Special excerpt for the thriller Killer Pursuit by Jeff Gunhus

I’m
kicking off this new week with a special excerpt for the thriller novel, Killer Pursuit by Jeff Gunhus.
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A little
bit about Killer Pursuit:
When a
secret webcam is found in the Georgetown bedroom of a murdered high-society
call girl, everyone in Washington, DC wants the recording…especially the
killer.
After a high-society call girl is
brutally murdered in her Georgetown home, investigators find two cameras hidden
in the walls of her bedroom. One has its memory erased, presumably by the
murderer. The second is a webcam with an encrypted connection…and no-one
knows who’s on the other end. Whoever has the recordings has embarrassing
leverage against some of the most powerful men in DC, not to mention a video of
the murder showing the identity of the killer.
FBI Special Agent Allison McNeil is
asked by beleaguered FBI Director Clarence Mason to run an off-the-record
investigation of the murder because of the murder’s similarity to a case she
worked a year earlier. Allison knows the most direct path to apprehending the
killer is to find the videos, but rumors that the victim’s client list may
include some of Washington’s most powerful men makes her doubt the director’s
motives. As she starts her investigation, she quickly discovers that she’s not
the only one pursuing the recording…but that the most aggressive person
racing against her might be the murderer himself.
Excerpt from Killer Pursuit:
The two members of the tactical squad approaching from the
front reached the deck that wrapped around the front of the building. As they
strode across it, the old wood floorboards groaned. The men froze. The seconds
stretched out. Allison became suddenly aware of the hum of insects in the air
around her. The dampness of her own skin. The sound of a bird calling in the
distance. All of her senses were wired tight. An entire year of her life was
wrapped up in the next few seconds. And if she’d got it wrong, Garret would
have the ammo he’d been looking for to get her out of his unit once and for
all. But she wasn’t worried about herself. What really bothered her was the
chance that she had it right, that this was Kraw’s hideout, but that somehow
they’d spooked him and he’d already slipped away. If that had happened, he’d be
hundreds of miles away by tomorrow, scouting for his next victim as he
traveled.
Movement in the cabin. Just a flutter. Like a bird trapped
in a cage. Only her intuition told her it was more than a bird. It had been an
arm. A human arm. Sam Kraw.
Based on the lack of movement from the tactical team, she
realized no one else had seen it.
“I’ve got movement,” she whispered into her mic. “Window to
the right of the front door. An arm.”
“I didn’t see
anything,” Garret whispered.
Allison ignored him. The men around the cabin responded
immediately, reorienting to the front door. Guns pointed at the window.
One of the men produced a miniram, a high impact, brute
force breaching tool. Coordinating with his partner, he crouched next to the
door while the other man readied a flash-bang grenade.
There was a pause, as if someone had pressed a button on a
TV remote. Everyone was in place. The air seemed to still as if the world knew
something was about to happen. Allison had her binoculars trained on the window
where she’d seen the movement. If Kraw was inside, then the nightmare was
almost over. She’d know in a few seconds whether that was the case or not.
But in that
second, she saw the movement again.
Only this time,
she knew something was wrong.
It was a man’s arm, she saw it clearly this time. But it was
too stiff. The color was off. And, attached at the shoulder, she saw a coil of
wire.
A mannequin arm on
a spring.
Meant to make them
think someone was inside.
It was a trap.
Author bio:
Jeff Gunhus
is the author thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA
series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter,
was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son
excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for
adults have reached the Top 100 on Amazon and have been Foreword Reviews Book
of the Year Finalists.
After his
experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young
reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five,
he leads an active lifestyle in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to
constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found
in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.
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