Remember the Dead
Series: A LT. Jack Daniels/Jillian Varela Mystery
(A loosely tied together series. But any of the stories can be read as a standalone.)
Author: H.L. LeRoy
Publisher: Kindle Worlds
Release Date: Mar 2, 2015
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook
In the world of serial killer hunters, Lieutenant Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels is a legend and well known in every cop shop in America. But when one gruesomely posed body after another are discovered in the middle of Chicago, ambitious politicians and an aggressive press are threatening to derail Jack’s investigation.
And with her partner Herb on an extended second honeymoon in Mexico, it doesn’t look like help is on the horizon.
Then a friend from California, P.I. Jillian Varela, shows up on a job that parallels Jack’s case. Together they pursue the killer into a nightmare world of obsession, torture, and murder where no one may survive.
A dark follow up to the first Jack Daniels/Jillian Varela mystery, ONE EIGHT SEVEN.
Ashley looked in the mirror while she brushed on the finishing touches of her smoky night face. Cat eyes and high gloss nude lips. She worked a small round brush and a hair dryer through her blue streaked pixie cut. With a pair of nail scissors, she snipped away a straggle dangling on her forehead. Blowing on her black-painted nails, she spent a minute or two deciding on glitter or rhinestones for the tips.
Drenched in a fragrance that smelled like sex, she tugged on an expensive pair of tight-ass jeans and buttoned her silver see-through top. Stepping into a pair of red spikes, she turned in front of the mirror.
She slipped on a fur lined bomber jacket and looked out the window. The cab was already waiting. The ride to Chicago from Lake Forest was going to be expensive, but she didn’t care. Daddy was going to pay for it whether he knew it or not.
“Pink Paradise, but I need to stop first.” She gave him an address in Uptown.
“Your funeral,” the cabby said.
He dropped her on the corner and waited.
The wind had started whipping across the lake, specks of ice picking at her face. Going to snow, she thought. Fortunately, it didn’t take her long to find the same sketchy asshole she’d dealt with before. She bought an eight and rubbed a little on her gums, as she hurried back to the cab.
The cab hissed through the Chicago streets to West Addison where the Pink Paradise sat, gaudy and loud. A wet snow had come, still thin, it spattered the windshield. Puddles in the road reflected the blues, pinks, and purples of neon lights and oil sheen. Slush drizzled off the awning edges, sheeting into the gutter.
She paid the cover, slipped past the crowd, heading straight to the lady’s room where she did a couple of lines on the toilet tank lid.
A little more on her gums, and she took another look in the mirror.
I hope he’s here.
The dance floor writhed with bodies, the rave in full swing. While a shirtless, tatted up DJ worked a constant, steady assault of nosebleed techno, Ashley wove into the crowd.
After an hour, she broke away and headed back to the bathroom for a recharge. On the way out, she felt a light touch on the back of her neck. Turning, she slipped her arms around the man standing there, lights playing across his face.
“Told you I would.” He slipped a blue pill between her lips. “A little helper.”
They danced for a long time, finally taking a moment to grab a beer.
He slipped another pill in her mouth. “Let’s leave.”
Ashley swallowed. “I’m not ready.”
He frowned and reached for her arm.
Remember The Dead gave me what I have come to expect from H.L. LeRoy's books. A huge story packed into a small package! Not only is this short story a fast read, it is also enthralling, humorous and so engrossing. I didn't want to put it down. Jillian and Jack are my new favorite duo. I can't wait to have more of these two ladies. When I add in Jack's crazy ex partner, her current kookie partner and her hard nosed captain, plus all the new characters I meet in each book, there is no end to the crazy fun these two are in for. Harry kills me with his off the wall schemes and the fact Jack lets him get away with so much without literally taking his head off. Each book is a standalone so I don't have to worry about reading order. The mystery is thrilling and often I enjoy letting it unfold so much I don't even try to solve it.
All these crazy characters just work. Plain and simple. They flow together and are the perfect choices for each other to play off of. They make each scene and book better. The dialogue is fantastic and the the descriptive writing is such that I didn't need extra details. I had everything I needed. I am constantly in awe at how much Mr. LeRoy can put in to his short stories. They always seem longer yet I read them so fast! I always highly recommend his books because they are pure entertainment, whether you want humor, thriller, or a good mystery he has you covered.
H. L. (Holly) LeRoy is an award winning, American short story writer and novelist. Born in San Jose, California, LeRoy currently resides in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with his family.
When J. A. Konrath approached me with the opportunity to write in Lieutenant Jack Daniels’ world, I jumped at the chance. Since my other works are in the mystery/thriller/action/adventure genres and tell the stories of strong female protagonists confronting impossible situations, I knew it was a perfect fit.
Amazon Publishing has secured licenses from Warner Bros. Television Group's Alloy Entertainment for Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and The Vampire Diaries; Valiant Entertainment for Archer & Armstrong, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, and X-O Manowar; J. A. Konrath's Jack Daniels series, Hugh Howey's Silo Saga; Barry Eisler's John Rain novels; Blake Crouch's Wayward Pines series; and The Foreworld Saga by Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, Eric Bear, Joseph Brassey, Nicole Galland, and Cooper Moo. Licenses for more Worlds are on the way.
Characters with real life inspiration, good thing, bad thing, or expected?
In fiction, I don't think it's a very good idea (biographies or histories, of course, are a different matter). I've tried to create characters based on real life people, but I wound up making my story fit the character and that just doesn't work for me.
In my case, it's usually form fits function that makes a character come to life on the page.
How did I come up with Jillian Varela, my protagonist in five stories including, Remember the Dead?
It began with a germ of an idea about a cold case, child murder that the police couldn't solve.
First, I created a character checklist (Google 'character checklists' and you'll find dozens of examples) for the killer that started with story or plot requirements. What did I want to achieve with this character? Why, for example, was he able to elude the police?
Then I started a second checklist for what kind of a heroine would it take to solve the crime. What skills and personality traits would enable her to succeed where the police couldn't?
She's a private investigator, but Jillian's also Cuban-American, a former Marine and police officer, and competes in MMA for fun. Her dad was an amateur heavyweight boxer in Cuba and her mom competed in track and field.
Then you find out that she started her own business, supports her younger sister, and takes pro bono work for an organization called Crimes Against Children (CAC).
None of the characteristics listed above are pure seasoning. They all contribute to a tough, dedicated, and tenacious private investigator willing to help the mother of a murdered child.
Other details of Jillian's background (love life, what she drives, exact height and weight, hobbies, etc.) came organically during the writing of the stories.
This is the method that works for me. Now maybe if I knew more interesting people . . .
Harlan Coban's thrillers feature Myron Bolitar a sports agent-cum-private investigator. Any body type could play that role. Except Myron is also a former basketball player so his former life dictates his body type.
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Other Works by H.L. LeRoy
(A LT. Jack Daniels/Jillian Varela Mystery)
One Eight Seven (1)
Can Be Read As a Stand Alone
Can Be Read As a Stand Alone
Pooled Blood (3)
Can Be Read As a Stand Alone
The Fountain of the Earth Series
Sudden End (Prequel)
The Fountain of the Earth (Book 1)
Heralds of Juno (Book 2) Coming 2015
Hollow Point (Coming Soon)
Malibu Blues (Coming Soon)