This week I'm using one of the books I read at the beach last week, James Patterson's Along Came a Spider, the first in his series of thrillers centered around Washington DC police detective (and psychologist) Alex Cross. In this snippet, Cross is describing his arrival at the crime scene that starts off all the rest of the book's mayhem:
It was pitch-black in the house. Eerie. The wind was sucked through the open door, and I could hear something rattling inside....The smells of Lysol and burnt grease melded into something strange to the nose, though not entirely unpleasant. There were a lot worse smells in homicide cases. (p.16, paperback edition)Lovely thought, isn't it? And this is just the beginning of the story -- things will be getting very unpleasant for Cross, very quickly.
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