By Grant Jerkins
A twisting debut novel of homicide and darkish relatives secrets and techniques from a riveting new voice in crime fiction. A murdered girl. A grieving husband. And their son-a mentally handicapped grownup with a historical past of violent outbursts. a very easy case. Or is it? Leo Hewitt, an Assistant DA as soon as blamed for surroundings unfastened a infamous child-killer, is keen to redeem himself with this intimate and grisly crime. As he digs lower than the skin he discovers greater than he ever anticipated-including an emotionally disturbed spouse, a husband who'd do whatever to flee his disastrous marriage, and an accused younger guy without obvious technique of security. yet with every one surprising new revelation, Leo is barely led deeper and deeper into the darkness-an inescapable catch of blood bonds and twisted kin secrets and techniques.
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Your Honor, the defense would like to call as its last witness the defendant, Mr. ” I stand. I feel awkward as I push my chair back. The area between the defense table and the witness box seems improbably open and impossibly immense, and the panic of the agoraphobic washes over me. I concentrate on not tripping over my own feet as I make my way into this vast open space. I see the witness seat ahead of me, empty and waiting for my arrival, and I know that it will be years before I can complete the journey to reach it.
Rather than blur her scrutiny of me, the alcohol intensifies it. I am her world. Years pass and nothing changes. Occasionally I make gestures of fortitude, to gauge if her vehemence has lessened or if my weakness has improved. One day, I find her in Albert’s room. The room is still decorated with children’s furniture, finger paintings Scotch-taped to the wall. Rachel sits beside the bed in a rocking chair. An overflowing ashtray rests on the bedspread that is bright with cartoon figures. A cigarette smolders between her fingers, a glass of raw scotch nestled between her legs.
You can’t love me. ” I remained silent. “See! See! I knew it! ” “No. You asked me if I’d ever thought about it. Of course I have. ” “Well, let me tell you, you’ll never leave me. ” She turned from me. Her shoulders were shaking. Then the stringent smell of burning flesh filled the air. “Rachel! ” I turned her to me. She held the burning end of her cigarette to the flesh of her forearm. Ground the hot embers into her skin. “See! This is how much I love you! ” Once again, I gave in. I held her in my arms, took her to our bed.
A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins