INNOCENCE TAKEN

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One dead girl, another one missing, and a secret that will rip a tight-knit community apart…


When missing teen Becca Martin’s dismembered body shows up on the side of the road, Lt. Damien Kaine must crush her parent’s hopes of her safe return. Two days into the investigation, Damien has little evidence pointing to a suspect and the parents are pushing for details and answers. Things he can’t give. 


A second girl is abducted. Her dismembered body dumped on a local farmer’s land. When Damien sees the victim, her resemblance to Becca is uncanny. The similarities between the two cases is even more disturbing. 


As Damien searches for a sadistic killer, a disturbing pattern emerges. The more he digs into the community’s history, the more missing girls he finds. Some going back as far as fifteen years and their bodies have never been found. All these girls have something in common, they resemble each other. 


With the lack of evidence or movement forward on the case, a quirky FBI profiler is pulled in to assist with the investigation. Damien wrestles with disdain for the agent and an equally strong sexual attraction to her, as he deals with mounting frustrations. 


Tensions rise with the abduction of another girl. Damien and his team are in a race against time to save her. But the case is about to take a frightful turn. What they uncover will not only rock them to their core, it will haunt them forever.


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INNOCENCE TAKEN REVIEW

 

"This book is Criminal Minds meets Fifty Shades of Grey with better writing. The characters are strong and pull you into their world. The details the author uses help turn this piece of fiction into reality in your imagination." 

Ashli Avalon - Author of - A Blonde's Guide To Be A Better Marketer: For Authors Only

CONFESSION OF SIN

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A brutal killer with a grudge against the Catholic Church begs the question, can God really protect the flock?


Lieutenant Damien Kaine stands over the mutilated body of a priest, staged to look like Christ on the Cross. A note left by the killer indicates the Catholic Church is hiding horrible sins. And he wants those sins paid for in blood.


After another priest is brutally murdered, Bishop Cantor blocks Damien from getting the vital information he needs to shed light on the killer’s identity. Making it clear the Church will protect themselves. Even if it means protecting a killer. 


As the body count rises, the evidence points to someone with a grudge. Not just against the Church, but the head of the Church. Making the killer’s end game crystal clear. 


When the killer kidnaps Bishop Cantor, murdering anyone in his way, Damien fears he may be too late. In a race against the clock to save the bishop, he does what it takes to stop a sadistic killer. 


Making choices that go against protocol have an unintended outcome. Placing Damien in a situation with deadly consequences. 


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CONFESSION OF SIN REVIEW

 

"Venal sin is not new to the Catholic Church, but in Victoria M. Patton's engaging new crime novel, CONFESSION OF SIN, it goes to a heinous, new level:  a serial killer of 'failed' priests is on the loose and homicide detective Damien Kaine and his partner Joe Hagan must battle not only a deeply disturbed killer with a surprising background but a secret-holding Catholic Church which only hinders solving an escalating wave of priest killings.  Patton brings her patented skills in forensic crime to this powerful and rare tale of how belief can become murderous.  It tests all Kaine's powers in a read that is at once involving and shocking.  Highly recommended."

Daniel Blake Smith

Writer/Producer

FATAL DOMINION

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Lies, secrets, and murder. All the makings of a good political race.


Standing under a tarp in a downpour at three a.m. is not how Lt. Damien Kaine wanted to start his day. But it’s better than how Glen Rossdale ended his. The prominent Chicago resident’s semi-nude body shows signs of prolonged torture. 


This case thrusts Damien into Illinois politics and pits him against one of the most powerful families in the city. The Lockharts are in a race for the State’s highest political office, and Damien’s investigation is getting in the way. 


As evidence unfolds showing a connection to a cold case, several high-ranking officials emerge as possible suspects. Including one of Chicago’s most beloved residents.


With the body count rising, and not sure whom he can trust, Damien must rely on his partner, Joe Hagan.


As they get closer to the real meaning behind the gruesome string of murders, a new threat emerges. A familiar killer from Damien’s past who will do whatever it takes to remove Damien from the case, permanently.


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WEB OF MALICE

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The past doesn't always stay in the past. Sometimes it comes back with a vengeance.


Rachel Burrows went for a run. Now she lays at the end of a trail gutted from her groin to her throat. Lt. Damien Kaine stares at the beautiful woman. Her last breath taken alone and scared. The killing has the earmark of a serial killer from over a decade ago. But something isn’t adding up. 


Before Damien can give Rachel his undivided attention, he receives a message. A silent killer from the past, hellbent on revenge, is back in Chicago. Forcing Damien to put his career on the line to end this killer’s reign of terror. Keeping secrets from his team of detectives and his family, Damien breaks more laws than he can count and unknowingly puts those he loves in more danger.


After being placed on mandatory suspension from his position as head of the Vicious Crimes Unit, he must decide how far he is willing to go to keep those he cares about safe. 


When he realizes that Dillon's life hangs in the balance, the choice is easy. He will risk everything to save her. But Damien's choices weave a web of danger that he never expected. His actions may cost him more than his job or the woman he loves. It may cost him his life.


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BLIND VENGEANCE

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How far would you go to get justice for someone you love? Would you kill for them?


Chase Humphry is tied to a chair in his living room. His mansion is located in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods of Chicago. His eyes have been removed and stuck on a meat skewer. Lt. Damien Kaine wonders what Chase Humphry did to wind up dead. 


Digging into his past, Damien hunts for any clues leading to his killer. Only one thing pops out. Chase Humphry grew up in Sunshine Valley, a state-run orphanage.


Maggie Newsome is a stripper, lives in a one-bedroom apartment in a poor part of Chicago. Killed in her apartment, tied to a chair with her tongue cut out. As Damien investigates her murder, he finds one crucial clue. Maggie grew up in Sunshine Valley orphanage. 


With the killer several steps ahead of Damien, he scrambles to figure out why the murders occurred and who might be next. With a suspect and victim lists growing, Damien has a lot of ground to cover.


As the investigation expands, it points to a heinous and sinister reason behind the brutal killings. This case has far-reaching political connections, making Damien question why his Captain reinstated him weeks before his suspension was over. 


Damien must make a decision that goes against the very reason he became a law enforcement officer. But for his sanity, he may need to do something he has never done before. And it may be asking too much.


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THE BOX

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A cold case, a serial killer, and a dead girl that won’t go away.


Profiler FBI Agent Derek Reed is dealing with a costly mistake that caused the death of a young woman. A mistake which has left him with horrible physical injuries and plagued by nightmares. He decides he needs a change of scenery and opts to put his forced sixty-day medical leave to good use. Traveling to Tennessee to see family and stopping at abandoned buildings along the way to take photographs.


At one farmhouse he finds an old tin box. Hoping he has found a financial windfall; he opens the box like a kid on Christmas morning. Instead, he finds trinkets and old photographs. But these aren’t childhood treasures and memories. These are the trophies of a serial killer.


Four photos, four different girls. A different date is noted on the back of each photo. The dates are over the span of a year, going back to 1985. Current cases are hard enough, but tracking a killer from over thirty years ago is almost impossible. 


Knowing he can’t ask for help from his unit, has him questioning if should bury the box and walk away. Not being able to leave a puzzle unsolved, Derek decides to hunt for a killer.


Driven by guilt, he hopes solving this case will help him atone for his past sins and right another deadly mistake from his childhood. But chasing a ghost from the past stirs up old memories. Memories Derek buried for a reason.


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DEADFALL

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A suspicious death threatens to derail Sean’s business, his happiness, and his sanity.


The moment Sean sees the old bird cage elevator and grand lobby, he knows it’s the perfect place to house his tech company. He buys the one-hundred-year-old building, despite the swirling rumors and whispered tales of murder.


Sean feels a connection right away. Never giving credence to the frightful tales some employees swear to be true. He finds comfort working alone in the building at night. 


After the death of a worker, the property seems to come alive. Not believing in ghostly things, Sean continues to conduct business as usual. Soon, even he can’t rationalize what is happening around him.


When he finds himself at the center of several mysterious incidents, he wonders if he’s losing his mind. Forced to face the mounting evidence that something unexplainable is happening, he must confront the demons of his past to find the real reason behind the unexplained events. 


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