R. Michael Phillips
The Lady In The Glass
by R. Michael Phillips
Eustace “Stacy” Arcwrytte spent the better part of high school protecting weaker classmates by standing up to the local bully, “Hick” Redmond. Twenty-five years later it’s Detective Arcwrytte and Captain Redmond of the Charlotte Police Department, but some things never change. When Arcwrytte steps in to protect a young detective’s career he quickly learns rubbing Hick’s face in the dirt now has dire consequences.
Simmering at a low boil over his only choice to avoid prosecution, Stacy reluctantly agrees to help an old partner off-book with what he shrugs off as a simple missing person case. The case becomes personal when a small wooden coffin shows up with the name of the victim and a nickname Hick gave Stacy years ago inscribed on the lid. It gets real personal when a second one shows up. The closer Stacy gets to the victims’ past, the blurrier the line between friend and foe becomes. He can deal with an old lover and a discarded felon reappearing for payback. He can deal with Hick and the growing number of people who want him off the case. But what’s keeping him up at night is wondering what the connection is between the person trying to kill him and a family having the same funeral twice a month for a year?