The Dying Hour

The Dying Hour

by Nancy A. Hughes

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Vietnam vet and VA hospice patient, Charlie Alderfer, has survived a medical catastrophe, only to discover that he faces three final battles--an inoperable aneurysm lurks in his chest; a mute and despondent five-year-old visitor harbors a terrible secret and needs compassionate help; and a nocturnal intruder is murdering Charlie's roommates, one by one. When Charlie reports that they did not die of nat-ural causes, no one believes him, labeling him confused. But when the five-year-old boy finally tells Charlie his secret, the former soldier quickly realizes that the death of this boy's grandmother and the death of the terminally ill roommates could be related. Is there really a serial killer roaming the halls of VA hospices, preying on defenseless old veterans? And if so, how can Charlie stop him? Using himself as bait, Charlie faces certain death, but if there's one thing he learned in the army, it's that "freedom isn't free."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940163150021
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Publication date: 10/15/2016
Series: Charlie Alderfer Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 901,635
File size: 331 KB

About the Author

Nancy Hughes’s family says of her work: “She murders people.” On paper, that is. She made the leap from journalist, media, community relations and PR specialist to follow her heart and write mystery novels. She credits her love of writing to her parents, who were voracious readers. When Hughes was small, they spent hours reading to her, which fueled her lively imagination. Transplanted from Key West at age two, she never adjusted to the cold. While walking to grade school, then Penn State classes, she invented mystery stories to distract herself from the snow and ice. Now, nothing stirs the creative juices like a hot shower.

The view from her rural Pennsylvania home-office window is just as distracting as big city chaos when the deer munch her beloved azaleas. A three-hour commute to Manhattan connects Hughes to the Mystery Writers of America’s New York chapter meetings. Their devoted leaders provide timely updates, inspiration, mentor programs, workshops, seminars, tours, legal tips, and boundless moral support. And friends! With whom she exchanges war stories and encouragement.

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