Bill Cristo takes up walking a per his doctor's orders to lose weight
and improve his health. While at the metro park, he witnesses an
assault. The assailant turns on him and he wakes in the hospital
with a nasty bump on his head, wondering why he isn't dead.
The news reports nothing on any attack in the metro park but Bill
can't let it go...not when he realizes there are other young men
missing from the same area. He digs up what he can on his own, drawing
further attention from the murderer. Will he be able to figure out
who the killer is before it reaches his live-in girlfriend?
"Shhh. Please listen." Her words dropped to a trembling
Bill hesitated a moment, thinking she might go on.
"Bill?" She sounded so small and vulnerable. He immediately
wanted to reach out through the phone and pull her close. He longed
to make whatever it was better.
"I'm here, Hon. What's going on?" He shut down his computer
as he talked.
"Someone keeps calling me." Once she started speaking,
her words came fast and clipped. "At first he kept hanging
up. No heavy breathing or anything so I decided it must be those
kids next door."
"He? How do you know it's a guy?" Bill used one hand to
hold the phone and the other to begin stuffing his things into his
"Because " Dampened, low sounds came over the phone.
Oh God, she's crying.
"Because I know what a man's voice sounds like. This last time,
just a minute ago, he said I'm next."
"Next for what?" As Bill said the words, he'd already
guessed the answer. All the clues were in place, the footprints
on the porch, the maniac figuring out Bill knew about him, and now
the calls to Dix. He didn't hear her answer.
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