Nightwalkers: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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Cam Richter, needing a break from his too-eventful detective career, is in search of more peaceful pastures in the North Carolina countryside. He buys a seven hundred acre ante-bellum plantation, but it doesn't take long for him to discover that his new locale is not as quiet as he'd hoped.
 
Almost immediately, Cam finds himself caught up in mischievous pranks around his land, the site of a Civil War-era massacre. When the pranks ...

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Overview

Cam Richter, needing a break from his too-eventful detective career, is in search of more peaceful pastures in the North Carolina countryside. He buys a seven hundred acre ante-bellum plantation, but it doesn't take long for him to discover that his new locale is not as quiet as he'd hoped.
 
Almost immediately, Cam finds himself caught up in mischievous pranks around his land, the site of a Civil War-era massacre. When the pranks turn hostile, however, he realizes he's been targeted by a killer who holds him responsible for something Cam is pretty sure he never did. As he tries to find out why someone wants him dead, he begins to uncover the secrets of his plantation and how the land's tragic history is still tangled up in the present.
 
Cam will need all of his resources, including his redoubtable German shepherd companions, to stay alive as he deals with a determined stalker, some very eccentric people, and all the entanglements of a place suddenly alive with secrets and the fruits of a bloody past.

Kirkus Reviews calls P. T. Deutermann's Nightwalkers "A rousing, spirited yarn."

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429926126
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/27/2010
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 109,975
  • File size: 291 KB

Meet the Author

P.T. Deutermann spent twenty-six years in government service before retiring from active duty to begin his writing career. He is the author of thirteen previous novels. He lives with his wife on their family farm in North Carolina.

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Chapter One

APRIL 1865

They came out of the darkness, riding lean, hungry horses. The engineer put down his unlit pipe and reached for the shotgun in the cab, but then relaxed. The riders were Reb cavalry, not goddamned bluecoats. He could tell by their slouch hats, the mishmash of uniforms and weapons, and those big CS belt buckles gleaming in the engine's headlight. The officer who appeared to be in charge rode right up to the locomotive. The others slowed to a walk and spread out in a fan around the train's guard detail, who were lounging in the grass beside the tracks while the engine took on water. The riders were greeting the men with soft drawls and questions about what was going on up there in Richmond city.

The officer wore the insignia of a major, and he tipped his hat to the engineer with his left hand while holding the reins close down to the saddle with his right. He was wearing a dirty white duster that concealed the lower half of his body.

"Major Prentice Lambert, at your service, suh," he declared. He had a hard, hatchet-shaped face with black eyes and fierce eyebrows. "This the documents train?"

The engineer said yes, a little surprised that the major knew. There were only four cars behind the engine and its tender, three of them passenger cars stuffed to the windows with boxes of official records from the various government departments up in Richmond. The twenty-man guard detail rode in the fourth car, but they were all disembarked for a smoke break and calls of nature. The guards, who were an odd mixture of old men, teenagers, and even some walking wounded from the trenches at Petersburg, seemed relieved to see Confederate cavalry.

The major nodded, as if the engineer's answer were hugely significant. The engine puffed a shot of steam from the driver cylinder, spooking the major's horse sideways, but his rider held him firmly.

"Any more trains behind you?" the major asked, shifting his reins to his left hand as the horse danced around.

The engineer shook his head. "We heard ol' Jeff Davis took one south two nights ago, but ain't nothin' comin' down thisaway that I know of. Jig's 'bout up in Richmond."

"All right, then," the major said. He raised the big Colt Dragoon he'd been holding down beside his saddle horn, pointed it at the engineer's belly, and fired.

The engineer sat down hard on the steel grate of the engine cab, the wind knocked clean out of him and this awful, ripping feeling in his guts. He grasped his midsection with both hands and felt the blood streaming. He was dimly aware of more shooting now, as that arc of cavalrymen also opened fire, shooting down the stunned soldiers where they sat in the grass or leaned against trees, all their weapons still back on the train. He bent over to look down at his middle, lost his balance, tumbled off the engine steps onto the cinder bed, and then rolled into the grass. His knees stung where he'd hit the track bed, but then that pain faded and he relaxed into the sweet feel of that long, cool grass against his cheek. His middle was going cold now, and his legs were buzzing with pins and needles.

He looked back up at the train, his vision shrinking into a redhazed tunnel. He saw a single white face at the nearest window in the front car, a young face, no more than a kid, maybe fifteen, sixteen. One of the guards? He tasted salt in the back of his throat, and it was becoming really hard to get a breath of air.

Why hadn't that kid gotten off the train? What was he doing in there among all those boxes, while his comrades outside were being slaughtered like beeves?

One of the horsemen saw the kid's face and surged his horse forward, his black cap-and-ball pistol pointing at the window. The engineer heard the major's voice call out, "No. Not him. Leave that one be."

The horseman reined up. "That's your spy? That boy?"

"Train was right here when it was supposed to be, weren't it?"

"Yeah, but you said, now. No goddamned witnesses."

"There won't be," the major said, getting down off his horse, "but I need to know one more thing."

Then the engineer heard the other horseman swear. He realized he'd been spotted, eavesdropping on their conversation. He tried to crawl up the bank, trying to get under the locomotive, but his limbs had turned to rubber. He thought he heard the major say, "Oh, goddammit," and then a bolt of lightning exploded in his head and he was gone to see the Baby Jesus.

Excerpted from NIGHTWALKERS by P. T. DEUTERMANN
Copyright © 2009 by P. T. Deutermann
Published in June 2009 by St. Martin's Press

All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher.

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  • Posted December 1, 2009

    Deutermann always satisfies

    Books by P.T. Deutermann are always an automatic buy for me. They offer uniformly chilling suspense, believable characters and, even when offbeat, the plots are very credible. The latest continues the evolution of a serial character, Cam Richter.

    In this story, we encounter some truly bizarre behavior from the evil-doers, but despite that stretch, the story makes its own sense. My one regret: having to wait for the next offering. Make a friend of Cam Richter. You'll be glad that you did.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    He does again

    Great read for dogs lovers and others. Cam Richter is one of the most notable characters in fiction today.

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    Posted July 30, 2009

    Excellent Author

    PT Deutermann is one of my favorite authors. His books are interesting and well written.They do not follow a "cookie-cutter" pattern. You never know where his story lines will lead.

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    Mr. P. T. Deutermann proves once again that he is a master craftsman when it comes to holding your attention with a really good yarn. In Nightwalkers he gets Cam Richter in more trouble than the law allows.

    Mr. Deutermann's favorite retired lawman, Cam Richter has moved to the country to escape the rat race in town where it seems everyone is trying to kill him. Yet he has apparently brought the rats with him as the attacks on his life keep happening. Caught between the mysteries of an old Confederate Train Robbery, a really strange family next door that are living in the Civil War, an old Confederate Major that rides the hills on horseback at night looking to see what the Yankees are up to, a pretty young librarian who just happens to be an ex-cop, and a house full of ghosts...Cam has his hands full trying to decide just what is real and what isn't. Oh, a lost will, mad Dobermans, and assorted booby traps don't help a bit. But with Frick, Frack, Kitty, and the boys from Hide And Seek Investigations Cam gives it all his best shot in a very interesting read.

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