ANTHOLOGY OF SHORT STORIES AND POEMS II

Brian Clements

This new book continues the adventures of Private Detective Jack Donavon of the “If I Could See” series as he continues to search for the person who caused his hearing loss. This leads Jack back to Florida where he meets his attacker and must fight him or be killed. Jack also works with unusual clients who get him in all sorts of problems and different situations.

Plus, you can also follow David and Carol Anne Taylor as they discuss the papers of David’s great-grandfather who helped search for serial killer H. H Holmes. Added to that, you can read the adventure that Jason and Ava had as they guarded a mental hospital in Florida in the middle of Hurricane Michael and the dilemma they must encounter.

And don’t forget the love stories and poetry that always come with Brian’s collection.

Excerpt from “The Arch Fiend”

John then heard three taps. Hopefully, that meant the third floor which was also the top floor. He then headed for one end of the hallway hoping to find some sort of stairs. Nothing at the first end he went to. He then waded through the water to the other side. He didn’t see anything there either.

He then looked closely at the water next to the wall and saw some movement in the water as if it was going behind it. Studying it, John decided to slightly push against the wall and noticed that the wall gave way just a tad.

He then pushed it more and noticed that it was a false wall with some stairs. That’s a relief. Instead of hurrying through the door, Taylor decided to walk slower in case there were any more traps.

As he took one step, he suddenly felt a light breeze and decided to take a step back. When suddenly, a sharp-edged pendulum came down and swung across the stairwell. John falls back to save himself and lands back in the water.

‘What more can happen?’ he said out loud.

Excerpt from “Death on the Beach”

The next thing Jack saw was sunlight, bright sunlight. He woke up and found himself on the beach not too far from the pier and restaurant where he ate. He tried to stand up but is pushed down by somebody behind him. He turned around and saw two beach police officers with their guns pulled and pointed right at him.

The officer yelled to him, “I said, get down on the ground and spread your arms out.”

Jack was confused but quickly complied, trying to figure out what happened. The last thing he remembered is the restaurant and Teri.

“The drinks,” said to himself.

The officers then cuffed and frisked him for weapons and identification. They found his taser in his front pocket and then his wallet. Then they tried to read him his rights.

Donovan then said to them, “I’m deaf. I can’t hear a single word you are saying. But I can read lips. Please contact Sergeant Holmes. I explained everything to him earlier.”

“We will. How do you explain the body?”

“What body?”

Excerpt From “My Dear True Friend”

Besides hiking, fishing and going to many places.
She also likes to do 5K races.
I’m not sure if she carries a Luger.
But I pray she watches her blood sugar.
When she gets upset, you better watch out.
She knows some choice words and she won’t pout.
When I look into her baby blues
I sense she has shed some tears.
She goes through life like she has nothing to lose…

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