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An Education in Fear -- EPUB

  • A professor must discover evidence that will shed light on her husband’s murder, while confronting new romantic feelings and trying to regain her faltering faith.
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Release Date:
April 1, 2018
ISBN:
9781682941461
Cover Artist:
Gwen Phifer

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Newly hired Middleton University professor Emilie Parker narrowly escapes the hit-and-run driver who critically injures her brother, Paul. Before lapsing into a coma, Paul struggles to tell Emilie of evidence connected with the brutal murder of her husband, a Chicago cop. His death two years before has strained Emilie’s faith to the breaking point.

She enlists Cade Logan, the university’s police chief, to help her discover what the evidence is, and find out who is trying to prevent her from finding it. But nearness brings out both attraction and tension between the two. Cade still hurts from a failed marriage, while Emilie is reluctant to betray the memory of her beloved husband.

Working together, they must find the evidence before the killer strikes again. At stake is not only their lives, but the chance to restore Emilie’s shattered faith in God.

Excerpt

She knew what she had to do. Treading lightly so as not to cause the floor to creak, Emilie crossed the bedroom and eased open the closet door. She reached as high as she could, feeling around the top shelf with trembling fingers until she touched what she was looking for. She retrieved the metal box from the shelf and lowered it to the floor, kneeling down in front of it. “Please don’t be locked,” she whispered. It wasn’t, and she lifted the hinged lid to reveal David’s police firearm, a black automatic pistol, and an ammunition magazine. She couldn’t remember why she had even hung onto the gun, let alone kept it in her bedroom closet. David had once encouraged her to learn to shoot for self-defense. He had even taken her to a shooting range where she reluctantly spent an hour firing his pistol at human-shaped targets. Although she drew the line at David’s suggestion of buying her a gun of her own, she was surprised that she had done pretty well at the range.

Emilie removed the pistol from the padded interior of the box. Then she pulled the magazine from its compartment and slid it into the opening in the pistol’s handgrip. A jolt of fear sliced through her as she heard another noise from the first floor, like something falling from a table or shelf. Her hands slippery with sweat, Emilie went to the bedroom doorway and peeked out into the hallway. Her eyes were already accustomed to the dark, so she inched forward, holding the gun with both hands in front of her, the way she had seen it done countless times on television cop shows. Blood pounded in her ears as she crept down the hall, her bare feet feeling for the edge of the top step. Once she reached the stairs she started her descent, hoping the steps would not squeak and give her away. When she was about halfway down the staircase, Emilie saw that her front door was standing wide open. The street light outside made a bright trapezoidal pattern on the floor, and Emilie looked away to preserve her night vision.

At the bottom of the stairs, she crept into the living room. Looking to her right, she saw the silhouette of a man outlined by the faint light coming through the dining room windows. Emilie’s stomach lurched as she asked herself if she was capable of shooting another human being. Unfortunately, she had no answer to that. She did know that she couldn’t just begin blasting away in the dark. She edged over to her right, where there was a wall switch for the outlet where her living room lamp was plugged in. Brushing against the wall, she felt for the switch with her upper arm. Keeping both hands on the pistol, Emilie slipped her right index finger through the gun’s trigger guard and rested it on the trigger. She raised the weapon in the direction of the silhouette. Then she leaned on the light switch, lifting her arm until the switch clicked.

Dazed by the light that flooded the room, Emilie was still able to see the intruder standing by her dining room table. As the man spun around toward her, he raised his hand and aimed a pistol at her. Emilie’s reflexes kicked in as she squeezed her eyes shut and pulled the trigger.


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