HARD BITE features a serial killer with an unusual weapon. Dean Drayhart is a paraplegic, rendered so by a hit and run driver who also killed his daughter in that same incident and eventually ruined his marriage. His weapon of choice is an small monkey with razor sharp teeth. It’s been trained as a helper animal for crippled people. Sid is it’s name and the training goes beyond the norm.
Dean has an obsession to get other hit and run drivers and has a unique way of unearthing them. He maintains a website as a crime writer and advertises for hit and run drivers and their stories, discretion guaranteed, payment on interview. One would be surprised at the number of people wanting to tell their stories.
Dean has a sympathetic hooker girl friend who knows of his activities and a doting nurse who doesn’t.
Things take a hard turn when Sid tears the throat out of one Dean’s victims, a member of a Mexican drug cartel, and the man’s mother, the hard woman who runs the cartel after her husband dies in prison. She gets onto his trail at a body shop where her son had his car repaired when one mentions a guy in a wheelchair asking about it.
The cops are also closing in when animal hairs, unidentified, are found at two murders and look to be from the same animal, some sort of exotic.
Dean has a Mexican cartel after him, as well as the cops, and when the cartel grabs his care nurse, he knows he has to do something.
A fine piece of noir writing from the author. Elaine Ash is her name and Anonymous-9 is her pen name. Over the last few years I’d crossed paths with her work occasionally and enjoyed the few pieces I read. This was her first novel for me.
It comes from the fine folks at Blasted Heath. It’s due for release on October 25th, the day after my birthday.