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Monday, August 29, 2011

First Page Mondays: A Bullet For Two by Robert Strzalko

As part of First Page Mondays on The Book Worm, here's the first page of the book I am currently reading: A Bullet For Two by author Robert Strzalko...

'The screaming grew louder and louder as Jeb McCulloch approached the stable. He expected most of the town to be asleep but something was taking place, something horrible. The last time he heard someone wailing with that much pain and agony was when he was on the front. It brought back terrible memories for him, memories of a man yelling and screaming as he begged for someone to shoot him and put him out of his misery. No one did. They just laid there all night beneath the starts and falling leaves waiting for him to die.
Jeb thought about shooting him but he just couldn't bring himself to do that. When the man finally died as the early morning sun broke over the gray, autumn horizon no one was more relieved than Jeb. He had seen plenty of men die but there was something about the anguish in that man's voice that he couldn't forget.
Rather than dismounting with ease, as was his usual custom, he removed his poncho and drew his pistol. The starry sky was so quiet it made her desperate cries seem even louder as he walked towards the stable.
When he came to the door he found a crack to look through. His eyes searched the murky darkness until they settled on some shadowy shapes. As he strained.....'

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- Debolina Raja Gupta