Today’s Free Kindle eBook: Veritas
Warning: Contains Strong Violence, Language, and Sexual Content.Special Agent Pillar LaPorte goes to Hell, North Dakota, to investigate the Mark of the Beast Murders: two victims—one burned alive, the other with his face slashed open—both marked with 666. Teaming up with her is Father Adam Harris, a local priest who is part of a group called Veritas (Latin for “Truth”), which investigates miracles, stigmata, and demon possession. Pillar suspects a local Mormon Bishop is responsible for the murders, but Adam believes it may be something more powerful: a demon, or possibly, God. Blood. That’s the second thing I notice aside from the priest. Red sticky blood drying brown, flaking on the floor; the blood on the body—still warm, congealing.A razor lies next to a limp, pale hand, the blade dripping. Chunks of flesh, skin, and hair stick to the razor edge. “Looks like he took too much off the top,” the priest says.I stifle a small chuckle, but I’m not amused. This is my crime scene.He turns to me. Muddy brown eyes. High cheek bones. Strong body beneath that coat. He would probably be a good screw. You know, if he wasn’t married to Jesus.“You want to see something really scary?” I swear he smiles as he turns the body over so the bloody face stares back at me. The forehead is missing, sliced completely off. No skin, no muscle. Cut right to the bone. I grimace.A number is carved into the exposed skull: 666“You know that number?” I nod. “Yes. It’s the number of the Beast in Revelation.”“Do you know what it represents?”I sigh, shrug. “Well, it’s been a long time since I was in Sunday school, but, uh…it’s the number that those who turn against God are branded with.”He nods, stands, smiles. “Hi, I’m Father Adam Harris.”“Hi, Adam.” I enunciate my name: “I’m Detective Pee-lar La Port and you’re disturbing my crime scene. Pretty sure you don’t work my division. At least, I’ve never seen you at the Field Office.” He smiles again, reaches into his coat pocket. “My apologies.” Extends his own badge. I stare at his hands. He is wearing black leather gloves. I could understand wearing latex gloves to observe a crime scene, but why would you bloody up a pair of nice leather gloves?He pushes the badge into me and I finally glance at it; simply reads VERITAS: Diocese of Morton County. Special Investigator: Father Adam Harris“What the hell is Veritas?” “It’s Latin for truth.”“I know that, I mean…who the hell are you? Who do you work for exactly?”“The Catholic Church. I investigate supernatural occurrences: miracles, stigmata, demon possession.”You gotta be kidding me. “Okay, fine, what are you doing here?” “Well, there’s a dead man here with the numbers 666 engraved into his skull. It seemed…relevant.”
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