A Fragment of Fear by John Bingham

By John Bingham

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This chilling secret starts whilst Lucy Dawson is located strangled in her condo. while her nephew, Tim, seems into his aunt's demise, humans supply sketchy solutions and the police supply little aid. it seems that they suspect his pleas are easily a drug-addict's ravings. As he investigates he starts off to discover himself laid low with threatening mobile calls, and his personal paranoia.

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Sulzman’s on his third marriage—to the lovely Paige—and what appears to be his third or fourth Scotch, judging from the slurring of his words. He’s wearing a button-down shirt with the collar open and white slacks. He is overweight, with a round weathered face and a full head of hair if you count the toupee, one of the better ones Langdon has seen, but still—don’t these guys realize everybody knows? “John,” says the chief. “I understand Noah Walker is in custody,” says Sulzman, as if he’s commenting on the weather.

They are arriving. Small kids holding their parents’ hands, bouncing with animation. Older ones walking together. Superman and Batman and Aquaman, vampires and clowns, kittens and bunnies, Cinderella and Snow White and Tinker Bell, Pocahontas and Woody from Toy Story, Ronald Reagan and Simba from The Lion King and Mr. Spock— —and the oldest ones at the school, the juniors and seniors, a few of them with some obligatory face paint or semblance of costume but generally too cool to dress up like their younger classmates— “Showtime,” he says.

It has a Victorian look to it, with multiple rooflines, all of them steeply pitched, fancy turrets, chimneys grouped at each end. There are elaborate medieval-style accents on the facade. Every peak is topped with an ornament that ends in a sharp point, like spears aimed at the gods. The windows are long and narrow, clover-shaped, with stained glass. The house is like one gigantic, imperious frown. I’ve heard some things about this house, read some things, even passed by it many times, but seeing it up close like this sends a chill through me.

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