Blog Tour: Triple Cross Killer by Rosemarie Aquilina
Triple Cross Killer
By Rosemarie Aquilina
Fiery Seas Publishing
December 5, 2017
Have you ever wondered what really happens to Santa Claus letters? In Detroit and Sarasota some children’s letters are diverted and reviewed by Nick Archer, a religiously obsessed, narcissist. Nick responds, leaving a trail of devastation in the two cities.
In Detroit, co-ed partners and wise-cracking lovers, detectives Jaq McSween and David Maxwell, team up with Sarasota detectives Abel Mendoza and his partner, Rabbit, to find this daunting killer.
When Jaq’s friend, the lovely nurse, Rita Rose, takes a chance on love again, she gets caught in Nick’s web. Working with the ME, she joins in, adding her perspective when events take a sinister turn.
Can this diverse team of characters pool their insights, barbs, and taste for bad food to save Rita when she discovers the final clues or will she become the next victim?
TRIPLE CROSS KILLER by ROSEMARIE AQUILINA
EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 1
The bolt clicked free. Nick pasted on his your-new-best-friend smile. “Who’s there?” Gruff old rat bastard. “A petition to stop expansion along the public beaches, sir. Some of your Crest Drive neighbors have signed it.” The door creaked open, stretched the brass chain, and revealed the white hair and one wheel of the old man’s chair. Nick grinned at Janie’s grandfather. He knew he was a good actor; good enough for Hollywood.
“There’s no damned expansion planned around here, you idiot.” The old man wheezed. He put an inhaler to his mouth and huffed a puff. He waved Nick away.
Unfazed, Nick slid his foot between the door and the jamb. “You can vote absentee ballot, sir.” In his softest voice, Nick forced the old fart to strain to hear. “If you’re registered.”
“I was registered to vote before you were registered for kindergarten. Hand me that damn petition.” The brass chain clattered free. The old man reached out his hand for the clipboard.
Nick pushed the door open wider with his left hand and with his right placed the clipboard into the welcoming withered hands. Take it, you old pervert. It’ll be the last thing you ever read. He paused until the aged eyes appeared to focus on the petition and the old man became absorbed in reading the fine print.
With practiced poise, Nick stepped across the threshold and planted both feet firmly inside the foyer. He shoved the wheelchair forward and kicked the door shut behind him.
The scrawny man gazed up, startled, then threw the clipboard at Nick. “Get out of my house.” He raised a gnarly fist, his head bobbling. The inhaler dropped and clattered along the tile floor.
Nick bent, his mouth close to the old man’s ear. “Janie hates your guts. She detests everything about you. She’s finished servicing you. She needs to forget you ever existed, you son of a bitch.”
The old codger was little more than blotchy skin stretched taut over knobby bones. Nick grabbed his open collar. “I know you prefer hair grabbing, but you just don’t have enough hair left.”
“Unhand me.” The old man’s voice warbled.
“Now you know how Janie felt each time you touched her.” Nick smashed the old man against the back of his wheelchair, wrapped strong fingers around his bony neck, and mumbled, “Just like an old turkey buzzard.”
The old man struggled, but in less than a minute, he gurgled, his eyes bulged, and he went limp, hands falling to either side.
With one expert snap, a quick arranging of the body, and a double check of the premises, Nick finished. He picked up the clipboard and opened the door. Backing onto the stoop, sporting his Sunday-School smile, he said, “It was a pleasure meeting you, sir. Have a wonderful day.”
About the Author:
Rosemarie Aquilina is the mother of five children. Elected as a 30th Circuit Court Judge serving in the General Trial Division, after having served as a 55th District Court Judge in Mason, Michigan, she takes pride in public serve.
In 1986, Judge Aquilina became the first female JAG Officer in the history of the Michigan Army National Guard, she retired in 2006 with twenty years Honorable Service. She is an adjunct law professor at both Western Michigan University—Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Michigan State University College of Law and has earned teaching awards at both institutions. Judge Aquilina is the former owner of Aquilina Law Firm, PLC, and former host of a syndicated radio talk show called Ask the Family Lawyer.