Camino Winds (Camino Island, #2) by John Grisham Read Online (FREE)
Near the center of Santa Rosa, the streets were under water that appeared to be about knee deep. Rescue crews in boats were moving slowly about. One man waved at the helicopter. The screen cut to a reporter on the ground who quickly recapped his heroic efforts to remain outdoors all night as his crew grappled with their camera. He said that emergency management expected the island to be without electricity for at least a week. The National Guard had already arrived. The island was virtually deserted but they had just received the first report of a fatality up at Pauley’s Sound; more later. The bridge was closed and would be examined for damage.
It was obvious the island was a mess and would remain so for weeks or months. Mercer and Thomas had no desire to rush back into the rubble and they couldn’t get to the cottage anyway. Larry was there, she hoped, and he would do the best he could. Nor did they wish to hang around a motel when Mercer’s apartment in Oxford was only six hours away.
Thomas left to find breakfast and something for the dog. Mercer got in the shower, worried about Larry but happy not to be on the island, happy that the book tour was over, though the ending was not exactly what she had wanted, and happy most of all to be going home. She and Thomas had been living out of their luggage for two months.
THE CRIME SCENE
Bruce, who had absolutely no experience with a chain saw, quickly yielded the tool to Nick, who had at least held one before. It took them ten minutes to figure out how to start the damned thing, but Nick was soon rampaging around the backyard, slicing up even the thinnest of limbs and branches. Bruce followed at a safe distance and gathered the debris. He was tossing some limbs into a pile when a Santa Rosa policeman appeared from nowhere. Bruce signaled and Nick reluctantly shut down the chain saw. Another one could be heard in the distance.
The officer introduced himself, and after a few minutes of storm talk said, “There are some fatalities, sorry to say. Looks like most were on the north end.”
Bruce nodded and wanted to know what this had to do with him.
The officer went on, “Your friend Nelson Kerr took a head wound and didn’t make it.”
“Nelson!” Bruce said in disbelief. “Nelson’s dead?”
“Afraid so. And he left your name and number as his local contact.”
“But what happened to him?”
“Don’t know. I was not at the scene. I was told to find you. My captain asks that you come to the scene and identify the body.”
Bruce shot a bewildered look at Nick, who was too stunned to speak, and said, “Well, sure. Let’s go.”
The officer looked at Nick and said, “Better bring that chain saw. We might need it.”