Demons of Justice tells how unspeakable sorrow and unrequited justice cause bereaved citizens in a small mountain town of Davis to sidestep issues of morality. Enraged by injustice, they begin to mete out their own punishment under the guise of justice, mercy, and misguided religion.
The town’s brilliant Sheriff Kathryn, who looks excitingly feminine in any fashion, appears even more attractive dressed in her sheriff’s outfit. She is romantically involved with a smart hunk who owns David’s, the town’s profitable small department store, especially around the Christmas holidays. Kathryn met this muscular hunk while taking a refresher judo course in self defense.
She becomes drawn into a chilling web of deceit when a semi driver from Petersburg, a town on the other side of the mountain from Davis, vanishes from a parking lot near a local bar. The sheriff of that town emails Kathryn a picture of the missing man which she posts. The man’s car remains unlocked, exactly where he left it.
But then, a young woman in Latrobe, Pennsylvania evaporates into thin air while taking out her trash. She leaves behind her keys, her purse, and her cell phone, sitting on a kitchen table. The door to her townhouse remains ajar. Kathryn’s brother Jim is a police officer in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He is assigned to investigate the woman’s apparent nonexistence.
Oddly enough, although brother and sister begin separate investigations in two distant geographic locations, they uncover a suspicious thread that links the disappearances. Working together, they uncover others who have vaporized. One is a tough mechanic who walked out behind the dealership garage in Morgantown for a smoke break and never returned. He was an expert transmission repairman.
The other is a mysterious foreigner who roomed above an antique store just across the Blackwater River running along Kathryn’s own town of Davis. This puzzling man was last seen walking around to his rear door entrance. So quickly did he vanish that his keys were still inserted in the keyed deadbolt to his lopsided second floor sanctuary. He left behind a sleek, expensive sports car and opened letters addressed to another person.
Are these missing people alive or dead? In either case, where have they gone?-and why? What is the link that ties their fates together? Demons of Justice is a thrilling but unnerving tale that will force readers to rethink their own understanding of morality and religion, just as the actions of these townsfolk dazed and unnerved Sheriff Kathryn, her boyfriend, and her sleuth hound brother.
Demons of Justice will be released in March of 2011.