Book Title: Aftermath
Book Genre: Thriller
Release Date: Feb. 17, 2017
Synopsis: It’s February, and Baltimore PI Anne Carter has a lot of work. EMT Charlie Magee says somebody is trying to kill him. Because he found a man on Hollins Street? And Vivian Rowlandson, whose husband Glenn, a retired lieutenant colonel of Special Forces, has disappeared, and she fears he may be having a blackout. Plus somebody’s trying to kill her, but she knows who that is.
Excerpt: Mother! Jack wants to get married!”
Elizabeth’s message on the answering machine sounded increasingly anguished after the tenth repeat. Didn’t she know I had been out of town? Wasn’t it enough that I had spent the last twelve hours being very polite to a suspicious Philadelphia cop? That is bad enough to cause permanent colic; I do not have to practice marriage counseling at midnight as well. I fast-forwarded over Elizabeth and heard Jack’s voice.
“Pay no attention to her, Annie. We’ll work it out. You may hear from a buddy of mine from Viet Nam named . . .”
The doorbell shrilled over Jack’s exasperated voice.
“. . . Charlie Magee. He thinks somebody’s . . .”
The doorbell shrilled again insistently. . . trying to kill him. I told him you’d give him a price.”
Maybe if I turned off the light and crept up the stairs whoever it was would go away. I turned off the light, and the bell shrilled again. I was halfway up the steps when I heard a car backfire. Whoever it was quit ringing the bell and began to pound on the door. I slipped the 9 mm automatic out of its holster and went back down the steps cautiously. I looked at the silhouette on the glass in the top half of the door. It was a man, tall and slender. He heard the car return before I did and flattened himself against the area wall. A neat hole appeared in the glass just where his shoulders had been and not a whole hell of a distance from where my head currently was.
Bio: Marilynn Larew is a retired historian who taught for many years in the University System of Maryland. Besides American history, she taught the history of the Vietnamese war and the history of terrorism, topics she uses in her writing. She lives in southern Pennsylvania in a 200-year-old brick farmhouse with her husband Karl. She has also written The Spider Catchers and Dead in Dubai.
She belongs to the Sisters in Crime, the Guppies, and the Chinese Military History Society. Find her at www.marilynnlarew.com