I am delighted to be on the blog tour for Monty Marsden’s novel, Hunted … I have a super extract for you but first, here’s the blurb …
Aria (1 July 2017)
A gripping thriller full of twists you won’t see coming… The next thrilling serial killer read from the author of MISSING. Perfect for the fans of Angela Marsons and Jeffrey Deaver.
Seven years ago, psychiatrist Dr Claps assisted police in capturing Giacomo Riondino, a man accused of abducting, torturing and murdering two women. On arrest, tests had revealed that Riondino suffered from a rare and disturbing psychiatric condition and was sectioned.
Six years later, Riondino is on the run after escaping from a rehabilitation centre, leaving a trail of bloody murders his wake.
It is now a case for expert profiler Dr Claps and Commissioner Sensi to work together to track Riondino down before he kills again. Time is running out and the killer may be much closer than it seems…
The extract …
The telephone operator at the psychiatric hospital leaned over from inside his lodge. He beckoned at one of the nurses walking lazily along the corridor.
“Did you see Mr Bertoli? I’m on the phone to his wife, she wants to talk to him urgently. His phone rings but he doesn’t answer it.
“He must have left it in his locker – everything alright?”
“His son dislocated his shoulder playing football – they’re taking him to the hospital.”
“That boy is going to make his father grow old before his time – he went to the hospital last month to get stitched up,” the nurse sighed. “Fuck, it’s pouring down… okay, I’ll go and give him a nudge. He’s in the greenhouse with Mr Meciani, he’s keeping an eye on Riondino.”
He glanced at his watch and then opened his umbrella. It was 6.40 p.m. when he ran out into the rain.
The fields were vast. The rain kept falling heavily, the sky was grim and cloudy; every now and then the headlights from a passing vehicle would illuminate the scene. That was the best time for the escape – a long-awaited time. There was nobody in the fields, nobody would notice him.
The alarm wouldn’t have been given before 8 p.m., the time when everyone in the psychiatric hospital had to be back; after then they would hunt for him everywhere. Police patrols, field searches, dogs sniffing for any traces of him. He wouldn’t stand a chance if he wasn’t already on his way.
Riondino glanced at his watch one last time – it was 6.45 p.m. He walked faster, his heart pounding in his chest. He couldn’t afford to waste time.
The dirt road he was heading for made its appearance a few minutes later, after a long, exhausting haul through the wet, muddy fields. A small, isolated road.
He had to be patient now.
And a little bit lucky.
The nurse didn’t immediately understand what he was seeing… or maybe his brain simply refused to. He had entered the greenhouse with some apprehension – before entering he had called out to his colleagues but received no reply.
The first thing that his eyes managed to focus on after a few seconds was Bertoli’s wounded throat. He lay in an unnatural position on the ground, his hands, covered in blood, were around his neck, almost as if he were still trying to stop the blood coming out of the huge hole in his throat.
Then he noticed that Bertoli’s eyes were wide open and a rivulet of blood was coming from the corner of his mouth – but this was nothing compared to the amount of blood elsewhere.
Only when he began to scream did he notice the legs of another of the nurses, lying dead behind a table in a pool of blood.
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My thanks to the author and Aria Fiction for having me on the tour today!
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About the author …
Monty Marsden, a Tuscan by birth, grew up in Milan, where he studied medicine and still works. He lives in the province of Bergamo, with his wife and four children.
Monty’s previous book, MISSING is out now:
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2eVGe5b