REVIEWS AND COWBOYS

English: View of Pikes Peak from the Universit...

English: View of Pikes Peak from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, sometime before 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was thrilled to see that A CIRCLE OF MURDERS received two more five star review.  You know how it is.  When you send the kid out into the world to play with the others, you hope everyone will like your child and want to be their friend.  That is not the case and I accept it, but those five star reviews give me chills of appreciation.  So, a big THANK YOU to all who have read our novel whether or not you liked it.

Question:  How many fiction authors out there have their characters tell you their names whenever you start a new book?  I would like to know if this happens to anyone else.

Anyway, Well, I am back working on THE STONE KILLER.  The setting is Colorado Springs, Colorado and the main characters are Morgan Jansen and my Detective Sergeant John T. Huntington.  Morgan and her sister Marilyn gave me no problem.  They are identical twins and couldn’t be more opposite in personality or so it seems.

But John T, boy, he’s a bit of a problem.  He’s the big strong silent type.  A through and through cowboy.  Born and raised around Midland, Texas, he carries around some baggage.  As a teenager, he worked hard on his grandfather’s ranch and dated his classmate, Kelly Burton.  Three weeks after graduation while on a date with Kelly, John T blacks out and awake to find Kelly missing.   When he gets home to his grandfather’s house, the cops are waiting for him and Kelly is dead, brutally raped and murdered.  At first JT is the prime suspect, but nothing can be proven so he is never arrested.  Kelly’s murder is never solved.

JT blames himself for not protecting her.  He goes to college, studies anything to do with Criminal Justice and then joined the Marines, serves in Iraq and Afghanistan, is wounded and returns home, moves to Colorado Springs and joins the police force.

There we have his history so far.  Now JT is faced with multiple murders in the Springs and a woman that takes his breath away, Morgan Jansen.

Please tell me what you think.

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