Special Agents at the Altar
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Bulbs flashed, and Jared Bell flinched with each bright light as he ran the gauntlet of reporters with their microphones and cameras. "Special Agent Bell!" they called out to him as he walked past where they had lined up along the residential street. "Special Agent Bell!"
He ignored them or at least he tried to ignore them as he ducked under the crime scene tape across the end of a driveway.
"Have you found her body yet?" a reporter hurled the question at him. Even though Jared wasn't looking at the guy, he recognized the artificially deep voice of Kyle Smith, and he wasn't surprised Smith had showed up. This narcissist didn't just report the news; he tried to make himself part of the storyat least of this story, this case. He was as relentless as he was insensitive.
Jared flinched at the question, hating how it would hurt whatever member of the missing girl's family might have heard the question or would hear it on a later news broadcast.
They were anxiously awaiting newsany newsof their missing loved one. They didn't need to hear it like thison the news. They needed to hear it from him di-rectlyas soon as he learned something.
"Have you ever found Lexi Drummond's body?" another reporter yelled out the question. "It's been five years."
Six. Lexi had been the serial killer's first victim. And no, her body had never been found. Her family still waited for closure. But he had nothing to offer them. No body. No suspect. No clues
If his head hadn't already been pounding from the concussion he'd sustained a few days ago, it would have started hurting then. Pain throbbed inside his skull where he could feel his heart beatingfast and frantically. As an FBI profiler, he had caught a lot of killers over the yearsbut not this one. Lexi Drummond's killer had eluded him and killed again and again and again.
Now the killer had taken another girl. Another victim
Jared would find her, though. She would not become another Lexi Drummond. Not in any way. He had gotten way too involved in Lexi's case and way too involved with Lexi's family. He'd failed them and himself.
For the first time in his career, his professionalism had slipped. But that had happened only that one time; he wouldn't let it happen again.
Jared ignored the reporters and flashed his shield to the officer posted outside the duplex. Then he slipped through the open front door. The girl hadn't been abducted from her home, but the police were searching it for any clues to who might have taken her.
Jared had to study all the aspects of the case in order to construct a profile of the killer. He studied the crime scenes, the evidenceif anyleft behind, the manner in which the victim was killed, and he profiled the victim, too. He didn't believe this killer randomly chose his victims. So getting to know them better would help lead Jared back to their killer.
But hopefully Amy Wilcox was only missing. Hopefully she wasn't dead yetlike all the other victims. Even though Lexi Drummond's body hadn't been found, too much of her blood had been discovered at the crime scene for her to have survived whatever wounds she had suffered. Six years had passed, but he could still see all that blood. So much blood.
He blinked away the memory of that horrific crime scene and focused on his current surroundings. Amy Wilcox's duplex was painted in fun colorsbright greens and yellows, like a highlighter that outlined the many picture frames hanging on the walls.
To get to know her better, Jared studied those pictures. There were photos of her water-skiing and roShe'll do anything to expose her sister's killereven reunite with an ex
After six years hunting The Bride Butcher, FBI agent Jared Bell is as determined as ever to find the ruthless murderer. So when the killer strikes again, he'll stop at nothing to bring closure to the caseand the first victim's sister, Rebecca Drummond. Including staging an engagement to lure the madman into a trap
It's been years since their torrid rendezvous, but as Jared's fake fiancée, Becca can no longer ignore their attraction. Or the secret she's been keeping from him. For now, she needs to focus on bringing her sister's killer to justiceand insist on using herself as bait to do it.