Percy Slate knows how to be a good soldier. Following orders saved his life overseas.
Since his return home the rules of war have sent him adrift. He’s lost his wife, his business, and his best friend. Now a Private Investigator paying off a mob debt, Percy spends his nights mired in blackmail and his days sleeping off the liquor he drowns his sorrows in.
When a wealthy woman hires him to find her husband, Percy sees it as his chance to escape a life that is becoming a noose around his neck. Using the case to lose himself in the city, Percy wades deeper into a landscape of greed, violence, and corruption of the human spirit.
Haunted by the horrors of war and his own guilty conscience; Percy is forced to decide the value of human life, and determine what death truly means.
Debuting today in Second Saturday Stories, Skeleton Unburdened is a story that examines the effects that heartbreak, apathy, and survivor guilt have on soldiers and civilians alike.
If you’ve been looking for a great thriller to read on a rainy day, come back at 3pm for the Prologue and Chapter One of Skeleton Unburdened.