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Devil in the Countryside
By Cory Barclay

Genre/Category: Crime, Thriller, Mystery
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Synopsis

Kindle Edition : https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MSEI8EM


A story about the most famous werewolf investigation in history. A killer is on the loose in the German countryside, and an investigator is tasked with finding who--or what--the killer is. Along the way, he gains the help of a strange hunter, a conflicted priest, and a farmer's daughter. Together, these four divergent souls must navigate the volatile political and religious landscape of 16th century Germany, fighting for their sanity, and their lives.


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Excerpt:

It had been some time since Investigator Heinrich Franz had inspected a murder scene, and he relished the opportunity. As he removed his black gloves to inspect the body, a tingle ran down his spine.

The victim’s body was situated near a tree, tucked away from any trails or passing eyes..

“Our killer wanted to make it difficult to identify the victim, but not to find her,” Heinrich said to his right-hand man and bodyguard, Tomas.

He crouched over the body. Her exposed entrails had been dragged around the trunk of the tree, separating her legs from her torso. Her right foot was missing three toes, and her left arm was missing altogether. Her mangled face was a canvas for flesh-eating insects. He could only tell the victim was female by the tattered blue dress she wore and the stringy blonde hair plastered against her head.

Heinrich glanced at the dress. Maybe it will help to identify her, he thought, and then looked at her face. Because that certainly won’t.

Heinrich prodded beneath the dress, but found no signs of defilement. The stench of decay was not yet overwhelming, but still strong enough to offend his keen nose.

“She’s been dead for less than twenty-four hours,” the investigator said. He turned to the frightened farmer standing behind him. “And you found her when?”

“This morning, sir.” The farmer held a grimy cap close to his chest. “I was walking my dogs when the wind brought her smell right to me. Then I saw crows circling—”

“I didn’t ask how,” Heinrich said, “just when.”