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Betrayed

Betrayed

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Irene Turner may become Mommie Deadest.
Since Irene arrived in Denver, Colorado to meet the grown daughter who was stolen from her at birth, she’s been beaten up in in her hotel room and accused of killing her estranged husband. Her daughter, high school soccer coach Kinsey Masters, adores the wealthy parents who raised her and has no reason to doubt she’s their child—although some suspicious details are starting to surface about Mom’s pregnancy and Dad’s acquaintanceship with Irene back in the day. Mom may have something to hide—or she may be on the killer’s target list herself.
Detective Nate Paxton will do everything to protect Kinsey and solve the sordid mystery, but he’s also badge-deep in an investigation that could unseat one of Denver’s biggest drug lords—who’s eyeing Kinsey as Nate’s weak spot.
A mother, told her baby’s death was a lie.
A daughter, rocked by her true identity.
A detective, risking his life to protect them both.
All three of them . . . betrayed.
Irene Turner may become Mommie Deadest.
Since Irene arrived in Denver, Colorado to meet the grown daughter who was stolen from her at birth, she’s been beaten up in in her hotel room and accused of killing her estranged husband. Her daughter, high school soccer coach Kinsey Masters, adores the wealthy parents who raised her and has no reason to doubt she’s their child—although some suspicious details are starting to surface about Mom’s pregnancy and Dad’s acquaintanceship with Irene back in the day. Mom may have something to hide—or she may be on the killer’s target list herself.
Detective Nate Paxton will do everything to protect Kinsey and solve the sordid mystery, but he’s also badge-deep in an investigation that could unseat one of Denver’s biggest drug lords—who’s eyeing Kinsey as Nate’s weak spot.
A mother, told her baby’s death was a lie.
A daughter, rocked by her true identity.
A detective, risking his life to protect them both.
All three of them . . . betrayed.

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Chapter One
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
IF WEBB JENKINS winked and said, “Good luck, little lady,” one more time, Irene Turner would e !ard "ressed not to look o#er !er s!oulder$t!e one wit! t!e %&'(au(e s!ot(un nestled eneat! it$and )ui", “T!ank you, little *ella+” T!at, or maye s!ed -ust tell Wes wi*e aout all t!at winkin( t!e ne.t time s!e and Ste"!en (ot to(et!er wit! t!e cou"le+ To call Irene “little” made aout as muc! sense as !er callin( We, a lumer-ack'in'dis(uise, “tiny+” Irene stood *i#e'*oot'ei(!t inc!es tall+Besides, t!ere was no luck in#ol#ed in t!is c!arity e.!iition to aid tornado disaster relie*+ /t one time or anot!er, ot! s!e and We !ad een tra" s!ootin( c!am"ions+ T!ank*ully, !er ear "rotection mu**led any ot!er comments !e made to t!e ran(e sa*ety o"erators+ S!e resisted an eye roll e!ind !er amer s!ootin( (lasses and i(nored t!e o#er(rown oa* w!o s"orted a *ine'lookin( o#er0under tra" (un+ Better s!ooters t!an We !ad tried to mess wit! !er !ead+ Well, t!is e#ent "ro#ed s!e was ack, so let !im try+ T!e o"erators stood y+ T!e smell o* s"ent (un "owder *illed t!e air+ Irene took !er "lace at t!e desi(nated station+ Inside t!e tra" !ouse se#eral *eet in *ront o* !er, an oscillatin( mac!ine sat loaded and ready to do its -o+S!e sna""ed t!e (un to !er s!oulder and !ollered, “1ull+” / clay ird *lew *rom t!e tra" !ouse+ S!e led t!e tar(et, tracked it, and s)uee2ed t!e tri((er+ T!e ird e."loded into a "u** o* lack dust+But darned i* old We didnt !it !is tar(ets, too+ T!e matc! continued3 neit!er missed+ 1eo"le on t!e sidelines c!eered3 onlookers in t!e stands came to t!eir *eet+It was se#enty de(rees on t!is clear lue day+ /t one'!undred'*orty "ounds, Irene dri""ed wit! sweat, and !er (un (rew !ea#y *rom so many *ires+ S!e could -ust ima(ine at two'!undred'*orty somet!in( w!at We must !a#e een (oin( t!rou(!+ But at least !ed tired o* all t!at winkin(+ Nor, come to t!ink o* it, was !e wis!in( !er luck anymore+ /s a matter o* *act, wit! e#ery clay "i(eon s!e rou(!t down, !e (a#e !er a look t!at said
this is war.
W!ile Irene tried *or an e."ression t!at said,
oh,
 
don’t be a bad sport.
Finally, a*ter decimatin( one !undred clay irds, t!e two tied+ T!eir #ests li(!ter *rom s"ent ammo, Irene and We !eaded to t!e &4'yard line *or a sudden'deat! s!oot o**+ T!e crowd -oined in a collecti#e (roan w!en s!e missed t!e last tar(et+ W!ile in trut!, it le*t !er ready to -um" u" and down+ 5er im"er*ect score !ad sa#ed Wes man!ood and raised money *or a wort!y cause+ 6ost im"ortantly, t!is tourney !ad restored !er con*idence+ /s Wesauntered o** wit! !is ack'sla""in( cronies, !e was eit!er so (enerous or
 
so relie#ed not to !a#e een ested y a woman !e douled !is contriution to t!e c!arity+/*terward, !er s!ot(un unloaded and secured in !er trunk, s!e sat in t!e clu!ouse wit! *riends+ T!e waiter deli#ered t!eir entr7es, ut wit! Irenes, !e included a note+ /ssumin( it was *rom !er !usand w!o said !ed e in meetin(s all day, s!e tore t!rou(! t!e seal+But Ste"!en !adnt le*t !er a messa(e+ /s unotrusi#ely as "ossile, s!e made !er e.cuses and le*t t!e tale+ /lone in t!e "arkin( lot, Irene reread t!e letter, tremlin(+
Mrs. Turner, urgent I speak with you. It concerns the death of your child.~ Mrs. Norma Mitchell
“89:;E G9NE 1/<E, 6rs+ Turner+ =o you understand w!at Im sayin( to you>”Irene stared ack at t!e elderly woman seated across *rom !er+ T!e students and *aculty in t!e crowded 9kla!oma :ni#ersity ca*7 all ut disa""eared+ =i22y *rom t!e sudden roarin( in !er ears, t!e smell o* "astry and co**ee made !er (a(+ Torn etween outra(e and ein( sick, Irene said, “No, 6rs+ 6itc!ell, I dont understand+ Im not sure you
 
know w!at youre sayin(+ 5ow can my little (irl e ali#e, "articularly, w!en I was told I deli#ered a stillorn>” Tears welled in t!e old womans eyes+Irene !ad ne#er treated a senior citi2en so rudely in !er li*e, yet t!is was too muc!+ T!e only reason s!ed a(reed to meet Norma 6itc!ell was ecause Irene t!ou(!t t!e aut!or o* t!e note !ad in*ormation on =annys us accident+ But t!e meetin( !ad not!in( to do wit! !er teena(ed sons deat!+ T!e woman wanted to meet Irene concernin( a costly mistake s!ed made twenty'ei(!t years a(o+“For(et *allin( o** t!e turni" truck yesterday, lady, I#e ne#er een on one+” Irene clenc!ed !er -aw so !ard s!e t!ou(!t it mi(!t sna"+ “8ou were once =r+ 6itc!ells nurse+ /ll ri(!t, I (et it+ 8ou later married !im+ I (et t!at, too+ W!at I dont (et is w!y Im !ere and w!at you !o"e to accom"lis! y rin(in( t!is u"+”6rs+ 6itc!ell lowered !er !ead+ “Was, 6rs+ Turner+
Was
married+ ?li** died si. weeks a(o a*ter a lon( stru((le wit! 1arkinsons+ I *inally !ad t!e stren(t! to clean out !is o**ice+ /nd w!at Im sayin( to you is t!at you#e een !orrily du"ed+” @eac!in( into an o#ersi2ed !anda(, t!e womans art!ritic *in(ers s!ook+ S!e wit!drew a *ile and slid it across t!e tale+ “I *ound a *alse drawer in !is desk+ I want you to know, I#e instructed my attorney to do w!ate#er it takes to make t!is ri(!t+”
Make what right
Studyin( t!e w!ite'!aired lady,
 
Irene tried to rationali2e t!e situation+ Norma 6itc!ell !ad to e in !er ei(!ties+ Was s!e senile> W!ile (oin( t!rou(! t!e lon('retired doctors e**ects, !ad s!e stumled u"on in*ormation t!at con*used Irene wit! one o* !is ot!er "atients>
!ook at the file and be as kind as you can when you set her straight.
 T!e *iles contents, !owe#er, did not!in( to settle Irenes stomac!+

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