The Wilco Project
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by Daniel Springer
Description: When a phone call requesting his presence at a campus murder scene shatters Professor Steven Archer's Saturday morning, he has no idea how the tragic events of the next forty-eight hours will change his life forever. The dot-com millionaire turned college professor rushes to the scene and is devastated to learn that the victim died playing a cell phone game he invented. When his project manager becomes the prime suspect, Steven is thrust into the complex murder case against his will. After a second student is murdered, everything is at risk--the fate of his project manager, the lives of the college students and Steven's own career and reputation. Together with an old detective friend and a campus cub reporter, Steven must hunt down the killer using all of his expertise before he strikes again.
eBook Publisher: Solstice Publishing/Solstice Publishing,
eBookwise Release Date: November 2010
5 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [300 KB]
Reading time: 185-259 min.
Saturday, November 8 -- 12:07 A.M.
Not much farther. She quickened her pace using the intramural softball field's chain link fence to guide her to the woods directly beyond. The light over the equipment shed fifty feet behind did not reach this far, and the moon was new, little more than a sliver. With the tree line only a few strides away, she stopped, a shiver rippling through her body.
This is totally stupid. She knew an attractive female student should not wander alone in a remote corner of the campus--especially at midnight--but she had fought too hard to give up now. She swiped a forearm, prickly with goose bumps despite the muggy air, at the sweat droplets streaming down her face.
With trembling fingers, she pressed a key on her cell phone and studied its color display. The game screen glowed with a digital map of her immediate vicinity. The white icon positioned to her right on the map, just beyond the outfield fence, made her smile
Good. No one figured it out and got here before me. This just might give me the power I need to win the game.
There were no red enemy icons on her screen.
Looks like no one is following me
She rubbed the phone's display with her shirttail. I hope this damn thing works
She held her breath and listened for sounds of other players in the area. Nothing. She exhaled.
Okay, move, girl. A few more feet of chain link and then the woods. That's where it is. You have to go into the woods to get it.
She reached the end of the fence, and a wave of panic overtook her, almost buckling her knees. Adrenaline surged into her bloodstream, her heart rate soaring. She dropped the phone and grabbed the fence post with both hands, holding on hard against the urge to turn and sprint back to the safety of the campus.
She took deep, even breaths and willed herself to calm.
Damn it--get a grip.