‘WRITTEN IN BLOOD‘ – Chapter One
The body was lying face-up on a sheepskin rug, the top of the head caved like a squashed plum. Detective Joe “Preach” Everson kneeled to view the corpse. To him, the splayed limbs suggested an uninhibited fall, rather than a careful arrangement of the body.
Which didn’t fit with the two miniature crosses, one wood and one copper, placed side by side on the slain man’s chest.
Officer Scott Kirby eyed the battered skull and let out a slow whistle. “What did that? A sledgehammer?”
Preach replied without averting his gaze from the body. “It’s a blunt force trauma, for sure.”
“How come the eyes are open?” Kirby asked. “I thought that was for TV.”
“Gravity. The muscles relax, the lids peel back.”
“Huh. Smell’s not as bad as I thought,” Kirby said, though Peach had seen the junior officer’s brown skin blanch when they entered the living room of the fashionable townhome.
Detective Everson knew it was Officer Kirby’s first body, his first whiff of rotting flesh tinged with the sticky sweet odor of spilled blood. Kirby had been on the force for just two years, fresh out of community college and a string of dead end jobs before that, and the number of murders in Creekville, North Carolina in the last two years was an easy one to remember.
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