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By Sherry Derr-Wille

When Lissa Adams flew to Chicago to be with her father, she never thought she’d become involved in a vendetta between a Mob family, the Chicago police force, and her cousin, Detective Paul Bastion.

Paul Bastion was in seclusion until his uncle suffered a heart attack. Once he came back to Chicago to be with his family, he knew he’d also be testifying against Antonio Vargas.

When Paul is kidnapped and Lissa badly beaten, he knows he’s living his last hours. The cost of his return is freedom for the drug lord. Even if Vargas is freed, Paul knows he’ll lose his life.

Genre: Mystery Suspense Drama

Sensuality rating: 0

Cover Art by James Robinson

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Chapter 1

 

Lissa Adams enjoyed watching her children scramble across the lawn looking for the Easter eggs she’d spent the early hours of the morning hiding.

Even with Larissa being a teenager and Sarah on the verge of becoming one, they were enjoying the tradition as much as five-year-old Jackson Jr. and eight-year-old Julia.

She enjoyed the mild weather of her North Carolina home. Back in Illinois, her dad assured her the snow was still inches deep and more was expected today. With Easter coming in March this year, she knew the snow was something her family and friends up North had to contend with on the holiday.

Of all the places Lissa and Jackson had lived over the years, she loved North Carolina the most. She’d made many friends among the other army wives, and felt comfortable when Jackson was deployed as he had been for the past three months. It helped that they owned a home on a quiet cul-du-sac where other members of the military also lived, and all the army wives knew they could rely on each other. Their husbands were all members of Special Forces, and often deployed together.

“The kids are certainly having a great time,” Jen Wallis said, after taking a long drink of the iced tea she’d brought over.

Lissa and Jen had been friends for the last two years, and along with Millie Trent, they spent most holidays together while their husbands were deployed.

“Even the teens still enjoy a good Easter Egg hunt,” Jen observed.

“Did you hear from your family today?” Millie asked.

“Jackson and I video chatted last night before the kids went to bed and my dad called me yesterday afternoon. As for Jackson’s folks, I heard from them the first of the week, since they’re on a cruise for the next week. How about you?”

“My brother called me this morning before church,” Millie commented. “I’m sure by now he’s had at least three or four beers and is grousing about how long it’s taking for my sister-in-law to put dinner on the table.”

“How can he be drunk this early in the day?” Jen questioned.

“You don’t know him. He’s an alcoholic and is rarely sober.”

“I’m glad I don’t have to deal with family. Both of my parents were killed in a car accident when I was twelve and my only sister and I don’t speak. To be truthful, I don’t even know where to look for her,” Jen added.

     Lissa felt sorry for her friend. Bring an only child, she’d often wished for a sibling, but since her mother died shortly after Lissa turned five, that was out of the question. Fortunately her mother’s sister, Aunt Nancy, was widowed shortly before Lissa lost her mother. Her parents generously allowed Nancy and Lissa’s cousin, Paul, to move in. They’d grown up, not as cousins but more like brother and sister.

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