Shoeless Child by J. A. Schneider
‘An emotionally charged story of murder,lies,secrets and manipulation that had me hooked in from the very first sentence.’ – Nicki
A little boy has seen a horrific murder but is too traumatized to speak. Detective Kerri Blasco struggles to connect with him…
Charlie Sparkes peeks out to see his mother and another young woman brutally shot. Hysterical, the brave child bolts into the cold November night for help. He screams and cries, only to fall into more trauma.
Homicide Detective Kerri Blasco is called to the murder scene. One woman lies dead next to the blood soaked rug where Rachel Sparkes was seriously wounded. With little memory of the attack, she has been taken to the hospital – but where is her child? He too, Kerri discovers, now lies in a hospital bed, mute and traumatized in a fetal position, refusing even food and water.
Charlie must have seen what happened. Kerri’s heart aches for this piteous little boy and she struggles to help him; struggles, too to find the monster who did this horrible crime. “It’s your kind of case,” Sergeant Alex Brand, Kerri’s boss and partner tells her, stepping up police urgency when another innocent is shot, and then another.
Kerri Blasco finds herself more emotionally obsessed with this case than with any other, despite clear and onrushing danger to herself…
About J. A. Schneider
Wheaton College, Norton MA (French Lit Major, unofficial minor in Spanish to annoy the French Dept & squeezed in Russian)
Exchange student in Soviet Union (where I got arrested for spreading anti-Soviet propaganda – ha! Caught with friends laughing about their pea-green-colored water; that was the offense; four of us arrested.) Weeks later landed in a Soviet hospital cuz I fell down a ravine during a hike in the Caucasus Mts near Sochi. It wasn’t bad. Docs in Sochi were nice…)
Former Staffer at Newsweek Magazine. Author of Detective Kerri Blasco Police/Psychological Thrillers FEAR DREAMS: a sensitive woman fears insanity; HER LAST BREATH: A woman wakes to horror next to a murdered man and can’t remember the night before; WATCHING YOU: A serial killer texts his victims first – but how does he get their phone numbers? Detective Kerri vows revenge…he comes after her; SHOELESS CHILD: A little boy has seen a horrific murder but is too traumatized to speak. Detective Kerri Blasco struggles to connect with him…
Also author of the EMBRYO medical thriller series, 6 books. Love reading & writing – especially thrillers.