Family. The Job. The Thrill of Discovery. No one gets out alive.
<br>George Covington loved three things: his family, his job, and the dames he killed every night. Detective Smith hated three things: his family, his job, and the scumbags who killed dames. The only thing they had in common was the witch who pulled the puppet strings from the shadows.
11:18 p.m. Subject is checking into the Desert Palms Motel, accompanied by an unknown female. Snapshot in the parking lot. Man and woman embrace. Betrayal ... I see it every day, like my own reflection. Another case, another bottle of booze, and another client who won't be satisfied until I uncover every speck of dirt they think is there. I'm a private eye, hot on the trail; the top gun for hire. I lurk in the shadows, searching for the clues you think you erased. I'm the bulletproof detective, and I have you in my sights.
What's a little sin between the sheets, and a little blood between lovers? What's a little death to be discovered, waiting for you under that white sheet? I'm digging a desert grave just for you, underneath the burning sun. You won't be found ... not even by the vultures circling in the sky. You, my dear, are the reason why I was always easily influenced.
Part 2 coming in 2019; Part 3 coming in 2021
Brian Paone was born and raised in the Salem, Massachusetts area. Brian has, thus far, published four novels: Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts—a memoir about being friends with a drug-addicted rock star; Welcome to Parkview—a macabre cerebral-horror novel; Yours Truly, 2095—a time-travel romance novel (which was suggested for a Hugo Award, though it did not make the finalists); and Moonlight City Drive—a supernatural crime-noir detective novel (which is a trilogy, with Part 2 coming in 2019 and Part 3 coming in 2021).<br><br>Brian also has five short stories published within Scout Media’s Of Words anthology series: “Outside of Heaven”—a throwback to the Creature Double Feature monster movies; “The Whaler’s Dues”—a modern-day mythological romance adventure fable; “Anesthetize (or A Dream Played in Reverse on Piano Keys)”—a disenchanted-youth ghost story; and “Two Gunslingers”—a classic duel-at-high-noon western tale; and “Wayward Corona”—a social-media military speculative thriller.<br><br>Brian currently lives in Monterrey, CA with his wife—a US Naval Officer—and their four children. He is a retired police officer and worked in law enforcement for sixteen years from 2002 - 2018. He is a self-proclaimed roller-coaster junkie, a New England Patriots fanatic, and his favorite color is burnt orange.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>fir<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>)