|About the Book|
Two of my friends have been murdered. I have worked as a criminal informant. I have been shot at, chased, and spied on by both authorities and illicit organizations. I am about to leave the country as a fugitive.Lawrence Cassell lives in one of theMoreTwo of my friends have been murdered. I have worked as a criminal informant. I have been shot at, chased, and spied on by both authorities and illicit organizations. I am about to leave the country as a fugitive.Lawrence Cassell lives in one of the most run down neighborhoods his town has to offer, miles away from the empty yet affluent suburbs. He is a rabid consumer of detective novels, and has always possessed an unhealthy obsession for cinema noir, two escapes he never thought would manifest themselves in a dangerous way in his own life. He rides to school on his bike. Besides the usual poverty stricken slums he manages to safely pass through, the trip is otherwise calm. Minutes later, after arriving on campus, he stumbles upon a brutal crime scene. Lloyd Sanders, a fellow classmate with a dark side, has been stabbed multiple times and hung from the school librarys roof top with a noose. He is also Lawrences brothers best friend. His sibling, Leo, is seemingly traumatized by the event. Teachers, administrators, parents, students, and the community at large are all equally shocked by the violent public spectacle. He begins asking himself who could be truly culpable. He vows to find out who did it.As Cassell digs through deception after deception, he realizes that his already solid suspicions of his towns corruption are tame in comparison to the reality of the shadows lurking underneath the provincial veneer.The number of suspects are small. One is Jenna Marguilles, a cheerleader who dated Lloyd in the days leading up to his death - and the second is Larrys brother. What are they concealing? Is there jealous rivalry? Were they the ones to commit the murder, or is another, much more dangerous group of killers, involved? Even the simplest secrets can lead to blood shed - and it will, if they cannot find the perpetrators quickly enough. A series of cover ups unfurl. He is lead on a trail of violent confrontations. Larry finds himself juggling a plethora of theories. Along with that is the discovery of the knife used to stab Lloyd. Multiple threats to him and his family from an international fugitive who soon proves himself connected to the killing of Lloyd throws everything into question. Was this man hired for murder? Or is the explanation even more macabre? What other secrets lurk behind the floorboards and in the back alleys of the county where Leo and his brother were raised? They are about to find out, at the potential cost of their lives.