Bodies of young women start turning up with the same MO, and Detective Nick Ryan and Mike Evans are tasked with finding the elusive killer. This murderer seems to be a ghost, leaving no DNA, no fingerprints…no usable evidence. Another body is found, and the detectives are hoping this murder will be different, and they will find something to go on. After going over the crime scene, that hope is dashed and the canvassing ensues. They find out the victim, Megan Sinclair, arrived into LAX the night she was murdered, and Nick decides to interview the flight attendant, Claire Hunt.
Claire and Nick are immediately drawn to one another, and start to develop a romance until Claire is discovered to be involved in the murder investigation more than she can explain.
A locket, with a picture of a couple who turns out to be Claire’s parents, is found sutured into a victim. Since the locket was found at a murder, the crime scene unit must process Claire’s apartment. In doing so, they find a note from the killer saying “I enjoyed watching you sleep.” This takes the suspicion off Claire, somewhat. Nick convinces everyone that not only is Claire innocent, but her life could be in danger. The unit also finds DNA in her apartment, however it is quite embarrassing when it turns out to be Nick’s, as it puts him in the hot seat with his lieutenant, as well as the brunt of many jokes at the precinct.
The murderer turns out to be a gate agent, Vic, one of Claire’s friends. He’s been stalking Claire for some time, unbeknownst to her, even getting access to her apartment, as we know from his note. When she finds out who he is, it’s too late for her to run. He is able to grab and secure her on an airplane, arming the slides, so no one can get inside. Claire has been his target from the beginning. In Vic’s mind, he’s been substituting other women for Claire. He feels the absolute need to murder them, but feels his love and sexual feelings for Claire can be normal. He is positive that after he confesses his love for her, he will be able to lead a normal life, maybe with just a little bloodshed on the side.
Claire is calling Nick when she figures out who the killer is, and cues him in that she’s in trouble. He notifies SWAT and the airport police, and hurries to the scene. He’s chasing her phone’s GPS, so when he arrives, he figures out she is on the plane. When Nick notices all the slides being armed, he thinks of the electronics and equipment portal on the under-belly of the Boeing 767 as a way onto the airplane, hopefully catching the killer unaware of his presence. He fears Claire will be hurt or killed if he can’t pull this off with stealth.
As Vic realizes Claire is not special, and he can’t, or doesn’t want to, have a normal sexual relationship with her, without spilling her blood, he goes into a fit of rage. He realizes frantically that he wants to kill her just as urgently as he wanted to kill all those other women. He raises the knife high over his head, and just as he is about to stab Claire, Nick opens the trap door in front of the cockpit, bounds into the cabin, shoots Vic where the base of his skull joins his spine, completely disabling him and killing him instantly, and saves Claire.
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About the Author
My home is in the Dallas area, where I live with my husband. I have two sons, one of which lives in the area, and the other in Los Angeles. I love to read and write fiction. I like the way fiction novels build bridges to other worlds which only my imagination can take me. At a time when I was reading voraciously, but not getting exactly what I was yearning for, I started to write the kind of story I was searching for. I really enjoy putting my own words to paper. I am now a retired flight attendant, spending a lot of time reading, writing, and playing with my two dogs, a Westie named Lexie and a Lab named Sofie. I love to read and write romance and murder mysteries. I have a fascination with serial killer stories. I love to think of how their minds might work and the investigators mentally sparring with them in order to stop the murders and put the perpetrator in prison. I hope you have as good of a time reading my stories as I have writing them.
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