A Hard Death by Jonathan Hayes

By Jonathan Hayes

Fantastic forensic pathologist Edward Jenner returns during this explosive sequel to worthy Blood—an edgy, electrifying mystery set in a small-town coastal neighborhood the place not anything is because it turns out. Edward Jenner, brought in worthy Blood, has survived the awful ordeal of the Inquisitor serial killings in big apple, yet no longer the political fallout. His kingdom scientific license suspended, Jenner unearths himself banished to Douglas County in coastal Florida, operating as a medical expert within the balmy seashore inn of Port Fontaine. yet there is a seamy underside to picturesque Douglas County. First Jenner unearths the our bodies of a murdered guy and lady decaying in a sunken automobile. Then an nameless name in the course of the evening leads him to a grotesque discovery within the center of the Everglades. He reveals strains of a shadowy legal conspiracy, and shortly learns that he can belief not anyone. along with his existence at the line, Jenner refuses to stroll away and enable the murderers move unpunished. the result's darkish Florida noir, a fierce, edge-of-the-seat mystery from an rising grasp of the style.

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M. when they reached Rudge’s place… Chapter 89 Jenner had been fired, for all intents and purposes, but… Chapter 90 They were all watching Jenner—the uniformed officers, Bartley, Halvorsen, the… Chapter 91 It was late, but he knew her mother was out. Chapter 92 Jenner stood in front of the charred husk of his… Chapter 93 Jenner woke to the sound of gulls. He was in… Chapter 94 Jenner was sitting at the wicker desk, wearing a fresh… Chapter 95 Chip Craine looked well-rested, tanned, and healthy in sunglasses, open-necked… Chapter 96 A faint, coppery smell of sweat and paper and coin… Chapter 97 Twenty minutes later, Jenner returned to his room carrying two… Chapter 98 Jenner drove slowly through the municipal lot, past cop cars… Chapter 99 The interrogation room smelled of stale sweat.

The man wore shorts and sneakers only, his shirtless chest leathery and nut-brown, fading blue military tattoos scattered across his torso and arms. There was no way he’d get the cart’s wheels up onto the sidewalk in front of the rooms—the curb rose barely three inches above the tarmac, but the man was so drunk that Jenner was amazed he’d made it across the lot without falling. He rammed the wheels against the concrete lip, the foraged cans in his cart rattling like tin maracas. He kept banging the curb until Jenner put down his copy of The Kite Runner and stepped off his porch.

She took his arm, and they walked along the pavement, their gait stiff and stately. As they passed, Jenner gave a friendly nod; the couple ignored him. Jenner watched them pass; so much for being accepted. They moved toward the end of the lot, out of his sight. It was already past noon, and it would only get hotter and wetter. He should run before the rain started. CHAPTER 3 Out in the Everglades, Jenner ran along the old canal road, pounding the four-mile stretch in the early afternoon heat. He’d been doing it most days for almost three weeks; at first, each breath had ripped out of his chest, jagged and wet, but now his body had its own rhythm, and his feet steadily beat the ground, working the bellows of his lungs.

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