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Iron Angels – Snippet 34

Iron Angels - Snippet 34 Chapter 20 They rolled up on the traffic light across from the Euclid Hotel around three in the afternoon, and got a fresh red ball at Euclid and East Chicago Avenue. The intersection, teeming with police, firefighters, and EMTs the night before, stood eerily quiet for a weekend day. The mayhem and destruction and death were thoroughly erased, as if the kidnapping, accident, and pointless deaths never occurred. Jasper shivered despite the heat of the day -- and the hotbox Temple created out of the rental vehicle....

Iron Angels – Snippet 33

Iron Angels - Snippet 33 Chapter 19 Temple stopped, placed her hands on her hips, and stared. "This diner's gonna be outstanding." "Don't let the charming facade fool you, this place has great diner food. Just don't expect any frou-frou coffee type drinks here." "Wouldn't dream of fancy here," Temple said. "This is a diner. Plain old coffee, or milk shakes, or soda." She licked her lips. "I love diners." "You're a soda person, then. I've always kind of been on the fence," Jasper said, "but pop always sounded silly to me." Jasper held the door...

Iron Angels – Snippet 32

Iron Angels - Snippet 32 "Right." The train clacked, and eased to a stop. "I hate when they do this. We definitely have time to sort through things." Jasper rubbed his chin. "They kidnapped a girl, me and Pete thwarted the sacrifice and they offed themselves in a bizarre manner. When you and Vance examined the basement, he found what appeared to be an alien element." "Alien as in foreign. You don't think he meant from an actual alien, do you?" Temple had one eyebrow raised. "Well, I took his comment as alien, little green men kind of alien,...

Iron Angels – Snippet 31

Iron Angels - Snippet 31 "All right, you got me," Jasper said, and held up his hands. "While I am a fan of the roaring twenties, the truth was that I had an investigation once that led me to this very hospital and I asked a lot of questions." "You have a good memory," Temple said. "That might be the only thing that got me through college." Temple laughed. Jasper approached the reception area and smiled at the youngish woman behind the glass. "May I help you?" Her voice and demeanor were pleasant. Jasper displayed his FBI credentials and...

Iron Angels – Snippet 30

Iron Angels - Snippet 30 Chapter 18 "I like him, this professor friend of yours." The smile hadn't left Temple's face ever since they'd departed the University, leaving Vance behind with Edwin White. Temple was happy to meet Ed, but what could possibly come of it, what with her being exiled to the Washington, D.C. area and Ed out here in Chicago? Unless she swung a transfer to the Chicago field office someday after all the people she pissed off retired from the Bureau. Yeah, right. Once more Temple was getting ahead of herself. And Jasper...

Iron Angels – Snippet 29

Iron Angels - Snippet 29 Chapter 17 After an abbreviated tour of the immediate area of the University of Chicago, Ed ushered them into one of the empty stadium-style lecture halls he used for the lower level science courses he taught. "The University's changed since you stumbled through here, my friend." Ed gestured to the flat panel monitors on the wall. "Not to mention all the kids these days carry laptops, tablets, phones, you name the gadget and they'll have one." Temple glanced about the hall. "Much different than the small school I...

Iron Angels – Snippet 28

Iron Angels - Snippet 28 Chapter 16 Jasper slouched in the passenger seat eyes masked by sunglasses, sipping black coffee, and judging by the wrinkled nose hating every second of the burnt liquid. He glanced at Temple. "I have no time to baby you," she glanced back at him, "and by the way, nine a.m. is not early." "I suppose, but bearing foul coffee did nothing to improve upon the early call." He slouched in his seat. "Where in the hell did you get this crap, anyway? And you know what?" "I'm listening." Temple grinned. "You're too made-up,"...

Iron Angels – Snippet 24

Iron Angels - Snippet 24 Chapter 14 The wail subsided, but the goose bumps on his arms remained. The group of people, perhaps a half dozen, stood on the cracked sidewalk in front of the house on Ivy Street, a drab aluminum-sided number with a screen door hanging askew and a crumbling brick walkway -- pretty standard for this section of town. "Any of you the owner?" They all shook their heads. "What's going on?" a reedy Hispanic man asked. "We don't know yet," Temple said. "Anyone know the owner?" "He's some crusty old white guy," the Hispanic...

Iron Angels – Snippet 23

Iron Angels - Snippet 23 The rumbling of running engines and chatter of police flooding the area faded into the background as Jasper concentrated on taking in all of the dead woman's features. She was a slender young black woman sporting long straightened hair with a hint of scarlet.  Faded and tattered blue jeans clung to her legs, but flared out around her ankles. Her shoes were missing and she wore no socks. As a result, her feet were scraped up and covered in dried blood. Her abductor had taken off her shoes and socks, if she'd worn any....

Iron Angels – Snippet 22

Iron Angels - Snippet 22 Chapter 13 Pulsing lights, red and blue, struck them as they drove upon the scene in Jasper's bucar, the Dodge Charger. He hadn't gone lights and sirens as Temple had urged, seeing no need. At this time of night, traffic was negligible in this part of town. They had rolled for the spot of the abduction in Gary, but had quickly deviated when they'd heard of the accident near the Euclid Hotel. "Got your creds on you, I hope?" Jasper regretted asking Temple the question as soon as the words left his lips. Her eyes bored...

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