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Trailer in the Woods: A Crime Novel (Crime in the Woods Book 2) by [Wappett, John]
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Length: 419 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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This scene was oddly visible even though it was nearing midnight, as it was a cloudless, crystal clear night with a full moon providing ample, though eerie illumination. The angle of the moon cast long shadows across the southern side of the meadow. At various spots around the trailer, the rustling of small creatures could be discerned over the dripping of melting snow and the soft chatter of a small stream. The slow rhythmic beat of wings traveling from west to east announced the passage of a screech owl on the hunt.
These nocturnal activities stopped in an instant, as a loud muffled yell followed by a smacking sound and a young girl’s scream shattered the tranquility of the meadow. The creatures outside the trailer remained still, recognizing the universal language of pain, of fear.
After a few moments, the flimsy screen door on the trailer swung open, rattling as it slammed against the outside of the trailer, unrestrained by safety chain or hydraulic. A large, ungainly man lowered himself stiffly down the cob job steps made from piled cement blocks and ambled toward the shed, looking somewhat like an old bear in shirttails. Instead of entering the outbuilding, he continued past it and stopped at a single cement block sitting on the ground that was partially encased in melting snow. Sticking up out of the block was a long piece of stiff, black plastic hose, which the lumbering figure grabbed with an enormous right hand and drew, Excalibur-like out of the block. He then turned back and retraced his steps in the slush and snow toward the trailer. As he did, an odd indecipherable muttering came from him as he swung the hose back and forth in front of him, causing a swishing, whooing sound with each stroke. Climbing back up the stairs, he struck the outside of the trailer with the hose, which gave out a sound uncannily like that of a gunshot. All around him, the wildlife, that had been watching him warily, froze again, at this all-too-familiar sound of danger.
Soon after the doors slammed closed, the same mumbling sounds began again from within the trailer, much louder this time. It had the cadence and inflection of angry words, which was now punctuated by the bangs of the plastic pipe striking objects inside. Each blow was rewarded with a small girl’s terrible scream. The only witnesses crept silently back into the surrounding forest.
The seemingly simple act of a woman and her husband taking in a young girl as their foster child, turns into something much more as the girl slowly begins to divulge what has happened to her and to others, in that trailer, over a period of years.
Investigator Bud Lancaster, who responds to the foster mom’s call, soon brings the matter to Assistant DA Peter Drake. Together they struggle to determine what really happened and, more importantly, how they might prove it.
As the investigation progresses, terrible secrets come out that the little girl can never know.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1819 KB
  • Print Length: 419 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1980223904
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Most helpful customer reviews on 4.3 out of 5 stars 8 reviews
5.0 out of 5 starsIntriguing from beginning to end.
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S. Covalt
4.0 out of 5 starsGood read.
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3.0 out of 5 starsToo long
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5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Read
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Alexandra Wappett
4.0 out of 5 starsI would have given it a 4.5 if I was able to. I am very familiar with that part of NY as I grew up there. Attention to detail during trial was excellent. Less focus on Drake’s personal life past and present (of course some is necessary) and the side-track to the Mohawk Reservation could have been omitted. Hope another book is written about DA Merrill’s antics. Good read in all. Definitely recommend this to all who love crime stories, especially those who grew up in New York State.
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