Status: Drafting the fourth book in the PERILOUS series!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Hook

September 20
Havre, Montana

Detective Carl Hamilton shielded his eyes against the blaring blue lights and flashed his badge at the police of-ficer. The man moved aside. Hamilton stepped off the paved, two-lane highway just outside of Havre, Montana. Orange tape blocked off the crime scene, hidden by the darkness of early morning. He ducked under the tape and pushed his way into the dry shrubbery.

A sergeant shone a flashlight on his face and asked, “Are you Detective Hamilton?”

He gave a short nod.

“I‟m Shirley White.” Pressing her hand to her nose, she turned her attention back to the ground.

The stench of rotting flesh was strong. “Ma‟am. What have we found?”

“It‟s a girl. We think it‟s one of the four you‟ve been looking for.”

Carl‟s stomach knotted. “Cause of death?”

“We‟ll have to perform an autopsy, of course, but it appears to be a gunshot wound. Is it one of them?”

“Where is she?”

“Under the bushes.”

He crouched down and moved the bushes aside, breathing through his mouth. This never got any easier. The branches parted to reveal a young girl, features distorted by death but still recognizable. The open eyes stared blankly up at him. He released the branches and stood up, giving a nod. “Yes. It‟s one of them.”

The case had just gone from a kidnapping to a homicide. And there were three girls still missing.


Jamie said...

Oooh you meanie! Now we're left hanging! This is really good...can't wait to finish it. Congrats on your upcoming success!

Joanna St. James said...

ha ha I cant wait to read it. Congratulations again.

Jen Daiker said...

Yay!!! I look forward to the Book Tour! Your novel is going to rock, lets make you some money!! :)

TerryLynnJohnson said...

wow! looking forward to reading more!

Ann Best said...

This is a GREAT hook!

I'm down for October 29th. I've got the date right by my computer so I WON'T forget!!!

Terri Tiffany said...

Excellent opening!! I can see why you are being published!

Amber said...

Yeah, looks great! It's like a CSI opening...definitely makes me want to read more! Looking forward to getting the actual book!

DL Hammons said...


Mary Anne Gruen said...

Many many congratulations! Good luck on the blog tour as well!

Katie Anderson said...

Now THAT is the kind of first chapter hook I need to be working on.

Thanks for sharing :)

kbrebes said...

Good writing, Tamara! Can't wait to read the rest!

Jennifer Hillier said...

This book is right up my alley! Great opening. And congratulations!

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Thanks, Jennifer! Thanks for stopping by!

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