Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Phantom Dreams by T. K. Harris



Book Title:  Phantom Dreams
Author:  T.K. Harris
Release Date:  June 7th
Genre:  Mystery Thriller
Length:  81,956 words, 273 pages
Publisher:  GMTA Publishing LLC
Presented by:  As You Wish Tours
Cover Design by:  Benjamin Poelman and Tipping Point

BLURB

FBI Special Agent Jack Matthews finds himself on yet another serial killer case, having barely recovered from the last disastrous hunt. Still stiff from a gun shot wound in his leg, under investigation for a botched job, and having lost his fiancée when she walked out on him, Jack is beginning to wonder if it isn’t time to move on to something new. But, for Jack, these cases are personal and he can’t say no.

Marketing specialist Kathy Gilliam leads a fairly boring life. If she’s not working or caring for her ailing father, then she is doing whatever it takes to avoid going anywhere near crowds of people. Her few distractions include her friend Margo Longfellow, occasional hiking trips, and her increasingly alarming dreams of women dying.

As her nightmares cause her to begin to doubt her sanity, the media releases news of the “Coast-to-Coast Killer” and Kathy discovers her dreams may be related. In a moment of panic, Kathy does something that places her on the FBI’s “persons of interest” list. Suddenly, her life is set on a collision course with Jack who must decide if Kathy is the killer or destined to become a victim.



EXCERPT

Sweat poured down his face, plastering his dark brown hair to his head before quickly cooling in the chill evening air.  FBI Special Agent Jack Matthews turned the corner heading for home, thoughts of what could be his next case pounding in time to the rhythm of his feet.  Five women stabbed and left to die, all within a four or five year period, spanning four states.  They had stumbled across the homicides while working on another case, but were still trying to determine if the deaths were connected.  If they were, they would be adding another serial killer to their case load.
His stride faltered as an old wound in his upper right thigh tightened, a departing gift from the last killer he had dealt with.  That monster had killed eight women before Jack and another agent had cornered him.  But they hadn't seen the gun, their eyes having been focused on the terrified woman the killer held, a knife pressing against her neck.
Jack could still see the trickle of scarlet glistening in the fluorescent light where the killer's knife had grazed her.  It was an image forever frozen in his mind, the last thing he saw before a wave of fire ripped through his leg.  His partner took a round in the chest before Jack was able to fire, but it had been too late.
The street lamps illuminated the white clouds of his breath as Jack stepped it up, arms and legs pumping faster, trying to forget her face.  Her name had been Elizabeth Brue.
Too late, too late.
The rhythm beat itself into his brain as he gritted his teeth and ran faster.  With the report of his Glock-22 still echoing in the air, Jack had watched her body sliding toward the floor, her throat slit.  Ten seconds spread into a lifetime as he watched Elizabeth's eyes glaze over, her fear and accusation forever frozen in Death's immortal hold.
He and his partner had received commendations for their bravery.  But all he could remember was Elizabeth's funeral and the wail of her two-month-old son cutting through the still morning air.
And now it looked as if he would once again be chasing a monster.



AUTHOR BIO
T.K. Harris was born in California and lived a gypsy sort of life traveling the world as a military brat. She has been writing since she was a child and as had several short stories published by various magazines, including one in Woman's World. She currently lives and works in Colorado as a Senior Solutions Architect and IT Instructor and has recently had her first novel, Phantom Dreams, published. She is looking forward to her next two books, already outlined and partially written. You can find out more at: http://www.tkharrisonline.com.


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