The Crooked City by Ryan Whitwam – Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway


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Jonah doesn’t want to run–he has to. There’s only so much pain one man can cause before he needs to start over. Unstuck from his tainted past, he craves the anonymity he can only achieve by vanishing like a specter in the night.

Before his new life is even underway, a chance encounter leaves him in possession of a curious object–something the mysterious Keepers of The Oracle will kill to obtain, but there’s more to the Keepers than Jonah could possibly imagine. They have the ability to do much worse than kill, and now he’s in their sights.

The Keepers wield power unlike anything Jonah has ever seen, and they’re closing in fast. He’s placed a new group of innocents in danger this time, and he can’t run away again.

Enjoy an exclusive excerpt:

Kat, or rather the thing wearing Kat’s body sighed and took a seat at the small table near the door.

“You know I was an actor before I fell in with the Keepers? And I was fucking good; I am good. People fall for it all the time. People who have known someone for years believe it. I thought for sure I could do this the easy way.”

“Is she dead? Or is she still in there?”

“She’s still here. Just indisposed at the moment.” The words were coming in Kat’s breathy voice that usually sent little shivers of pleasure up his spine. Now he felt only revulsion.

“Let her go then. I’ll give you the Shard.”

“I could do, but I don’t think I will,” Kat’s voice shot back. “You give me what I want first, then we all walk away happy.”

“No.” He rushed up to Kat’s body and grasped it by the shoulders. He pulled Gordon up, shaking him as he spoke. His fingers dug into Kat’s flesh as if he could drive Gordon from her. “Leave her alone!” Kat’s face transformed into a smile—different than the smile he’d grown accustomed to. This one had a maliciousness to it.

“Jonah,” Gordon said in Kat’s voice as he brushed his hands aside. He sat back down and gingerly crossed Kat’s legs. “Think of how this will look when I yell for help. Young innocent English girl, bruises all over her. A fuming American who’s been involved in some shady dealings ever since his arrival in London. I could easily say you hit Kat. Maybe you raped her, too. You’ve fucked her by now, right? I’ll play it by ear, but I’m sure it will play great in the press. What can you tell them? Hmm? Some bad guy has possessed your girlfriend’s body?” Gordon let out a tittering, high-pitched laugh.

Jonah’s stomach lurched. “I can’t give you the Shard.”

“Fair enough,” Gordon said. “You’re dealing with me, not Spring. I understand if you need a little motivator this time. It just so happens I have one.” Kat’s body hopped up from the chair and the arms flung wide. “This is all the motivation you’ll need.”

Gordon reached into the back pocket of Kat’s jeans and removed a small pocket knife. He turned it over in her delicate hands admiringly for a moment, then flipped it open with practiced efficiency. Gordon tilted it until it reflected the sunlight from the window into Jonah’s eyes.

“See,” Gordon said at last. “There’s this interesting thing about being in someone else’s body. You can feel everything, but it’s not like you feel it for yourself. Pain is very real, but you know it isn’t happening to you. It’s like being on Angel Dust. Like you experience it from very far away.”

Gordon raised Kat’s left hand to head height, and spread the fingers wide. The blade cut deeply into the skin of the index finger between the first and second knuckle. It circled the digit completely in one smooth motion as ruby-red blood poured out of the wound just behind the knife. Kat’s voice hummed a cheerful tune as Gordon sliced. He pulled the knife back and looked to Jonah for a fraction of a second.

About the Author:

Ryan lives in Minnesota with his wife and dogs. He writes words like the ones in this book, as well as some very different words on the internet about technology and science. He likes smartphones, sci-fi, and people who read his book. He’s not very good at describing himself.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. A must winter read, when I hibernate from the cold all winter.

  3. Most embarrassing moment from your middle school years?

  4. The Crooked City sounds like an intriguing read. ‘The Keepers’ sound quite mysterious. I think this would make a good TV series!

  5. Becky Richardson says:

    What books do you like to read?

  6. kim amundsen says:

    Interesting read.

  7. I liked the excerpt.

  8. Eva Millien says:

    Enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a great read, thanks for sharing!

  9. I enjoyed reading the excerpt, thank you!

  10. Great post, thanks for sharing your excerpt!

  11. Excerpt at the end at a chilling yet fascinating quality.

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