Her skin was the first thing he noticed.
Already deeply tanned on only the fifteenth day of May, it was flecked here and there with droplets of water from out of the river.
She wore a pair of green board shorts, stripes down the sides featuring some kind of exotic Hawaiian foliage. Above the chrome snap of the waistband, her stomach was undulated with small hills of muscle. The angle of her body caused the fullness of her breasts to spill from beneath the nylon triangles of her bikini top.
She lay on a bed of cobbles that thrust out into the rush of the river. The
"SLOW FIRE is without a doubt violent... but exceptionally well-paced
and carefully plotted... and, we hope, the beginning of a fine new
"SLOW FIRE is a fast-paced rural police procedural that shines a
spotlight on the small town meth problem that has not felt the impact
of the recession... Will is a fascinating hero." -The Mystery Gazette.
"... both his prose and his hero are refreshingly honest and direct." - Kirkus Reviews
"Dark and twisted, Ken Mercer's SLOW FIRE starts fast and burns bright. I couldn't put it down." -Robert Ellis
"Not one word wasted...writing as taut as stretched hemp." - Ted Bell, New York Times Bestselling author
"In SLOW FIRE, Ken Mercer's suspenseful, atmospheric, and emotionally raw debut, the author skillfully takes us beneath the peaceful facade of a seemingly idyllic town. Haydenville looks like the perfect place for disgraced and grieving cop Will Magowan to find redemption. Instead, he finds a labyrinth of dark secrets, lies, and crime that he must navigate -- while keeping his own demons at bay. With it's gripping plot, colorful cast of characters and shocking ending, SLOW FIRE will definitely have readers looking for more from Ken Mercer." -- Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of DIE FOR YOU
"A stellar debut. In Will Magowan he has created a hero we care about and fear for, a vulnerable and flawed man plagued by addictions, obsessions and his own shortcomings."-Louise Ure, Shamus Award-winning author of Liars Anonymous and The Fault Tree