The Vein to the Heart
by C. P. Holsinger

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    "Infidelity and murder
     abound as love is torn
     apart and friendships are


The Vein to the Heart

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It was eight-twenty a.m. when April Madison answered the telephone. "Hello. Madisons."

"Good morning, April. Where's the love of your life? I need to talk with him."

"Assuming you're talking about Sonny," she said, giggling, "he's still asleep. His plane was two hours late, and he has a case of jet lag. Can I have him call you, Nick?"

"Uhmm, it's important," Nick answered.

"I'm here," Sonny's groggy voice came through the extension. He yawned as he said, "What the hell do you want? If it's Armageddon, don't bother me. I'll meet you in the afterlife, somewhere in hell I suppose."

Nick heard the phone click as April hung up her end. "You didn't answer your cell."

"That's because I shut it off. I do that when I don't want to be disturbed. It's in the charger—not being disturbed—unlike me!"

Nick said, "Sorry, buddy, but it's time to get back to work. We got another one."

All of a sudden the sleepiness left him as he sat straight up in the bed. "Another body? Where?"

"Yeah, off of Thirty-Fifth Avenue and Thunderbird. I'm heading there now. It looks like the wife found him floating in the backyard pool. I just got the call."

"Text me the address. I'll grab a shower and meet you there. You better have coffee." Sonny hung up the phone.

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About This Great Book

The Phoenix Police Department is reeling from the shocking murder and mutilation of one of their own.

Lt. Nick Greer and Sgt. Sonny Madison are on the case, and discover this is not an isolated incident, but part of a series of murders reaching thousands of miles away.

Though hampered by a vindictive superior, job changes, and estranged relationships, Nick and Sonny race to stay ahead of the FBI, as this mystery takes them from the deserts of Phoenix to the rolling hills of Pennsylvania, and to the scenic shores of the Chesapeake Bay in search of meager clues that lead to nowhere.

Love is lost and friendships are threatened, as infidelity, deception, and murder weave their way through this mystery and impact the detectives own lives.

Finally, things begin to come together. A plan is conceived, a trap is set, and the murders are solved, but not before one of our heroes goes down.


From A Review

C. P. Holsinger's plotting and writing style remind me of the books of Don Meyer, another favorite of mine in this genre. Both writers know how to show, don't tell. The book is a quick read because it is full of character dialog rather than prolific, pompous prose. The reader clearly visualizes the characters, hence the TV references. No lengthy descriptions of characters or scenery are necessary. Oh yeah, I love plot twists, and this one's got 'em!


From The Author

It wasn't my intention to write a sequel to All The Bishop's Men; however, requests to do so caused me to give it another shot.

I had fun creating The Vein to the Heart, and my thanks goes out to all those who gave me the motivation to write it.

I hope you enjoy it, and I thank you for your support.

C. P. Holsinger


Other Tales By C. P.

Secrets Behind the Collar - Detectives Nick Greer and Sonny Madison must find out who is killing priests. Their search takes them from churches to strip clubs, from the Arizona desert to the Great Lakes. Could a little town in Pennsylvania hold the answer? More bodies fall. Jealousy and vengeance abound. Trusts are broken, careers are demolished, and families are torn apart. more...

Beyond the Horizon - Wars are raging across the globe. America is weakened and fragmented. Texas and California have seceded. The newly formed republics of Texas and California are struggling, and Arizona is alone with a hostile nation beating on her southern door. The president is dead and his successor is a corrupt tyrant committed to his own agenda--the propagation of Islam and the extinction of the American way of life. more...

The Nemo Murders - Detectives Nick Greer and Sonny Madison are on the trail of a serial killer who calls himself Nemo. Is he real? Or is it a ploy to mislead the detectives? The list of victims grows as does the list of suspects while the detectives struggle to find the one common denominator to connect them all. Even the most honorable aren't exempt from the effects of vengeance, evil, infidelity, and jealousy that blaze their trail throughout the story, all the way to the shocking conclusion. more...

All the Bishop's Men - Something doesn't seem quite right when Lt. Nick Greer responds to a call of an apparent suicide of a Catholic priest. His gut feelings tell him there may be much more to the priest's death than anyone had imagined. In the midst of all this mayhem, he suddenly finds himself involved in an unexpected romance. Despite increased pressure from his boss, local government officials, and the bishop, Nick follows his instincts, leading him along a trail of murder, terror, and a secret nest of corruption involving high-ranking diocesan officials. more...


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