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By Thomas P. Hopp

A Peyton McKean Mystery

Copyright 2011 Thomas P. Hopp

Smashwords Edition copyright 2011 Thomas P. Hopp

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Author’s note: Genetically modified tomatoes are the least of our worries.

Blood Evidence

“That’s where the bodies were found.” Sheriff Joe Tanner spat tobacco juice into a sagebrush thicket and nodded the brim of his smokey bear hat toward a flat patch of barren ground. We’d followed a game trail through the frying-pan heat of the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge until the sagebrush opened onto a rocky flat surrounded by low black basalt cliffs splotched with orange and chartreuse lichen. The landscape was baking, as we were, under the fierce sun of an Eastern Washington Indian summer day. Sweat had soaked the back of Tanner’s gray shirt and the sun scorched the top of my head where the hair has begun to thin, making me as uncomfortable as any day I’d spent in Iraq.

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