Capitol Offense (A Nik Kane Alaska Mystery) by Mike Doogan

By Mike Doogan

The hot Nik Kane Alaska secret— now in paperback and hailed via critics...Gifted younger legislator Matthew wish has been charged with homicide. In desperation, a mysterious, filthy rich shopper of Hope’s hires Nik Kane, disgraced ex-cop, to enquire the crime. He quickly uncovers a political tradition corrupted through the effect of oil and large money—and a terrifying mystery which can additional break him.

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Bland was held in place by a lap belt and shoulder belt. His right hand scrabbled for something. Using his grip on Bland’s arm, Kane hoisted himself up and flopped into the cab, putting his momentum behind a right hand to Bland’s jaw. Bland’s head snapped back and his right hand came up clutching a tire iron. Kane reached across Bland’s body and grabbed his wrist to pin the tire iron. “I’ll fucking kill you,” Bland screamed. “I’ll fucking kill both of you and that no-good whore I married and the dyke she’s with.

The world was dangerously unpredictable, full of people doing whatever they wanted. Intellectually, he knew that these were responses conditioned by his years in prison. He knew that, with work, he could overcome them. But emotionally, he didn’t want to have to work at it. He wanted them to go away on their own. He wanted to just step back into his old life, back into his job on the police force, back into his marriage, and pretend that he’d never been in prison. That didn’t happen. Jeffords had refused to take him back on the force.

Baby pushed his cart around the corner. The doors of the Senate Finance Committee room were propped open, too. In one of the offices at the far end, Baby saw a light. He switched off his CD player, removed his earphones, left his cart where it was, and walked softly through the committee room. The room was Baby’s favorite, a big room that had been a federal courtroom when the building was young, carefully restored, and, since Baby had been doing the cleaning, carefully kept up, too. Baby’s sneakers made no noise on the thick carpet.

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