By: Angi Morgan
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The villain in Shotgun Justice was fan inspired. Is it a
coincidence that it received 4 ½ stars and a Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine? Maybe, but maybe not.
To me it was a fun, refreshing book to write because of the
creepy assassin my fans came up with.
Yes, my creepy serial assassin was the result of a Facebook question about serial killers’ signatures. A couple of hours later my fans had helped create SNAKE EYES. I have to admit that villains aren’t my forte. And this particular assassin had to have a back story. I’d rather all the characters have normal lives…not exceptionally horrible ones that turn them into serial assassins.
SERIAL ASSASINS. If you look it up, the term doesn’t really exist. But for the purposes of my story, this creep is and would have been a serial killer…he just decided to get paid for his work.
The research for this guy included a lot of snake pictures. More than I ever want to look at again. His signature is to replace the eyes of his victim with polished rocks that have been painted to resemble a snake’s. Did you know that snake eyes aren’t all the same? So he makes special sets for each victim using the variety of snake eyes available.
Here’s an excerpt from chapter one from Snake Eyes.
Now the fun really began.
He flipped Rosco to his back, not bothering to wait for the body to grow cold. He methodically removed the lifeless eyes in Rosco’s face. He wouldn’t keep them. He wasn’t sentimental and didn’t need a souvenir, just a way to identify himself as the killer.
He’d studied serial killers, read up on them. If it had been possible, he could have shared his checklists of how to get away without a trace. But then…if everyone knew his methods, he wouldn’t be in such high demand.
Laughing, he withdrew the artificial snakelike eyes, using a cleaning solution and a polishing cloth to make them shine. Then he meticulously placed the stones in Rosco’s face, leaving him staring at the heavens.
The eyes would be anonymously shipped to his employer. Proof of the completion of his task. He popped them into the jewelry case he carried in his bag.
Many of his victims had never been found. Some never would. But those who were…the eyes were an eerie sight when his handiwork was discovered. As a calling card, they were unique and rarely reported to the press.
But they knew. He was precise and unique. He methodically went through his mental list. Then he opened the notebook and verified he’d performed everything on the list again. He would not get sloppy and make a mistake.
Admitting that he was bored was why he took on the next challenge. Keeping a captive alive long enough to extract information. A definite challenge that needed a new notebook of lists. He flipped the pocket spiral closed, satisfied that he’d covered everything.
Now it was time to discover the details of his next victim. How she lived her mundane life. What drove her to make a mistake. He had a short time to get to know Avery Travis. His new commission would be a test case. Careful planning would be the key to a successful kill.
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ANGI MORGAN writes Intrigues where honor and danger collide with love. Her work is a multiple contest finalist and Publisher’s Weekly best seller. She drags her dogs –and husband– around Texas for research road trips so she can write off her camera. They now have a map with highlighted roads they’ve traveled. Every detour somehow makes it into a book.
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