Injections of Insanity

Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling has just six weeks to solve a series of murders by insulin injection, with nothing to connect the victims except the manner of death and a note left at each crime scene.
The murderer, determined to avenge a wrong from many years earlier, gets close to his prey by assuming various identities.
Can Paolo win in his race against the pretender?

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The killer has lured his next victim to meet him by pretending to have proof the victim’s wife is cheating on him
Week Two – Friday 1st August to Thursday 7th August
The pretender laughed. “Relax. I told you on the phone my only role in this is on behalf of my sister, who’s trying to save her marriage. She wants your wife to stop her affair with Scott. She’s tried to get her husband to end things with your wife and failed. Apparently your wife and Scott are besotted with each other. My sister is scared he intends to leave her and the children.” He paused. In the dim light he could just about make out an expression of anguish on the surgeon’s face. Good! Let him suffer. “My part is to give you the flash drive with the photos of the two of them together. My sister believes you can use the images to better effect than she could. She’s convinced your young wife won’t want to give up the privileged lifestyle you provide.”
“My wife’s age has nothing to do with this, so you can stop stressing the word young.”
“No? Have it your own way, but I wonder what she would answer if asked what first attracted her to the extremely wealthy surgeon nearly thirty years her senior.”
“We have a great deal in common and we’re very happy together. Not that it’s any of your damned business. Give me the flash drive. I’ll put a stop to the affair. If there even is an affair. My wife hasn’t given me any reason to doubt her.”
“So why are you here at this ridiculous hour of the morning? If you don’t believe she’s screwing around with my brother-in-law, why come out to meet me?”
The surgeon fell silent, but the pretender hadn’t expected an answer. Mr Fulbright had fallen for his lies, whatever he might say to the contrary. The pretender wished he could let someone in on how clever he’d been. Not only did he not even have a sister, but, as far as he knew, the young woman married to the surgeon was as faithful as her loving husband had protested she was. Planting the seed of doubt had been ridiculously easy. Fulbright was a much older wealthy man married to a beautiful woman; of course he would fear a younger rival.
A strangled sound snapped him out of his reverie. He glanced over and was astounded to see the man was sobbing. Remorse briefly rose and was ruthlessly quashed. So what if the man was suffering with a broken heart? What about the pain Mr Fulbright had put him through all those years ago?
He waited. Eventually the surgeon managed to stem the flow of his tears and blew his nose with a sound that vibrated around the inside of the car.
“Here’s the proof,” the pretender said, holding out the flash drive.
“And the printed images you mentioned? I want to be able to confront my wife with photos, not wave a flash drive around.”
“I have them right here.”
This was where it got tricky. It would be easier if he was in the driving seat and the surgeon the passenger, or if he was left handed instead of right. But he’d gone over this scenario in his mind time and time again. He could do it.
He reached down and picked up the laptop case, sliding it onto his knees. Unzipping it, he reached inside. He’d positioned the syringe in one of the pockets, so that it was easy to locate, but his shaking hands made it difficult to grasp. Calm down! You can do this. Taking care to avoid the needle tip, he eased the syringe from its compartment. Now! Do it now!
Before he could lose his nerve completely, he pulled the syringe from the laptop case and stabbed it into the surgeon’s leg, depressing the plunger as he did so.


Author Bio – When not working on her D.I. Sterling Series, Lorraine Mace is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing Magazine and Writers' Forum and is head judge for Writers’ Forum monthly fiction competitions. A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service. She is co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of THE WRITER'S ABC CHECKLIST (Accent Press). Other books include children’s novel VLAD THE INHALER - HERO IN THE MAKING, and NOTES FROM THE MARGIN, a compilation of her Writing Magazine humour column.

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