Jacob spotted him across the promenade. The old, grainy photo Jacob held didn't do the man justice. Dressed in a finely tailored, blue pinstripe suit, Heinrick Anders was the epitome of a 1920's robber baron.
"This should be easy," Jacob thought as he watched the man hold court. Men and women seemed to breathlessly hang on Heinrick's every word and the man ate it up. As Jacob watched, Heinrick... [click here for more]
Jacob tossed the two six-sided dice onto the table. "Six," someone at the table offered. He picked up the small game piece shaped like a shovel and moved it six spaced on the tan colored board.
Jacob couldn't remember the last time he had an evening to himself. When he saw the internet post about a board game night at a local game store close to his house, he figured he'd give it a shot.... [click here for more]
The smell of diesel stung Jacob’s nostrils as the snowcat thundered along the sea of white powder. Cresting a small hill, Jacob entered the main compound of the Nevicata Arctic Research Station. The massive red pods of the station stood out like a sore thumb against the pristine white background. Jacob opened the vehicle’s door, leaned out and scanned the area with a set of binoculars.... [click here for more]
Jacob strode through the double doors of The Provincial Hotel and into the opulent lobby. The marble floors gleamed as the afternoon sun streamed through the windows surrounding the lobby. He quickly spotted the small wood paneled reception station and walked over. No one was present, so he used the small bell on the counter to announce his presence. Still, no one responded. Jacob was anxious to... [click here for more]
Jacob walked out of Blanco Drugs thankful to find a drugstore that was open late. Suddenly, his genial mood was shattered by what sounded like a window exploding a few feet away.
Looking back down the block, Jacob expected to see smoke billowing out of the small club a few doors down. Instead, he saw a man in a wooden mask rising from among the shards of glass and pieces of window framing that littered... [click here for more]
Jacob awoke to screams that seemed to come from everywhere. His brain instantly snapped to attention as he sprang from his bed. Throwing open the rickety screen door to his cabin, he stepped outside and scanned the area. Jacob smelled the blood in the air before he saw the bodies. Some campers lay in bloody, crumpled heaps while others ran screaming in terror chased by emaciated, humanoid figures.... [click here for more]
It had been a long journey out to Sterling Steed Farm and Jacob was tired. He was ready to put this case to bed and only had a few loose ends left to tie up. Pulling up to the front of the farm, Jacob peered through the large iron gate and onto the grounds beyond.
Jacob pushed the button on the small box mounted on a small black pole by the gate and waited. In the distance, a red pickup truck was... [click here for more]
Jacob watched as the SWAT team approached the front door. Next to him an older man, dressed in a rumpled black suit and a dark blue windbreaker with the letters FBI on the back in white, raised the radio and gave the command to breach. The look on the older man's face was smug and triumphant. The team of ten officers immediately complied. The lead man stepped forward and swung a heavy steel battering... [click here for more]
It felt like forever since he had simply grabbed a coke and a burger and took the time to taste it. Jacob slowly savored each bite of the bacon double cheeseburger and each sip of the ice cold soda. It helped him remember a simpler time before the blood and the screams.
He almost smiled for a moment, but that moment of tranquilty was cut short as a cream colored Volkswagon Beetle flew through the... [click here for more]