Jocelyn Rush, #2
Publisher: Prodorutti Books
Date of Publication: December 10, 2015
Number of pages: 311
Cover Artist: Forward Authority Design Services
Fourteen years ago, high school track star Sydney Adams was gunned down in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park. The investigation yielded useless clues, and the case went cold. But homicide detective Augustus Knox never gave up on finding Sydney's killer. Now, retired from the police force and with only months to live, he enlists the help of private investigator Jocelyn Rush to clear the case once and for all.Excerpt:
Armed with little more than a theory as to who murdered Sydney, Jocelyn tries to lure a killer into the open. But unraveling the mystery means facing-off against a cunning psychopath whose ruthlessness knows no bounds. When more bodies start to pile up, Jocelyn has to decide just how far she's willing to go to catch a cold-blooded killer.
“So tell me,” Jocelyn said to Knox. “About your case.”
Knox cleared his throat as if he were about to address a room full of people. “The victim was Sydney Adams. She was seventeen years old, a track and field star for Franklin West High School. She was a senior there.”
“The charter school over by Drexel University?” Anita asked. “The one where they had that shooting in 2006?”
“Yeah, that one,” Knox answered. “Sydney was only a month or so from graduating. She left her grandmother’s house around seven in the evening for her nightly run through Fairmount Park. She always ran the same route. She didn’t get very far that night, so I think she was killed close to seven-thirty, although I was never able to get the medical examiner to say so. He would only give us a four-hour range. He said Syd died sometime between seven and eleven.”
“Where in the park?” Jocelyn asked. Fairmount Park was really a collection of outdoor parks that covered over 9,000 acres in the city.
“She started her run around the athletic field on Boxer’s Trail. Not too far from her house.”
“She lived in Strawberry Mansion?”
“Yeah, over by 31st and Dauphin. Anyway, she was shot in the back three times at close range. There was a bullet lodged in the tree, so there were four shots in all. .22s. There were no shell casings, so we think the killer picked them up and took them.”
If you could have personally witnessed one event in history, what would you want to have seen?
So for me it is a tie. Originally, one of the things that came to mind was the signing of the Declaration of Independence but actually, from what I have read, the Declaration wasn’t signed on the 4th of July. It was adopted by Congress on that date and not signed till about a month later and even on that date, not all the delegates signed that day. We tend to think of the signing of the Declaration of Independence as a single, momentous event, and it being adopted certainly was, but the actual signing was likely not so dramatic. I would have loved to witness its adoption, but there is an even more interesting, albeit obscure, event to me, which I also read about, that I would like to have witnessed. On July 9, 1776, George Washington read the document out loud in front of City Hall in New York and incited a riot. Apparently a statute of King George was toppled and later melted down to make musket balls for the revolutionary forces. I would have loved to have personally been there to hear and see George Washington read the Declaration of Independence out loud. Knowing all that came after that tumultuous time and that Washington would later become our first president, I would love to have witnessed that.
The other thing that came immediately to mind was Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream speech. He had such a profound effect on our society. To this day, his influence is still pervasive. I would love to have actually been there in the crowd to hear him speak. Sure we’ve all heard the broadcast, but I would love to have actually been there to see him and hear him speak. He moved an entire nation with his words. They still resonate all these years later. That is just amazing. Definitely something I would want to witness in person.
I thought long and hard about which one I’d rather witness if I had to choose and I just can’t decide.
Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime/suspense novelist. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Her debut novel, Finding Claire Fletcher won Best Heroine and was runner up in Best Novel in the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards for 2013. Her second novel, Aberration won Best Twist in the 2014 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent Book Awards. Her third novel, Hold Still was released by Thomas & Mercer in 2014 and has been translated into German. She is at work on her fifth novel. Find out more at www.lisaregan.com.
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