Pieces of January

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A record breaking cold front has dropped a foot of snow on Shenandoah County and brought activity on the lake to a near standstill. All is well with ex-Army Special Forces member, Salem Matthews, and his family…until a dead body is found.

Two more murders, by a group calling itself the Committee for Morality and Decency, spurs Salem to take action. When he finds a note in his own mailbox, he knows it’s time to find and eliminate the members of the Committee, before they can destroy his family and community.

Time is running out, and it appears the killer is just getting started.
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Simon and Schuster
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Jun 20, 2018
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Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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