Today we are excited to introduce you to Shades of Justice by Carolyn Arnold.
Shades of Justice (Detective Madison Knight Series #9)
The line between good and evil isn’t always clear…
Detective Madison Knight has risked her badge—and her life—in the pursuit of justice before, and she just might need to do so again. Two victims are found murdered and naked in the home of Steven Malone, who is the largest contributor to the Stiles PD. One victim is his wife. The other victim is a John Doe. This high-profile double homicide immediately pits Madison against her sergeant, who seems more intent on protecting the Malones’ reputation and retaining a benefactor than catching a killer.
Madison will need to pull on her tenacity and courage if she’s going to follow the evidence without prejudice. In the process, it becomes clear that finding justice isn’t always black and white, and often the shades in between tell the fullest story—and it’s not something she will forget anytime soon.
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Shades of Justice Excerpt:
Madison paced in a circle, shaking from the interaction with the sergeant, and took a few deep breaths. Fifteen minutes. The sergeant had lost his mind.
She entered the room with Terry following. “Would you like a tea or coffee? Water?” she asked Steven Malone, feeling some sympathy for him and his loss, but not letting that emotion trip her up. After all, she’d seen killers put on a show with their crocodile tears and staged sorrow before. Malone might not be crying, but grief was a tangible entity in the room.
Malone shook his head. “I’d like to know how this happened,” he stated it as if he were demanding updates in a business meeting. It made Madison question the way he was portrayed in the media. Sure, she was catching him on his worst day, but there was a coolness about him that made her think he was typically more aloof.
Madison sat in a chair while Terry remained standing. He started to jingle the change in his pocket—something he often did to throw suspects off in the interrogation room.
Malone glanced at him then back to Madison. “I’m waiting,” he said impatiently.
“We’re sorry for your loss, Mr. Malone,” Madison offered and meant every word. “Please know that we intend to find out who is behind the murders.”
“Start by telling me who the man was.”
“At this time, we don’t—”
“You don’t know? Is that what you’re going to tell me? My wife is dead.”
“Currently, we have no way of identifying the man,” she admitted.
Malone held out a hand, palm out, and wriggled his fingers. “Show me his picture.”
Madison threw a quick glance at Terry. “Given the graphic nature of the crime scene, we—”
“Show me a goddamn picture!” Malone roared.
Madison didn’t flinch but simply squared her shoulders and stared him down. “I can appreciate that you want to see him. We will be getting a sketch together that—”
“Oh, dear God.” Malone slapped his hands on his thighs. Revelation dawned in his eyes as if it were just sinking in that they were violent murders.
Terry stopped jingling his change.
Madison let the man sit with his grief, though she glanced at the clock. Four minutes of her fifteen were chewed up already.
“Sergeant Winston told me they were naked,” Malone broke the silence, his voice cracking on the last word.
“You’re probably thinking she was having an affair.”
Madison remained still and quiet, afraid that if she said a word or twitched, he’d stop talking.
Malone went on. “I know my wife, and Lorene would never do that to me—never.”
Madison felt for him and his possible naivete, but if he were guilty, he’d want them to believe he didn’t hold suspicions of an affair. “A lot of times, the spouse doesn’t know.”
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What to expect from the Detective Madison Knight Series:
Murder. Investigation. The pursuit of justice. Do you love trying to figure out whodunit? How about investigating alongside police detectives from the crime scene to the forensics lab and everywhere in between? Do you love a strong female lead? Then I invite you to meet Detective Madison Knight as she solves murders with her male partner, utilizing good old-fashioned investigative work aided by modern technology.
This is the perfect book series for fans of James Patterson, Michael Connelly, and JD Robb to name a few. This series is also bound to entertain those who enjoy Law & Order, CSI, Blue Bloods, Rizzoli & Isles, Women’s Murder Club, and Hawaii Five-O.
Read in any order or follow the series from the beginning.
About the Author: Carolyn Arnold is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.
Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.
Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.
She currently lives in London, Ontario, with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime.
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