A Lovely Way to Burn (Plague Times, Book 1) by Louise Welsh

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By Louise Welsh

It doesn't seem like homicide in a urban jam-packed with loss of life.

A pandemic known as 'The Sweats' is sweeping the globe.

London is a urban in hindrance.

Hospitals start to fill with the lifeless and demise, yet Stevie Flint is confident that the unexpected dying of her boyfriend Dr Simon Sharkey was once no longer from traditional explanations.

As roads out of London develop into gridlocked with humans fleeing an infection, Stevie's look for Simon's killers takes her within the wrong way, into the depths of the demise urban and a race with loss of life.

A beautiful approach to Burn is the 1st outbreak within the Plague occasions trilogy.

Chilling, demanding and fully compelling, it's Louise Welsh writing on the top of her powers.

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On the twenty-seventh, police were summoned to Artie Mitchell’s house by his girlfriend, Julie Bajo. There had been a shooting, she screamed to the 911 operator. While the call was being taped, further shots could be heard in the background. Officers arriving at the house found Jim Mitchell wandering outside, apparently in a daze. 38 Smith & Wesson Special. In the bedroom, Artie lay dead. He had been shot through the abdomen, right arm, and right eye. 22 shell casings. That Jim fired the bullets was beyond dispute—he readily admitted as much—but was it premeditated murder rather than spontaneous manslaughter?

The shots were represented by red laserlike lines against a blue background. Not only was this tape supposed to have reproduced the crime scene, it also purportedly showed the order in which the eight shots were fired. Clearly, this was moving into the realm of speculation. Only over strident defense objections, and after the tape had been modified to make the characters less lifelike, was the animation admitted into evidence. Arizona criminalist Lucien Haag, the expert whose crime scene reconstruction had inspired the video, explained the methodology behind his conclusions.

The New York importers of the Walther revealed that model number 188274 was shipped to a Chicago store, where records showed that it had been purchased by James Hooks, a friend of Branion’s. Hooks admitted giving the gun to Branion as a belated birthday gift almost a year before the killing. Faced with this revelation, Branion abruptly changed tack. His original statement specifically mentioned that nothing had been stolen; now he blustered that the Walther must have been taken by the intruders who killed his wife.

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