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One short selection from Superior Intrigue, fourth book in the Getting to Know Jack series

Festerman and Nacow were satisfied with their visit. They reasoned that Jack would not have invited them back the next day if he didn’t intend to help them—if not through personal involvement, at least with some good suggestions.

Festerman in particular liked what they had accomplished. He knew from past experience that once Jack got onboard, things happened.

“Do you remember how to get off this island?” Festerman asked his associate.

“No,” he replied as their car headed for the center of the island. “It’s a small island. … So far we’re good. I remember this road.”

“See what you can do with the GPS,” Festerman suggested.

“If we were in my car, I’d have no problem. … Let’s see …”

“No need,” Festerman interrupted. “I recognize this road—Brasser. If I turn left here, it’ll take us to “Ferry Road.”

Nacow was pleased by those words. He was having a difficult time figuring out how to use the rental car’s GPS.

Neither man spoke again until after the attendant had directed them into the front position of lane one.

“Lights off,” Nacow stated. “They want you to turn your headlights off. … Like it’s gonna make a difference.”

Festerman fiddled around with the switch until he got the headlights turned off. He did leave the engine running.

The car that had been directly behind them pulled into late two—directly even with Nacow’s door.

He glanced over as the car came to a stop. A very attractive blond smiled at him. He smiled back. As he did, a second young woman leaned forward to get a good look at him. She also flashed a flirtatious smile in his direction.

He relished the attention until he became aware that Festerman did not approve.

“This is strictly a business trip,” the older man said in a fatherly voice. “We’re not shopping.”

“I know,” Nacow replied. “But it never hurts to see what’s out there.”

“For all we know they work at Jack’s resort. … And we’ll end up running into them tomorrow. … It is, after all, a very small island.”

“I understand,” Nacow said, smiling one last time, and then laying his head back on the headrest.

He immediately fell sound asleep.

However, his rest was short lived.

“What the hell is goin’ on!” Festerman exclaimed.

The two girls in the car next to them had rolled down their windows and were shouting loudly.

“You bitch!” the young blond driver screamed loudly, as she slammed her car door, and ran around in front to get at the passenger door.

Both Festerman and Nacow watched intently.

By the time the driver reached the other side of her car, the passenger had already got out and angrily slammed her door.

The driver then grabbed the younger passenger by the hair and slapped her—not once but several times.

“You’re nothin’ but a cheap whore. … I knew you couldn’t be trusted …”

With that, the young passenger tried pushing the larger woman off, and kicked her firmly several times on the shins.

“You’re the slut!” she shouted back. “That’s right … you heard me! You might be my sister, but you’re nothin’ but a slut … you don’t deserve him! You sleep around with anybody that’ll have you. … He deserves better than you. S-L-U-T! That’s what you are … and you know it … everybody knows it. … It’s no secret …”

The passenger had managed to grab the driver’s free hand, so the driver released her grip on the passenger’s hair, and drew it back into a fist.

Seeing her chance, the passenger turned and ran toward the back of the ferry, screaming over he shoulder as she went.

Festerman and Nacow turned in their seats to watch, as did every other passenger on the ferry.

Bill, the attendant on duty, jumped between the women just as they reached the railing.

“Ladies, this has to stop … right now. Relax. Calm down. Or I’ll have to get the cops to meet us on the Soo side.”

“She picked the fight,” the passenger said to Bill, while still trying to stare down the woman who was chasing her.

“You heard what he said, bitch,” the driver retorted. “If you don’t shut up he’ll have us arrested. … Now get your ass back in the car and shut up … or you can walk back. … Can you do that? … Can you shut up?”

As the women stood and argued, a man got out of the car directly behind Festerman and Nacow and walked up to Festerman’s window. He smiled and motioned for Festerman to lower his window. Harold complied with the request.

Just as the window reached disappeared into the door, the man said, “You’re Harold Festerman. Right?”

Harold smiled and replied, “I am, but who are you?”

Nacow was still totally engrossed in the cat fight behind him, so he never turned around to see who his boss was talking to.

Pop.

Nacow was young and inexperienced. He did not recognize the sound of a suppressed .22 caliber Long Rifle. But he did notice the spray of warm red liquid that was showering him.

The shooter was anything but inexperienced.

He had aimed the pistol in such a way that the trajectory of the bullet would pierce both sides of Festerman’s brain, rendering him immediately senseless.

By aiming in a slightly downward position, he also guaranteed that the bullet would strike Nacow’s torso just in back of his left elbow, lodging in his lung.

The next round he fired so that it would pass through Nacow’s brain, and strike the stanchion between the front and rear doors.

This was obviously not his first hit.

Both men were killed instantaneously.

Because of the enormous commotion continuing between the two beautiful blonds at the rear of the ferry, no one noticed the killer opening the driver’s door, and lifting Festerman’s body over the back of the seat.

The killer then got in the car and shut the door. Scrutinizing Nacow’s body, which was slouched in a restful position with head tilted backward as though sleeping, he casually reached over and closed the dead man’s eyes.

The women, who were both periodically glancing toward the front of the ferry, when they observed the brake lights on the car parked beside theirs flash several times, suddenly stopped fighting.

“Look,” the younger blond said feigning reconciliation. “If you’re willing to drop it … for now … so am I. … Whaddya think? Shall we forget it for now? … I don’t want trouble with the law.”

With that the older and larger blond threw her arms around her rival, and hugged her. Holding hands and smiling, they then squeezed their way between parked cars toward the front of the ferry and their car. The drivers and passengers in half a dozen vehicles along the way began applauding.

Satisfied that the blood-spattered passenger window remained the only visible evidence signaling the carnage that had just taken place, the killer rolled the window down and winked at the blond driver across from him as she was getting in her car    (Chapter 3)

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 - --Mario are saying about this book: This review is from: Murder on Sugar Island: Kill or die quickly on this mysterious northern island (Getting to Know Jack) (Paperback). Move over James Patterson and David Baldacci ...Michael Carrier is the newest great suspense author!!! Murder on Sugar Island is an intense thrill ride!! Michael Carrier's character Jack Handler is a retired Chicago detective who keeps finding himself suspenseful situations....I seriously couldn't put this book down!!! Definitely a must read for those who enjoy David Baldacci, James Patterson and Michael Connelly. Being a Michigander, I loved that this book is based in the UP. When is the next Jack book coming out? –by Mario on August 19. Finally there is a new author who will challenge the likes of Michael Connelly and David Baldacci. In this latest mystery, Sugar Island (in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula) is used as a fitting backdrop to the wild action. It is a fast-paced thriller that you won’t want to put down until the final page. —Island Book. Murder on Sugar Island is a fast paced mystery full of twists and turns. If you like James Patterson, you'll enjoy Michael Carrier's second novel in the Getting to Know Jack series. This riveting thriller will keep you turning pages all the way to the shocking end. —Cascade Writer's Group. A good read. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and kept coming back to it whenever I had the free time. The characters were really good. Connelly and Baldacci should approve—by Dave on August 10, 2013. If you like James Patterson and Michael Connelly, you'll love Michael Carrier. Carrier has proven that he can hang with the best of them (seriously- we're talking Patterson and Connelly) with his newest book. It has all of the great, edge-of-your-seat action and suspense that you'd expect in a good thriller, and it kept me guessing to the very end. Fantastic read with an awesome detective duo. By KatieWhat people are saying about this book: This review is from: Murder on Sugar Island: Kill or die quickly on this mysterious northern island (Getting to Know Jack) (Paperback). Move over James Patterson and David Baldacci ...Michael Carrier is the newest great suspense author!!! Murder on Sugar Island is an intense thrill ride!! Michael Carrier's character Jack Handler is a retired Chicago detective who keeps finding himself suspenseful situations....I seriously couldn't put this book down!!! Definitely a must read for those who enjoy David Baldacci, James Patterson and Michael Connelly. Being a Michigander, I loved that this book is based in the UP. When is the next Jack book coming out? –by Mario on August 19. Finally there is a new author who will challenge the likes of Michael Connelly and David Baldacci. In this latest mystery, Sugar Island (in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula) is used as a fitting backdrop to the wild action. It is a fast-paced thriller that you won’t want to put down until the final page. —Island Book. Murder on Sugar Island is a fast paced mystery full of twists and turns. If you like James Patterson, you'll enjoy Michael Carrier's second novel in the Getting to Know Jack series. This riveting thriller will keep you turning pages all the way to the shocking end. —Cascade Writer's Group. A good read. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and kept coming back to it whenever I had the free time. The characters were really good. Connelly and Baldacci should approve—by Dave on August 10, 2013. If you like James Patterson and Michael Connelly, you'll love Michael Carrier. Carrier has proven that he can hang with the best of them (seriously- we're talking Patterson and Connelly) with his newest book. It has all of the great, edge-of-your-seat action and suspense that you'd expect in a good thriller, and it kept me guessing to the very end. Fantastic read with an awesome detective duo. By KatieWhat people are saying about this book: This review is from: Murder on Sugar Island: Kill or die quickly on this mysterious northern island (Getting to Know Jack) (Paperback). Move over James Patterson and David Baldacci ...Michael Carrier is the newest great suspense author!!! Murder on Sugar Island is an intense thrill ride!! Michael Carrier's character Jack Handler is a retired Chicago detective who keeps finding himself suspenseful situations....I seriously couldn't put this book down!!! Definitely a must read for those who enjoy David Baldacci, James Patterson and Michael Connelly. Being a Michigander, I loved that this book is based in the UP. When is the next Jack book coming out? –by Mario on August 19. Finally there is a new author who will challenge the likes of Michael Connelly and David Baldacci. In this latest mystery, Sugar Island (in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula) is used as a fitting backdrop to the wild action. It is a fast-paced thriller that you won’t want to put down until the final page. —Island Book. Murder on Sugar Island is a fast paced mystery full of twists and turns. If you like James Patterson, you'll enjoy Michael Carrier's second novel in the Getting to Know Jack series. This riveting thriller will keep you turning pages all the way to the shocking end. —Cascade Writer's Group. A good read. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and kept coming back to it whenever I had the free time. The characters were really good. Connelly and Baldacci should approve—by Dave on August 10, 2013. If you like James Patterson and Michael Connelly, you'll love Michael Carrier. Carrier has proven that he can hang with the best of them (seriously- we're talking Patterson and Connelly) with his newest book. It has all of the great, edge-of-your-seat action and suspense that you'd expect in a good thriller, and it kept me guessing to the very end. Fantastic read with an awesome detective duo. By Katie--Mario are saying about this book: This review is from: Murder on Sugar Island: Kill or die quickly on this mysterious northern island (Getting to Know Jack) (Paperback). Move over James Patterson and David Baldacci ...Michael Carrier is the newest great suspense author!!! Murder on Sugar Island is an intense thrill ride!! Michael Carrier's character Jack Handler is a retired Chicago detective who keeps finding himself suspenseful situations....I seriously couldn't put this book down!!! Definitely a must read for those who enjoy David Baldacci, James Patterson and Michael Connelly. Being a Michigander, I loved that this book is based in the UP. When is the next Jack book coming out? –by Mario on August 19. Finally there is a new author who will challenge the likes of Michael Connelly and David Baldacci. In this latest mystery, Sugar Island (in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula) is used as a fitting backdrop to the wild action. It is a fast-paced thriller that you won’t want to put down until the final page. —Island Book. Murder on Sugar Island is a fast paced mystery full of twists and turns. If you like James Patterson, you'll enjoy Michael Carrier's second novel in the Getting to Know Jack series. This riveting thriller will keep you turning pages all the way to the shocking end. —Cascade Writer's Group. A good read. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and kept coming back to it whenever I had the free time. The characters were really good. Connelly and Baldacci should approve—by Dave on August 10, 2013. If you like James Patterson and Michael Connelly, you'll love Michael Carrier. Carrier has proven that he can hang with the best of them (seriously- we're talking Patterson and Connelly) with his newest book. It has all of the great, edge-of-your-seat action and suspense that you'd expect in a good thriller, and it kept me guessing to the very end. Fantastic read with an awesome detective duo. By KatieWhat people are saying about this book: This review is from: Murder on Sugar Island: Kill or die quickly on this mysterious northern island (Getting to Know Jack) (Paperback). Move over James Patterson and David Baldacci ...Michael Carrier is the newest great suspense author!!! Murder on Sugar Island is an intense thrill ride!! Michael Carrier's character Jack Handler is a retired Chicago detective who keeps finding himself suspenseful situations....I seriously couldn't put this book down!!! Definitely a must read for those who enjoy David Baldacci, James Patterson and Michael Connelly. Being a Michigander, I loved that this book is based in the UP. When is the next Jack book coming out? –by Mario on August 19. Finally there is a new author who will challenge the likes of Michael Connelly and David Baldacci. In this latest mystery, Sugar Island (in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula) is used as a fitting backdrop to the wild action. It is a fast-paced thriller that you won’t want to put down until the final page. —Island Book. Murder on Sugar Island is a fast paced mystery full of twists and turns. If you like James Patterson, you'll enjoy Michael Carrier's second novel in the Getting to Know Jack series. This riveting thriller will keep you turning pages all the way to the shocking end. —Cascade Writer's Group. A good read. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and kept coming back to it whenever I had the free time. The characters were really good. Connelly and Baldacci should approve—by Dave on August 10, 2013. If you like James Patterson and Michael Connelly, you'll love Michael Carrier. Carrier has proven that he can hang with the best of them (seriously- we're talking Patterson and Connelly) with his newest book. It has all of the great, edge-of-your-seat action and suspense that you'd expect in a good thriller, and it kept me guessing to the very end. Fantastic read with an awesome detective duo. By KatieWhat people are saying about this book: This review is from: Murder on Sugar Island: Kill or die quickly on this mysterious northern island (Getting to Know Jack) (Paperback). Move over James Patterson and David Baldacci ...Michael Carrier is the newest great suspense author!!! Murder on Sugar Island is an intense thrill ride!! Michael Carrier's character Jack Handler is a retired Chicago detective who keeps finding himself suspenseful situations....I seriously couldn't put this book down!!! Definitely a must read for those who enjoy David Baldacci, James Patterson and Michael Connelly. Being a Michigander, I loved that this book is based in the UP. When is the next Jack book coming out? –by Mario on August 19. Finally there is a new author who will challenge the likes of Michael Connelly and David Baldacci. In this latest mystery, Sugar Island (in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula) is used as a fitting backdrop to the wild action. It is a fast-paced thriller that you won’t want to put down until the final page. —Island Book. Murder on Sugar Island is a fast paced mystery full of twists and turns. If you like James Patterson, you'll enjoy Michael Carrier's second novel in the Getting to Know Jack series. This riveting thriller will keep you turning pages all the way to the shocking end. —Cascade Writer's Group. A good read. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and kept coming back to it whenever I had the free time. The characters were really good. Connelly and Baldacci should approve—by Dave on August 10, 2013. If you like James Patterson and Michael Connelly, you'll love Michael Carrier. Carrier has proven that he can hang with the best of them (seriously- we're talking Patterson and Connelly) with his newest book. It has all of the great, edge-of-your-seat action and suspense that you'd expect in