Excerpt from The Crowning Circle by J.R. Lankford, plus links to reviews, author biography & more

Summary |  Excerpt |  Reading Guide |  Reviews |  Readalikes |  Genres & Themes |  Author Bio

The Crowning Circle

A Mystery Thriller

by J.R. Lankford

The Crowning Circle
  • Critics' Opinion:

    Readers' Opinion:

  • Paperback:
    Feb 2001, 385 pages

  • Rate this book


Buy This Book

About this Book

Print Excerpt


"Bluesuits had to shoot him in self-defense, Doc."

"Self-defense?"

Rogers sighed. "Listen, I'm only telling you what the report says."

Skeet roused himself, laughing. "Rogers, I'm telling you, you've got it wrong. It can't be that kid, must be some other one."

"It's him, all right," Rogers said and shook his head.

"Come off it!" Irritated, Skeet approached the door. "Where is he? Let me see for myself."

"Aw, you don't want to see this one, Doc. Kid just came in but we've already done him. You know -- the police involvement."

Skeet heard the low trill of his beeper and ignored it. "I said where is he?"

"Come down to the other end, where they're not working."

Skeet followed as Rogers backed through the doors and walked across the room, his rubber-heeled morgue shoes squeaking on the tiles. He didn't try to imagine what he might see, because Rogers was wrong. Just wrong. Only yesterday, Skeet had stopped at the east side's Frederick Douglas Park to toss a baseball with Randy. He'd shown Skeet his report card, more A's than anything else. How, today, could he be laid out on a slab? It couldn't be Randy -- his sister a crackhead, his parents dead. No cop would have shot him when Randy had tried over and over to help them. He'd already seen his cousin killed last year. Cops weren't supposed to use kids as informants. Still, some slipped him money out of their own pockets for school clothes or for food, just because he was such a great kid. In the year since they'd met at the Youth Center, Skeet had helped him many times. Particularly in the last two weeks, Skeet had given Randy Wilkins the kind of care and attention many east side kids never got. In the past two weeks, Skeet decided Randy would be his son. He'd been trying to tell Shirley just now. Tomorrow he'd tell her the rest. Skeet would have known, would have felt it if Randy died. It couldn't be him.

Rogers grabbed hold of a cart with a pitifully small lump under an ice-white sheet. He wheeled it into an anteroom, uncovered the small body a few inches, and stepped aside so Skeet could get close enough to see.

Copyright © J. R. Lankford February 2, 2001, Xlibris Corporation used by permission. All rights reserved. For permission to reproduce this excerpt, please visit www.NovelDoc.com/Lankford.

Membership Advantages
  • Reviews
  • "Beyond the Book" backstories
  • Free books to read and review (US only)
  • Find books by time period, setting & theme
  • Read-alike suggestions by book and author
  • Book club discussions
  • and much more!
  • Just $10 for 3 months or $35 for a year
  • More about membership!
Member Benefits

Join Now!

Check the advantages!
Just $10 for 3 months or $35 for a year

    •  
    • FREE
    • MEMBER
    • Range of media reviews for each book
    • Excerpts of all featured books
    • Author bios, interviews and pronunciations
    • Browse by genre
    • Book club discussions
    • Book club advice and reading guides
    • BookBrowse reviews and "beyond the book" back-stories
    •  
    • Reviews of notable books ahead of publication
    •  
    • Free books to read and review (US Only)
    •  
    • Browse for the best books by time period, setting & theme
    •  
    • Read-alike suggestions for thousands of books and authors
    •  
    • 'My Reading List" to keep track of your books
    •  

Editor's Choice

  • Book Jacket: The Romanovs
    The Romanovs
    by Simon Sebag Montefiore
    The Romanovs chronicles the reigns of the 20 individuals who were considered members of that dynasty...
  • Book Jacket: Barkskins
    Barkskins
    by Annie Proulx
    Barkskins, by Annie Proulx, is not a book to read quickly. After a month of slow reading, I ...
  • Book Jacket
    The Marriage of Opposites
    by Alice Hoffman
    Alice Hoffman's latest work, The Marriage of Opposites, is a historical fiction novel focusing on ...

First Impressions

  • Book Jacket

    The Imperial Wife
    by Irina Reyn

    A smart, engaging novel that parallels two fascinating worlds and two singular women.

    Read Member Reviews

  • Book Jacket

    Miss Jane
    by Brad Watson

    "Starred Review. Sensitive, beautifully precise prose. Highly recommended." - PW

    Read Member Reviews

Members review books pre-publication. Read their opinions in First Impressions

Book Discussions
Book Jacket
Girl Waits with Gun
by Amy Stewart

An enthralling novel based on the forgotten true adventures of one of the nation's first female deputy sheriffs.

About the book
Join the discussion!
Summer Stunner
Summer Giveaway

Win 5 books, each week in July!

Enter

Word Play

Solve this clue:

W M T N, W C F All

and be entered to win..

Books that     
entertain,
     engage

 & enlighten

Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only.

Join Today!

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends books that we believe to be best in class. Books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, that will expand your mind and challenge you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.

 
X

BookBrowse Summer Giveaway

We're giving away
5 books every
week in July!