Searching for Jane: Sequel to The K Code

Searching for Jane: Sequel to The K Code

by Lorna Makinen


Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Published in Mystery & Thrillers/Mystery, Literature & Fiction/Contemporary, Mystery & Thrillers, Literature & Fiction

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Book Description

How can a puzzle be solved if you're still holding a piece with no where to put it? Though the K Code case was marked closed Dennis Ross couldn't accept it. His partner, Alex McGraw's wife Jane couldn't be found. The puzzle was solved, Alex was convicted but where was Jane? What did she know?

Sample Chapter

Ross’s home

It had gone on four in the morning when a crash of thunder and streak of lightning lit up the bedroom. Pouring with sweat, Dennis jolted up in bed grabbing his leg where the bullet pierced. The gun shot rang in his head. His arm pointing to the wall, he woke up yelling, “Don’t Alex, you can’t win.”

The bed was a mess with the sheet and comforter every which way. He dropped his head. When is this going to stop? How many times can I be shot? Where is Jane? Alex couldn’t have killed her. I must find out if Jane is alive.

He sat on the side of his bed wiping the sweat off his face with the bed sheet. Bobbie was right; I’m letting this put me over the edge. I’ve no one now. Lizzy is dead, and Bobbie can’t even be in the same room with me. She thinks I’m obsessing over Jane. I’m a criminal psychologist for God’s sake. He slung his pillow across the room. Why can’t I deal with this?

Flinching at a huge flash of lightning followed by another blast of thunder that shook the room, he stood to shut the window. Lightning lit up the yard as he peered out. The barrage of flashes fed his mental state resulting in flash backs to the shooting spree at the Brauns. As he stood, he saw in the window glass a reflection of a woman behind him in the bedroom doorway. His heart stopped. Oh my God! “Jane!” He whirled around as another flash of light ripped across the walls but no one was there. He stared breathing deeply and swallowing hard. There has to be an explanation. That was Jane. I can’t be dreaming. Maybe she’s trying to find me or lead me to her. It looked like she was saying something…What was she holding. It was one of those empty boxes we found. “Ross, quit it! You’re making yourself crazy. You’ll be committed if you’re not careful.”

With a slight limp he walked to the bathroom, peeling off his soaked undershirt and pajama bottoms. Throwing them into a hamper, he got into the shower. The water was freezing. Leaning his head against the wall, he obsessed yet another time over the last meeting with Alex. He was standing in the prisoner’s waiting room when Alex was brought in wearing chains on his ankles up to his one remaining wrist. His arm had been amputated as a result of that horrible night at the Braun estate. The guard pulled out a chair but Alex just stood. Ross turned from staring out into the courtyard, glancing at the guard’s report showing a list of visitations from Alex’s attorneys, his daily activities that included a lot of exercise and then into Alex’s staring eyes. The same stare before Ross was shot by his partner. He wanted to kill me. “I brought you something. We found several of these by the creek behind that shack of yours. So far we’ve found six of them. They were empty.” Ross watched every twinge on Alex’s face as he shoved the box across the table toward his partner, asking “Did Jane empty them?”

The pupil in Alex’s eye couldn’t be controlled as he cocked his head and turned motioning to the guard he was ready to leave. “Dennis, are you brain dead? I was tried already for killing her. Remember! And you caught me. You’re the hero. What else do you want?”

Dennis grabbed Alex’s arm. “Then where’s her body?”

Then he whispered into Alex’s ear. “I think she’s alive and is hiding because she has more than your money.”

The guard moved as Alex pushed away from Ross’s grip. Ross signaled he was fine to the guard. Alex smirked at the guard and then glared at Dennis. “Don’t come back here again.”

Dennis hit the shower wall. I want to know Jane is alive! She has to be alive. His eyes told me. Whatever she’s taken is what’s keeping her alive.

The storm continued to be as relentless as his nightmare. After a twenty minute shower, he stood before the mirror tying his tie, wondering why Alex’s attorneys visited at least once every other week. For a year? The third ring of his house phone jolted him. “Chief, is there a problem?”

“I’m afraid there is, Dennis. You’re not going to like this anymore than I did a few minutes ago when I got a call from Admiral Benjamin. It seems the evidence the Americans said couldn’t be used in the K Code case has allowed more loop holes for Alex’s and Edse’s defense. If I understand this right, the time served is all they’re getting.”

Dennis shook his head. “Tell me I’m not having another nightmare.”

“I wish I could. I know what you’re going through. We all have seen what this case has done to you. What’s worse is that you, being the lead inspector in the case, have to go out and sign off on Alex’s release. I’m sorry, Dennis, but it is this afternoon at three o’clock.”

Dennis sank into a chair next to the phone stand in the hall, the phone bouncing on the floor.

“Dennis! Dennis! What was that noise? Are you okay? Dennis, pick up the phone.”

“I’m here. Chief, Jane has got to be alive. I’m sure of it. Now her life is in danger. I’ve got to find her.”

“That’s what you keep saying. How do you know she’s alive?”

“Trust me, she has to be. The last visit I had with Alex I shoved one of the empty boxes we found at his place in front of him and asked if Jane had taken the contents. He said she was dead and he’d been tried for her murder. His eyes didn’t lie, Chief. The pupils lit up like Christmas trees.”

“Dennis, Alex was given a lie detector test and those questions were asked. He was convicted really on circumstantial evidence and the attempted murder of the Admiral.”

Dennis heard the Chief talking with someone. “Dennis, I appreciate what you’re saying, and to ease the situation, I will put a special detail to follow Alex beginning today.”

I know whatever she’s taken is what is keeping her alive only until he finds her. “You know he’ll spot anyone you have.”

“Maybe not. I’ll give Inspector Carroll a call and see if she can assign some of her girls. Alex knows nothing about the Dream Team Task Force.”

“Chief, you can’t. The man’s a psychopathic murderer. He would have killed me had it not been for the Braun dog.”


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