As soon as the Flynn brothers lifted their Glocks, Dan was in trouble. Silence descended like a cloak of doom.
No confusion crossed his mind... it was clear he would die in the next few seconds. In all his years of facing danger, he often wondered how he would react when faced with imminent death.
He was about to find out.
He hurled the contents of the pepper shaker into their eyes. The brothers grabbed at their faces.
Dan lifted the table in front of him, and charged. Crockery, eating utensils, the bottle of wine, and a vase filled with flowers crashed onto the floor as Dan morphed into a one man wrecking crew.
Gunshots... searing pain in Dan's ribs stopped him, but only for a moment.
One brother collapsed under the timber tabletop; the other fired. Dan heard a cry behind him as he whirled in a circle - his karate kick smashed into the gunman's face and sent him flying across the floor. The gun slid out of reach.
Stomach pain burned and registered in Dan's brain, but somehow he pushed the hurt away. With one brother disarmed, he turned his attention to the one who fired into the obstruction on top of him. Bullets crashed through the timber.
Dan wrenched the table away, and kicked the gunman in the face. They wrestled with the gun until turned, it fired into Flynn's chest. Dan jumped up and held the smoking weapon in his hand.
One down... the other gunman moved towards his weapon. Dan shot him.
Blood saturated Dan's shirt and dripped onto the floor. Now pain grabbed at his bloodied stomach.
A fractured rib moved. Something warm and bubbly formed in his mouth and forced him to spit; a red glob broke up on the floor.
His vision blurred, blood bubbled from his mouth making it difficult to breathe.
He crawled to Diane, who lay on the floor in a pool of blood. He felt for her pulse.
None... too late.
He wiped at his lips, and pulled his wife to him and buried his face on her chest. Their blood mixed as if they were destined to be together, even in death.
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About the Author
With many short stories published, he is currently co-writing a screenplay, The Tangram Concealment; his screenplay, The Soldiers, adapted from his novel of the same name, was highly commended in recent Fellowship of Australian Writers sponsored awards.
Work in progress includes a historical novel, The Soldiers, and a further crime novel and several children's books. Two short stories. The Classy Dame and What a Dirty Little Town are with publishers at this time.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed "Murder on Display." It had a slow start, but once one of the main characters became compromised, it became very exciting and I could not wait to read more. The last several chapters had me wondering what was going to happen, and I would actually think about it between readings. I did not see any grammatical errors, and I liked the length of the chapters. I liked the way all of the characters were developed. The antagonists, like "Pritchard", were easy to dislike. He seemed conceited and childish, especially around Brennan, who made him feel self conscious and weary of having his past uncovered. I also liked Brennan with his tough cop demeanor. I enjoy crime drama on television, and this was an engaging drama. Unlike a tv drama, a book has much more time for character development. Brennan's haunting past was a great sub - plot. His fear of relationships was understandable and realistic. I also liked Narelle and her loyalty to her dad, even if he wasn't the father he or she wanted him to be. Inviting Narelle into the story was a great way to develop Dan's character, to see a softer, more personal side to his tough cop profile. I really liked the nurturing way Narelle engaged Dan; it was like their years apart never happened. Chad was also a good, if brief , addition. The twist that found Tobias as the villain, and then as a split personality, was an intriguing surprise to me. I really did not know who it was going to be, and never guessed Tobias. The capture of Narelle was perhaps a little cliché, but still developed very well and it kept me engaged. Yes, I would purchase another book involving these characters. Good book.