About Author Dani AmoreDani Amore is a bestselling crime novelist living in Los Angeles, California. She is the winner of the winner of the 2011 Independent Book Award for Crime Fiction. Her books include THE CIRCUIT RIDER (A KINDLE SERIAL), The Mary Cooper Mystery Series, THE KILLING LEAGUE, The John Rockne Mystery Series, and TO FIND A MOUNTAIN. Follow Dani Amore Website | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon | Pinterest Purchase Beer Money on Amazon.
A door banged open in the distance. Footsteps approached. Crunched on the pieces of glass. He heard moaning and realized it was coming from somewhere deep in his chest, bubbling in his throat. He ran his tongue over his cracked lips. Tasted the salt from the sidewalk.
The visions of his ex-wife left him and now he thought of Julie. Her green eyes. Her smile. Her laugh. She was his new lease on life. In the dim recess of his mind where logical thought hadn't yet been extinguished, he understood the current irony of that thought. A small cluster of agony rose within him. He just wished he could say good-bye to Julie.
A low fog began to drift over the image in his mind, and through it, he saw a figure standing before him.
"Please..." was all he could muster. Blackness rained over and around him.
"Professor Bantien," the shape said. The dying man heard something metallic. Tried to place the sound. Something to do with a gun. Bullets. "Look on the bright side," the shadowy figure said. "All these years studying history…and now you actually get to become it.”
The barrel of the gun was pressed to the dying man's head. He closed his eyes.
The gunshot echoed in the darkness.