By Toby Neal
Hawaii is palm bushes, black sand and blue water—but for policewoman Lei Texeira, there’s a gloomy aspect to paradise.
Lei has conquer a scarred prior to make a lifestyles for herself as a cop within the sleepy immense Island city of Hilo. On a regimen patrol she unearths murdered teenagers—one of whom she’d lately busted. With its echoes of her personal earlier, the murdered girl’s harsh existence and tragic loss of life impact Lei deeply. She turns into obsessed—even because the killer is attracted to Lei's depth, feeding off her vulnerabilities and toying along with her sanity. Despite her obsession with the case and worry that she's being stalked, Lei reveals herself falling in love for the 1st time.
Steaming volcanoes, black sand seashores and shrouded fern forests are the backdrop to Lei's quest for answers—and the stalker is nearer than she will be able to think, as threads of the previous tangle in her destiny.
Lei is decided to discover the killer—but he understands the place to discover her first.
Fast-paced crime secret with a slightly of romance, readers name Blood Orchids "un-putdownable!"
"Sometimes in crime fiction you stumble throughout a personality who lives on past the book's finish via advantage in their mental complexity, and the richness with which the writer has drawn them. Will Graham, Jack Reacher, Alex go, and now they've got a useful lady counterpart in Lei Teixera. Blood Orchids is that rarity between debut novels, in that it satisfies on each point. a robust new expertise is at the scene, whole-heartedly recommended."-Drew go, former police officer and writer of BiteMarks
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The final photo used to be of Kelly and Haunani bare, mendacity dealing with one another within the eco-friendly grass beside a circulate. The composition used to be appealing, the colours rich—and the subject material haunting and poor. “Holy shit! ” Pono exclaimed. “This motherfucker simply had those images sitting on his laptop? He was once simply asking to get busted! ” “I broke his encryption,” Jeremy stated. “It wasn’t too complex. This dossier is named ‘baby photographs’ and that i knew he by no means had any infants, so I checked it. ” “I imagine we obtained him,” Stevens stated. Lei became away and went again to Kelly’s room. She felt dizzy. She became at the certain vacuum with its proof assortment bag, sucking any fibers out of the carpet. Bile looked to be urgent up in her throat and she or he gulped it again, gripping the vacuum demanding. Get a grip, she advised herself, and felt hysterical laughter threaten. Her mobile rang. It was once Irene at Dispatch. “This is your reminder name. you could have counseling this present day at p. m. , and it’s one-forty-five. i presumed it's possible you'll put out of your mind. i do know you men are out looking the Reynolds position. ” “Shit,” Lei acknowledged, ripping the vacuum wire out of the wall. “This isn't a great time! ” “When is it ever? ” Irene acknowledged cheerfully. “Say thanks for the reminder, or I’ll offer you a graveyard shift. ” “Thanks, Irene. Are you convinced I can’t reschedule? ” “Mandatory ability necessary. You question me, you were given off gentle so no mess with the Lieutenant in this. ” “Shit,” she stated back. “Okay. thank you. ” She clicked the telephone closed. “Stevens, i have to return to the station. ” They have been nonetheless clustered round the machine as she got here again in, the vacuum bag in hand. Pono grew to become to her. “What for? We’re in the course of whatever. ” “That rattling vital counseling. ” “Bad timing,” Stevens acknowledged. “I desire you right here. ” “If you men weren’t simply getting your jollies the useless ladies, we would be getting extra done,” she snapped. All 3 of them stared at her. “Unplug the pc and we’ll take the whole lot all the way down to the station,” Stevens stated to Jeremy. He checked out Lei. “I imagine you larger pass get that counseling. ” Fury and disgrace clogged her throat. She dropped the facts bag and left, the monitor door banging at the back of her. It took her the full force to the station to quiet down. She knew her reaction to the quest used to be irrational, knew it needed to do together with her previous. As ordinary, understanding didn’t support. She took a few deep breaths and placed her hand in her pocket, feeling the triangular nook of Stevens’s observe. Asshole, she notion, blissful they hadn’t kissed yet wishing that they had. Wishing she may well get the pictures of the ladies out of her brain. Wishing she used to be common. She parked the Crown Vic and went into the economic beige women’s room, splashing water on her face and ensuring her hair used to be less than keep an eye on. She touched up with lipgloss and brushed a few lint off her uniform. “I glance fine,” she acknowledged out loud. “Not remotely psycho. ” bankruptcy 20 She went down the corridor to Dr. Wilson’s workplace. The police psychologist opened the door after her tentative knock. She used to be a diminutive lady, smartly wearing khakis and a polo blouse.