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Where Serpents Lie by T. Jefferson Parker {Excerpt}

Where Serpents Lie by T. Jefferson Parker {Excerpt}

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Two years after his son’s death, a cop chases a psychopath who targets children

Terry Naughton has dedicated his life to protecting the powerless. As the founder of the Orange County Crimes Against Youth unit, he pursues the men and women who kidnap, corrupt, and murder children. In the two years since his five-year-old son died, Naughton has fought to put his life back together. But terror is about to strike the families of Orange County, and ready or not, Naughton is the only man who can stop it.

The kidnapper calls himself the Horridus, and he targets six-year-old girls. He releases his first two captives unharmed, but the next girl he abducts will not be so lucky. As his courage grows, his crimes become more depraved, until the Horridus becomes the most evil scourge Southern California has ever known. For Naughton, the battle for which he has spent his whole life preparing is about to begin.
Two years after his son’s death, a cop chases a psychopath who targets children

Terry Naughton has dedicated his life to protecting the powerless. As the founder of the Orange County Crimes Against Youth unit, he pursues the men and women who kidnap, corrupt, and murder children. In the two years since his five-year-old son died, Naughton has fought to put his life back together. But terror is about to strike the families of Orange County, and ready or not, Naughton is the only man who can stop it.

The kidnapper calls himself the Horridus, and he targets six-year-old girls. He releases his first two captives unharmed, but the next girl he abducts will not be so lucky. As his courage grows, his crimes become more depraved, until the Horridus becomes the most evil scourge Southern California has ever known. For Naughton, the battle for which he has spent his whole life preparing is about to begin.

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Published by: OpenRoadMedia on Aug 29, 2012
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Where Serpents Lie
T. Jefferson Parker A MysteriousPress.comOpen Road Integrated Mediaebook 
 
PROLOGUE
 I AM THE CHAMPION 
of the little people.Their shield.
 
Their sword.
 
 I live in the world of men and women,because I have to. But my eyes see what the little people see; I hear what they hear. They are myconstituents, all the children who are ignored or abandoned, damaged, hurt, exploited, hated, used.They are a secret society and I am their ambassador to the world. Their friends are my friends and their enemies are my enemies. Their dreams are mine, too. We are one.
 
Crimes Against Youth. CAY for short. It is myunit, within the Orange County Sheriff  Department, and I am credited with starting it.There were just three of us, in the beginning. Then four, due to some of the things I accomplished. Now there are only three again, due to one thing at which I failed.
 
 My name is Terry Naughton. I am forty yearsold, divorced and childless. Once, I had a son. And it was he, Matthew, who first invited me intothe world of the small ones. He was five when heleft here, and I was very close to him when he

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