By D. B. Gilles
Grave robbers searching for jewels whereas breaking into mausoleums in a 200-year-old cemetery stumble onto the is still of a physique that shouldn’t be there: a teenaged lady. They take off, leaving the door to the mausoleum open. The cemetery evening watchman reveals the physique and calls the police who in flip name Del Coltrane, the 33-year-old funeral director of Henderson’s Funeral Home.
Although Del isn’t used to homicide, he’s used to loss of life, so at the start this is often simply one other corpse. yet after the sufferer is pointed out as an area youngster lengthy regarded as a runaway, Del is pulled into the case as a choose to the tough-as-nails 15-year-old niece of the useless woman. steadily he realizes a serial killer has been preying at the girls in his city for 20 years.
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She quickly rappelled down the side of the mine shaft. She landed hard, but kept her balance. “Impressive,” Sean said, his voice strained. “I live to impress you,” Lucy said as she removed the harness. She wasn’t one for playful banter, especially when she was so tense, but it relaxed Sean. Little light made it down this far and she turned on the flashlight. He’d pulled himself into a slumped position against the rock and dirt wall. She smelled blood, and looked at Sean. Wood protruded from his leg, and his jeans were soaked in blood.