By Donald Harstad

CODE sixty one: hold radio silence. anyone should be listening.Investigating the obvious suicide of a colleague’s niece, Iowa Deputy Sheriff Carl Houseman is startled to discover a bunch that transforms the darkish fantasies of vampire legend into grisly truth: they ritualistically drink small quantities of 1 another’s blood. As Carl is drawn deeper into this unnerving international, it turns into transparent that the useless girl could have been the sufferer of a twenty-first-century Dracula.The leading suspect, Dan Peale, is a sinister presence in the group--a guy a few say beverages blood and not, ever dies. It’s an outlandish, heinous concept, yet then suspicions are reinforced via rumors of a card-carrying vampire hunter who's additionally pursuing Peale. All too quickly, Houseman unearths himself scrambling to trace a vampire--before he kills back.

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Okay, kid. ” Lamar was our sheriff, and he liked to be kept apprised of tragic and disastrous happenings in the county. Mainly because he hated to go to breakfast at Phil's Café and have somebody ask him about a case before he knew we had a case. Looked bad. I pushed my stocking feet into my tennis shoes. ” “Well, let's see if we can't arrange that,” I said with a hissing sound as I bent over to tie my shoelaces, the phone pressed tightly between my shoulder and my ear. ” “Fine. ” I pressed the “off” button on the phone and turned to put it back in the charger.

At least it wasn't a gun or a knife. I really hate knives. Our usual shortage of deputies available for duty had been aggravated by an early appearance of the flu in the last two weeks, so from a total of nine, we were down to five or four effectives, depending on who called in sick next, and when the next officer came back. As senior officer, I still had to pull twelve-hour shifts, but my exalted status meant that I got first choice of which shift I would work. I'd chosen noon to midnight. It was a combination of the shift that was the most fun, and the one where you could get the most actual work done.

I mean, maybe in another ten years or so. It's been my experience that cases fall into categories that are a bit different from the examples they cite at the academy. Most of the time, you have more than enough evidence to show how the offense was committed, but really have to work to identify who did it. The rest of the time, you pretty much know who did the dirty deed, but showing how is the problem. In rare instances, a case will develop both ways at the same time. That was what this one did.

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