By Faye Kellerman
Within the bleak barren region of the Nevada barren region, now not faraway from the gleaming, 24-hour neon of the realm well-known Las Vegas Strip, the physique of a once-beautiiful showgirl is came across, horribly mauled and mutilated. it's a horrendous crime, surprising in its brutality, over the top even for a urban celebrated for its extra. professional police veteran and Vegas local Detective Sergeant Romulus Poe has obvious his justifiable share of depravity during this mecca of bling and vice. yet there's something approximately this unlucky younger woman's loss of life -- and in the same homicide that's to stick to quickly after -- that harkens again to an unsolved slaying and so-called suicide a quarter-century in the past. the bleak similarities -- in addition to a few scary new percentages -- are major Poe right into a evening international of darkish shadows most sensible left unilluminated..and pulling the inquisitive policeman towards secrets and techniques from an odd and sordid prior which could break these closest to him, and drag him over the sting.
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Poe hesitated. “When I was a kid, there was this case—a grotesque murder—maybe even more than one, I don’t remember too well. Judging by today’s standards—with guys like Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy—it doesn’t seem extraordinary. But as a kid, I…we were all terrorized. Thought this guy was the bogeyman incarnate. That’s what we called him. The Bogeyman. ” Patricia asked. MOON MUSIC / 47 “Here. ” “Probably before your time, sir. ” Poe said, “Even then I doubt if it infiltrated into the Strip.
It was dark, Deluca,” Jensen answered. And old Steve had been as sick as a dog. Poe said, “I couldn’t tell, either. I’ll ask Rukmani about it. ” Weinberg asked. ” Jensen paused. “For whatever that’s worth. ” “The desert sand is a natural litterbox,” Poe said. ” “And just as easily,” Weinberg said, “if there was enough blood, it could have seeped down a couple of inches and spread out in the underlying clay bed. ” “So I’ll root through the surface sand,” Patricia said. Again, Poe drummed the tabletop with his fingers.
No one had ever verified if the fields really did exist, but word of mouth had been sufficient. The inn’s humidifier was as big as Phileas Fogg’s ballroom. Pulling into the multilane circular driveway, Poe drove up to the entrance. A valet peered inside the window of the Honda and opened the car door, pausing a nanosecond before giving him a laser-light smile. Poe knew the foot-boy was sizing up his tip. Poe’s straight black hair, large, almond-shaped dark eyes, and café-au-lait complexion coupled with the cheap car suggested a Southern Paiute Native American—a lowly cigarette-hawking Digger who’d probably stiff him.