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                                                                                     Chapter 1 

Thursday, 3:38 p.m.

                 LOUD! The music was loud! The bass was thunderous! The catchy, finger popping beat was heart pounding! The singing was exhilarating, the words catchy, but there was no party. There was no dancing. There was no one to enjoy the music that penetrated the blood-splattered walls inside Myra Barrett’s statically still apartment and seeped through plaster and concrete walls out into the adjourning apartments and into the long, pastry tan colored hallways of Ellington Tower Apartments. Myra couldn’t understand why no one had come pounding at her door yelling for her to turn down the music. Her floor, the thirteenth floor, was one of the quietest floors in the whole twenty-two story building, and it was rare for anyone to blast their music so loudly. Maybe that was because most of the tenants of the ten apartments on her floor were over fifty years old. That is except for Myra herself and Alice Reynolds down the hall. Myra was only thirty-three years old. She wasn’t ready to die.

                 “God,”  Myra said feebly, the taste of her own blood on her tongue, “help me.”

                 Someone had to hear the music. Someone had to be annoyed. The music was deafening. With the right side of her face smashed into floor, Myra’s head was pounding from the roaring bass which was making the floor under her pain-racked, blood soaked body vibrate. The walls had to be vibrating, too. They usually did when the music was especially loud. By now Mrs. Harris next door should have been banging on the door and hollering for Myra to turn down her music. Did Mrs. Harris have a doctor’s appointment today? Where in the world was she? God, please let her come. Oh, God, please. Myra started to gag. The taste of her own blood seeping into her mouth from her throat reminded Myra that her weak hold on a life she desperately wanted to continue living was slipping away.

                 Oh, God! Footfalls. He’s coming back! Oh, God. Myra tried to stop breathing in what little air she was getting. She tried to close her eyes. She couldn’t. Her eyes were frozen open and when Norris stepped in front of her, she couldn’t even shift her gaze to look at his foot. Norris stood over her and Myra could only guess that he was most likely looking down upon her with that same evil mask of disdain over his handsome face that he’d had on when he first started stabbing her. She had no idea Norris hated her so.

SASSY is 2010 Winner in the National Indie Excellence Award and an Award Finalist in the National Best Book 2009 Awards in African American Fiction

The murders of two women in New York City has Detective Frank Keifer looking for a vicious killer, while Sassy Davenport, a popular romance novelist, has finally met the man of her dreams.

When architect Norris Yoshito, on a whim, attends one of Sassy’s book signings, he is instantly smitten and she is curiously intrigued. A passionate relationship develops but in short time, Sassy wonders what evil lies behind Norris Yoshito’s seductive eyes and sexy smile. Norris appears to have two personalities. One is that of a violent man, the other a man of great compassion who helps Sassy with her cousin Bernard who is dying of AIDS.

While Sassy falls head over heels in love with Norris, key people associated with him are brutally murdered. Is the man of Sassy’s dream a serial killer of women who made the mistake of trusting him just as Sassy has? Or is the killer possibly an old friend from Norris's childhood on the streets of Fuchu, Japan where Norris was an orphan? Unwittingly, Sassy finds herself caught up in a nightmare of deception and danger where romance takes a back seat.

Fear and edge-of-the-seat suspense thrust Sassy into the real world of murder and mystery as she fights for her life and the man she loves.


Gloria Mallette

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