about people struggling to deal with the loss of a loved one in a criminal offense. Those cases dealt with revenge and pushing the edge of the envelope for vengeance. I wrote Price of Justice from a collage of cases I’d worked.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My characters were created from a collage of people I had worked with over the years.
Scarsdale pulled a photograph of Zarko out of his notebook and showed it to Loper. “Have you ever seen this man before?”
Loper studied the picture. “Yes, as a matter of fact I have,” he said, nodding his head as he handed the photo back to Scarsdale. “He came in last Tuesday inquiring about a vacancy in Building 3.” Loper smiled. “On the third floor, as a matter of fact.”
“About what time was that?” Harris asked.
“Oh, I’d say—just before dusk. Six or seven.”
So, did you have a vacancy on three?” Scarsdale asked.
“And we did. Apartment 310. We showed it to him and he said he’d let us know.”
Walking with Harris back to their car, Scarsdale com-mented, “Zarko never wanted to rent that apartment. He wanted to see the lay-out.”
“Are you thinking what I’m thinking?” Harris asked.
“Yeah. Dani was the woman in Lasiter’s closet. And Zarko wants to get rid of her.”
“So what the hell was she doing in there?”
Scarsdale snapped his fingers. He recalled what Amanda had told him. “You remember that old man across the alley from Lasiter’s? You thought the taillight sketch he drew fit a Mercedes?”
“Guess who sold her Mercedes recently?”
For Scarsdale, if Dani was involved, it complicated things. Deep down, he hoped she had a plausible explanation. Like Harris said, she was too classy to be mixed up with the likes of Lasiter and Zarko. But if she was the one, he didn’t want Shannon hanging out with her. After all, she had left town kind of suddenly. If she came back, they’d have a serious chat about Lasiter’s murder.
Alan Brenham is the pseudonym of Alan Behr, an American author and attorney. He served as a law enforcement officer before earning a law degree from Baylor University and worked as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney for twenty-two years. His travels took him to several European and Middle Eastern countries, Alaska and almost every island in the Caribbean. While contracted to US military forces, he resided in Berlin, Germany for two years. Alan and his wife, Lillian, currently live in the Austin, Texas area. Visit his website at www.alanbrenham.com.
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