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journalist Karen Dare is covering the story of a serial killer, the Sandman,
which sidelines everything else in her life, including a potential but pushy
suitor. When a jealous and malicious co-worker betrays her, and the Sandman sets
out to kill her, Karen suddenly realizes how shallow her life has become. Her
only salvation, a ranch in the mountains and a handsome cowboy named Jake.
But it will take more than journalistic savvy to save her from the
Sandman. It’ll take a piece of her heart.
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Praise for Street Beat
Review by Craig Jones, author
of the "Gem
Series" and "What
Happened to Rhodri"
running out for Karen Dare! This super successful scribe of ‘Street
Beat’ is a journalistic awards machine, but it’s time for her to start
watching her back. Not only is there a pretender to her literary throne
waiting for her to stumble and fall, but she’s drawn the attention of a
deranged and dangerous serial killer, the Sandman.
Wright does it again with this edge of the seat ride on a rollercoaster:
twists and turns galore, a cohort of colourful characters, and just as you
think you’re gliding home safely, BANG, you get hit with another change
of direction when you were least expecting it!
are two things that make this story work. The first is the high-wire
tension. As I read, I simply did not know who was next on the Sandman’s
hit list... and that leads to
the second reason why Wright’s work works! He knows how to create a
person in print. Full on Avatar 3D, jumping off the page. He makes you
believe in his characters, that they weren’t just around for the twenty
odd pages of their lives.
read, simple as that. And with a villain who could become a cult classic.
by Dean Giles, author of the "Alien
Apocalypse" Series and "Ghost
in the Machine"
Beat is a tornado of a story. It's fast and direct narrative manages to
be both poignant and compelling. Karen is a high flying reporter with
high ambitions. She gets all the great stories. Something her colleague,
Maggie, is not overly impressed about. Maggie believes it's her right to
be top dog and unless she does something to hamper the competition, she
will be forever sidelined. After all, this is her dream job as well!
Karen's column, Street Beat, is following the dark murders of serial
killer, The Sandman. When an important lead accidentally falls into
Maggie’s hands, the story takes on a dark twist.
recommend this story. I read it in one sitting and wanted more. 5 stars.
by Marilyn Baron,
author of "A
Choir of Angels" "Follow
an Angel" and "The
won’t get much sleep after you read Terry Wright’s tightly written
romantic suspense/thriller “Street Beat,” about The Sandman Killer who
is stalking victims in Denver. Denver Post star reporter Karen Dare, who writes a Pulitzer
Prize-worthy column called Street
Beat, is documenting the Sandman’s reign of terror. The talented
Dare seems to have it all, and Maggie Hunter, the Post’s
jealous junior reporter, will do anything she can to get it. When Maggie
sets Karen up, she tangles with the Sandman and finds romance with a new
man in her life, who knows more than he’s telling about the killer.
You’ll enjoy this deliciously suspenseful, fast-paced short story to the
very last gritty page.