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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Saturday Sample: Blue 52

Welcome to Saturday Sample. Today's post is from Blue 52. In this excerpt, my hero Hank has been summoned to a meeting by a man claiming to have information about the death of his parents thirty  years ago. First a blurb, then an excerpt.

"First Lady Kills President Lovinggood"
December 29, 2018

Thirty years later Hank Lovinggood embarks on a quest to prove his mother's innocence and punish the killers who took his family from him.  Together Hank and lovely physicist Kathryn Sinclair confront an implacable, twisted, merciless enemy who'll do whatever it takes to hide the truth forever. 


Curtis took a sip of his coffee. “Richard was working on a welfare reform bill when he was killed. He intended to extend welfare benefits, a notion Stanton didn’t like at all. He publicly disagreed with Richard, which earned him the censure of most party members. They didn’t want anyone to know there was a split between the president and the vice president. Did you know that?”

“Grandpa mentioned it a couple of times.”

“There were a lot of poor people in America in 2016.” Curtis looked angry now. His coffee cup clattered into his saucer. No disposable cups here. “I didn’t come from money. My family suffered a lot while the damn conservatives like Josh Stanton choked the life out of America. They could have used a helping hand, and so could many others. Your father would have gladly given it to them if those bastards hadn’t killed him.”

Hank felt a jolt all the way through his middle. “The investigation found that my mother killed my father.”

“I know, but that’s a bunch of crap, and if you don’t know it you should.” Curtis’s eyes flashed. “The very idea of your lovely mother committing such a monstrous act is ludicrous! She was crazy in love with Richard. She had no reason to kill him.”

Hank tried to keep his face neutral. “Some people think he was having an affair with his secretary, Shirley Grissom.”

“Yeah, that was tossed around as a possible motive.”

“But you don’t believe it.”

“No, I don’t.”

Hank’s heart pounded as he asked the most important question of all. “If she didn’t do it, who did? Dr. Sinclair said you had information about the murders.”

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