Written In Blood by Alex R. Carver
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Genres: Adult, Thriller
A peaceful village torn apart by murder, mistrust, and a desire for revenge.
When Oakhurst’s daughters begin to turn up, brutally murdered and with accusatory words carved into their skin, the residents of the small, close-knit community are unwilling to believe that one of their own might be a killer. Suspicion falls on the village’s newest resident, Zack Wild, attractive, charming, author of violent crime novels, and possessor of a dark history; he seems like the perfect suspect. As the investigation continues, the evidence against Wild mounts, but is prejudice against the newcomer affecting the judgment of Sergeant Mitchell, Constable Turner thinks so; she is determined to bring the killer to justice, no matter who it is, or what she has to do. Who will be proved right, and will they catch the killer before he can strike again?
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Excerpt from Written in Blood:
Without waiting for Mitchell, who should have been there already, Melissa moved forward to try and break the fight up. If she didn’t, she suspected Kieran was going to be killed, or at least left permanently injured, given the energy and enthusiasm with which Oliver was smashing his head onto the floor. It quickly became clear that it was not a good idea for her to wade in; the moment she got within a foot of the fighting pair, she was caught across the cheek by a wild swing from one of Oliver’s fists.
She reeled away from the fight, but the moment she recovered her balance, she threw herself back into the fray. As best she could, she avoided the flailing arms as she sought to separate Oliver and Kieran, with only minimal success. Fortunately, Mitchell arrived before she could receive more than a few painful and annoying bruises, and between them they managed to drag Oliver away from Kieran and hold him long enough to get cuffs on his wrists.
“It might be a good idea if you take the girls into the living room, while I speak to Oliver and Kieran,” Mitchell said once he had the two young men on opposite sides of the kitchen.
“Okay.” It took some persuasion to get Emily and Tara, Kieran’s sisters, out of the kitchen and along the passage to the living room. Emily went willingly, but Tara had to be all but dragged away.
Mitchell waited until Melissa and the two girls had reached the living room, and then he turned to Kieran. “Are you alright?” he asked.
“What the hell are you asking him for?” Oliver demanded. “He’s the sick bastard killed Georgie.” He launched himself across the room, catching Mitchell by surprise, and threw himself on Kieran. The fact that his hands were cuffed behind his back didn’t stop him, he rammed into Kieran with his shoulder, driving him backwards into the upturned table. When he stepped back, Kieran fell to the floor, and there was just enough time for him to lash out with a booted foot, burying it in Keiran’s stomach, before he was dragged away.
“You okay?” Mitchell asked of Kieran, bending to help him to his feet after shoving Oliver across the room.
“Sure. That pussy couldn’t hurt a flea,” Kieran said dismissively, ignoring the fact that the so-called ‘pussy’ had just floored him.
Oliver sneered at that. “Who the hell are you trying to kid? If anyone’s a pussy here, it’s you, and you know it. You couldn’t fight your way out of a wet paper bag. If your daddy hadn’t been here with his shotgun last week, I’da had you in hospital, and if the pigs hadn’t turned up today, I’da finished the job I started the other month. You’re a sick sonofabitch, and you need to die.” As he raged, he struggled against the handcuffs that kept him restrained, even though he had enough experience with handcuffs to know that it was impossible for him to break out of them.
Alex Carver has worked a number of jobs over the years, none of which provided the satisfaction he got from writing, and he has now given up the day jobs to write full-time. Primarily he writes crime fiction, reflecting his interest in the seedy underbelly of life, but science fiction and kids adventure have featured in his writing, with books in those genres on the long list of titles he is preparing for release.