I am thrilled to be able to share an extract with you today of Know Me Now by C.J Carver as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Emily Burns for inviting me onto the tour.
About this book…
A SUICIDE. A MURDER. A CONSPIRACY.
DIGGING UP THE PAST CAN BE DEADLY . . .
A thirteen-year-old boy commits suicide.
A sixty-five-year old man dies of a heart attack.
Dan Forrester, ex-MI5 officer, is connected to them both.
And when he discovers that his godson and his father have been murdered, he teams up with his old friend, DC Lucy Davies, to find answers.
But as the pair investigate, they unravel a dark and violent mystery stretching decades into the past and uncover a terrible secret.
A secret someone will do anything to keep buried . . .
Grace went completely light-headed.
What was Sirius Thiele doing here?
She dropped down out of sight. Tried to focus. She couldn’t ring Lucy and warn her as Lucy didn’t have her phone. She didn’t know Christopher’s number, but since it should be on the surgery’s system . . .
She crept to the windowsill.
Sirius was now walking openly towards Christopher and Lucy. He held his pistol behind his back. They hadn’t seen him. He was going to walk up to them, really close, and shoot them. He wouldn’t miss.
Panic and fear surged through her.
She had no time.
No time to dial 999. No time to think.
Grace exploded for the door. Yanked it back. Tore down the corridor. She smacked into a patient who grabbed her arm, saying, ‘Whoa there,’ and shoved him aside. Pushed on by terror, Grace threw herself at the surgery doors and flung them open, leaping down the steps three at a time. She sprinted across the car park.
If she ran fast enough, she’d cut him off. She was almost between him and her friends. She just had to get there first.
Sirius’s gait was smooth and steady. He was closing in on Christopher and Lucy. But she was closer. If she could run just a bit faster . . .
Lucy began to turn as she heard running footsteps. Christopher faltered too, but Sirius kept walking. In a single, smooth movement Sirius brought up his gun.
‘Sirius!’ Grace yelled. ‘Stop!’
He didn’t falter, didn’t pause. He took aim. He was going to take Christopher down first. Then Lucy.
Grace saw Lucy was already moving, sprinting away but Christopher stood paralysed. He was staring wide-eyed as though he couldn’t believe his eyes.
Grace could see Sirius’s finger around on the trigger and knew he was going to fire at any moment. Without thinking, she flung herself in front of Christopher.
‘Stop!’ she gasped. Her heart hammered against her ribs, her blood humming in her ears. ‘Just stop.’
She heard a car driving down the road in front of the surgery. A crow cawing. But otherwise everything was quiet.
‘Grace.’ Sirius’s expression was sombre. ‘Please move out of the way.’
His eyes held hers. The same black, wet pebbles from her nightmares.
‘I won’t ask a second time.’
‘Then you’ll have to shoot him through m-me.’ Her voice wobbled.
‘Christopher,’ Sirius said quietly. ‘Do you want Grace to be shot while protecting you?’
Christopher didn’t move or speak. Grace didn’t look at him. She’d already diagnosed him as temporarily unable to function – he was frozen with fear.
‘Let him go,’ she said.
Sirius shook his head, making a tsk-ing sound. ‘If I do that, then I may as well retire.’
‘It’s not as easy as you may think.’
‘There’s my reputation to think of.’
He took a step forward but Grace pressed herself against Christopher, putting her arms behind her and around Christopher’s middle.
‘What’s wrong with being seen as merciful?’
‘In my business, everything.’ His voice was dry.
He leaned slightly to the side. Was he looking to see if he could get a clear shot at Christopher? Grace leaned in the same direction.
Sirius leaned to the other. Grace mirrored him.
‘Christopher’s a friend,’ Grace begged. ‘You can’t kill him.’
‘Then you leave me no choice.’
Know Me Now (The Dan Forrester series) is available to pre-order now from Amazon UK (affiliates link)
Meet the author…
CJ Carver is the author of nine critically acclaimed novels that have been published in the US and translated into several languages.
Blood Junction won the CWA Debut Dagger and was short listed for the USA Barry Award for best crime fiction novel of the year. It was also selected as one of the best mysteries of the year by Publishers Weekly.
Spare Me the Truth, the first in the Dan Forrester and Lucy Davies series, has been shortlisted for the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Best Crime Novel Award.
CJ lived in Australia for ten years before becoming a travel writer and long-distance rally driver. CJ now lives just outside Bath.