Thursday, 25 April 2019

Caught In A Web by Joseph Lewis + #Excerpt

Caught In A Web by Joseph Lewis
Published by Black Rose Writing on the 3rd May 2018.

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The bodies of high school and middle school kids are found dead from an overdose of heroin and fentanyl. The drug trade along the I-94 and I-43 corridors and the Milwaukee Metro area is controlled by MS-13, a violent gang originating from El Salvador. Ricardo Fuentes is sent from Chicago to Waukesha to find out who is cutting in on their business, shut it down and teach them a lesson.  But he has an ulterior motive: find and kill a fifteen-year-old boy, George Tokay, who had killed his cousin the previous summer.
Detectives Jamie Graff, Pat O’Connor and Paul Eiselmann race to find the source of the drugs, shut down the ring, and find Fuentes before he kills anyone else, especially George or members of his family. The three detectives come to realize that the ring has its roots in a high school among the students and staff.

Extract #4 = Introduction to Jeremy, Brett and Jeremy’s Family

Jeremy Evans is a high school counselor. He’s single, but is dating fifteen-year-old Brett’s mother, Vicky. Jeremy is also the single father for three adopted fifteen-year-old boys, twins Randy and Billy, and a full-blooded Navajo, George. Brian is a friend of the boys and spends so much time at the Evans house, he’s an unofficial member of the family. This passage highlights his relationship to them, and the boys’ relationship to him.

Brett nodded and stared at the fire, but held Jeremy’s hand. After a time, he said without looking up at him, “Can I ask you a question?” 


“You’re my dad. You’re Bobby’s dad.” 

Jeremy felt himself blush, but he couldn’t help smiling. 

“And you and Bobby are my sons, just as much as Billy and Randy and George are. Even Brian.” 

Brett nodded and said, “I love them . . . all of them. I love Brian.” 

“Me too.” 

He turned and looked up at Jeremy and said, “So, I was thinking. Let’s just say if by some chance . . . if you and mom don’t marry or if mom starts dating some other guy and ends up marrying him. Would you still be Bobby’s and my dad?” 

Jeremy smiled down at him and kissed his forehead and gave him an Eskimo. 

“I doubt that will happen, little man. Honestly. But if by some chance that happens, you’ll have three men in your life who care about you and love you very much.” 

“Three?” Brett asked. “You’re including Tom?” 

“He is your biological father.” 

Brett shook his head and said, “He’s nothing to me.” 

Jeremy knew better than to argue the point. He’d never win, and he’d never dissuade the boy. 

“Do you promise that no matter what, even if mom marries someone else, you’ll be Bobby’s and my dad? Promise?” 

Jeremy hugged him fiercely and Brett hugged him back. They held onto each other and kissed each other’s cheek. 

“Brett, you and Bobby mean as much to me as Randy and Billy and George and Brian. I mean that and that will never change.” 

They hugged each other again, exchanged kisses and Jeremy repeated, “Ever.” 

Brett nodded and wiped his eyes on his t-shirt. 

“If I take a nap, can you wake me up at five-thirty? We’re going to the movie and it starts at six-forty-five.” 

“Which theater?” 

“The Marcus on Bluemound.”  

And not waiting for an answer, Brett curled up on the couch using Jeremy’s leg as his pillow. Still holding onto Jeremy’s hand, he shut his eyes and was out. Jeremy took the blanket off the back of the couch and with one hand, covered Brett with it. 

Jeremy alternately watched Brett sleep and watched the fire, happy with his life and his growing family. 

Meet the author

Joseph Lewis has written five books: Caught in a Web; Taking Lives; Stolen Lives; Shattered Lives, and Splintered Lives. His sixth, Spiral into Darkness, debuts January 17, 2019 from Black Rose Writing. Lewis has been in education for 42 years and counting as a teacher, coach, counselor and administrator. He is currently a high school principal and resides in Virginia with his wife, Kim, along with his daughters, Hannah and Emily. His son, Wil, is deceased.

Lewis uses his psychology and counseling background to craft his characters which helps to bring them to life. His books are topical and fresh and appeal to anyone who enjoys crime thriller fiction with grit and realism and a touch of young adult thrown in.

Author links: 
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