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This Week’s Excerpt: Oracle by J.C. Martin!
As the countdown begins, the body count rises.
With London gearing up to host the Olympics, the city doesn’t need a serial killer stalking the streets. They’ve got one anyway.
Leaving a trail of brutal and bizarre murders, the police are no closer to finding their latest murderer than Detective Inspector Kurt Lancer is in finding a solution for his daughter’s disability.
Thrust into the pressure cooker of a high profile case, the struggling single parent is wound tight as he tries to balance care of his own family with the safety of a growing population of potential next victims.
One of whom could be his own daughter.
Fingers point in every direction as the public relations nightmare grows, and Lancer’s only answer comes in the form of a single oak leaf left at each crime scene.
The trio approached the Water Torture Cell, Vincent’s pièce de résistance. A wooden stepladder remained propped beside the tank.
“Get in. Both of you.”
“No … please, don’t …” Vincent whimpered.
“Get in, or I will kill you and put you in myself.” The muzzle of the pistol jabbed into Vincent’s back left no room for further argument.
Blubbering pitifully, Vincent climbed the wooden steps on shaky legs. He hesitated at the top, staring down over the threshold of the acrylic tank into the clear, rippling water below. A mere few hours before, he’d stood at that very spot, feeling nothing more than supreme confidence and a mundane sense of boredom. Olga’s warm body pressed into his as the intruder piloted her up the steps at gunpoint, her fleshy bosom heaving against Vincent’s back.
“Get in,” the gunman instructed again.
“C’mon, mate,” Vincent pleaded, “Whatever it is, we can talk—”
Their captor reached up and roughly grabbed one of Vincent’s legs, pulling him off balance. The magician pitched forward, tipping over the edge of the tank and into the cold water within.
The shock of the icy liquid made Vincent gasp, and he swallowed a mouthful of water. His frenzied mind barely noticed when Olga landed beside him in a hail of bubbles, wedging him up against the wall of their cramped shared space. The darkness around them thickened as the metal lid slid over the top of the tank.
Holding on to the scant breath he had left, Vincent propelled himself upwards towards the steel cover. He groped frantically along the underside of the solid sheet, searching for the hidden catch that opened the tank from the inside, the one he relied on during every performance.
Come on, come on! Where is it? A building pressure constricted his lungs like a steel band tightening around his chest. His pulse thundered in his ears, drums beating out a desperate cry for help.
Just as he could hold his breath no longer, Vincent’s fingers found a reassuringly familiar sunken niche and inside, the smooth silhouette of the release handle. He gripped the knob in his fist and turned. A metallic chink signalled the unlocking of his watery prison.
With renewed purpose, Vincent placed both hands on the metal cover. One slight upward push would slide the lid back, and he’d be out, sucking in deep lungfuls of delicious oxygen.
Vincent shoved. The hatch rattled.
It stayed shut.
About the Author
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J.C. Martin is a butt-kicking bookworm: when she isn’t reading or writing dark mysteries and gripping thrillers with a psychological slant, she teaches martial arts and self-defence to adults and children.
Her short stories have won various prizes and have been published in several anthologies. Oracle is her first novel. Born and raised in Malaysia, J.C. now lives in south London with her husband and three dogs.
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