The Kill: A Hunt Country Suspense Novel by Jan Neuharth

By Jan Neuharth

Award finalist within the mystery/suspense class of united states booklet information most sensible Books 2010 awards When notice reaches her in war-torn Afghanistan that her loved Uncle Richard has been brutally murdered, globe-trotting photojournalist Abigale Portmann reluctantly abandons her task and returns to the rolling hills and rocky relationships of her previous within the picturesque equestrian neighborhood of Middleburg, Virginia—a position she has painstakingly shunned for 17 years. whereas the sheriff thinks the homicide is a random theft long gone undesirable, Abigale quickly turns into confident her uncle used to be slain by way of anyone he knew. Suspicion swirls between colourful characters within the tweedy, foxhunting crowd, together with a superficial nouveau riche social climber, the lazy inheritor to an old-money fortune, and, such a lot painfully to Abigale, her former youth sweetheart. because the gripping plot unfolds, pals develop into suspects and family members ties are demonstrated, till occasions spin uncontrolled and the riveting story races to a terrifying end.

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She’s shed all her tears. At least publicly. ” Manning’s fingers curled in the air like quotation marks. ” Smitty clamped his mouth into a pucker and slowly shook his head. There was an uncharacteristic hardness in his eyes. ” Manning narrowed his eyes. ” “You need to step up to the plate, son. Your mother just lost her oldest and dearest friend. She and Richard have had each other’s backs since high school—that’s more than fifty years. Margaret would kill me for saying it, but she can’t go through this alone.

Margaret glanced at Manning as she pulled open the door. ” He sighed and shifted to his feet. ” CHAPTER 11 A burn shot through Manning’s gut as he watched the door swing closed behind his mother. Smitty arched a bushy eyebrow. ” He took a breath. “I just don’t get it, Smitty. ” “You’re her son. She needed you this morning. ” “Mother needed me? ” “She’s shed all her tears. At least publicly. ” Manning’s fingers curled in the air like quotation marks. ” Smitty clamped his mouth into a pucker and slowly shook his head.

She clutched the phone to her ear, waiting what seemed like an eternity for the call to go through. Joe scooted over and patted a spot next to him on the cot. She dropped down on the edge facing away from him as a hollow ring-ring trilled in her ear. ” “Jesus. Abigale, I got a call from your mother. I guess Joe told you. Your uncle in Virginia—Richard—he’s been shot. ” There was a long suffering pause. “He’s dead, Abigale. ” CHAPTER 10 Manning parked his BMW in front of his mother’s house behind Wendy Brooks’s Jeep.

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