Looks That Deceive
Braxton DeGarmo, author
The press calls “him” the L.A. Rapist, a misnomer in all ways for this serial assailant whose attacks on legal assistants leaves them in a vegetative state. Now, the deaths of two prominent medical malpractice attorneys have put authorities in an uproar and detective Lynch Cully is under extreme pressure to find the perpetrators. Or should that be singular? Has the L.A. Rapist upped “his” game? Amy Gibbs, RN, is a newly recruited med-evac flight nurse who left the E.D. and its stress behind, along with memories of a certain detective who “dumped” her. On one fateful call, she hears the deathbed confession of a man who police are seeking as a person of interest, perhaps the killer’s accomplice. Within hours, the lives of Amy Gibbs and detective Lynch Cully again intertwine in a story that unravels a web of identity theft, electronic eavesdropping, and stalking amid a confusion of identities. ---------- Do you know whom you’re chatting with on-line? Truly? Is that chat room secure? We all trust that our software won’t crash, but what if what you downloaded opened up your entire computer to the whims of a hacker? Or worse, a psychopath. Sgt. Lynch Cully is on the trail of such a person and he doesn’t need the distraction of an ex-girlfriend he regrets having left behind. A fatal arson involving a prominent medical malpractice attorney brings in the St. Louis Major Case Squad (MCS). This is the second attorney killed within a few weeks. Detective Lynch Cully, who has been assigned to the MCS as he investigates a serial assailant whose attacks on young, brunette legal assistants leaves them in a vegetative state, doesn’t see a link, at first. Yet, when the “L.A. Rapist,” as the press has dubbed this assailant, claims another victim, he might have left a clue. A small piece of computer code is discovered on the victim’s home computer that might be the link that ties connects the cases, and soon, other clues begin to fall together. Lynch, who has a gift for seeing patterns no one else sees, discovers the assailant’s “map” for selecting targets. Together with his partners, they set out to stop the perp. The only way to do so, is to bait a trap. But who gets snared? Amy Gibbs, RN, first met Lynch Cully when she worked the E.D. in a major trauma center, but when the relationship turned serious, Lynch suddenly jumped ship, without explanation. The E.D. holds too many memories, and too many opportunities for running into Lynch, so Amy combines her two passions – flying and medicine – and joins a local med-evac air service, MedAir, as a flight nurse. However, she didn’t fly far enough away to avoid the inevitable, a case that brings her back to Lynch, into the middle of his case, and into the clutches of the brilliant psychopath behind these grisly crimes. “Looks that Deceive” is a secular thriller that begins my MedAir Series. (Of note, from a Christian perspective, it also begins a character arc that leads to Lynch Cully’s salvation in the next book.) The themes of the story evolve around the risks of technology, electronic stalking, identity theft, and more.