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The Hanged Man

A Tarot Card Mystery

Tarot Card Mysteries (Volume 4)

David Skibbins

Minotaur Books

The cops have jailed the wrong person: dominatrix Thérèse de Farge. Sally McLaughlin, a feisty paraplegic hacker, sets out to save her friend and ropes Warren Ritter, sarcastic tarot card reader and general overall eccentric, into yet another murder investigation.

To solve this one, everyone has to go undercover. Sally puts on a business suit and tries to get a corporate job. Heather Tallbridge, Sally’s teenage roommate, passes herself off as a journalist. And Warren sets off to the Academy of Correction to become Master Ritter, a bondage and discipline specialist. As they get closer to uncovering the murderer, Sally, Heather, and Warren face extreme peril, and a confrontation with their darkest fears as well as their own buried hungers.

In the fourth book of the Tarot Card Mystery series, the peaceful Marin countryside provides a sharp contrast to the scandalous alternative lifestyles of some of its inhabitants, and David Skibbins takes readers deep inside the minds of all three of his odd and unforgettable characters.


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Chapter One

Did that hurt?"

Warren clawed his way free from the tentacles of his dream. A vampire was slashing his throat and sucking his blood. Awake, the bite on his neck still throbbed.

"You looked so adorable, lying there. I just had to give you a little nip. I think my teeth are sharper than I thought."

Sally’s voice. He sighed. He was not about to join the eternal undead. He cranked open one eye. There in front of him was the freshest smile on the planet.

He said, "It’s daytime. Doesn’t sunlight kill your kind?"

She chuckled. "Good
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  • David Skibbins

  • David Skibbins won the St. Martin’s Minotaur/Malice Domestic Competition for Best First Traditional Mystery Novel with Eight of Swords. He is a certified life coach and lives on the Pacific Coast in California with his brilliant wife and his goofy Portuguese water dog.
  • David Skibbins Photo: Bill Lange
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    A Tarot Card Mystery

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    David Skibbins

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