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Not much could drag Jim Booker out of a peaceful, if lonely, retirement and back to late nights, crime scenes, and chases. Jim Booker is done with detective work and would just like to enjoy a cup of coffee on a sunny day. But when an old friend shows up with a case about an old flame, Booker can’t say no.
What starts as a missing persons case soon delivers more than he bargained for, and when Booker’s own past offers clues, it’s clear that no one else can solve this mystery. But there’s a catch: Booker was given six months to live eight months ago.
Author J.R. Rain shows us that when it seems there’s nothing left to live for, there’s also nothing left to lose. His characters will take a chance on danger, doubt, even an unlikely romance—as long as they get a cup of coffee first.
Curiosity Quills Press brings together bestselling authors like J.R. Rain, Tony Healey, A.W. Exley, and more (with a foreword by Jennifer Malone Wright) to create a spine-tingling, mind-blowing, quirky collection of short stories in their first ever, annual Curiosity Quills: Primetime anthology.
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Included Short Stories:
And Death Shall Have No Dominion - K.H. Koehler Cyber Cowboy - James Wymore Dark Orb - Tony Healey Ephemera - Gerilyn Marin The Fridge - J.R. Rain Ghost Placers - Nina Post Gothic Gwen - A.W. Exley How I Killed the Drama - Mike Robinson Mad Science - Sharon Bayliss On the Rocks - William Vitka Razor Child - Michael Shean Sinergy - A.E. Propher & Grace Eyre Tell Us Everything - Randy Attwood The Caw - Eliza Tilton The Damned and the Dangerous - Michael Panush The Last Carnivale - Vicki Keire The Milgram Battery - Matthew Graybosch The Notebook - Randy Attwood The Pearl - Rand B. Lee Trevor - Nathan Yocum
When high school student Derrick Booker, the only black student at a posh Orange County high school, is accused of killing his white girlfriend, ex-college football hero and detective Jim Knighthorse is hired to dig a little deeper into the murder. It doesn't take long for Knighthorse to realize that not all is as it seems at tranquil Huntington High, from a band director who preys on the innocent to a vice-principal with a secret agenda of her own. Not to mention someone's hired a professional killer to keep Knighthorse permanently off the case.
As the investigation continues, Knighthorse's personal life is shattered by the discovery of new evidence relating to his mother's unsolved murder, a murder dating back twenty years. Reeling from the discovery, a determined Jim Knighthorse sets out to bring two killers to justice.