Book SIX in the Red Dog Conspiracy series.
From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Patricia Loofbourrow.
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(WARNING: this description contains major spoilers for books 1-5!)
A storm is coming ...
One year has passed since the unpopular second Diamond Purge began. When the trains in Bridges mysteriously stop running, tensions among the populace rise to the point that the other three Families decide something must be done.
Private investigator Jacqueline Spadros gets an unusual request: mediate with Cesare Diamond so that Inventors from all Four Families may meet to find a solution to the crisis.
But Jacqui has more pressing problems. Her best friend is dying, she has a missing-persons case that she can't seem to solve, and her teenage sister-in-law is out of control. When her lawyer blackmails her for the enormous amount she owes him, Jacqui does something no one would ever have expected.
Warning: marital strife, discussion of past infidelity, smoking, language, on-screen violence, on-screen threats to the main character, intense situations, animal injury, animal death.
This is the sixth chapter of a 13-part serial novel:
- The Jacq of Spades
- The Queen of Diamonds
- The Ace of Clubs
- The King of Hearts
- The Ten of Spades
The Five of Diamonds <-- you are here
- The Two of Hearts
- The Three of Spades
- The Knave of Hearts (coming soon)
You can do what you want, but starting with The Five of Diamonds would be like walking in seventy minutes into a three hour movie.
Don't be that guy. Start with The Jacq of Spades and read the books in order.
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Enjoy a sample from The Five of Diamonds:
Darkness lay in the opulent bedroom, save for a beam of moonlight which streamed from the open window to display the wide dressing-table and the contents there. Perfumes, makeup, all the trappings of a wealthy woman — including a decorative tall box of fine jewelry.
I crouched in shadow beside this table, waiting.
We’d been hired to solve a string of burglaries in this fine set of apartments: a collective in Spadros quadrant, 177th Street East.
The members met together every Wednesday. Over the past few weeks, a different woman returned to her rooms after each meeting to find her jewels missing. Guards had been set in the hallways, yet the thefts continued.
A puzzle, and I so loved to solve them.
Pale bluish light ruffled the edges of sheer curtains billowing in the faint summer breeze.
I glanced back to the doorway: all was quiet.
I never asked why these people didn’t first go to the Spadros Family for help. Yet I did understand turning next to an investigator. Going to the police in a city ruled by the Four Families would have been their last option. Life could become most unpleasant should Roy Spadros learn they’d crossed him.
A grating noise at the window startled me.
A hand appeared, gloved in black leather. A form clothed in black perched upon the windowsill briefly, then entered, one stealthy motion at a time. Then the figure approached, falling into and out of shadow.
The way this person moved seemed familiar.
My heart pounded so loudly I feared the thief might hear it. I dared not even breathe. I also was clothed in black, but any motion would bring notice.
Like some moth reversed, the shape moved away from the moonlight’s glow to what it illuminated. More to the point, the jewelry box.
A dark hand reached for the lid.
That was far enough. I grabbed the wrist. “Got you!”