Hiding Among the Dead by Chris Bauer
English | 2019 | Fantasy | ePUB |445 Kb
Hiding Among : Philo Trout just wanted to start over.
He moved to Philadelphia to keep his past a secret. His new life as a crime scene cleaner is quiet—until he discovers that many of his “clients” are coming up short on their organ count.
As Philo tries to outrun his past, a coworker can’t remember his own. Patrick was found brutally beaten, and is now an amnesiac as a result. When the connection between his coworker’s history and missing organs begins to emerge, Philo is determined to solve the puzzle.
The trail of clues leads Philo into a dark conspiracy. A brutal organization will stop at nothing to protect their secret. And Philo’s past as a fighter might be his only route to the truth…
If he can survive that long.
“He looks good. He ever learn his name?”
“No. Goes by Patrick Stakes.”
“Too bad—young kid like that. Awful. But it looks like he filled out pretty good. Give my regards to him. I gotta get packed up. Today’s been shitty. All our prospective business went into the red bags. How’d he end up with the Blessids?”
“A walk-on,” Philo said. “They took him in, taught him the business, got close to him. The kid’s a natural.” He glanced across the tracks at Patrick, a protective reflex that accompanied the concern he felt. “But he’s still not right. Struggles a lot because of the trauma. Other than that, he’s a workhorse.”
“Huh,” Lamar Cribbs said. “So the Gore Whore has a heart after all. How’s business? You keeping her clients happy?”
A shout pierced their quiet conversation, from a contentious Grace inside the Blessid van. “Philo! How about hurrying it up?”
“Heh,” the EMT said, “that’s the bitch I remember. Still wears the pants. Suppose I’ll see you ’round, Trout.”
“Philo!” Grace called, doubling down on the bitter. “Goddamn it, now!”
Philo arrived at the Blessid van, stepped inside and slid the door shut. “You need to cut that shit out, Grace. Last I checked, you work for me now.”