5/12/2015

Dark Pursuit By Jennifer Chase Book Tour

From the International Award Winning EMILY STONE THRILLER SERIES: 




Vigilante detective Emily Stone has covertly hunted down killers and closed more serial cases than most seasoned homicide cops combined. Her exceptional profiling skills and forensic techniques, along with deductive crime scene investigations, have made her a compelling force that cannot be beat. 

She has reached her ultimate breaking point and now must face her toughest opponent yet – her biggest fears. 


With preciseness, the Tick-Tock Killer has taken his next child victim and promised to dump the body precisely four days later, mocking police and the community. Stone struggles to balance her inner demons and ghosts from the past, against
the wits of a brutal and cunning serial killer in an all-out battle of psychological warfare. 


Can Stone save the next child in time? Dark Pursuit is an action-packed cat and mouse game that will take you to dark places rarely explored.







CHAPTER TWO

Tuesday 2145 Hours




“Em! Em!”

Rick continued to yell her name several more times, but there was only silence. He saw that the connection was lost and tossed the phone onto the passenger’s seat. It did not make his frustration dissipate. It only forced the developing anger to increase; he imagined all sorts of horrible scenarios from Emily lying in a ditch bleeding to the killer shooting her at point blank range.

They had faced some dicey situations in the past, but something was different about Emily over the past few months. She was distant and seemed to become more emotional about their investigations. Something was about to give way to a much darker side of Emily, and Rick was not sure if even she was prepared for what that rough road would dish out.

Rick increased his speed along the freeway and weaved in and out of traffic. Sometimes he was too close to other vehicles, causing horns to honk from irate drivers that gave him the official middle finger. He steadily increased his speed even more and decided to take an off ramp that stated the names of two roads: Deer Run Road and Deer Creek Road. The last word he heard Emily say before the connection dropped was deer.

He knew how her thought process worked from previous cases; they had come to the same conclusion about this case. It was Emily’s innate ability to deduce crime scenes and behavioral evidence, which connected the dots to three possible suspects on their list. The dynamic skill shepossessed to dwindle down the suspect pool to a credible number was what made their work so successful. It was absolute luck that they bumped into the real killer while following another suspect.

Rick fell in love with Emily the first time he spent time with her. It was not only her unmistakable beauty, which was obvious to most. It was her intelligence, her uncanny skill of hunting serial killers, and her tenacity, which further fueled his love for her.  He had retired from his police position to become Emily’s partner hunting down predatorsas a phantom detective team. It had served them both well with many solved cases. It did not matter that the police did not know where the information came from because they benefited from the solve rates, but to Emily and Rick it was all worth the risk.

Picking up his cell phone, he redialed Emily’s number. The call went straight to voice mail. “Damn…” he muttered tossing the cell phone aside again. A working laptop and tablet along with several files rode shotgun, which included all of the research and the groundwork of the investigation. He and Emily worked this particular case longer than any other case to date. It was one of the worst serial cases Rick had encountered.

The news agencies named the serial killer the Tick-Tock Killer, which gave even more urgency to the victims and exponentially raised extreme fear and anxiety among the community. Even when Rick worked investigations as a homicide detective, it still did not prepare him for such a horrifying case and so many young victims – the youngest was six years old.

The local cops and detectives tried to investigate with some doggedness, but ultimately they became stymied and they were out of any plausible new leads. It happened all too often. This case had run the gauntlet of news stories and the possibility of anything new. All sixteen cases in two and half years had gone cold until the latest abduction of Jeannie Sanders. Emily needed to solve these cases and put a stop to the killer’s hunting as quickly as possible.

Rick felt his stomach tighten the more he thought about the details of the case. He had not eaten since early that morning and he realized that he was running on only fumes and too many cups of coffee. He drove down the off ramp and made a sharp right. He did not expect to see any other drivers on the back road due to the late hour.

A large commercial utility vehicle took up most of the road blocking access to the two rural roads. Yellow lights flashed. One worker dressed in oversized reflective gear had just positioned several large orange cones to direct any traffic around the work. The tall man with a beard prepared to board the bucket and ascend to the transformer. The worker did not seem to notice or care that Rick skidded up to a stop.

Rick searched for the road signs and glanced at his GPS for confirmation. He had a fifty- fifty chance of choosing the right road that Emily had taken. It could make the difference between life – and death. They both had decided to split up to check out possible suspects to cover more ground, especially with the new suspect in the mix. He wished that he had taken Kevin Werner instead of Sean Mitchell. Mitchell was a dead end and did not fit the profile. Damn.

Rick decided to take Deer Run Road. Navigating the SUV toward the left, he slammed on the breaks. There was a huge branch down blocking the roadway about the girth size of a weight lifter. It lay precariously on its side. “No!” he slammed his fists on the steering wheel. Rick quickly jammed the car in reverse and pulled to the side of the road. He jumped out of the vehicle to assess the damaged area and any other possible access. The limb was large and had several smaller branches shooting in different directions making it impassable. It was what had caused the local power outage. He hoped that it was a dead branch easy to maneuver to the side, but no such luck. It would require a chainsaw and the burning of precious time before it would budge enough to pass. The more Rick thought about the roads, the more he bet that Emily had taken Deer Run Road. It was not a just a guess, but a deduction. The road travelled deeper into the forest and paralleled the large state park. It was a perfect cover for someone not wanting to be found, which allowed for extreme privacy.

The fog continued to float in and the rural area became dense as the precious minutes ticked onward. It chilled Rick. The mist camouflaged the solid row of trees that he had seen as he exited the freeway. “Sir? Are you lost?” a voice interrupted. Rick turned and faced the county worker, who had a quizzical look on his face. He was older than Rick had assumed – at least mid to late fifties.

“I need to get through on Deer Run Road.” Rick replied. “Hmmm…” The tall man scratched his beard and took a moment to size up Rick. “Is it possible?” “Of course… just not now. This is one of three trees down in the area.” Rick did not know if the man was slow or just did not care. The worker continued, “The County has had so many cutbacks that I’m the only one. It’s going to take a bit.”

“Look, I need to get through on that road. It’s urgent.” Rick emphasized the word urgent without sounding sarcastic. The man looked suspiciously at Rick as he said, “There aren’t any residences out there, just a few cabins. What’s your hurry?” There was no other choice, but Rick had to bluff the man. “It’s police business, I need to get through.” He decided to try another angle to get the man to comply with what he wanted.

“We’re on a manhunt, and we have reason to believe that the suspect is hiding out there.” The man’s eyebrows rose accompanied by a surprised expression. It seemed to resonate something inside him. Rick knew that he had to act fast and play upon the man’s emotions in order to work in his favor. He did not want to have to answer too many questions or for the worker to call a supervisor.

“What do you need for me to do?” he asked. “Do you have a chainsaw?” “Uh, yes,” he replied slowly. “Get it.” Rick stated flatly. He turned and headed back to his car, shed his jacket, and glanced quickly at the cell phone. There was still no message or text from Emily. Time battled against Rick. He rolled up his sleeves as the worker approached carrying a chainsaw and a pair of safety goggles.

“There are no live wires I could come in contact with, right?” Rick stated.

“No, you’re good to go. You know how to operate one of these?” “Of course.” Rick took the tool from the man. It was heavier than he thought. “Thanks.” He had never actually used one before. For a moment, the county worker hesitated as if he thought better of giving a perfect stranger a chainsaw. Rick hurried to the large branch, fired up the device, and began cutting. It was louder than he expected – ear splintering. Small fragments of the limb showered all around Rick; he worked as fast as he dared and slowly made headway.






Author Bio: 

Jennifer Chase is an award-winning author and consulting criminologist.  She has authored six crime fiction novels, including the award-winning Emily Stone thriller series along with a screenwriting workbook.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor degree in police forensics and a Master's degree in criminology.  These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent sociopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells. 

In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling.  She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists.





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  1. Thank you for hosting the Dark Pursuit book tour today!

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  2. Your very welcome Jennifer, it was my pleasure.

    Jody

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