Karen Berg-Raftakis

"Mike immediately leaned in and began paying extra-close attention to the television. “There is a Chicago-area woman, who the police are now calling ‘a person of interest’ in the case and are taking her in for questioning.”

Two women flashed upon the screen. One was being escorted into the station by two policemen. Her face was blurred out, but you could see she had long blond hair and was wearing a gray “Murdoch Mysteries” TV show T-shirt and denim cut-offs. The other was wearing a light-blue burka that, except for her eyes and a few strands of red stray hairs sticking out, covered her from head to toe. The woman was running behind them as fast as she could screaming, “Riann, don’t you worry ‘bout these damn pigs! I swear, I’ll git you out if it’s the last thing I do!” Mike and Sandra looked at each other, mouths agape.

When the breaking news was over, Barry was the first one to comment. “Well, babycakes, it looks like your daughter’s got herself in one helluva mess!”

Excerpt from Slaughter on Sanibel Island