A Puff of Death (A Detective Wade Cutter Mystery)
Detective Wade Cutter is the LAPD Homicide Special Section's top closer. Sent to a crime-scene on the roof of a seedy hotel in Hollywood, Cutter learns a teenage girl has been reduced to a puddle of pink goop; his only clue--a mysterious cigarette butt. The body count rises as killers from another world try to stop Cutter from discovering an ancient conspiracy More
When the most ruthless and savage killers strike, when multiple victims are killed, when murders seem unsolvable, that's when the LAPD's Homicide Special Section is called. And when those crimes are the most heinous, most vicious; crimes done by monsters--that's when they call Detective Wade Cutter.
Hunting serial killers is Cutter's passion, catching them is his obsession, and putting them away--either in prison or the grave, that's his promise.
Being the LAPD's top closer makes Cutter his commander's natural choice when a bizarre death is reported.
Sent to a crime-scene on the roof of a seedy hotel in Hollywood, Cutter learns a teenage girl has been reduced to a puddle of pink goop; his only clue--a mysterious cigarette butt.
This has got to be hoax, Cutter thinks, until three ICE agents show up and use National Security as an excuse to power grab the case away.
Leave it alone, he's warned. The Feds will Patriot Act your ass into a deep dark hole if you don't give it up.
But Wade Cutter doesn't give up easy. When he secretly continues to pursue the young girl's death, the body count begins to rise. If they had any connection to the hotel crime-scene, they're targets--the witnesses, technicians, patrolmen, and Cutter.
After receiving the cryptic message, "Don't trust anyone who smokes," Cutter feels like one man against the world. The only aid he can count on is from an ex-wife he still loves and a white tomcat named Friday.
Covert assassins run amok in the city of Los Angeles and begin slaughtering the detective's friends and coworkers. After numerous attempts on Cutter's life, he discovers a conspiracy going back thousands of years and involving the highest levels of government. A conspiracy that killers from another world will stop at nothing to prevent Cutter from discovering.
Ride along on this mystery thrill ride.
Author Jefferson Windorf is an Air Force veteran and retired police officer. He's an FBI trained hostage negotiator, interrogation specialist, and behavioral science profiler. He's a master interpreter of criminal statistical trends. An avid historian, Jeff has been published in numerous national magazines and has written regular editorials in some of the country's top newspapers. Jeff currently lives in Southern California with his wife and three children...well, they're really cats...but to him, they're his children. His actual human children are grown and have moved out of his house, if not his wallet.
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