Three women, a botched kidnapping, and a vicious killer on a mission. Who will survive?
Malena “Lee” Barsten is stuck. Raised in foster care and group homes, she’s seen more than her fair share of abuse, and dealt out almost as much in retribution. But when her best friend makes an enemy of a sadistic drug dealer, she has no choice but to run before he kills again.
In the same city, Ruby Isles might as well be living in another world. Money is abundant, but the abuse is just as plentiful. Her plan to leave her husband is dashed when she crosses paths with Lee, and she is thrown into a world filled with more violence, and more love, than she has ever known.
Detective Harrison “Harry” Thresher picks up the scent when an exotic dancer is violently murdered, and fingerprints link the wife of a prominent businessman to the crime scene. Against orders, she follows the case down a dark and twisted path littered with bodies. Can she save them and keep her career intact?
Praise for Maladaptation:
“Adan Ramie has created a dark, gritty world where seemingly unrelated characters’ lives converge in this fast-paced tale where everyone must pay the price for their choices.” – Author Marcy McKay
“It’s gritty and dark. The story doesn’t focus on the character’s sexual orientation, but on all of the other things that make these people interesting.” – Dharma Kelleher, Polymorphous Literary Review
“With well-paced driving action, heavy violence, some endearing love scenes, and characters that keep you guessing until the end, Adan keeps you reading but never promises a happy ending.” – Author Wendy Strain
“A short, dark story that dragged me in like it was a drug in itself, I really loved Maladaption. The three main characters are each so individual, so brutally real, that they imprint themselves on the reader’s brain and heart.” – Kelly Smith Reviews
The kids aren’t all right in the local youth shelter.
They’re dropping like flies, and the one person who cares is forbidden from following their bloody trail…
In this sequel to Maladaptation, Harry Thresher has been stripped of her badge and her livelihood pending a formal investigation into the shooting death of a former suspect.
She’s furious, having nightmares, and tired of being stuck in her cramp apartment. On the lookout for something to distract her from her misery, she goes to the local youth shelter to take her mind off her problems and stumbles onto something ominous involving the local street kids.
When a missing boy comes back with a bloody surprise, Harry knows she must risk losing her badge forever to save the kids — and the woman — she has come to love.
About the Author
Adan Ramie is the author of Maladaptation (Deviant Behaviors, #1), Consuming Darkness, Darkness Undone, Cluster B (Deviant Behaviors, #2), and short stories that can be found in anthologies, magazines, and journals. She spends her free time with her wife and kids, binge-watching true crime television, and learning everything she can. Sign up for her NEWSLETTER for updates and giveaways. Read more…