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A Paul Sutton Novel

Written by R.J. Belle

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

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Do you ever wonder where the line is between dark and light? Do you believe the brightest light can be pulled into the depths of darkness? Do you believe that the blackest soul can find their way into the light?

It took Detective Paul Sutton exactly eleven days to know that retirement wasn’t going to work out for him. Eleven days to know that he could not put this last case, the only case of his career that he was unable to solve, down. Watching it grow cold and forgotten by everyone except himself and the deceased’s husband, Sutton fought hard against the urge to work it on his own. He thought he could let it go, but he was wrong, dead wrong. Now, back on the job as a Cold Case Detective, Sutton is given another chance to solve the case that has tormented him for almost two years.

Kali Hanson is dealing with her own special type of torment as she attempts to navigate a tangled web of deceit where the monsters wear masks of light and the darkness lurking inside a person is impossible to recognize from the outside. How does a girl who has everything going for her find herself in the middle of a deadly puzzle, forced to witness those she loves most commit acts of ultimate betrayal - a puzzle where boundaries blur and the difference between truth and lies is indiscernible?

Sutton is in a race against the clock to find a missing girl who may be the key. He will put it all on the line to make sure this monster doesn’t get the chance to kill again. Will he be too late, and is a physical death the only death one can suffer? Even if he saves her, will her life ever be the same?

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Fans are saying

RJ Belle has a talent for pulling the reader right in, from the first paragraph!

One quality I especially appreciate is Belle's character development--the author creates rich characters and brings you inside their heads. This has the effect of keeping you engaged, caring about the characters, and wondering how the characters will tie together. I found myself excited to keep reading to find out what happens next!

The story line is intriguing and unique, and each aspect of the story weaves seamlessly from one to the next.

The author has clearly done a lot of research or is very knowledgeable on multiple topics, as evidenced by the details in the story to create a sense of realism. There is just the right amount of detail--nothing gratuitous, but enough to help the reader visualize being there, among the characters.

I am looking forward to the next in the series!

— Jamie R.

Loved, loved, loved this book!

I was drawn in immediately and lost track of time once I started reading.

R.J. Belle has a way of bringing mystery, intrigue, seduction, twists and unexpected turns all along the way.

One of the most descriptive and well written books I've read in a long time!

It transports you right into the middle of the mystery...

Author Bio

R.J. Belle

R.J. Belle began writing as a teenager as a way to express her creative side.

In 2013, she found herself spending a great deal of time working on plot development and character creation, and decided to make the jump into writing for publication.

After spending 15 years in the lending industry, R.J. Belle left her career to write full time and within three months, she published her first Fiction Mystery Novel, First One Down.

R.J. Belle lives in Southern California with her family. She enjoys writing, reading, running, coffee and college football.