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The Letter: A Jill Hunter Short #1

In this installment of the Jill Hunter Series, when Jill, an ex-homicide detective turned freelance investigator, receives an anonymous note, at first she thinks it’s an old colleague intent on upsetting her.

She soon learns there’s more to it when she receives the next note. Jill must try to find the anonymous sender before he kills once more. 

He might have pinned the last murder on someone else, but Jill is determined to stop him from doing that again. 

With only her wits and intuition, Jill goes after the dangerous man, chasing him across the country and back in the hope of preventing him from killing another victim.

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ISBN: 9781386982098
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The Letter is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

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I TORE OPEN THE ENVELOPE that had been delivered to my rented apartment. In it was a single piece of paper with two simple words:

Two Years XOXO

Bastards, I muttered out loud, throwing the paper down in disgust.

I had known, of course, that several of my colleagues on the homicide squad weren’t exactly members of my fan club. I could live with that—I wasn’t a paid-up member of their clubs either. But to do this two years later? They should really move on. I know I have.

Two years. The amount of time since I parted company with the police force. Was I fired or did I leave? Honestly, I’m still not sure.

I was called into my superior officer's office and told that I had failed. I had let him and everyone else down. And he needed my resignation. I didn't argue. I resigned with full honors and a glowing reference, but I'm pretty sure if I had said no, it would have been a very different story. So yeah, I was probably fired.

In a sense they were right—I had failed—but in another sense, had they have let me finish the case, I wouldn't have failed. And that monster would be behind bars where he belongs. Instead, he is free, and some poor fall guy sits rotting in prison. But the cops don’t care about that—they care about logical convictions. And it was logical; I'll give them that. But it wasn't him.

To say my methods aren’t exactly conventional would be an understatement. If there’s a way to find a killer, I’ll use it. End of story. If that means going off book and against orders, so be it.

It’s not that I don’t respect authority, it’s more a case of I don’t respect the rules that hinder investigations. Ultimately, I believe that getting a killer behind bars where he or she belongs trumps following the rules.

Unfortunately, most of the superior officers tend to disagree. They want results, but they want them by the book. Hence why they ended up with the wrong man two years ago.

They were willing to turn a blind eye to my rule breaking when I was getting results, but the Daniels murder was different. Daniels was an important member of Congress, so of course, all eyes were on the case.

Those eyes didn’t like my methods, so my