Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Robert Ellis: CITY OF FIRE, Chapter 4

Nikki & James Brant’s Bedroom
The Death Chamber
Lena gets her look … and it’s a tough one. Blood and semen everywhere. Nikki Brant is small, twenty-nine years old, and savagely raped and stabbed to death in her own bed last night. A translucent grocery bag has been pulled over her head and tied around her neck. Her eyes are open. Worse still, the second toe on her left foot has been removed by the killer. Like Lena, Nikki Brant has no family … just her husband, James, who claims, despite any problems they might have had, he didn’t do it ...

Monday, September 17, 2018

Robert Ellis: CITY OF FIRE, Chapter 3

Rustic Canyon, Los Angeles County
Early Morning
Detective Lena Gamble arrives at the crime scene. Novak is already here, along with a second team of detectives, Tito Sanchez and Stan Rhodes. The husband of the victim is in a cruiser, claiming that he took one look through the bedroom door, saw his wife’s body and all the blood, and called 911. Novak's already had his look, and so has Rhodes. It’s a bad one. Lena’s up next.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Robert Ellis: CITY OF FIRE Breakdown, Chapter 2

CITY OF FIRE, Chapter 2

October. Dawn.

LAPD Detective Lena Gamble gets a call from her new partner, Hank Novak. A young woman's body has been found in a bungalow on the Westside near Rustic Canyon Park. This is Lena's first murder case. She’s nervous, and wonders if she’s ready. She thinks about her brother’s murder five years ago, shot to death in his car on a dark street in Hollywood. Then she pulls herself together, holsters her gun, and speeds off to the crime scene.