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White Rabbit [Sample Excerpt] for 18+ readers

White Rabbit [Sample Excerpt] for 18+ readers

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Published by K. A. Laity
White Rabbit
by K.A.Laity

Novel from Fox Spirit Books, April 2014

Cover art by S.L.Johnson


Sometimes the shadows that haunt us
are what lead us back to the light


Disgraced former police detective James Draygo has sunk as low as his habit allows, working as a fake psychic despite his very real talents. When a media mogul’s trashy trophy wife gets gunned down at his tapping table he has to decide whether he can straighten up long enough to save his own skin. He may not have a choice with Essex’s loudest ghost bawling in his ear about cults, conspiracies and cut-rate drugs. Oblivion sounds better all the time…

Best Selling Crime Writer, Richard & Judy Summer Read Winner James Oswald on White Rabbit --

‘Being a fan of mashing up genres myself, I was of course delighted to see someone else playing fast and loose with things. The central idea of the story – a real psychic pretending to be a fake – is delicious, too. The mystery was deftly played with just the right balance of action and character interplay to keep me turning the pages.'
White Rabbit
by K.A.Laity

Novel from Fox Spirit Books, April 2014

Cover art by S.L.Johnson


Sometimes the shadows that haunt us
are what lead us back to the light


Disgraced former police detective James Draygo has sunk as low as his habit allows, working as a fake psychic despite his very real talents. When a media mogul’s trashy trophy wife gets gunned down at his tapping table he has to decide whether he can straighten up long enough to save his own skin. He may not have a choice with Essex’s loudest ghost bawling in his ear about cults, conspiracies and cut-rate drugs. Oblivion sounds better all the time…

Best Selling Crime Writer, Richard & Judy Summer Read Winner James Oswald on White Rabbit --

‘Being a fan of mashing up genres myself, I was of course delighted to see someone else playing fast and loose with things. The central idea of the story – a real psychic pretending to be a fake – is delicious, too. The mystery was deftly played with just the right balance of action and character interplay to keep me turning the pages.'

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Best Selling Crime Writer and Richard & Judy Summer Read Winner
James Oswald
says of
White Rabbit
:
‘Being a fan of mashing up genres myself, I was of course delighted to see  someone else playing fast and loose with things. The central idea of the  story – a real psychic pretending to be a fake – is delicious, too. The mystery was deftly played with just the right balance of action and character interplay to keep me turning the pages….
WHITE RABBIT
 for r Bwho lured me into crimelike a stranger with candy
A !ourney is an hallucination"# $ %e SelyI 'as logging some mileage in the luminiferous ether 'hen an urgent (noc(ing derailed my concentration" Cursing Jin)*s name+he ought to (no' etter y no'+I tried to ignore the hammering,  ut I 'as already ac(-.edalling in 'eird s.ace and falling u. the rait hole into the lin(ing light"/othing0# 1y client, a 'an young man of indeterminate age, loo(ed dis.leased ut unsur.rised" Such lo' e).ectations deser2ed disa..ointment"A.ologies for the interru.tion,# I murmured, getting u. and crossing to the door 'here my  .rot3g3 continued to .ound 'ith insane enthusiasm" I !er(ed it o.en, catching his fist in mid-air and t'isting it shar.ly" He 'him.ered" I*m 'ith a client,# I said through clenched teeth, sho2ing his hand a'ay from me" What ha2e 'e said aout interru.ting me 'ith clients0# I turned around to smile at the .ale young man 'ith the 4
 
doughy face" I don*t 'ant to e interru.ted" Each client is im.ortant"#Jin) 'inced" Then he leaned for'ard to indicate 'e 'ere to confer .ri2ately" The effect 'ould ha2e een im.ro2ed had his reath not stun( of the chea. (idney .ie he*d consumed earlier, or if his  .asty 'hite face did not resemle an emotionally-stunted .anda*s second cousin" I could ha2e done 'ithout his .resence altogether at that moment" Then he handed me the scra'led note that 'ould change my life"In his untidy slant a..eared the 'ords, 5eaches %oc(muir"#If I*d een a Te) A2ery cartoon character my eyes 'ould ha2e ulged, made the a-'hoo-gah horn lare and then the clan(ing sound of a till o.ening its dra'er and coins s.e'ing out onto the floor" I*m so 2ery sorry, 1r Toynee,# I said turning ac( to my morose client, ut something of an emergency has come u., I*m afraid" 5lease see my colleague to reoo( our a..ointment" /o charge, of course"# I hated to .ronounce those 'ords, ut etter one hare ran free today than uc(shot frighten the lot of them"Toynee stirred, gathering his elongings aout him" Why should anyone under the age of fifty re6uire so much .ara.hernalia !ust to amle aout to'n0 I am gra2ely disa..ointed 'ith our session, 1r" %raygo"#As am I,# I agreed, trying not too inelegantly to gi2e him the hea2e-ho" We shall ha2e to try again 'hen the .lanets are more .ro.itious"# What asolute t'addle" I (ne' Jin) 'ould oo( him for Thursday 'ee("Short of sho2ing him out the door myself, there 'asn*t much I could do to get Toynee on his 'ay, ut at last he did" I ran around the room relighting the candles that had gone out 'hile I tried to contain my e)citement" 5eaches %oc(muir7 If you*re going to run a fly-y-night .sychic organisation inherited from your late Auntie 8era, then you need a client li(e an 9er-trashy tro.hy 'ife from the .ro2inces li(e 5eaches+all glit, tac(y glamour and s.end-thrift 'ays 'ith a ottle tan to oot" The taloids s.lashed her o2ine features across the .ages 'eighed do'n 'ith ling as she !et-setted from hither and yon" I could almost feel the gold !ingling into my .oc(ets"I hadn*t tasted that (ind of dosh since I left the life ehind" ;i2en my 'ea(ness I*d since thought of turning to the chemical trade in order to return my oo(s to sol2ency, ut considering ho' many former colleagues 'ere .anting for my lood, signs .ointed a'ay from that .ath, as 'e say in the trade" Bitter loody ores, .olicemen are" /onetheless it had een for the est, as I doutless 'ould ha2e  ecome my o'n est customer all too soon" Call it a .remonition if you must"<ortunately I hadn*t o2erindulged this day as my golden goose 'alted through the door" 5eaches loo(ed rather golden too, or 'as it !ust her leathery tan0 /o, there 'as some (ind of s.ar(le dust on her chee(s that lent credence to the golden girl re." She danced in li(e a .asha, trailing a scent of fruit and an entourage"Welcome, 1s" %oc(muir,# I said gra2ely, ho.ing I 'asn*t o2er.laying my hand 'ith ose6uiousness" I had so seldom made any effort at all to interact 'ith my fello' humans of late that e2ery gesture seemed a .arody of .oliteness, though I sto..ed short of actually o'ing" Wouldn*t you feel more comfortale 'ith a little more .ri2acy0#I*m not %oc(muir anymore7# She 'hi..ed off her sunglasses to re2eal eyes so thic(ly rimmed 'ith (ohl as to ma(e the shades su.erfluous" I*m di2orcing that rat astard and ta(ing ac( my o'n =

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