By Grant Jerkins
A twisting debut novel of homicide and darkish kinfolk secrets and techniques from a riveting new voice in crime fiction. A murdered lady. A grieving husband. And their son-a mentally handicapped grownup with a historical past of violent outbursts. a very easy case. Or is it? Leo Hewitt, an Assistant DA as soon as blamed for surroundings loose a infamous child-killer, is keen to redeem himself with this intimate and grisly crime. As he digs less than the skin he discovers greater than he ever anticipated-including an emotionally disturbed spouse, a husband who'd do something to flee his disastrous marriage, and an accused younger guy without obvious technique of protection. yet with every one surprising new revelation, Leo is just led deeper and deeper into the darkness-an inescapable seize of blood bonds and twisted relations secrets and techniques.
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She kissed me. I hesitated at first. Then I kissed back. Can I admit it now? Can I acknowledge that on some level, even then, I was attracted to her mental illness? Certainly it was there, like a badge of achievement for all to see. I saw it, stretched and pink-edged across her wrist, and I responded to it. Darkness is drawn to darkness. THREE Once, while we were still dating, she caught me appreciating the figure of a salesgirl. We were shopping in a mall clothing store, and I waited, as all men do, while she tried on different garments.
Look, Adam, your track record with women isn’t exactly phenomenal. ” That was a low blow. I was shocked that he would dare mention it at all. He was referring to an incident from our childhood. A girl who vacationed with our family. A girl I had a boyhood crush on. Some extremely unpleasant things happened that summer—including our parents’ deaths at the end of it. It was an unfortunate slip on his part. “You have a history as well,” I said. ” He smiled. It wasn’t much of a jab from me. He was quite proud of his reputation as a Lothario.
Normalization. Your son is now normal. Or perhaps the magic the word wove was on Rachel and me. With a wave of the bureaucratic wand, your son no longer lives in a barren institution. You are now free from guilt. Please return to your former lives. Your son now lives in a normal home, just like you. You can visit him there, just as you would visit a son who was normal. You can return to your normal lives. Everything is normal now. A month before he was to move to the group home, Albert killed his suitemate, Jack, in a dispute over a pair of socks.
A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins