The Overnighter’s Secrets
By J. L. Salter
[May 2012 — released through Clean Reads]
Long before Shane acquired the overnighter, a silent movie actress kept secrets there. Is Beth’s terrifying ordeal simply because she unwittingly possesses the overnighter’s secrets?
Before Beth could even scream, the punk crashed through the back door and covered her mouth with thin, smoky hands. She struggled to get off the couch but couldn’t squeeze loose from his grip. She tried kicking with her knees and bare feet, but the intruder stayed clear. Eyes stretching impossibly wide, Beth’s most cogent thought was that Shane should be there…
Someone is after the overnighter, an old suitcase that used to belong to a silent film star. All it contains is junk — yellowed newspaper clippings, handwritten notes, programs from shows long forgotten — but the punk says it hides a secret and whoever controls him is willing to kill for it. And those guys think Beth has it.
The only one who can help her is Shane, her biker ex-boyfriend. He’s two thousand miles away and their old wounds haven’t healed, but the rising danger doesn’t care. Can their lives and their wounded love survive the overnighter’s secrets?
This story was inspired by my actual examination of photos and documents in a small overnight case that my friend had obtained some 16 years previously from some California dumpster divers. My friend and I discovered those items had once belonged to American silent movie actress Lizette Thorne. After I’d nearly finished my first draft of this novel, I was in contact with the granddaughter of that actress and my friend shipped all the stuff to her so the family could have it back again.
Here’s a recent post (from my other group blog) which gives some detail on how this novel came to be:
“The Overnighter’s Secrets.” Suspense novel, only $2.99 in digital formats; paperback also available (varied prices); audio version also available (price varies). Clean Reads, 2012.