Caught Red-Handed by Jan Burke

By Jan Burke

This e-short tale assortment from ny instances bestselling suspense writer Jan Burke includes a fresh Irene Kelly brief tale, “The Privileged,” plus 3 unforgettable tales from the print anthology Eighteen.

Before Frank Harriman and Irene Kelly obtained married, Frank was once a rookie cop in Bakersfield, California. while he investigates one of many worst forms of calls a policeman can get—a undesirable scent coming from a closed trailer on a sizzling day—Frank and his education officer will not be shocked to discover a lifeless physique. yet everyone seems to be surprised whilst the corpse results in the police chief’s downfall...

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I’m going to the hospital. ” “No thanks,” I yell back. ” It’s eleven thirty. I still have over an hour before I’m supposed to pick up Maria. I decide to go outside, pretend to get the mail or something, peek over and act surprised to see him there. It’s summer, for God’s sake, and I haven’t seen him since the last day of school. He’ll want to say hello to someone from school, especially me, Kelly’s closest friend. We can even talk about Kelly. That’ll be fine. That’ll be perfect. I can go over just to find out how Kelly is.

I don’t know. What kind of question is that? ” He shrugs. ” I feel my insides light up like birthday candles, even though this is evil, even though we shouldn’t be talking this way. And suddenly I feel sort of … free. Like, I know I’ve known all along, but it suddenly hits me. Kelly isn’t here. It’s just me. And Sean. “Maybe,” I say. He edges in closer and I can smell the heat of his breath, like freshly cut grass. ” His lips are too close to mine to speak, like they might bump together by forming words.

He pulls his T-shirt back down to cover the blub and takes out his wallet. ” Luke stops and I concentrate hard on him, wait to hear what he wants. I watch the way his squinty blue eyes spy at me from behind a pair of tiny, gold-rimmed glasses, the way his lips spout like he’s trying to think up what to say, and how his ears are as tiny as mine. I try to imagine what he looked like at my age, before his face got all saggy, and wonder if he might have been kind of cute. ” he asks. “It’s no big deal, Luke.

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