Blood Orchids (Lei Crime, Book 1)

By Toby Neal

Hawaii is palm timber, black sand and blue water—but for policewoman Lei Texeira, there’s a dismal part to paradise.

Lei has triumph over a scarred previous to make a existence for herself as a cop within the sleepy colossal Island city of Hilo. On a regimen patrol she unearths murdered teenagers—one of whom she’d lately busted. With its echoes of her personal previous, the murdered girl’s harsh existence and tragic dying have an effect on Lei deeply. She turns into obsessed—even because the killer is attracted to Lei's depth, feeding off her vulnerabilities and toying together with her sanity. Despite her obsession with the case and worry that she's being stalked, Lei reveals herself falling in love for the 1st time.

Steaming volcanoes, black sand shores and shrouded fern forests are the backdrop to Lei's quest for answers—and the stalker is nearer than she will think, as threads of the prior tangle in her destiny.

Lei is set to discover the killer—but he understands the place to discover her first.

Fast-paced crime secret with a slightly of romance, readers name Blood Orchids "un-putdownable!"

"Sometimes in crime fiction you stumble throughout a personality who lives on past the book's finish via advantage in their mental complexity, and the richness with which the writer has drawn them. Will Graham, Jack Reacher, Alex pass, and now they've got a precious woman counterpart in Lei Teixera. Blood Orchids is that rarity between debut novels, in that it satisfies on each point. a robust new expertise is at the scene, whole-heartedly recommended."-Drew pass, former police officer and writer of BiteMarks

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Detective Stevens has been dozing over to protect me. ” “One. ” Dr. Wilson held up her hand, folding down her arms as she made her issues. “The men imagine the stalker is a true risk and you’re at risk. Ergo, you'll want to take it heavily too. : Stevens could have greater than supporting in brain while he remains over. 3: perhaps those situations are attached and also you might bust the stalker and locate the assassin while. inform me back what makes you think that they’re attached? ” “I don’t quite understand. ” Lei rubbed her palms up and down her slacks. “I simply have a sense. I’m additionally freaked out approximately Mary. ” She stuffed the psychologist in on her budding friendship with Mary, and the opposite woman’s disappearance. “It doesn’t look all that farfetched that this can be all attached somehow,” Dr. Wilson stated. A tiny line had seemed among her gentle sandy brows. “How frequently will we have a case of unknown stalking, drowning, and disappearance in Hilo? I wouldn’t be stunned if extra comes out while Mary is located. ” “That’s what I’m fearful of. ” “Well, your time’s up. Let’s social gathering subsequent week, comparable time. ” “Okay,” Lei stood up, headed for the door, after which became again. “This wasn’t so undesirable. thank you. ” “Oh, track to my ears,” Dr. Wilson stated, guffawing. “You did the entire paintings and that i get the credits. That’s why i admire my task. ” Lei went immediately to her table. She knew she should still return to aid with the quest, yet she hadn’t had time to do something approximately Mary. She sat down and referred to as the Puna Police division. “I may need a lead on Mary Gomes,” Lei acknowledged while she used to be transferred to the investigator at the case, Lono Smith. “I acquired added a bit of lengthy black hair from an individual who’s been stalking me. i presumed it'd be Mary’s. It used to be dropped off at my residence with a threatening observe. ” “Do you've got it logged in to proof? ” Lono requested. She may possibly pay attention the press of his keyboard. “Yes. so one can evaluate Mary’s hair and what the stalker left, it’s the following at South Hilo Station. ” “On my way,” Lono stated. “We circulate speedy for our personal. ” “Glad to listen to it. ” Lei felt her throat shut. She cleared it, blinking. “The hair has no follicles though—it must be a visible comparability. ” “That’s effective. I’ll be in contact. ” He rang off. Lei sat again in her squeaking orange chair, did a couple of spins to discharge pressure as she known as Stevens. “Still desire me? ” she requested whilst he picked up. “Nope. We cleared out simply prior to Reynolds and his lawyer,” he acknowledged. “I have the pc with me. We’re going to do a extra thorough seek on the station. you could name it a day—I’ll be through later. ” She sat silently, taking into account what Dr. Wilson had acknowledged. “Okay. ” “What, you feeling okay? No arguing? ” “I’ve determined to depend upon my senior officer’s estimation of the location. ” He laughed. “Oh that’s simply nice. Now I’m a senior. simply don’t disregard that futon. ” He clicked off. She smiled, shutting down her notebook and feeling the triangle of Stevens’ word as she left the construction. She headed out to Wal-Mart and purchased a collection of dual sheets, a brand new pillow, and a futon.

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