Author Kevin R. Doyle: The Litter

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They kept to the shadows so no one would know they existed, and preyed on the nameless who no one would miss. Where did they come from, and who was protecting them? In a city that had seen every kind of savagery, they were something new, something more than murderous. And one woman, who had thought she had lost everything there was to lose in life, would soon find that nothing could possibly prepare her for what would come when she entered their world.









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The youngster nodded, looking somewhat relieved, though it was clear that he wouldn’t be sleeping well for a few nights.

“Do you think . . .” This one seemed to have a real issue with finishing sentences. “Do you think I’ll be called to testify?”

“Testify?”

“Yes, sir. If you catch the guy who . . .”

“I think you’ve missed something here, son. That old fellow wasn’t murdered.”

“He wasn’t? But what about all the . . .”

“Relax, kid. He obviously ran afoul of a wild dog who tore into him.”

Tony looked at them for a second, a panoply of emotions crossing that young face, disbelief first and foremost.

“Are you sure about that, sir? I mean, I grew up on a farm, and I’ve never seen any dog attack that looked like that.”

Gleason’s partner reached over and patted the kid on the shoulder.

“Don’t worry about it, son. We don’t get them often, but every now and then a stray animal makes its way in and does a number like this.”

“No, sir. I don’t think you followed me. I used to hunt all the time back home. And what I mean is I’ve never seen a single dog, or even a coyote, attack that looked that way.”

“Come again?”

The kid took a breath, obviously feeling a bit more sure of himself.

“What I meant was, whatever animal attacked that old man, it wasn’t only one. I’d lay money he was attacked by a pack.”

About the Author:

A high-school teacher, former college instructor, and fiction writer, Kevin R. Doyle is the author of numerous short horror stories. He’s also written three crime thrillers, The Group, When You Have to Go There, and And the Devil Walks Away, and one horror novel, The Litter. In the last few years, he’s begun working on the Sam Quinton private eye series, published by Camel Press. The first Quinton book, Squatter’s Rights, was nominated for the 2021 Shamus award for Best First PI Novel. The second book, Heel Turn, was released in March of 2021, while the third in the series, Double Frame, came out in March of 2022.

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5 thoughts on “Author Kevin R. Doyle: The Litter”

  1. It’s a pleasure to have you here Kevin! I love the cover – ominous and chilling!

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