I am thhisss close to finishing “Extreme Measures,” Book 6 in the Emily O’Brien series. I had hoped to have it done sooner, but you know, life. It happens. Anyway, I’m hoping to upload it by early November, barring any clown invasion to northeast Missouri, creating mass chaos.
So on that note, and as thanks for all your patience, here is an excerpt from the book:
Craig looked surprised when I showed up on his doorstep ten minutes later. “Hey. I thought you had a game tonight.”
“I did. We won.”
“Then why do you look like you’ve been crying?” Then he studied my disheveled clothing. “Or fighting. Did someone hit you?”
“Yeah. It was hardly a tap. But I bit my lip.”
“Someone hit you! What is going on?”
“Holly is missing.”
“A girl from the paper. The one I told you about the other day.” I told him what happened.
“Emily, no offense, but that was not the best way to handle it.”
I scowled. I hated when he was right. “We need to find her.”
“Okay, let’s back up. You have not one shred of evidence that he did anything, right?”
My scowl deepened. “No.”
“And until you showed up the mom wasn’t worried?”
“That’s because she doesn’t pay any attention to her own kid.”
“Why don’t we go to the police station in the morning?”
His expression softened and he offered to drive. When we got there, I asked for the lieutenant on duty. Mitch Duncan came out to meet us in the lobby. “Emily?”
I knew most of the guys on the force now that I was on the crime beat. Mitch was an okay guy, professional but a little cocky. He was young to be at this level in his career already, and I guessed he had a bit of an ego about it. But he’d always been a pretty reliable source.
He ushered us back to his desk. We took a seat.
“What’s going on?”
“Someone I know is missing.”
I outlined what happened with Holly missing lunch, then my not-so-pleasant visit with her mom, though I omitted the part about grabbing Donny and him smacking me. The fact that he’d hit me confirmed he was a creep, but the fact I’d been asking for it was not my finest moment. I also told him what Holly had said about her mom’s boyfriend.
“So you think this Donny guy might have done something to her?”
“I don’t know but he would have been the last one to see her.”
Duncan sat back in his seat. “Technically, she isn’t considered missing yet. I mean, she’s twenty-one so she can come and go as she pleases. And she doesn’t have to tell Mom where she’s going.”
“Hang on,” he said, lifting his hand. “I do think it would be worth stopping by to talk to both of them. Do you know this Donny guy’s last name?”
“Then I’ll need to get that, too. Run a background check. But more than likely, Emily, she’s going to turn up.”
“I hope so.”
“I’ll call you if I hear anything. And you do the same, okay?”
I nodded. “Thanks.”
Craig and I walked out of the police station. My nerves were fried and I felt like I’d had too much coffee on an empty stomach.
“You okay?” he asked.
I nodded. “Yeah. Thanks for going with me.”