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Murder, embezzlement, betrayal, and silence? Peyton Farley has settled into a new life in southwest Montana. Research and fact checking for a local newspaper is a perfectly safe job, or is it? One morning, Peyton awakens and finds a strange man in lace up work boots who is bleeding out on her kitchen floor. As Peyton calls 911 from her bedroom, someone is stealing the body. Who is the dead man? Why is he bleeding to death in Peyton's apartment? Can one research assignment evolve into murder, embezzlement, ...
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If I Should Die

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Murder, embezzlement, betrayal, and silence? Peyton Farley has settled into a new life in southwest Montana. Research and fact checking for a local newspaper is a perfectly safe job, or is it? One morning, Peyton awakens and finds a strange man in lace up work boots who is bleeding out on her kitchen floor. As Peyton calls 911 from her bedroom, someone is stealing the body. Who is the dead man? Why is he bleeding to death in Peyton's apartment? Can one research assignment evolve into murder, embezzlement, betrayal and silence? If I Should Die is a suspenseful journey into the lives of many people. The choices and impacts are repulsive and inspiring. Silence will never sound the same. Excerpt: Peyton rubbed the cat behind the ears, then pushed the covers back on her full-sized bed. Early morning sun filtered through her sheer, patterned curtains. Her slippers made a whoosh, whoosh noise as she shuffled through her living room and into the kitchen. The door on the far side of the room was open. Her heartbeat slammed in her chest as she saw a stranger lying face up on her linoleum floor. It was obviously a man; she could tell by his build. He wore a red flannel shirt and jeans. He had tan lace-up work boots and ratty gray brown hair. He might have been a guy from one of the bars downtown. He probably stumbled in by accident--he was drunk, couldn't find his way home or thought he was home -- and passed out on her floor. Peyton took a step closer. She would wake him, make a little small talk, and send him on his way. Those few steps revealed a pool of blood around the man. Drunks don't bleed; they throw up, not bleed. She gasped and looked away. This was bad. She took a deep stabilizing breath and looked back at the stranger. She knelt down and heard him struggle to breathe. A sucking wound in the stranger's chest bubbled as he tried to draw air into his lungs. The wound itself made gurgling noises. She stood up from the blood, now wet on her legs and pajama bottoms. A tea towel hung over the sink and she reached for it with bloodstained hands. Pressure, apply firm pressure, she told herself. "Don't talk," Peyton advised the stranger in her kitchen. "I am going to try to stop this bleeding and call nine-one-one."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615722112
  • Publisher: Eternal Press/Damnation Books LLC
  • Publication date: 11/29/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 137
  • File size: 449 KB

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    What a great read with enough twists and turns that make the “who did it” near impossible to detect until near the end. And even then, there are questions that are not answered until the last page is turned. Filled with both the best and worst of things people do to and with each other, each person encountered has a hand in the deception; implicitly or unknowingly. It starts with a dying man on Peyton’s kitchen floor, and quickly moves to a murder scene without a victim when she leaves the room to call for help.

    Told in multiple points of view, the one voice that never really clearly shows “why” they behave as they do left me wondering about whether or not there was just random craziness or there was a history of increased distance with reality. Weaving together multiple storylines with only the unknown dead man in common, the duplicity of his life is mirrored in the dual-storylines that follow his loved ones in two parts of the country. A successful story with a clever plot and even more clever writing that moved the action forward, even while in reminiscence, this is a great first novel from this author.

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