Sampler: Virtually Lace by Uvi Poznansky
April 23, 2021
An intelligent and innocent man uses virtual reality to devise a way to escape a murder rap when all the evidence points to him.
From USA Today bestselling author, Uvi Poznansky comes a gripping techno-thriller, part of a multi-author series tied together by an interlocking cast of characters, all centered around the fantastic new promise of high technology and the endless possibilities for crime that technology offers, in a world where getting away with murder can be not only plausible but easy…if you just know how.
Haunted by finding the body of a beautiful dancer, Michael recreates the murder in virtual reality.
Can he solve the mystery, before the man who killed Lace turns on the woman he loves?
Suffering some memory loss due to a violent incident in her past, Ash is unable to identify her attacker.
Despite the persistent fear, she puts her life in danger to draw out the suspect, so as to avenge Lace’s murder.
Meanwhile, the cops treat Michael as their prime suspect.
The only reason they haven’t arrested him yet is an urgent rescue mission, as Laguna Beach is engulfed in flames.
Will Michael manage to slip away from them and save his sweetheart before it’s too late?
Sampler: Virtually Lace
He remembered the way she had looked, not just on the night of the incident, when he had found her, but earlier, on the night of their first kiss.
Now, she looked different. Gone were the wavy curls that used to ripple down to her shoulders. Michael was amazed by her new haircut. It was cropped short at the back, with spiky layers at the top. Her eyes looked larger, and there was a new expression in them, which he found hard to define. Sadness? No, something more intense. Rebellion. Against everything, it seemed. Against him, too.
“Such a beauty, she is,” said Ash, pointing at the photograph.
Detecting a hint of jealousy, he said, “Let me explain.”
Where could he start? First, he took a step closer to her. When his lips brushed her forehead, a small cry came from the back of her throat. Was it desire? He thought so at first. But then the sound changed to something else. Fear.
Michael held back a sigh. His heart ached for what she had gone through. The man who had sullied her robbed both of them of their carefree, easy closeness. Now, was she still cautious, still unprepared to be touched?
“Don’t get this close to me,” said Ash, but her blush said otherwise. He had seen it before, in the early days of courting her. It had drawn him closer, till he had found himself lost in the glow of her hazel eyes. Here it was, that same blush, that same glow. Love, all over again.
It gave him hope. Once she healed, things would go back to the way they were between them. Meanwhile, there was the risk of losing her trust. He had to explain how he had gained possession of this photograph.
He said, “This is not what you think.”
“Really?” she said. “It isn’t?”
“I don’t even know this girl, not really.”
“What’s her name?”
For a split second, her eyes narrowed. “How, then, did you happen to get hold of her picture?”
He had to admit, “I stole it.”
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