Colder Than Blood by Ed Rowe

By Ed Rowe

Whilst a tender girl dives into his motor vehicle pleading for support, unemployed slacker Jack Marsh is propelled right into a determined high-speed chase. yet Jack fails to guard the unusual woman and she or he is recaptured by way of her darkish pursuer and brutally murdered.

Vowing to trace down the killer to redeem himself as an novice detective, Jack's hunt leads him deep right into a dirty Melbourne underworld of thugs, psychotic drug purchasers, and the shadowy hand of a non secular cult.

But quickly Jack turns into a hunted guy himself. together with his enemies tightening their nets round him, and his personal internal demons threatening to spoil his unravel, Jack will want all of his wits – in addition to his brown belt karate talents – to flee along with his life...

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I glued my foot to the pedal and blurred past a line of cars. The van increased its speed, snorting furious blasts of exhaust as its driver gunned the engine. A ladder tied to the van’s roof rack jutted out over the windshield like a jousting lance. The van began to close the distance between us, its heavy bull-bar grinning with wicked metal teeth as it drew closer. Chew on this, I thought, and whipped my car through a narrow gap. I shot ahead into a clear stretch of road and took off, leaving the van stuck behind traffic.

He zapped Brad Hinley back to obscurity with one click of the mouse. “Damn, this is going to take hours,” I said. I drained the last of my beer and tossed the can onto the floor to join the other empties. Benny scowled at me as if I had committed a blasphemy. “Let me try something else,” he said, but I was only half listening. I stared at the newspaper photo of Tess while he clicked and typed. She smiled back, cheerful and vibrant, frozen in a moment of past innocence. There was no hint of the pain and terror that was to come, no shadow of the rictus beneath her carefree smile.

I was on Springvale Road, going through Nunawading. I stopped for a red light at the Maroondah Highway intersection. ” “Yeah, it’s being recorded. ” “It was about three o’clock. ” “Hold on a second,” Gars said. I heard papers rustling. “Says here her name’s Theresa. ” “Her old man told me only family and friends called her Tess. ” “She introduced herself as Tess. ” he said scornfully. ” I knew he was just trying to taunt me into tripping over my tongue, so I locked it away and waited. ” he said after a few moments.

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