by Stan Schatt
Silent Partner is a paranormal mystery, a police procedure novel with a female detective that will remind you of Harry Bosch, a ghost story that suggests what lies beyond death, and a comic look at a tabloid where the “truth” is whatever sells.
“Duh. Of course I am, but I’m also the one who tripped you. Give me some credit for that. I think it’s like a hundred years of bad karma if you
let the person you’re protecting get killed.”
“You’re protecting me? How come you didn’t keep me from being shot?”
“Give me a break. I told you that I’m new to this. The bullet only nicked your butt; so don’t make a federal case out of it. If I hadn’t tripped you,
you’d be paralyzed. You should be grateful to me.”
Josh felt a cold shiver run up his spine.
“Then you’re dead?”
“We don’t refer to it that way. We like to say that we’ve moved to another plane.”
“How come I can see you?”
Andy smiled thinly.
“You Harrells have a gift. Everyone has a guardian angel, but only certain people can see us. It’s easier in a way for us if you can’t see us.”
“You’ll keep anything bad from happening to me?”
“There’s such a thing as free will, my dear. I can only help you so much.
If it’s your time, then it’s lights out. Now that you’re thirty, things are going to get a lot harder.”
“What do you mean?”
Josh had a sinking feeling in his stomach, and it wasn’t the alcohol.
“A lot of things are going to change for you now. As I said, you Harrells are gifted, although some of your relatives thought of it as a curse.”
“I don’t believe this. You mean my father really did see someone? He wasn’t crazy?”
“Of course he saw someone. I hope you don’t throw your full glass of whiskey at me the way he threw his at his guardian.”
“How could you possibly know that?”
“You’re asking too many questions. Just take my word that everything’s relative, including time.”
“What do you want?”
Stan Schatt grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and now resides in Carlsbad, California. He has written thirty-five books on a wide variety of subjects ranging from fiction to technology. He is co-author of Journey to a Different Dimension, an Amazon bestseller. He also authored Egypt Rising, a YA novel focusing on a teen’s experience in Egypt at the time of the Egyptian revolution of 2011. This novel contains paranormal elements including a secret buried under the Sphinx. The paranormal mystery Silent Partner is Schatt’s latest novel.
He has led several careers including futurist and executive for many of the world’s leading technology market research firms, police department administrator, autopsy assistant, software trainer, Telecommunications Department Chairman, and English professor. He taught at Tokyo University as a Fulbright exchange professor. His non-fiction includes books on such diverse topics as strategies for changing careers for a green industry job, studies of Michael Connelly and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., network and data communications technology, telecommunications, computer programming.
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