Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts

By Nora Roberts

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New York Times bestselling writer Nora Roberts presents a powerful mixture of small-town secrets and techniques, scandalous romance, and down-home Southern surroundings as a tender lady trying to find a few bayou R&R reveals herself entangled in a serial killer’s depraved web.

Burned out and nonetheless reeling from a love affair long past undesirable, world-class violinist Caroline Waverly is going to her grandparents’ domestic in Innocence, Mississippi, for a few much-needed leisure and leisure. as a substitute she reveals herself beaten far and wide again—first through Tucker Longstreet, a captivating neighborhood with a sideline in no-strings-attached relationships, after which by way of a deadlier, extra nerve-racking improvement.

For Innocence is being stalked via its own serial killer, whose brutal knife blows have pierced the veil of tranquillity during this sleepy Southern city and left a path of mutilated woman corpses of their wake. while a federal agent arrives to enquire, the town’s deepest...

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He shook his head quickly. “Get rid of that shit, fast. Pay back the people you got it from, then pay back the loan. And do not do this ever again. You are simply not up to this way of life. You piss off someone just one step higher up the food chain and you’re going to wind up fucked or dead. ” He was nodding almost continually now, his chin twitching. ” “Here’s how this business works. At the top are the guys who make the stuff and run the top-level distribution: the shadows who make the real money and never get caught.

I let myself into the house, feeling tired and wrong and like I could walk a thousand miles in any direction and have no reason to ever turn back. I felt better after a shower, and took a Coke and cigarette out onto the balcony. I wanted a beer, too, but I know better than that. No big deal, I’d decided as the hot water coursed over my head. Not doing anything would have led to a worse situation for people I cared about. Isn’t that as good a justification for action as any? And hadn’t I been staring at the waves the previous night, feeling too much to one side of the world?

Maybe more than that. “I’m sorry, but—” “Look,” I said, finding a tone of voice I hadn’t used in a long time, except perhaps to Kyle the night before. “I don’t know who the hell you are. ” “I’m the one who needs help,” she said, her voice abruptly strong again—too firm, as if held right up against the brink of hysteria. “There’s no one who’s going to believe except maybe you, and now I realize you won’t either. I thought perhaps you knew but evidently you don’t and I can’t risk e-mailing again because he’s scanning the Wi-Fi now.

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