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Serpent's Kiss

Shadow Games

The End of It All

Voodoo Moon

The Thomas Dwyer Series:

Murder in the Wings

The Autumn Dead

A Cry of Shadows

Novellas:

Cast in Dark Waters (with Tom Piccirilli)



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Chapter One

You couldn't pick up a newspaper these days without finding an article or editorial about how barbed wire had changed everything out west. Some were for it, some were agin it.

It was 1886 and people were still arguing about it. Some said it made good friends; some said barbed wire made blood enemies.

Al Woodward was agin it. While it was fine for ranchers and farmers and livestock breeders, it was hell on insurance investigators.

Take tonight.

Al Woodward, a freelance insurance investigator for several different companies, had been climbing through some barbed wire when one of the barbs tore the right buttock of his new trousers. And dug a painful little trench of hot blood across the same buttock.

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