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Bayou Bounty Hunters Book Five: Chasing A Shadow -- EPUB

  • A woman with a checkered past asks an ex-con-turned-bounty-hunter to help her find the man who abused her son.
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Release Date:
July 21, 2017
ISBN:
9781682941065
Cover Artist:
Jenifer Ranieri

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Addie Hawk, a recovering alcoholic, has spent five years atoning for a bad choice that cost her custody of her son. The boy is now seven and lives with his father and stepmother, a woman Addie despises. Now, however, Addie believes her former husband and his wife have stepped over the line by allowing an ex-convict to move in with them upon his release from prison, thus endangering the little boy Addie loves more than anything in the world.

Quinn Connelly just got out of jail after serving a quarter of his sentence for simple assault for punching the man who stole his girlfriend. Properly chastised, he's determined to deal with his anger. He's just landed a job as a licensed fugitive retrieval agent and private investigator. Bringing bail jumpers to justice helps ease the aching loneliness in his soul. He relishes every minute he spends helping others and making the world a safer place.

Quinn doesn't count on is being sucked into Addie's desperate fight to win back custody of her son. She asks him to pin a crime, any crime, on the ex-con her former husband and his new wife have taken in, but he refuses. Then the boy claims the man assaulted him, and the ex-con disappears. Not willing to wait for the cops to find him, Addie begs Quinn for help and the two of them set out on an intrastate trek that may cost them their lives.

Excerpt

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change…

Addie Hawk recited her mantra one more time before gritting her teeth and punching the doorbell. Her hands shook as she tucked a lock of hair behind her ear and waited impatiently for her ex-husband to answer the door. Opening the door took him longer each time she visited Joey, and she'd finally decided Steven enjoyed making her wait.

Jerk.

Anger flared to life inside her, but she tamped it down. Getting mad at Steven right now would get her nowhere. She was the one still making amends, not her ex. He'd done nothing wrong.

Even so, she hated coming here to his house.

Her hand clung to the tiny gold locket she wore around her neck.

Three years ago, when her nightmare had first begun, she'd visited Joey at the Department of Human Services' satellite office in Biloxi. However, they had recently closed that office due to budget cuts, and Joey's social worker had arranged for Addie to come here to see him, at least temporarily. Ms. Middleton had first suggested that Addie visit with her son at a local fast food restaurant to keep their meetings on neutral ground, but Addie had opted to visit Joey here so they'd have more privacy.

She wasn't sure she was happy with the tradeoff. Supervised visitation on neutral ground didn't hurt nearly as much as seeing how happy Joey was living with Steven and his second wife, Mandy, whom he'd married less than a month after leaving Addie.

Mandy. The woman now raising Joey.

Addie drew in a fortifying breath and gripped the gold locket hanging from her neck that contained her son's picture. The piece of jewelry had become her talisman, because she should be the one raising Joey. She loved her little boy more than life itself and would love to go back in time and make different choices. Better choices. Choices that didn't involve alcohol.

The door swung open, and Steven pinned Addie to the porch with a blistering glare. "Hello, Addie. You're early. Again."

"Only by a few minutes." She released her stranglehold on the locket, dropped her hand, and rechecked her watch.

5:56 p.m.

Her square-jawed ex-husband glowered down at her. "You know damned well visitation doesn't start until six o'clock."

"Or whenever the social worker gets here." Addie struggled not to mock Steven, because she'd learned that if she did, he'd find a way to keep her from seeing Joey. She swallowed. "You tell me this every time. And nearly every time, she's late. That cuts into my time, because you make sure I leave at eight o'clock on the dot, no matter what."

"Well, supervised visitation is what it is." He shot her another scowl. "Wouldn't be this way if you hadn't --"

"Don't. Please." She held up her hand. "I know what I did."

 


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