Murder, sex, stalking, just a normal day for Lieutenant Jake Carrington, that is, until he becomes the one being stalked.
Are rules really meant to be broken. Jake Carrington finds out the hard way and the answer is no! Dating Chloe Wagner was a huge mistake, and Jake should have known better-he’s investigating the murder of Chloe’s sister. Now Chloe is the number one suspect in that murder. If she’s convicted, Jake could lose not only his rank, but his job. If that’s not bad enough, he’s got a stalker on his hands, someone who’s threatening his fledgling relationship with the lovely Mia. Things are getting just a little too a little too personal for comfort!
At sixteen, a bright future lay before Jake Carrington. As a star athlete for his high school, he was courted by all the top colleges in the country. The toughest decision Jake needed to make before he chose a college was which sport he wanted to play. He excelled at both baseball and football. Baseball held his heart, but the football scholarships offered were located in better climates.
As captain in the Wilkesbury Police Department his dad garnered respect, but he wanted more for his children, and in Jake’s case he hoped to see his son play pro-ball. All these dreams came crashing down around Jake in the summer of his senior year.
Jake’s sister Eva was brutally raped and murdered in the summer by one of Jake’s classmates. Eva and he were close. Never in his young life had he felt such pain. Until that day, Jake didn’t know or understand evil. After accompanying his father to the morgue to identify Eva’s body, Jake swore he would do whatever it took to make sure no one else ever felt the agony he and his family were going through. It was on that day he decided to become a cop. The guilt never left his mind or his heart. Deep down he felt he caused her death. She had asked for a ride that day. He had refused because he was on his way to his girlfriend’s house. Five minutes. He felt she died because he was too selfish to go five minutes out of his way. Though they were difficult years, He got through them with the help of his friend and now partner Louie Romanelli.
Since Eva’s death Jake had one goal: to be the best homicide detective he could be. His romantic life only consists of casual dates. His job always comes first. That was until Mia Andrews came along.
Recently promoted to lieutenant of the homicide division, he along with Louie try to beat back the frustration as a brutal case involving rape and murder grows cold. This one has hit too close to home for Jake. To make matters worse, he dated the victim’s sister, Chloe Wagner a few times, until she became bossy and possessive. Now she’s stalking Jake and Mia. He and Louie continue to investigate the murder when new evidence turns up; and to Jake’s horror, the evidence points to Chloe Wagner. Did he miss this important evidence the first time around because he was initially attracted to Chloe? Or was someone taunting both him and Chloe?
A botched missing person’s case. A nervous mob boss. Lt. Jake Carrington’s gut tells him Phil Lucci is being cagey-with good reason. Jake can see this case has been mishandled from the beginning. Sloppy police work? Or does Lucci’s hand reach as far as the WPD? It’s Jake’s job to find the answers. Jake meets Kyra Russell, a woman with an unusual job-she runs the local crematory. Despite the heated attraction between them, Jake becomes more and more suspicious of Kyra. Her gambling problem has already cost her a marriage and custody of her son. More than that, she also happens to be friends with Phil Lucci. Kyra assures Jake that it’s just coincidence, but Jake’s experience and his instincts warn him not to believe in chance. Can Kyra be burning bodies for the mob? If she is, what will Jake do about it?
Marian born and raised in Brooklyn, New York is the seventh child of ten. At the age of sixteen her family moved from New York to New England. As a typical teenager, she felt her life was ruined and took to journalizing her feeling and this new life. The journal helped her realize how easily she had adapted to the change. Although, she did miss her cherished friends terribly; she’s thankful, they are still friends today. The four of them refer to each other as the cradle to the grave friends.
Unbeknown to her parents, at the age of five she started reading the New York Daily News story about the murdered nurses in Chicago and the investigation. Marian followed the story every day as authorities rushed to solve the brutal crime. It had caught her attention and her imagination. To this day she stills checks her closet before going to sleep. Marian thinks it was on that day the mystery lover was created.
At the age of eight she wrote every day, whether it be a poem, a short story or in her journal. An eighth grade assignment got her published. Though she failed the assignment, the nun was impressed with her poem. It was supposed to be a four line poem, but she couldn’t still her pen. The Beach her first official published work is still her favorite though much longer than four lines. It was the nun who submitted the poem for her to the local paper. Thus, the writer was born.
Marian’s first book If I Fail, A Jake Carrington Mystery will be released on September 7, 2012; and will be followed up in January 2013 with the second book in the series, Burn in Hell, A Jake Carrington Mystery. Each book’s a mystery with romantic elements, because to quote Marian, “Life is both mysterious and romantic.”
Marian resides in New England with her husband.
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