This is a weekly meme hosted by Wandering Words, where you give the first few lines of a book to hook your readers before introducing the book.
Here are my first lines:
The man in charge of the operation is worried. He senses something is wrong. He can’t yet say what it is, it’s just a feeling. But he’s had it before.
He interrupts his pacing to check the screen around which his strike team are hunched. Two men and a woman, they are staring at a second woman, framed in its centre. Perched on a chair, her legs are crossed at the knee, hands resting, almost demurely, in her lap. If she is anxious, she does not show it–which is remarkable considering she is waiting for someone who may be coming to kill her.
Do you recognize these first lines?
And the book is… Last Gasp by Robert F. Barker.
The last time DCI Jamie Carver involved a would-be victim in his hunt for a serial killer, it ended badly. Now they want him to do it again, only this time the ‘victim’ is a Dominatrix.
As if he hasn’t enough on his plate: there’s a brutal killer poised to strike again, shadows of the past that still haunt his dreams, an investigation under mounting pressure to succeed, and a beautiful woman whose bizarre lifestyle may be the key to finding the killer.
That’s not counting the young girl whose life he’s trying to save from ruin, or the ambitious colleague scheming to bring him down. As the kill-count mounts, signs point to a link with Carver’s first serial killer case – that of the notorious Escort Killer, Edmund Hart. But Hart is dead, having hung himself in prison, so how can that be? This is just one of the mysteries Carver must solve in this gripping first outing for the detective who knows his reputation as, “The UK’s Foremost Serial Sex Crime Investigator” is built on sand. And when the killer strikes at the heart of the investigation, he knows that in order to protect those closest, he must confront what he most fears – his own failings.
This is book 1 in the DCI Jamie Carver Series which looks to be a fascinating start.