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The Bone Box (A Waterman & Stark Thriller)

By Gregg Olsen

"Olsen will scare you--and you are going to love it." --Lee Child

"Olsen writes rapid-fire page-turners." --Seattle occasions

"Olsen deftly juggles a number of plot lines." --Publishers Weekly

They name it the Bone field. a set of outdated situations, solved and unsolved, that proceed to hang-out forensic pathologist Birdy Waterman. None is extra annoying than the 1st. After 20 years, Birdy nonetheless recollects the screaming. The blood at the boy's fingers. The physique of a lady, butchered within the woods. Birdy's testimony helped placed her cousin in the back of bars. Now, two decades later, she desires to reopen the field. Reexamine the proof. And re-light her fears killer walked free--and is nearer than ever.

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She used to be younger, appealing. She used to be unencumbered via young children, with a slim physique that had by no means carried a child. “I understand who you are,” Anna Jo stated, slightly glancing at Lydia. “Leave him alone,” she stated. “You suggest such as you do? I’m giving him what he needs and wants. i do know approximately your style. Needy. continuously deliberating your self. No ask yourself he laughs approximately you whilst we’re in mattress. ” Anna Jo begun for the door. “You recognize what’s so humorous? I don’t provide a crap approximately Jim. I’m searching for a great time. you may test it someday, Mrs. Derby. Jim says you don't have any ardour. ” “Please,” Lydia acknowledged. Her physique was once so annoying, she idea if she breathed any more durable her breastbone may shatter right into a million little items. “I do what i need to do,” Anna Jo stated. She was once not likely a malicious lady, yet by some means the truth that Lydia was once so disappointed made her suppose sturdy. Jim Derby’s wife’s tears merely served to egg her on. Lydia’s pain gave her strength. “We made love in his motor vehicle the opposite day,” she acknowledged. “You ever attempt that? ” Lydia was once shaking. “Stop it or I’ll cease you. ” Anna Jo simply didn’t appear to care. “That’s amusing. You couldn’t fulfill your man—how do imagine you’ll locate the braveness to prevent me? move domestic, Mrs. Derby. ” That was once whilst Lydia observed the knife. It used to be like an antenna transmitting its presence from the open kitchen doorway. with out one other moment to imagine it via, she grabbed it from the slicing board, spun round and plunged it into Anna Jo’s center. the 1st lower introduced a muffled scream, a type of guttural spasm of noise that undulated over the cabin’s cedar floorboards. the second one introduced eye touch, a glance of horror and disbelief. “What are you doing? ” Anna Jo acknowledged, grabbing at Lydia and the knife as she sank to the ground. Blood splattered over her bra as she moved her quit her breast to forestall the bleeding. “You’re getting what you deserve! ” Lydia acknowledged as she stared down on the woman struggling with for her lifestyles. “Stop! You’re killing me! ” Anna Jo stated, as she attempted to regain her footing. midway up, she slipped on her personal pooling blood. The scene was once past frenetic. Lydia stood over Anna Jo, operating the knife like a piston. repeatedly. Twenty-seven instances. Later, while she observed what she’d performed, she was once not sure if Anna Jo’s final phrases have been quite as she remembered them or in the event that they had melded into a few twisted myth of what had occurred in Ponder’s cabin all these years in the past. “Finally, obtained a few passion,” Anna Jo acknowledged. or perhaps she didn’t say whatever in any respect. She died after the second one or 3rd stab into her carotid artery. Lydia appeared up as her husband entered the cabin. “Good God, what did you do, Lydia? ” Jim Derby requested, his eyes terror-filled as he dropped down subsequent to his lover. “I fastened your mess. Now you fresh it up,” she stated. Jim reached for Anna Jo’s blood-soaked neck for a pulse. “Anna Jo? ” got here a voice outdoor the cabin. It was once Tommy. Jim led his now silent, nearly catatonic, spouse towards the again door. “I’ll freshen up your mess, Lydia. i suppose I owe you. ” In a beat, he’d back, pretending to work out Anna Jo’s physique for the 1st time.

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