All the Dirty Secrets by Marian Lanouette (Jake Carrington #4)
English | 2019 | Mystery & Thriller | ePUB | 1.9 Mb
All the Dirty Secrets :It’s a shocking blast from the past when homicide detective Jake Carrington finds himself investigating the last woman he’d suspect of murder . . .
Recovering from a stab wound to the gut, and dealing with the news that his sister’s killer might beat the system, Lieutenant Jake Carrington needs some downtime. But that’s cut short by a very sensitive case: the murder of the police commisioner’s wife. The crime scene—a dive hotel, complete with provocative, incriminating photos—suggests the victim was having an affair. But Jake finds that hard to believe—as hard to believe as the #1 suspect . . .
Jake hasn’t seen his highschool sweetheart, Melinda Mastrianni, since the day his sister, Eva, died. He’d turned down Eva’s request for a ride so he could go see Melinda, and the guilt has never left him. Now Melinda’s a local photographer, mostly shooting weddings and graduations. Definitely not the kind of pics that led him to her doorstep. But when Melinda disappears, and more prominent women turn up dead, Jake will have to navigate through a twisted blackmailing scheme to find out if the girl he once knew is long gone—or if she’s a killer’s next target . . .
“Tense and authentic—a suspenseful page-turner!”
—Leo J. Maloney on All the Pretty Brides
“Do you think he’ll stay in the car?” Louie asked.
“Yes. What have you got?”
“A single bullet wound directly into the heart, but it looks like she fought before she was shot. Her knuckles are scraped up a bit. One shot, and I’d bet she died instantly, but we’ll wait for Dr. Lang to verify the cause before we give that to Blake and the press. Shamus…”
“Just tell me, Louie.”
“There are pictures by the body, of Mrs. Blake in stages of undress, posing with a man. His back’s to the camera, so it will be hard to identify him. It appears she had been carrying on with him. From what I know of Mrs. Blake, she wasn’t that type of woman, was she?” Louie asked. “Oh, and here’s the clincher. There are also a couple of nude photos of her alone.”
“No, she wasn’t that type of woman. I was afraid something like this would happen. I need to be up front with you, Louie. When we were at the gala last night, Todd told me Callie had received a blackmail letter with some pictures. The letter demanded twenty-five thousand dollars, and said they’d contact her soon.”
“Why the hell…I’m sorry, Cap, why didn’t you tell me and Jake this last night? We could’ve jumped right on it.”
“Todd wanted to wait until today. He didn’t want to ruin the gala for Callie.” Shamus pinched his nose as he evaluated the crime scene.
“Have you considered he needed time to plan this out?”
“Louie, I’ve known the man for over twenty-five years. He didn’t kill his wife. He adored her.”
“Even if she had an affair?” Playing the devil’s advocate is never a popular role, Louie thought.”