Today on the blog I have Monty Marsden with an excerpt of his book Hunted. Published by Aria Fiction on the 1st of July, 2017.
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Monty Marsden, a Tuscan by birth, grew up in Milan, where he studied medicine and still works. He lives in the province of Bergamo, with his wife and four children.
Hunted ~ Sneak Peek
Sensi pulled out a drawer to find a bundle of photographs. He handed them across the desk to Claps.
“A white weapon. According to the pathologist who did the autopsy, they used a sharp kitchen knife,” Sensi said, while Claps began to look through the photos. “Like I said, there are twenty-two wounds, but only one of them was fatal. The others vary from light to deep cuts, but they weren’t lethal. Nothing that couldn’t have been fixed with a few stitches.”
“Were they all inflicted before death?”
“Yeah, apparently they were all inflicted while the victim was still alive. Once dead, she was left untouched. The murderer had a bit of fun first, and then he killed her quickly.”
“The fatal wound?”
“A violent, precise stab in the stomach, it must be somebody who knows how to use knives. The blade cut through the intestine and reached the aorta.” Sensi explained.
Sensi described this series of events in a neutral tone, without any emotions. Claps, on the other hand, was suddenly overwhelmed with a sense of uneasiness as he thought about the blade cutting through the girl’s stomach. He felt disorientated, like never before. For that reason, he decided to change his focus to the girl’s face – she had pretty facial features, her eyes were big and light coloured. However, like those of any other dead person, they were totally devoid of expression. Claps thought that she must have been beautiful when she was alive. Then a sense of dizziness overtook him. For a few seconds, everything became blurred.
He would have to get used to this feeling, and soon.
He shook himself mentally so that he was able to ask another question.
“Did they suggest when exactly the victim was tortured with the stabbing?”
“She died at about 3 a.m. – the anatomopathologist thinks that her wounds weren’t made more than four hours before the time of death.”
“Okay, so the victim disappeared between seven and eight in the morning, but the murderer didn’t do anything to her until 11 p.m.”
“What about the sexual assault?”
“There’s no trace of penetration in her vagina – the victim was sodomised.”
Another wave of dizziness.
“Did the murderer leave anything behind?”
“They did, actually.” Sensi’s eyes shone with a light of satisfaction.
“A lot of sperm and pubic hairs. We have his DNA.”
After a moment of silence, Sensi spoke again.
“There’s something else that you should know… and that’s the reason why I was strongly urged to get you involved in this.”
A gripping thriller full of twists you won’t see coming… The next thrilling serial killer read from the author of MISSING. Perfect for the fans of Angela Marsons and Jeffrey Deaver.
Seven years ago, psychiatrist Dr Claps assisted police in capturing Giacomo Riondino, a man accused of abducting, torturing and murdering two women. On arrest, tests had revealed that Riondino suffered from a rare and disturbing psychiatric condition and was sectioned.
Six years later, Riondino is on the run after escaping from a rehabilitation centre, leaving a trail of bloody murders his wake.
It is now a case for expert profiler Dr Claps and Commissioner Sensi to work together to track Riondino down before he kills again. Time is running out and the killer may be much closer than it seems…
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