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When crime consultant Scott Drayco is bequeathed a rundown Opera House in a down-on-its-luck seaside village, his hopes for a quick sale are dashed after a client is murdered in the Opera House—the letter “G” mockingly carved into his chest. Drayco must untangle a web of jealousy and betrayal reaching into the darkest days of history before tensions in town explode and he becomes the next victim.
Crime consultant Scott Drayco is in the middle of a thorny case in Washington, D.C., involving murder victims who were all wheelchair-bound. Then, out of the blue, he gets a worried call from a friend on Virginia's Eastern Shore about an attack on a disabled girl. Working once again with Sheriff Sailor and Deputy Nelia Tyler, Drayco discovers almost everyone believes the girl's attack was an accident. But he begins to suspect otherwise when he crosses paths with a badly disfigured man and the man's enigmatic Goth son, as well as one of the smoothest and most dangerous figures Drayco has encountered in his career.
Poet, author, journalist, and blogger BV Lawson grew up in rural East Tennessee, where she won a poetry competition at the age of 10 that spurred her interest in writing as a career. After a detour earning two degrees in music, she continued her passion for creative endeavors by writing feature articles and fiction for dozens of national publications. A three-time Derringer Award finalist and 2012 winner for her short stories, BV was also honored by the American Independent Writers and Maryland Writers Association for her Scott Drayco series. BV currently lives in Virginia with her husband and enjoys flying above the Chesapeake Bay in a little Cessna.
BLURBS AND PRAISE
"Now this story was close to brilliance.... loved the concept of this story. The main character was truly three-dimensional, a noteworthy feat especially in a short story. The plot was fast, dark and thrilling. I had a hunch halfway through about what would happen, and I was right, but that didn’t make the reading experience any less pleasant. The writing was fluent and the story intriguing, and I loved the end." - IHeartReading.net
"One of the best shorts I've read this year. Scary and triumphant in the bleakest kind of way withtwo of the best characters I've read." - AJ Hayes, author of the Mad Dog and Englishman series
"BV Lawson ends the anthology on a strong note. Scott Drayco investigates the death of a shock jock and...cleverly solves the crime. All in all, an excellent read for lovers of quality mystery fiction." - Jacqueline Seewald, author of the Inferno Collection
"We've had the pleasure of reading these tales and can enthusiastically recommend them." - Omnimystery News
"Awesome story. Beautifully written...you have really written something special." - Terrie Farley Moran, author of the Read ’Em and Eat Café and Bookstore series
"This was a well written, fast read that held my attention." - Druidgirl
"That the author could fit all of this into a short story and make me connect to the characters makes me want to read more of her work." - Midu Hadi
"I'm a sucker for unreliable narrators, but they are hard to pull off. But Lawson does so with aplomb. A story about small-town life, prejudice (including our own as we read, perhaps), and revenge." - James Everington, author of Falling Over