Thursday, August 06, 2015

An Excerpt from Rampage, a Jason Scarsdale Novel by Alan Brenham

Omnimystery News: An Excerpt courtesy of Alan Brenham

We are delighted to welcome author Alan Brenham to Omnimystery News today.

Alan's second mystery in his Jason Scarsdale series is Rampage (Black Opal Books; July 2015 trade paperback and ebook formats), and we are pleased to introduce you to it with an excerpt.

Jason Scarsdale, who discovers he has no safe haven from those who want him dead, has been pushing hard against a street gang as well as unintentionally provoking the ex-husband of his new investigative partner. What follows is from the end of Chapter 18.

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IT WAS AFTER TEN THAT night when the Dodge sedan stopped next to the curb. Two shadowy figures eyeballed the single-story home and the blue Toyota SUV parked in the driveway. Light shined through slats in the blinds of an enormous picture window about five feet from the front door. To the right of the door were two side-by-side windows, both lit up.
  "Are you sure this is his house? It looks different at night," the driver said.
  "Damn right, I'm sure." The passenger laid the rifle barrel on the edge of the window.
  "So now what?"
  "We wait until the son of a bitch walks in front of that window." The passenger shifted in the seat to get a clear field of fire right at the window. "Then boom. One dead cop."
  A silhouette grew larger as it moved closer to the window.
  The barrel of the rifle rose off the edge. "Get ready," the passenger said, easing the finger inside the trigger guard and onto the trigger.
  "Just make sure you kill him. I'll worry about the car," snapped the driver.
  "Come closer, Scarsdale. That's it. C'mon. A little more."
  The silhouette bent down out of sight.
  "Dammit," the passenger said, raising up to see the entire window.
  The driver looked in the outside rear view mirror then the one over the dash. "We can't sit here all friggin' night. Next time, take the damn shot."
  "Don't worry about it."
  "If the cops show up, we'll have a lot to worry about."
  The silhouette re-appeared.
  The scope's crosshairs centered on it.

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Alan Brenham
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Alan Brenham

Alan Brenham is the pseudonym of Alan Behr, an American author and attorney. He served as a law enforcement officer before earning a law degree from Baylor University and worked as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney for twenty-two years. Alan and his wife, Lillian, currently live in the Austin, Texas area.

For more information about the author, please visit his website at and his author page on Goodreads, or find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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Rampage by Alan Brenham

Rampage by Alan Brenham

A Jason Scarsdale Novel

Publisher: Black Opal Books Print/Kindle Format(s) Print/Nook Format(s)iTunes iBook FormatKobo eBook Format

The stakes soar, both professionally and personally, for Austin PD Detective Jason Scarsdale as he finds himself in a race against time to hunt down a vicious gang hell-bent on murder. Realizing that his new partner, the attractive divorcee Tatum Harper, could be trouble in more ways than one, he tries to run her out of Homicide.

Will their partnership destroy his romantic relationship with long-time girlfriend Dani Mueller? Will they both survive the harrowing face-off with the increasingly unhinged gang leader?

Rampage by Alan Brenham


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