Battered Dreams

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San Marcos, Texas, population 50,000, surrounded by forest preserves and parks seems an unlikely place for a serial killer. Crime rates are low, high school sports dominate the town’s entertainment, and it maintains a small town feel and rules of hospitality.  However, when a local family decides to fill in an abandoned well, they find the grisly remains of five bodies.

Five victims that all died fast and were dumped into the well by an unknown person.  A well that sits on a farm outside of town.  When the victims are identified as local teenagers, it becomes apparent that someone in the town is a predator.  Neighbors grow weary of neighbors.  People search the faces of others in the crowd, trying to get a glimpse and keep the children safe.

The arrival of Aislinn Cain and the SCTU heightens the tension.  Especially since they believe that these five are not the killer’s first victims.  As they begin a search of the area, they make another gruesome discovery; another body dump.  Only these kills bear almost no resemblance to the bodies in the morgue.  They have all been beaten; left bloody, bruised, and broken by their killer.  The teens of San Marcos are being stalked by two hunters.

To complicate the matter, fathers with guns begin patrolling the streets at night. These would be do-gooders are jumpy, desperate, and trigger happy.  The SCTU must stop the killers before an entire generation is wiped out from San Marcos and the body count rises as diligent townspeople try to protect their children.

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