By Grant Jerkins
A twisting debut novel of homicide and darkish family members secrets and techniques from a riveting new voice in crime fiction. A murdered girl. A grieving husband. And their son-a mentally handicapped grownup with a background of violent outbursts. a very easy case. Or is it? Leo Hewitt, an Assistant DA as soon as blamed for environment loose a infamous child-killer, is raring to redeem himself with this intimate and grisly crime. As he digs less than the outside he discovers greater than he ever anticipated-including an emotionally disturbed spouse, a husband who'd do something to flee his disastrous marriage, and an accused younger guy without obvious technique of safety. yet with each one stunning new revelation, Leo is just led deeper and deeper into the darkness-an inescapable catch of blood bonds and twisted relatives secrets and techniques.
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A link to my son, yes, and I confess to eroticizing her relationship with my son. She was our secret. A forbidden flower in a secret garden. She was ours together. For our relationship to seem to Violet to be a normal one, she expected it to grow in traditional ways. She was aware of my wife and accepted the obvious limitations that imposed; in fact, she relished her role of mistress. She had seen the part played out countless times on countless television dramas. She knew what was expected of her and was aware of what she could expect in return.
The halls of the institution were brightly lit and carried sound alarmingly well. It was impossible to discern if the scream you heard was right behind you or yards ahead into the brightness. The smell of industrial disinfectant (a smell I associated with Band-Aids from my boyhood), though it permeated the atmosphere, could not quite mask the odor of human life exerting itself at its most biological level. Rachel’s newly permed hair glowed like a curly halo in the bright fluorescent light as we made our way down the corridor.
We are fortunate to live in a time when institutions such as the one depicted in this book are closing, and people who were once institutionalized are now recognized as important contributors to their communities and workplaces. PART ONE I’m crazy for tryin’ and crazy for cryin’ and I’m crazy for lovin’ you —WILLIE NELSON, “CRAZY” ONE After our parents’ violent and unexpected deaths, my brother, Monty, and I were taken in by our mother’s sister and her family. As if to accentuate our already profound sense of displacement, we were delegated to a makeshift bedroom in the basement of our aunt’s suburban home, separate from those in the levels above.
A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins