Fixed in Fear: A Justice Novel

Fixed in Fear: A Justice Novel

by T. E. Woods

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ISBN-13: 9781101886571
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/08/2015
Series: Justice , #5
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 314
Sales rank: 132,079
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

T. E. Woods was a clinical psychologist in private practice in Madison, Wisconsin. She was the author of the Justice series (The Fixer, The Red Hot Fix, The Unforgivable Fix, Fixed in Blood, Fixed in Fear, and Dead End Fix) and the Hush Money series (Hush Money, Bad Girl, and Private Lies). She died in 2018.

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Chapter 1

It was September and the air blew warm across the broad clearing high atop a pine-forested hill. Nevertheless, Dalton Rogers mentally hummed “Here Comes Santa Claus” as he stepped over the smoldering remains of five burned bodies. His grandfather had sung it to him every Christmas Eve when Dalton was a kid. The night before Christmas had always been his favorite time. Back then, his mother would make an effort to stay sober long enough to drive her young son to her parents’ house. She’d drop him off and promise to be there in the morning. A couple of years she even made it. But to Dalton it didn’t matter where his mother went on Christmas Eve. There was always plenty of food on Grandma’s old hickory kitchen table, as well as a giant tree done up with bubble lights and tinsel. His grandparents would let Dalton wrestle with their old hound dog right there in the living room. And when it was time for bed, Grandpa would tuck Dalton in, cover him with a quilt Grandma’s mother had stitched herself, and sing the silly song until Dalton fell asleep. It always brought him comfort.

He hadn’t thought of that song in years. Not since his mother had had that last screaming match with her parents. After that, she packed up and moved herself and eleven-year-old Dalton two counties over. He didn’t see his grandparents again until their funeral. Flu took them both the year Dalton graduated from high school. But today the song came back to him. He hoped it might work its magic to keep the beef-and-bean burrito he had for lunch down in his stomach where it needed to stay. He didn’t need old Tug spreading stories about how the new guy blew chunks at the sight of all those dead bodies.


Dalton looked toward Officer Tugger Mahoney, a fifteen-year veteran of the Enumclaw Police Department, who stood talking with the shaking and crying woman who’d placed the emergency call.

“You catching anything?”

Dalton forced himself to monitor the carnage and yelled back the details as he circled the burned-out area.

“Looks like five of ’em. All dead and then some.” Here comes Santa Claus, Here comes Santa Claus. “Best I can tell it’s two ladies. . . . I mean, two females.” Right down Santa Claus Lane. “Clothes are pretty near burned off all of ’em.” He swallowed hard against a mixture of taco sauce and bile climbing up his throat. “Some’s got their fingers burned off.” He didn’t yell out any description of the slash wounds he saw on the bodies. There was no need to traumatize the woman any more than she obviously was.

Dalton kept surveying. He was careful where he placed his boots. He’d been on the force for nearly two years. This was his first murder scene. But he remembered from the academy that the first rule, after arriving and securing any crime scene, was not to disturb the evidence. “Lots of what looks like burned rugs or carpets.”

“Sure there’s only five?”

Dalton wondered how many more old Tug needed to make it interesting. He looked again, this time counting off the charred mounds of flesh on his fingers.

“Five’s what I see,” he yelled back.

“Get on up here, then. And step wide of any ash. Don’t contaminate anything.”

The acrid stench of burned flesh stuck in Dalton’s nostrils like burrs on a hunting dog’s legs. Streams of rancid smoke curled up from the large crater holding the bodies. Dalton stepped wide as Tug ordered, but he wondered how much more contaminated the place could get.

“You okay, ma’am?” Dalton asked when he reached the two of them. “This must be quite a shock.”

A thin woman—who Dalton made as no older than himself—with long red hair braided with blue and silver ribbons, struggled to answer. “This is a holy place,” she said. “How could this happen?”

“You know these people, ma’am?” Dalton asked.

“Of course she knows them,” Tug barked. “She brought ’em up here. They came from the lodge. Tourists up here—”

“Travelers,” the woman interrupted. “We call them travelers. They come to experience the sweat lodge. It’s part of their spiritual journey.”

Tug rolled his eyes. Dalton was glad Tug was standing behind the woman so she couldn’t see.

“Anyway,” Tug continued. “She brings the travelers up here. Dropped ’em off last night. Comes to pick ’em up this morning, and this is what she sees.”

“This site is sacred,” the woman said. “What caused this? There was no storm last night. No lightning.”

A storm doesn’t cause slashes, Dalton thought. Thunder doesn’t gouge.

Old Tug rested his hand on his holster, threw his shoulders back, and spit to the side. “That’s what we intend to find out, little lady. Don’t you worry.”

Dalton Rogers took another look toward the smoldering pile of flesh and bones. A sudden gust of chilled air blew against the back of his sweaty neck. He looked up and counted seven hawks circling in the cloudless sky far above the carnage. Another memory of his grandfather floated into his awareness. The two of them were walking through the forest. Grandpa pointed out a hawk and told him the hunting bird always flew alone.

“So if you see more than one, Dalton,” his grandfather had warned, “you know you got trouble.”

So fill your hearts with Christmas cheer ’cause Santa Claus comes tonight.

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Fixed in Fear: A Justice Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series. I have read them all & they just get better & better!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 3rd T E Woods book. Always hate to get to the end because I am so captivate in the story. Love them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And heart stopping. What talent this lady has. Now that I have read the dneak to Deadend Fix, I cannot wait til it comes out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this electrifying series of "who done it" an addicting read. It keeps you wanting more and satisfies the reader's mental analogy of justice. The author pulls you in and makes you judge your own criteria of right and wrong.
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eternalised More than 1 year ago
I haven’t read the previous books in this series, but I don’t think it was necessary either considering I could follow the plot just fine. Five dead bodies are found in a sweat lodge in the woods of Washington State. Mort, our protagonist detective, has been put in charge of the case. Meanwhile, he has to deal with his daughter becoming the leader of one of the largest criminal enterprises in the world, and threatens his family once more. My favorite part about the book would be The Fixer. I don’t want to spoil things, but think female Dexter and you’re on the right track. Larry was an interesting character too. He and Mort have been friends for years, and they have an interesting dynamic. My favorite character was Mort, though. He’s not your typical detective, and it was heartbreaking to see him struggle with what happened to his daughter. This series definitely has a lot of kickass females, but it also has a fast-paced plot that kept me guessing. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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BookBabe67 More than 1 year ago
Unexpected plot twists kept me reading into the wee hours. I've read the entire series and eagerly await the next book.
rfcurious More than 1 year ago
Another winner of an installment in the Fixer series. I have read all of them so far and this one continues to show how gifted an author T.E. Woods is. I eagerly wait for new books by only two authors, Stephen King and T.E, Woods. Keep them coming.
elliewc More than 1 year ago
Now this book set me wondering – psychopaths – are they born or are they made? Can PTSD cause a person to become a psychopath? And then there is the whole issue of revenge killing. Do we really believe in an eye for an eye? And you kill one of mine and I’ll kill one of yours? If so, then we can expect far more of the scenes such as recently in Paris and the US and even in the London where the cry comes – ‘This is for what you have done in Syria’. With France declaring that they were at war with so-called ISIS as a result of the Paris bombings and shootings. So I read with great relief and empathy the article by Caitlin Moran in The Times Magazine. She muses on what you tell your children about the terrorist attacks. How you explain what is happening and why. And why we should, here in London at any rate, and in most if not all of the Western World, not be afraid. And why? Because we have lived through worse. She lived through the IRA bombings as did I in the UK. Where they bombed busy shopping centres, where they bombed Regent’s Street and where there were no waste bins in case they hid a bomb, and where your briefcase or sports bag or even shopping carrier, if left unattended in a train station, was blown up by a nifty robot. As was your car if left in a route of importance - I remember watching out of our office window as the police did just that when we were expecting the Queen to pass by our block. Even now, we get plenty of warnings about not leaving our baggage unattended or telling staff of a ‘suspicious package’, and even when they regularly stopped trains as someone had done just that – usually a shopping bag someone had forgotten. I remember this on one train when the American tourists in our carriage were having kittens and we were very blasé as it happened so often to us. This doesn’t change anything. You are far more likely to die on the loo than being killed by a bomb or a bullet even in a country where there are 88.8 guns per 100 people such as in the US. See the table on the most common cause of death. As Caitlin Moran says, there are certain things that cause psychopaths (back t that word) who want to kill: an unhappy combination of humiliation, bereavement, and fear. She believes that terrorists are psychopaths who simply want to kill and their purpose in life is to find a reason that they can use to justify that want. Fear can be weaponised, she said, some people want us to be afraid and scared and angry and that can turn us into terrorists too. And so the war continues. SO I did my research and it seems that there is some conflict as to how you can become psychopath and just what is the difference between a psychopath and a sociopath. Photo The four Pillars are: 1.People with Anti-social Personality disorder whether psychopath or sociopath have a great deal of pride. They demand respect and they will ensure that they get it, whatever it may take. They believe that they are better than anyone else, and others should treat them as such. Rules of society and norms are not for them to respect. They are above them. 2. They are spiteful. They have low tolerance and this can lead to outbursts of aggression or violence. They find a little irritation a major nuisance. 3. These are sex addicts with high levels of testosterone – which also increases aggression. They need the sexual experiences even if they receive little satisfaction from them
miss_mesmerized More than 1 year ago
The Fixer – a person who fixes things that need to be fixed, i.e. take justice where the legal system does not provide it – is back. Nobody knows about her identity except for Seattle Chief Detective Mort Grant who has a tricky case to solve in which one of his friends is involved and has to face serious threats to his family – coming from his own daughter who long ago opted for the dark side and is know a czarina looking over an empire making money with drugs, prostitution and murder. The thrilling novel which intertwines both plots cleverly and provides masses of unexpected twists and turns which keep the reader on a constant watch. Having the protagonists personally involved in the deeds adds another aspects and a lot more tension since they cannot act freely but have to consider more than just the legal aspects. Right and wrong are not black and white anymore, but different shades of the same colour and thus the novel does portray reality as it is. All in all, a suspenseful thriller with a convincing plot, interesting characters and far from a simple picture of the world.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
UGH! I cannot believe this. I'm reading the book on my Ipad, looking down seeing I have 5 more minutes left in the book, not enough time to finish the story, and the author does it. Leaves me on a HUGE cliffhanger. Not that I wouldn't read the next book in the series, because I LOVE this series, but now I'm going to have to wait. I'll say it again, UGH! While this one didn't have as much action as this series usually does, (that was a little disappointing for me) the author tries a new trend and leaves you hanging. And because I won't spoil it, it's a big hanging point. As you can tell, I love this series. It was recommended to me by an author friend of mine, and my mouth just salivates every time I see a new book out. It's a great series with great characters, for the most part. Of course, there are the bad ones that you dislike and there is one character that I cannot stand and wish something would happen to her, but then having a very evil villain for the Fixer to watch is what really makes this series. I seriously think the Fixer needs to go back to fixing. She's a female Dexter and makes sure justice gets served! Quit trying to make her reform. HA!! I seriously recommend this series if you are into powerful, a$$kicking females. This one is one tough cookie I would not want to be on the wrong side of. With her own little complex basement with computers that can get her into database or computer she wants, she's got her own little Batcave an she's one bad a$$ female. Thanks Random House/Alibi and Net Galley for providing me with this free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. This was definitely entertaining and I can't wait for the next one. Hurry up T. E.!!
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
The action and suspense continues as new events stress old relationships. All the continuing characters are there, including Mort's daughter, Allie, playing a larger role. The characters remain consistent as Mort's buddy, Larry, triggers a new murder investigation with his request for help. The writing is crisp and colorful. Surprises lurk around every corner. The ending is satisfying, but leaves another cliffhanger. I enjoy the "Fixer" series and can't wait for the next. The level of quality remains consistently high.
scambra More than 1 year ago
I was hooked on the Mort Grant series when I read Fixed in Blood. And I still am. This was an entertaining thriller that kept me guessing right to the end. I was turning the pages well into the night. I'm looking forward to what happens next with Ally, Mort, and Lydia.