Irony (Book 1) The Animal

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Mystery and Crime  |  House: Booksie Classic
Detective Reginald Thomas Williams was on the fast track to promotional success. Now, subsequent to the shooting, he is a man barely holding on. His wife left him. He’s two steps away from being a full blown alcoholic, and there is a serial killer nicknamed The Animal loose on Bay City’s streets. Can he hold it together long enough to get his man and reclaim his life? Will his wife even want him back? Who is this Animal that has the city’s female population afraid to go out at night? Is The Animal really who everyone thinks he is? Follow the investigation to learn the answers to these questions and more, in Author Robert Shroud’s new book, Irony.

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Part I - Empty Nights

Submitted: June 23, 2016

  “I DON'T want to talk about it anymore. The job is the job. That's the way it’s always been, that's the way it’s always ... Read Chapter

2

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THE INSTANT he inserted the key into the lock of his second floor apartment, he knew he had made a mistake. He should have plopped his as... Read Chapter

3

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HIS EYES rolled over the heavy set black woman on the television. Interesting, him thought, the cops are setting traps? It certainly wasn... Read Chapter

4

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"WOO-HOO-HOO! Look at you. Showered, shaved, and suited. You sure it’s just Carol's mother you’re going to see?" "Yeah, yeah,” ... Read Chapter

5

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BROTHER AND SISTER separated when Reuben knocked on the office door. "I don't want to rush you, partner, but..." "One second," Re... Read Chapter

Part II - Skeletons

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"WHAT A NIGHTMARE. Traffic is stalled for blocks.” There was another mile to the Interstate, where they would be on the road for ha... Read Chapter

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HIM CARED not for the nasty sex Jeremy wanted with them. It was disgusting. Maybe that is why Jeremy wore a baggie on his pee-pee. It was... Read Chapter

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STREAKING DOWN I-75 at sixty miles per hour, with the wind blowing in his face, was therapeutic. The mild fall air flowing over his fresh... Read Chapter

9

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"QUACKENBOS, QUACKENBUSH, Quail, Quam, Quandt, here it is, Quarterman. Found him,” Reg called over his shoulder to Reuben, who was sitt... Read Chapter

10

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“A SURVIVOR?” Reuben said. “Alan never said anything about a survivor,” Reg added, just as shocked. "I didn't tell him—... Read Chapter

11

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"RIGHT HERE is good.” "But there's another block and a half to go." Reg got out of the car when Reuben pulled over. "I’ll... Read Chapter

12

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"REG, WHAT IT BE?" "How's it hanging, Dukes?" "Short and to the left.” "They have implants for that." "Not on a cop's s... Read Chapter

Part III - HIM

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"YOU SURE this is the right address?" "Yep, 146 East Jefferson," Reuben said. "A residence?" "Twenty first century tweeting R... Read Chapter

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REG TOOK his cue and came between them. He convinced Reuben to cool his jets outside, and focused his attention on the now sobbing psychi... Read Chapter

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HIM WATCHED the man behind the counter spreading red paste onto the dough. "More sauce, please,” Him said, as the pie-maker reached... Read Chapter

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“IF YOU make me run, I'm not going to be happy when I catch you,” Reg yelled in vain, then took off after his suspect. "Got your ... Read Chapter

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REG’S FINGERS pinched the ignition key in his four year old Lincoln. He looked up at Reuben, standing beside the car with his hands in ... Read Chapter

Part IV - The Hunt

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THE TOWN CAR’S odometer climbed to 70mph. As he weaved through Interstate traffic, Reg barked into the dashboard mounted cell phone. ... Read Chapter

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“READY?" Reuben said. "For four months now. Ain't nothing to it, but to do it." Reg pounded on the hard wood door of the address un... Read Chapter

20

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{ACROSS THE ROOFTOPS.} Jeremy pointed, Him acknowledged, and Johnathan made a running jump to the next building. He cleared the eight... Read Chapter

21

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ON HIS RETURN trip from blackout central, the first thing to greet him was an excruciating headache. If someone told him an anvil had bee... Read Chapter

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"WHAT TIME do you have?" Officer Dukes turned his wrist to the black dial on his Seiko. "10:30, Rube." "Pick it up, people,” Re... Read Chapter

Part V - Up is Down

Submitted: June 23, 2016

A HEALTHY AMOUNT of fear kept you alert and breathing in the streets. This was different. This was a fear of being carved up like a Triba... Read Chapter

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FLUORESCENT LIGHTS flickered on in the dilapidated warehouse. Finally, Reuben thought. He had been making good time, considering his depa... Read Chapter

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REG CAME to his senses for the second time, and for the second time was aware of the scourge of throbbing in his head. He awoke facing th... Read Chapter

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“I WON’T apologize for taking the shot. The guy had you reserved for a morgue slab. It was him or you,” Reuben said. “Not the... Read Chapter

Epilouge

Submitted: June 23, 2016

A SICILIAN PIE warmed in the oven, a deluge submerged the city outside his window, and a virgin fifth of Seagram’s Extra Dry begged to ... Read Chapter

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