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Into the Devil’s Den – Snared by Their Own Lies
by Ellen W. Martin
GENRE: Suspense Thriller
For twenty-years Sam Steele lived with a lie gnawing at his conscience — for twenty-years his only child believed her mother was dead. Without warning his ex-wife springs from the ashes of the past and reaches out to him in his capacity as a veteran Immigration Custom Enforcement agent.
When Sam’s ex dumps a father’s living nightmare into his lap, he must choose between doing his duty as a law enforcer and jeopardizing his cherished relationship with his daughter. Circumstances beyond his control leave him no choice. Before he can seek forgiveness, TERRI ANNE disappears. Sam neglects his duties as an ICE agent and becomes obsessed in finding her. In the wake of his search he unravels a trail of murder, illegal Green Card marriages, and unveils a jihadist’s plot to launch a terror attack on American soil.
INTO THE DEVIL’S DEN – SNARED BY THEIR OWN LIES weaves a tangled tale of suspense, murder, and treachery. Each twisted circumstance is triggered by that one well-intended lie Sam Steele told his child — a lie that mushrooms into several more falsehoods and leaves multiple lives dangling by a single thread. The daunting task of facing the truth and the race against time pushes ICE agent Sam Steele’s integrity to the limit.
SAM pulled his gaze from the antique wall clock ticking away the minutes before Sylvia would arrive. He reached deep into the desk drawer and searched for the crushed, near empty cigarette package. It was still there. Sam inhaled the stale sweet tobacco, but returned the cigarettes to their hiding place. Sylvia had been the reason he had started smoking twenty years ago, and she was the reason it took fifteen to quit.
He pressed the intercom button. “Maggie, when my two o’clock arrives, tell her I’m on long distance.”
“So now you’ve added lying to my job description,” she said.
Sam released a long sigh. “I’m not in the mood for your attitude today. Just do it.”
“Who is this mystery woman anyway?”
“None of your concern,” Sam said.
“I’ll find out sooner or later.”
A dull throb nagged at his temple. “Has my daughter called?”
“No, Terri Anne hasn’t checked in.”
“If she does, interrupt me no matter what.”
“When are you going to realize she’s an adult and tired of your smothering?” Maggie asked.
Sam dropped the phone into the cradle and snatched the crumpled package once again. He shook his head. Women will be the death of me yet.
He shoved a cigarette between his lips and stared at the clock inching toward two P.M. In a few moments, Sylvia would breeze back into his life without a second thought.
Sam slammed the desk drawer shut. Dormant anger roared to the surface. Once again he stood at their bedroom door, dripping with sweat and pointing his .45 at Sylvia and her wetback lover with the sheet pulled up to his neck, eyes bulging with fear. She just lay there, propped against pillows with a smug smile on her face; her body still glistened with perspiration.
This is ridiculous, Sam thought. Sylvia had not even arrived, and she was already controlling his emotions. He yanked the cigarette out of his mouth and tossed it into the trash.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
A proud wife of a retired Air Force officer, mother of one son and grandparent of three grandchildren, Ellen, didn’t start writing until retirement years, and even then she considered writing a hobby. In 2019 she published a historical fiction, SONS OF CUBA, a two book series. INTO THE DEVILS DEN is her third publication. During the early months while COVID-19 was wreaking havoc through the nation and around the world, she took the opportunity to write another suspense thriller entitled SHATTERED LOYALTIES which she hopes will be published and released sometime in 2021.
The Martin’s call the snow-white beaches and emerald waters near Northwest Florida home.
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