on Maple Street
by Bob McElwain

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        With his arm twisted
     painfully up between his
     shoulder blades, he cried, 
     "Who the hell are you?"
        "Your killer maybe.
     That's yet to be decided."


Slaughter on Maple Street

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With his eyes, he searched vainly for cover as his ears strained to pick up the slightest sound. He crouched at the windshield of the car...

He heard Paco’s Beretta bark twice and a man screamed in agony. There wouldn’t be a better distraction. He quickly rose to one knee, propping his elbow on the hood of the car. The man at the rear of the van had glanced toward the source of the screams. As he looked back, bringing the Engram around, Kyle fired hastily at his chest.

Kyle could see he was wearing body armor; his intention had been only to knock him off balance. The man was thrown back into the side of the van, clutching at his chest.

But he had a fix on Kyle now. He was bringing the Engram up as Kyle, sighting carefully this time, squeezed off a round. Teeth shattered. Blood and tissue exploded from the back of the man’s head, painting a broadening stripe of ugly pink as it flowed down the side of the white van.

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Kyle Rieker returns home in time for a last look at his sister before she is buried. Officially she was murdered along with five other innocent people by a crazy. But Kyle learns she was executed by a professional. When a CIA operative tries to kill him, he knows he is also slated to die, likely for the same reasons his sister did.

The police and private investigators are powerless when confronting the CIA. Yet he must survive, find answers and act accordingly.

He turns to an unusual source for assistance. He collects a team of competent, seasoned professionals with whom he has fought in Special Forces, men who have routinely accomplished combat assignments considered impossible by some.

But there are those among the elite of Los Angeles who have their own plans and the CIA has theirs; a rag-time group of ex-soldiers is not considered a serious threat. Against such opposition, Kyle and every man on the team, knows that this time he may not make it.

* * *

Kyle finds true justice is not always available, given the constraints of the law.


From A Review

Bob McElwain plots a read-on tale speckled with cool dialogue. The story is neat, fast-paced and utterly brutal. Break-ins, hot wiring, traffic shootouts, phosphorous grenades: action plenty.


From The Author

Writing Slaughter on Maple Street was something of a challenge and adventure for me. I was seeking to draw strong relationships between characters, and I think I pulled it off. In doing so, however, the stage needed to be set for what follows. Thus, unlike other tales I've written, there is little fast-paced action initially. But once the characters have been clearly drawn, the pace begins picking up speed rapidly. And it continues to do so to an ending I hope you will enjoy.

Bob McElwain


Other Tales By Bob

Blowback - Thugs burst into Dr. Wade Turklen's home, brutally assaulting and slashing the throats of his wife and two teenage daughters. He is shot and left for dead. Was his family the victims of a random attack or was he the target, and his family killed only to cover that fact? Fueled by hatred and bent on revenge, he sets out on a mission that may very well destroy the very essence of whom he believes himself to be. more...

Lethal Wind - Harry Boggs is the man to see about cocaine. And he's accumulated 200 million bucks dealing the stuff. Can one man buck this kind of power? Scott Macklen is not at all sure he can. But he knows that if he does not, he will die. A masterful mix of coke, violence, and murder, delivered skillfully to create a fast, easy read, difficult to put down. more...

Take the Shot - When the body of the latest victim of a serial rapist is accidently discovered, Lisa Anders knows she is also slated to die, for she can identify the killer. Should she flee? Abandon her hopes and dreams for a successful career? Or stay and tough it out? With ex-cop Todd Hallster at her side, Lisa reluctantly decides to stay. Immediately she realizes she may have made the greatest mistake of her life, one she may not survive. more...

Strike Terror - Kate wants to know why Nick attacked a sniper without a weapon, and she means to see the story printed. Nick tries to duck her, then finds they are irrevocably linked in a desperate effort to survive. Their only hope lies in discovering the true purpose of the terrorists determined to destroy them. A fast-paced no-stopping page-turner. more...

Blackmail - Terri Delaney knows Jack Collier will do whatever needs doing to end the blackmail that treatens her career in television. But she also knows it may not be enough. A who-done-it with a twist that will surprise you. more...

Those Who Betray - Initially, Eva Starling, a noted economist, only needs answers from Mark Rippet to questions about how his dad went bankrupt. When they realize their lives are at risk because she asked them, other questions overwhelm. And survival becomes the primary goal. more...

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