Edita A. Petrick
Edita A. Petrick
Edita A. Petrick

Shadow Informant

A serial killer who leaves a roadmap on his victims should be easy to track down…

When Carly is roused in the middle of the night to come to work she knows she’ll be heading for a murder scene. After all, she’s a homicide detective, it’s her job, and she’s prepared for everything. Until she arrives in a suburban commuter parking lot where a young lawyer is lying on the ground, a hole in his chest, his organs vaporized, and a topographic map of a metropolitan grid tattooed on his face. A week later victim number two—same first name, same fist-sized hole in his chest, his organs vaporized and wearing another topographic map on his face—points to something more sinister that could lead to a nearby army facility.

Carly and her partner follow the lead to the research facility but are stonewalled by the army brass. However, when overnight a crater yawns where a local church used to stand, and a third victim is found nearby wearing yet another topo map tattooed on his face, the FBI takes over what Carly came to regard as her case. Their idea of cooperation does not include sharing of information. Carly doesn’t mind being ignored, but she hates being goaded by the FBI and their ridiculous assumption that her sleazy ex-husband, a Senatorial candidate about to marry his child-bride who’ll soon inherit a one-hundred-million-dollar fortune, might be the real target of the perpetrators of this series of bizarre happenings.