Near You by Mary Burton EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Mary Burton
- Genre: Serial Killers, Kidnapping Thrillers, Kidnapping Crime Fiction
- Publish Date: 13 April 2021
- Size: 2 MB
- Format: PDF / EPUB
- Status: Avail for Download
- Price: Free
Forty miles east of Missoula, Montana
Wednesday, August 18
When Sergeant Bryce McCabe of the Montana Highway Patrol received the
call from the local sheriff in Deer Lodge County, he was at his ranch,
stringing barbed wire along a hundred-yard stretch of pastureland. He hoped
to be stocking cattle by next spring, but days off had been rare in the last few
months, so progress was slow. The cattle might have to wait another year or
He cradled the phone between his head and shoulder and tugged off his
work gloves. “Bryce McCabe.”
“Bryce, this is Sheriff Harry Wexler.” Anxiety sharpened the lawman’s
voice. “I need your help with a case.”
Bryce dug his bandanna from his rear pocket and rubbed the sweat from
the back of his neck. “What do you have, Sheriff?”
“Homicide. And as much as I’d like to tell you about it, seeing is
believing.” Wexler was a steady-as-he-goes kind of lawman, and for him to
request assistance meant trouble.
“Is it like the last one?” Bryce asked.
Bryce shoved the bandanna back in his pocket. “I’ll be there in about an
hour. Text the directions.”
“Will do. Thanks, Bryce.”
Bryce climbed into his ’86 Ford ranch pickup and drove the dirt-packed
road to the homestead he and his brother, Dylan, now shared.
The two-story house was constructed of hand-hewn logs resting on a
stone foundation and sealed with chinking wedged between seams joined by
notched corners. A weather-rusted red tin roof arrowed to a sharp peak to
keep hefty winter snows off load-bearing beams. The eastward-facing front
porch was shaded by a ten-foot overhang and outfitted with two handmade
rockers made of lodgepole pine.
The house had been left to Bryce and Dylan by their late stepfather,
Pops Jones, a former rodeo rider. Their mother had spent most of her life
dragging her boys from job to job and town to town until she had hooked up
with Pops. No one gave the union much hope, but as it turned out, Pops had
been a real ray of sunshine for twelve-year-old Bryce and ten-year-old Dylan.
And when their mother passed, the three had remained together on the rodeo
circuit, wintering here at the cabin, until Bryce turned eighteen and joined the
marines. Dylan remained with Pops two more years and then followed his
brother into the service.
Coordinated holidays were rare, but both brothers had made it to the
ranch three Christmases ago and enjoyed the last holiday the old man would
see on this earth. There had been a good bit of barbecuing, bourbon drinking,
cigar smoking, and more than a few jokes about the lady friends Pops had
The house was not fancy by any stretch, but it was built solid, set on
fifty acres of decent land teeming with good memories.
As he got out of his truck, three old German shepherds came around the
side of the house. The tall gray one that looked more wolf than dog was
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