Nightrage is a mystery novel with several plot threads running through it. Kimberly, a nationally famous detective who brought down a white supremacy group five years ago, now must find a kidnapped girl and a missing dog. She works to maintain her marriage while continuing with a dangerous investigation.
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Roger save her in time? Find out!
Nightrage is a full-length mystery novel, with several plot threads running through it -- for example, the note that says, "It is time." The story opens with a brutal attack on two teenagers parked in a lover's lane late at night. The girl's uncle calls his friend, the heroine (Kimberly), in the wee hours. His call wakens her and her husband (Jerry). Kimberly, a nationally famous detective, agrees to help. While Kimberly is on the phone, you subtly see the love between Kimberly and Jerry. For example: Jerry came back in the room, and handed Kimberly a glass of water. She stroked his chest with the back of her hand before taking the glass. She sipped from it while she listened to Pete.
We go to another scene: a discussion between the abductors, one of whom is "The Knight": The Knight stretched his arm and examined his cut sleeve. "That little sinner put up quite a fight." The ensuing conversation reveals a mind so twisted, even one of the abductors reacts in fear: Gary finished packing his things. He walked out of the room without further word. The next day, he gave notice at work and put his house up for sale."
Who is our heroine? Five years ago, Kimberly Martin brought a white supremacy group to its knees and foiled their plot to assassinate black presidential candidate Corey Powers. In the process, she won the contest for her lover’s heart -- against her own sister. Shortly thereafter, she started Martin and Santana, a detective agency.
Kimberly’s husband, Jerry Santana, is a management consultant (he’s also a martial artist, body-builder, gun collector, and computer whiz). Jerry helped Kimberly start her business, with the understanding she would never again do the dangerous work she did when she took on the white supremacists. Her agency, now with a large staff of detectives, has cachet with the local police. Most of their cases involve insurance investigations and other non-criminal work. Occasionally a project crosses the line, and an employee works the case. Since the agency started, Kimberly’s played it safe. Until now.
Kimberly personally takes the kidnapping case, and in the process puts her marriage on the line. As the investigation continues, however, that is the least of her concerns.
Kimberly’s first employee, Roger, is a physically attractive gay man in his early 40’s. He’s a frequent guest in the Martin-Santana home, and in fact, occasionally stays there in a room set aside for him. Life gets ugly when Roger comes home to find his lover’s mutilated and bloody corpse. Things escalate from there, and Kimberly eventually finds herself a target of a cult leader’s wrath.
While Kimberly is embroiled in a fight to save all she’s worked for, including her marriage to a man she adores, an eight-year-old boy asks her to find his missing dog. His life is pathetic, and Kimberly is moved. Despite the urgency of the kidnapping case, Kimberly becomes increasingly involved in this little boy's life. She does find his dog, by using the talents of a dog she babysits.
Kimberly and Jerry have been playing secret games to gain the dog's affection, each to impress the other. Here's an excerpt:
Roger said, "I’m just taking today off. When are you coming back? Tonight?"
"Yeah, tonight. Listen, do me a favor. Kimberly is borrowing Vicious today..."
Jerry laughed and said, "Luigie’s horse that poses as a dog."
Roger said, "Oh, Precious."
"The dog is partial to oysters."
"That’s right, oysters. Now look, Kimberly gets really horny when she sees how much the dog worships me. And as you know, I like her horny. As much as possible."
"I’m not sure I follow."
"There is a green bowl I keep wrapped in plastic. I rub my hands all over it before Vicious visits. I also tape some of my hair clippings to the underside. Then I feed her one of her favorites. The dog...."
Roger sounded slightly irritated. "I get it, I get it. Alright, I’ll take care of it."
"You’re a good man, Roj. We’re boarding now. Gotta run."
Roger hung up the phone, and began rummaging through the cupboards. He was amazed that, in a home where both partners and a frequent guest cooked often, things got put back in the same place. He easily found what he was looking for. "OK, let’s see. Green bowl, oysters. Blue dish, the little ravioli’s and a spray from Kim’s beige perfume bottle around the edges."
The phone rang, and Roger answered it. "It’s me, Jerry again. I left a rawhide next to the recliner in the den. Don’t touch it too much. It’s got my scent all over it. I meant to tell you about it earlier, but...."
"I’ll take care of it."
"Thanks, Roj, you’re a peach."
Roger hung up the phone. "Let’s see, Jerry’s rawhide by the recliner, and Kim’s chew toy next to the window sill in the weight room. Don’t touch. Geez, if these two ever had a kid, I can only imagine."
Kimberly does find the boy's missing dog, deep in the woods adjacent to the boy's trailer. The dog had chased and treed a man later identified by police as MacGruder, a known sex offender. The boy's mother recognizes him as the man who had harassed her at the diner where she worked.
The battle with MacGruder is brief, but it paves the way to disturbing revelations that shed light on the case of the missing girl. In fact, those revelations shed light on several recent events that that speak of a consuming rage. A Knight rage.
The Knight -- the self-appointed prophet of God (and judge/executioner) who kidnapped the niece -- realizes the connection between Kimberly and the boy. So he kidnaps him in an attempt to neutralize Kimberly as she continues to close in on him. Kimberly enlists the help of the boy's dog to locate him, and Kimberly conducts a stealthy rescue.
Later, when the Knight finds out Kimberly is the one who injured the evil MacGruder to the point the man was immobilized in the hospital, he begins to question his idea that Kimberly is the Beast Woman. Very near the end, the Knight rescues Kimberly from extreme danger, only to suffer death at the hands of his own group's leader.
The book closes with a banquet, at which Kimberly steps down as president of Martina and Santana, offering the job to Roger. Roger makes an offer, too:
When he said that, Rhonda rose from her chair. People turned to look at her. Then Roger said, "It is time. Rhonda, will you marry me?"