Saturday, March 12, 2011
Sample 60 Saturday: MUTE WITNESS
Every Saturday, until I run out of books--or decide to go to page 70--I will present an excerpt, page 60, from one of my books. No matter what it says--funny, filthy, scary, dumb, or tantalizing--you'll get it here.
And I'd love to hear what you think. Leave a comment below and let me know if this made you want to read more.
Let's continue the chronological tour with my child abduction thriller and love story, Mute Witness.
Sean and Austin's perfect world shatters when Sean's eight-year-old son, Jason, vanishes. When Jason turns up days later abused and unable to speak, small town fingers point to the boy's gay dad as the culprit. Meanwhile, the real villain is close by, intent on ensuring the boy's muteness is permanent.
How did they know he was in here? Had they seen him at a window? Junior wanted to cry. He didn’t know how to deal with these people. Why couldn’t they just leave him alone?
“Mr. Parsons, we’ll give you five seconds.”
Junior began to tremble under the bed, tremble harder as he heard something slamming into his only door. He shrieked when the lock broke free from the doorframe and the door crashed inward. He tried to flatten himself even more against the wall, watching the two men move into his home.
This wasn’t fair! It wasn’t fair. Junior was whimpering as he watched the black shoes and bottoms of navy blue uniform pants moving through his little house.
And then the quilt came up suddenly and a dark face with a mustache was peering at him, here in the shadows and the dust.
“Here he is, Pete.” The man’s brown eyes locked with Junior’s. “Come on out of there, now, you son of a bitch.”
And Junior scooted out, uncertain what fate awaited him outside the protection of his bed.
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Real Men. True Love. Rick R. Reed draws inspiration from the lives of gay men to craft stories that quicken the heartbeat, engage emotions, and keep the pages turning. Although he dabbles in horror, dark suspense, and comedy, his attention always returns to the power of love. He’s the award-winning and bestselling author of more than fifty works of published fiction and is forever at work on yet another book. Lambda Literary has called him: “A writer that doesn’t disappoint…” You can find him at www.rickrreed.com or www.rickrreedreality.blogspot.com. Rick lives in Palm Springs, CA with his beloved husband and their fierce Chihuahua/Shiba Inu mix.