Today I am so pleased to welcome SJD Peterson to Joyfully Jay. Jo has a bunch of fabulous things to share with us today! First off, she is sharing an exclusive except from her upcoming book, Splintered. We also have an exclusive cover reveal for the newest Guards of Folsom book, Mauled, featuring none other than Mac and Gunny. AND Jo has a great surprise for everyone about that book. Plus, a giveaway! We have a bounty of riches, so please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Hutch tapped his fingers against his pursed lips as he continued to stare at the map. “I get the random dump sites. He’s doing it on purpose. He’s making sure they’re in different jurisdictions to avoid their being tied together. He’s smart, so there has to be a reason why there’s a pattern to the timeline between kills.”
Byte nodded slowly. “Yeah, I think so too, just can’t figure it out.” Byte headed back to his chair and opened his laptop. “But I will,” he said confidently.
“Well, just figure it out faster, will ya?”
As Hutch turned around, he ignored the one-finger salute from Byte and started searching through the case files from 2007. He grabbed Jared Martin’s file and scanned the contents. He wouldn’t find much. He’d been through the file with a fine-tooth comb. Jared Martin had been a vibrant twenty-two-year-old effeminate gay male. He’d worked only a month at the infamous hard-core BDSM club Ram Rod before he was found dumped in a ravine. Ram Rod was a far cry from the exclusive clubs that catered to the lifestyle. The appeal of Ram Rod was that there were no rules. When a Dom was blacklisted for disregarding safewords and causing his sub true harm, he could still find admittance at Ram Rod. No one batted an eye when Jared wound up dead. The heavy bruising and castration had been attributed to a Dom with a seriously sick kink. The case had been stamped as a cold file almost immediately, and Hutch highly doubted anyone had really tried to solve the crime.
If the killer kept to his schedule, Hutch had about eleven weeks to figure out who his man was. But as he reached for another file, something gnawed at his gut. For some reason, he wasn’t sure why, but something was telling him he had a lot less time to catch this psycho before he stuck again.
Hutch checked his watch, surprised to find it was only eight forty. It felt later. He pulled his cell out and dialed the number for the Jefferson office. It was answered on the second ring by a pleasant female voice.
“This is Special Agent Hutchinson, any chance Sergeant Struk is in tonight?”
“I’m not sure, sir, but I can connect you with his office.”
“That would be great, thank you.”
“One moment, please.”
Hutch tapped the file in his hand against his thigh along with the elevator music that played through the phone line as he stared at the wall of information. The sheer volume of information was staggering, making it difficult to hone in on individual facts. His mind raced through the data like the rapid fire of a machine gun.
“This is Sergeant Struk. What can I do for you, Agent Hutchinson?”
Hutch hadn’t expected Struk to be in this time of night, had figured he’d get his voice mail, so he floundered for a moment before he responded. “Uh… yeah. Good evening. I was hoping you could answer a few questions about the Akira Kimura case.”
There was a long pause before the officer responded. “I’m not sure I’m the right person to be asking. I’m not the lead investigator. That would be Detective Blanchfield. I can transfer your call to his office.”
“No, it’s you I’d like to talk to,” Hutch informed him. “I got the distinct feeling that, given the type of victims we’re dealing with, there are a few in your precinct who don’t really care about solving this case.”
Again there was a long pause before Struk responded. This time when he did, his voice was lower, as if he might have been trying to speak without being heard. “Okay. I don’t know how much I can help you, but….” There was a rustling sound, like Struk had covered the phone, before Hutch heard his muffled voice say, “Be right there.” Struk then returned his attention back to Hutch. “I can’t talk right now. How about we meet after my shift? Say, eleven thirty?”
“Apollo’s on Broad Street.”
“I’ll be there,” Hutch assured him and ended the call.
“Be where?” Granite asked with his brows raised.
“I’m going to meet Struk at Apollo’s.” Hutch tilted his head and looked at his partner. “I have a feeling I’m going to learn a lot more from Sergeant Struk than we did from the rest of his fellow officers combined.”
“You want me to come with?” Granite offered.
“Nah, wouldn’t want to take you away from all your fun.” He smirked with a nod toward the mess around Granite.
“Oh yeah, geo shit gets me hard as a rock,” Granite responded and grabbed his crotch.
“You have some serious issues, my man,” Hutch chided and threw the file on the bed. “I’m going to go get a shower.”
Mauled Cover Reveal
Jo is going to be GIVING AWAY MAULED FOR FREE!!
Yes, that is right, it is going to be free! I am so excited. I love Mac and Gunny and love the Guards of Folsom series so I can not wait. As usual with this series, the cover is amazingly gorgeous and lickable…
Working on his PhD in forensic psychology, Noah has been obsessed with serial murders since he was a child. But coming to Hutch’s attention as a suspect isn’t a good way to start a relationship. Noah finds himself hunted, striking him off Hutch’s suspect list, but not off his radar. To catch the killer before anyone else falls victim, they’ll have to work together, and quickly, to bring him to justice.
SJD Peterson, better known as Jo, hails from Michigan. Not the best place to live for someone who hates the cold and snow. When not reading or writing, Jo can be found close to the heater checking out NHL stats and watching the Red Wings kick a little butt. Can’t cook, misses the clothes hamper nine out of ten tries, but is handy with power tools.
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