Buried by Ellison Cooper (Agent Sayer Altair #2)
English | 2019 | Mystery/Thriller | ePUB | 3.0 Mb
Buried : In Ellison Cooper’s suspense thriller Buried, an FBI neuroscientist is on the trail of a serial killer who’s turned up the heat on a cold case…
Senior Special Agent Sayer Altair studies the minds of psychopaths. But even she didn’t expect to uncover a killer within the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Rooting him out and exposing internal corruption got her a bullet wound and six months of desk duty. Now, she’s finally back in the field, called in when an off-duty FBI agent and his cadaver dog fall into a sinkhole filled with human bones.
Found deep in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, the skeletal remains date back almost two decades, the same time a beloved local teen disappeared. The cold case quickly heats up when Sayer’s team finds two fresh corpses among the bones. When a gruesome clue ties these new bodies to a woman recently kidnapped along with her young daughter, Sayer has to uncover the connection between the old bones and the new bodies before the mother and child become the next victims.
But the killer is one step ahead, attacking her team and sabotaging their efforts. With Sayer’s investigation compromised and unsure of who to trust, she receives unwanted help from Subject 037, one of the anonymous psychopaths she is currently studying. She has the chilling realization that he’s someone powerful in Washington D.C.–and he is not about to let a mundane serial killer jeopardize his own ominous agenda for Sayer…
“Shenandoah National Park, how can I direct your call?” a woman asked with a deep Southern twang.
Max recognized the voice and paused for a long moment, rethinking his strategy. He knew practically everyone in the area, having grown up in Rockfish Gap, not twenty miles south of where he was. When he’d come back from Iraq, there was a damn good reason he joined the FBI rather than the local police force. But he couldn’t let old wounds get in the way of doing his job.
“Piper, it’s Max Cho.”
“Max! So great to hear your voice. How’ve you been? You in town visiting your mom?”
“Yeah, I was planning to see her later today, but I’m actually calling to report something. I’m up here hiking near Turk Mountain and my Human Remains Detection dog just alerted.”
“Aw, hell. Like one of those dogs that can smell dead people? You think there’s a body up there?”
“Could be. I’ve never seen her false-alert, and something’s definitely got her spooked. You have any missing folks in the area?”
Max held his hand up flat, signaling Kona to hold. She danced in place, desperate to hunt down whatever it was that she smelled.
“No one right now,” the park ranger said.
“Okay. I’ll let my dog search it out and will let you know if we find anything.”
“You want me to send a ranger out to help?”
Max watched Kona. She stood rigid, so focused on the scent she could barely hold her body still. “Nah, my dog’s about to come out of her skin, so I’m betting whatever it is, is close. Let me find it first so we know exactly what we’ve got here.”
As Max spoke, Kona’s hackles rose. Every alarm in Max’s body went off.
“Well, why don’t you at least tell me where you are so I can let someone know that they’ll need to head your way soon?”