The Shattered Bull

By Patrick Kanouse

Crime & mystery | Paperback, eBook


As Detective Drexel Pierce struggles to overcome the mysterious death of his wife, the murder of a city alderman, Hal “the Bull” Nye, and its investigation threatens Pierce’s career. Found in his secure, downtown, high-rise condominium, with no obvious mechanism of death, what killed the Bull may be as mysterious as who killed him. The lone clue that could expose the killer is a cryptic message burned into a desk. The obvious suspect is the Bull’s young girlfriend, Kara. While Drexel’s commander pushes to arrest her to please the politicians and media, Drexel seeks out the truth, following a trail of pasts best forgotten, mobsters, and rivals. In doing so, Drexel’s brother, troubled by his own history of heroin abuse, becomes a pawn in a tangle of competing interests. As the machinery of investigation closes in on the Bull’s young girlfriend, Drexel risks it all to save her and save his illusions of a society that believes in truth.


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As Detective Drexel Pierce struggles to overcome the mysterious death of his wife, the murder of a city alderman, Hal “the Bull” Nye, and its investigation threatens Pierce’s career. Found in his secure, downtown, high-rise condominium, with no obvious mechanism of death, what killed the Bull may be as mysterious as who killed him. The lone clue that could expose the killer is a cryptic message burned into a desk. The obvious suspect is the Bull’s young girlfriend, Kara. While Drexel’s commander pushes to arrest her to please the politicians and media, Drexel seeks out the truth, following a trail of pasts best forgotten, mobsters, and rivals. In doing so, Drexel’s brother, troubled by his own history of heroin abuse, becomes a pawn in a tangle of competing interests. As the machinery of i...


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Patrick Kanouse is a mystery author, poet, and technical writer. His poetry has appeared in many journals and websites. He works for Pearson Education, an educational publisher with offices worldwide, as the director of content creation and development platforms and teaches business report writing at IUPUI. He lives with his wife, Gina, and their spoiled Yorkie, Kennedy, in Westfield, a suburb north of Indianapolis.




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