And Afterward, the Dark: Seven Tales by Basil Copper

By Basil Copper

'[The writer] has explored this grimly somber realm of human truth with a sensitivity and talent that's virtually extraordinary one of the myth writers of our age. All seven stories in [this ebook] deal with the topic of demise, yet in each one example this universal subject matter has been magically transmuted throughout the incomarable alchemy of Copper's extraordinary macabre imagination.'

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There was an open bottle of nail polish on the bedside table, the scent acrid. Giving herself a home spa treatment, a facial, a manicure. Typical afternoon in a teenage girl's life, her innocent ablutions cruelly interrupted by death. She'd been stripped like the previous victim. The skin of her breasts and her groin was nearly translucent compared to the tan skin around it. She'd either been lying out in the sun or using a tanning bed recently; the brown skin only slightly dulled the knife slashes in her stomach.

Whoa. No need to bring out all the big guns. " She gestured over her shoulder at the second story of an expansive Georgian red brick house. "How's it being back in charge. " "Very nice. Officer" Taylor liked Simari. She was good people, always ready with a quip, but knew when to be serious. " She signed in to the crime-scene call sheet, then handed the pen to Baldwin. By the book, that was her new middle name. "Sure. Body is that of a seventeen-year-old male Caucasian, name Jerrold King. His sister, Letha, came home from shopping with friends—they both go to Hillsboro but they had a half day today.

One was open. Taylor glanced back over her shoulder at Baldwin. His face was calm, placid, ready for anything. His eyes met hers briefly, questioning. She hadn't realized she'd stopped in her tracks until Simari cleared her throat. " Was it? Taylor had the strangest sense, almost like a strong hand was pushing at her chest, pushing her away from the bedroom door. She couldn't detect any of the usual smells that accompanied a violent crime scene—blood, fear, human waste. It smelled.. like flowers.

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