Count to Ten by Karen Rose

By Karen Rose

In all his years within the Chicago fireplace division, Lieutenant Reed Solliday ahs by no means skilled whatever like this contemporary outbreak of residence fires - devastating, vicious and in a single case, homicidal. He has one other challenge - his new accomplice, Detective Mia Mitchell. She's brash, bossy, and taking the case in a course he by no means imagined.

Mia's instincts inform her the arsonist is making this own. and because the infernos develop into extra lethal, one examine the victims' tortured faces convinces her and Reed that they have to paintings in the direction of trap the killer. With each one new blaze, the villain ups the ante, surroundings firetraps for the folk Reed and Mia love. in reality virtually too sizzling to deal with: This monster's hope for loss of life and destruction is unquenchable ... and for Mia he's began the countdown to an early grave.

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I walked the last few blocks to Thirteenth, wading through honking cars and loaded partiers screaming on cell phones. I couldn't help but hear the panicked voices. "Man, there was blood everywhere. they think she's dead. " I saw Wallace Langston talking to a cop and jotting down some notes on a spiral pad. Wallace didn't get out of bed for The Guilty 27 many stories. He left that to his city desk. But this wasn't just New York front-page news, this was a national headline. The kind of tawdry story that Paulina Cole and the Dispatch would be sopping up with a biscuit and squeezing dry.

Please. Hang up the phone. " "I have no friends. Please, Hen. " "Good night, Mya. I have to go. " "Fine," she said, and then I heard a dial tone. I swallowed. Felt Amanda stir. Wished Mya hadn't gotten so screwed up after the whole mess last year. Wished she could be happy. And then the phone rang again. Amanda bolted upright. "Don't bars in this city have a closing time? I swear you need to get a restraining order. " 24 Jason Pinter "Then you get the refrigerator. I have an eight-thirty tomorrow.

We rounded the corner and immediately became two small fish in the biggest school I'd ever seen. There must have been five hundred members of the press corps standing outside of city hall. Dozens of cameras, many of them live, along with Brylcreemed reporters and onlookers peeking out of open office windows for blocks in every direction. Millions of people would be watching this conference, whether live or on the evening news. Which made our jobs near impossible. How do you find a shadowy corner when there are hundreds and thousands of eyes scanning every inch?

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