Saturday, February 15, 2014

Snippet Saturday | Heartfelt Cases 4: The Keres Case

Chapter 5
The Calm Before the Storm

“I’m sorry,” Baker apologized. “I hate bearing bad news, but Taggert and Morgan want to meet with all of us tomorrow at seven thirty in her office in Pittsburgh. Edinboro had two child kidnappings yesterday, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The second kid disappeared from the search for the first one. I’ve got to get over to Meadville Med right now to meet Lawson and interview the first victim.”

Ann tried to process all that. Baker’s boss—Irina Taggert, newly appointed Special Agent in Charge of the Pittsburgh field office—and Ann’s boss, Lance Morgan, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. rarely saw eye to eye on anything.

What could possibly make them want to work together?

“How did they find the first victim?” asked Ann.

“The kidnapper left a note saying the boy would be found in the Erie National Wildlife Refuge,” Baker said grimly.

“And is that where they found him?” Ann already knew the answer, and it made her stomach suddenly uneasy.

“Multiple kids are disappearing from the same town again,” Patrick murmured. The quiet statement stood in stark contrast to the joyful sounds of running, dueling, and make-believe deaths.

“Yeah, and last night the kidnapper called the Tyler family to taunt them. He also warned the mother that if we didn’t back off the girl could ending up like Gabriel Dawson or Lillian Green,” said Baker grimly.

“He said those names specifically?” asked Patrick.


He’s back.

Ann didn’t think it would be possible for her heart to sink any lower, but sink it did. She closed her eyes and steeled herself for what would come.

Lord, don’t let this end like the Dawson case.

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