SHEPHERD’S MOON by Stacy Mantle
A fantasy thriller
It's taken twelve years to earn the official title of Shepherd but she's now mostly trained, fairly effective, and the first female in over two centuries to hold the position as protector of animals. All animals…
The Territorial Council isn't thrilled with her new title of Shepherd, but they don't have any more control over the appointment than they have over her. All they can really do is wait for her to screw something up - which Alex is determined not to do.
Everything changes when a chance encounter with a genetically modified Shifter leaves Alex shaken and initiates a quest to locate its maker. Despite years of training, Alex finds herself woefully unprepared to tackle the new threat.
To make matters worse, she must work with a mysterious man who's been trying to kill her since the day they met…
I listened to him shuffling papers as he searched for the file. “Body count of twelve in the last two months. Four in the past four days — throat ripped out on each.” He paused, scanning the notes. “Impressive… The profile fits a PSK.”
I chuckled softly. Preternatural Serial Killer — the standard moniker assigned to any serial killer. The acronym worked with the local police who attributed the P to psychopathic rather than preternatural, and allowed access to funding that the department wouldn’t normally have access too. The additional funding afforded them the ability to outsource the unconventional and bizarre cases to people like me, which allowed the public to remain oblivious to the fact that we had creatures they had only read about in horror novels out roaming the earth.
Sometimes ignorance really is bliss.
To qualify as a serial killer with the police, a person has to have three kills inside of a month. Unfortunately, a lot of people fit that profile these days… The only real difference between a preternatural and a psychopath is that preternaturals tend to have a much higher body count within a much shorter timeframe.
“The profiler made a few comments,” Richard continued.
“Let me guess, I interrupted. “White male, loner, mid-thirties, with a God complex who was recently laid off work?”
“You got it.” He paused, and I could almost picture him searching the file for a preliminary sketch. But he needn’t have bothered. Any sketch coming back would reflect someone who looked like Jeffrey Dahmner or Ted Bundy—a seemingly normal, somewhat attractive man who people would describe as such a normal-looking person that they would never have suspected of being such a monster.
“No Handler listed.” Richard continued, “At the very least, we haven’t been able to locate one, so finding him will be your first priority.”
While Stacy Mantle is most well-known as the Pack Leader of the popular website, PetsWeekly.com, however she is rapidly gaining a fan base in the genre of fantasy with the publication of Shepherd’s Moon, the first book in her Alex Wilde “Shepherd” series.
Stacy has a B.A. in English, a post-baccalaureate in Secondary Education, and an MBA with an emphasis on Marketing. She is active in animal rescue and is a nationally-known pet industry authority. She currently resides in the deserts of the Southwest with several cats, a few dogs, and a very understanding husband. You can learn more about her at StacyMantle.com.
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Preternatural Serial Killer? *shiver*
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