ALMOST

ALMOST

by Karena LaPlace

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Overview

A white haired, old man in his seventies outruns a young, strong, athletic, police officer during a foot chase. The young cop struggles to figure out how this is even possible.

ALMOST is the story of Officer Paul Reese and his cocky determination to forever lock away the mysterious, yet proficient serial criminal, known only as the Chameleon.

All of the Chameleon's victims are women of childbearing age. And for the forty-fourth consecutive year, he just added yet another victim to his already extensive list.

But this officer was about to discover that the Chameleon was no ordinary criminal. His crimes were no ordinary crimes. And his victims were no ordinary victims.

Like an onion with many layers, Officer Reese peels back the perplexities surrounding five specific Operation Almost cases, but their stories are just the beginning.

In Karena Laplace's unforgettable debut crime novel, she takes the reader into the personal lives of compelling "victims" and blur the lines between trauma and fate, logic and understanding, and anger and forgiveness.

With each page, as Officer Reese gets closer to capturing the career criminal, he worries if he will be successful, or almost.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640852204
Publisher: Author Karena LaPlace
Publication date: 01/22/2019
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Karena LaPlace was a single mom, full-time employee, and part-time graduate student when she got the clever idea to writer her debut novel, Almost. Having earned both a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degree in the field of Communication Studies, Karena is a Training Coordinator at the University of Illinois where she has been employed since 2004. She currently resides in the Midwest with her husband James, daughter Aija, and son Joshua.

Visit Karena at www.karenalaplace.com

Table of Contents

Prologue ................................................................vii

Chapter 1: The Ceremony ..........................................1

Chapter 2: The Next Case.........................................14

Chapter 3: The Files..................................................22

Interview #1: Beatriz Barros...........................................36

Chapter 4: The Case of the Late-Night Run..............54

Interview #2: Maria Herrera ..........................................60

Chapter 5: A Family..................................................85

Interview #3: Nancy Smith.............................................92

Chapter 6: Illnesses .................................................125

Chapter 7: Or Else..................................................132

Interview #4: Abbarane Chaikin ..................................144

Chapter 8: Twice a Pregnant Teen ...........................169

Interview #5: Tamika Jackson.......................................172

Chapter 9: Suspicions Continue..............................193

Chapter 10: Sickness.................................................200

Chapter 11: Doctors and Nurses Interviews ..............209

Chapter 12: Losing Hope..........................................223

Chapter 13: Back to the Beginning ...........................234

Chapter 14: Chameleon on Beatriz and Son..............244

Chapter 15: Chameleon on Maria and Joshua...........252

Chapter 16: Chameleon on Abby, “His Favorite” ......259

Chapter 17: Chameleon on Tamika and Tyrone........265

Chapter 18: Nancy, Natasha, and an Explanation......271

Chapter 19: Chameleon............................................275

Chapter 20: Too Much..............................................285

Chapter 21: Almost Special Forces ............................291

Epilogue: New Rookies Volunteer for Almost Case......................................303

Postscript: Almost . . . But......................................307

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