Title: THE SHIFTING DARKNESS
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
She smelled it before she saw it. Like always, the stink of the crime scene crept ahead of the gory view itself and Sidney Lake knew this one was bad. The meaty smell of torn flesh, the copper scent of blood, mixed with the tinge of electricity buzzing from the third rail of the subway tracks below, the putrid smell of an opened bowel swirled with the filth of scavenging rats. It all made Sidney very glad she hadn’t had time for breakfast when she’d gotten the call.
“Sorry about the late hour, Sidney,” Dr. Tom Fellows said.
New York City’s Medical Examiner lifted the yellow tape marking off the crime scene and Sidney ducked under.
“It’s not late anymore. It’s early,” Sidney said, and gave him a half smile to let him know she didn’t mind. Tom would have made a good linebacker thirty years ago, if he’d been taller. Instead, he’d chosen the lab over sports. Now his shoulders had a curve to them that never seemed to go away. A result of decades of being hunched over a table dissecting human cadavers.
She never saw Tom so happy as when he’d discovered something incredible in the lab, something no one else had seen before, which happened often in their line of work.
“Been down here too long.” The medical examiner removed his glasses and rubbed his eyes. Despite his tiredness, he was radiating that energy he always got when there was something big going on.
“What have you got?” Sidney asked.