In kindergarten, Laurence MacNaughton decided that when he grew up, he wanted to be a scientist. "What kind of scientist?" the teacher asked. "A mad scientist," he declared. "The kind that makes monsters." As it turned out, mad science presented limited career opportunities, so Laurence went on to study criminal psychology instead. Still, he was drawn to fiction of all kinds, from H.P. Lovecraft to Robert B. Parker to William Gibson, so he learned the art of story from an African storyteller and began a lifelong pursuit of writing. Today, he's a professional copywriter, writing coach and author of spooky, high-octane supernatural novels. When he's not busy writing about monsters, Laurence enjoys biking, hiking, cruising car shows and exploring the ghost towns of the Rocky Mountains. He lives in Colorado with his wife and a few too many old cars.
The Spider Thief, Part 1: Stolen Memoryby Laurence MacNaughton
From the cobweb-choked ruins of a lost city in the Amazon emerges a gold spider statue with flashing emerald eyes. If the legends are true, the gold spider has the power to erase the past . . . change the future . . . perhaps even grant eternal life. But touching the spider
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All of his life, Ash has been haunted by the ancient curse that killed his parents.
From the cobweb-choked ruins of a lost city in the Amazon emerges a gold spider statue with flashing emerald eyes. If the legends are true, the gold spider has the power to erase the past . . . change the future . . . perhaps even grant eternal life. But touching the spider will steal your memories -- and then your life.
For centuries, men have killed to possess the gold spider. Like the man who murdered Ash's parents. Now, the killer has returned, and Ash is trapped in the grip of the spider's curse.
His only hope is Cleo, his embittered high-school sweetheart, now a highly-trained agent obsessed with tracking down the spider. But Cleo knows something she's not telling Ash -- about a million dollars in dirty cash, and the terrifying secret his parents died to keep.
Can they solve the riddle of the gold spider before its deadly curse claims them next?
SERIES NOTE: This novella begins the thrilling story of The Spider Thief series. You can read it alone, or enjoy the complete story in The Spider Thief: Omnibus, which collects all four episodes into one gripping novel!
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