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Circle of Death
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Circle of Death
Damask Circle Series, Book 2
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PASSION REBORN

In one vicious night, Kirby Brown's world is torn apart. Her best friend is dead, killed by a madman who is now after Kirby, and she has no idea why. When the police prove incapable of protecting Kirby, she has no choice but to trust a mysterious stranger. And while she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him, she fears the strange abilities he wields.

An investigator for the Damask Circle, Doyle Fitzgerald, has come to Melbourne, Australia, to hunt down a killer. What he doesn't expect to find is a cadre of witches capable of controlling the elements, a sorceress determined to take that power for herself, and a broken woman who is more than she seems. Doyle is certain that the reason behind the bloodshed lies in Kirby's past--a past she has no wish to remember. Because Doyle isn't the only one with magic in his soul: Kirby's special gifts have the strength to destroy the world.

PASSION REBORN

In one vicious night, Kirby Brown's world is torn apart. Her best friend is dead, killed by a madman who is now after Kirby, and she has no idea why. When the police prove incapable of protecting Kirby, she has no choice but to trust a mysterious stranger. And while she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him, she fears the strange abilities he wields.

An investigator for the Damask Circle, Doyle Fitzgerald, has come to Melbourne, Australia, to hunt down a killer. What he doesn't expect to find is a cadre of witches capable of controlling the elements, a sorceress determined to take that power for herself, and a broken woman who is more than she seems. Doyle is certain that the reason behind the bloodshed lies in Kirby's past--a past she has no wish to remember. Because Doyle isn't the only one with magic in his soul: Kirby's special gifts have the strength to destroy the world.

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  • Chapter One

    Australia, Present Day

    Death had come calling on a windblown, wintry evening. It smashed past the dead bolts lining the front door and grabbed the living with unparalleled glee, sucking the life from them until there was nothing left but husks. Then it tore the remains apart, as if determined to erase any evidence of humanity.

    Kirby hadn't been home at the time--­but her best friend had been.

    Kirby stood on the edge of the porch, in the wind and the rain, and felt nothing. No pain. No anger. Not even the chill from the wild storm that had shattered the warm Australian summer.

    It was as if part of her sat in a vacuum, waiting . . . but for what, she wasn't sure.

    "Miss Brown? Did you hear my question?"

    The voice held an edge of impatience. She turned, vaguely recognizing the red-­haired police officer who stood before her. "Sorry. My mind was elsewhere."

    On walking into the kitchen and seeing the blood spattered like paint across the walls. Or the dismembered parts of Helen and Ross, strewn like forgotten toys throughout the house.

    She swallowed heavily, then crossed her arms and licked the rain from her lips. It tasted salty, like tears.

    "I asked why you were late coming home tonight." His blue eyes studied her closely. Not with suspicion, not exactly. He was just a cop being a cop, asking questions.

    "There was an accident on the West Gate Bridge. It held up traffic for hours. I was supposed to have been home by six."

    If she'd been on time, death would have caught her, too. But fate had stepped in and saved her life. She wondered why.

    "What time did you get home, then?"

    "Eight thirty. I stopped at the KFC down the road and got something to eat." It had been her turn to cook, but because of the late hour, she'd decided to wimp out and just grab takeout for everyone. The chicken still sat in its box, just inside the door where she'd dropped it. She wondered if she'd ever be able to eat KFC again. "I called in the murder not long after that."

    But the constable knew all that. He'd been there earlier, taking notes, when the other detectives had questioned her. She wondered what it was he didn't believe.

    He checked his notes. "And you saw nothing, heard nothing, as you walked up to the house?"

    She shook her head. "Everything was dark. I didn't even notice the door was open until I got close."

    He raised an eyebrow. "And you didn't find that unusual?"

    In all honesty, she hadn't. She'd merely grinned, think­ing that perhaps Helen and Ross had been too involved with each other to worry about mundane things like locking the front door. "Helen had only known Ross for a week. They were still at the 'fucking like rabbits' stage, I'm afraid."

    She wasn't entirely sure why she'd said that. She wasn't usually the swearing type. Maybe it was simply the need to shock the half-­smug smile from the young officer's lips.

    A faint hint of red crept across his cheeks and he cleared his throat softly. "Yes, well, that would no doubt explain why the victims had no clothes on."

    "No doubt," she mimicked, voice remote.

    She stared past the emergency vehicles' swirling red and blue lights, a cold sense of dread enveloping her. She rubbed her arms and wished she had a whisky or a scotch. Even a beer would do. Something--­anything--­ to drown the knowledge that death stood out there, watching and waiting.

    "Do you have anyplace to go, Miss Brown?"

    Her gaze jumped back to the police officer. "Go?"

    He nodded. "You can't stay here. It's a crime scene."

    "Oh." She hadn't thought of that. Hadn't thought of anything,...

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  • Keri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson Guardian series, has now written more than twenty-five books. She's received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards and recently won RT's Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. She lives with her daughter in Melbourne, Australia.

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