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Acts of Passion

Sedonia Guillone

Louca Matheo

186 Pages

LGBT; Gay Romance; Mystery and Detective; Romantic Suspense

January 15, 2016

When a man is found in his apartment, appearing to have committed hara kiri
with a samurai sword, Boston Homicide Detective Jack Cade suspects more is
going on than what it appears. The department’s criminal profiler has left and
a new guy is taking his place. At first, Cade is skeptical of Dr. Michael Di
Santo. Di Santo seems so absent-minded and too neurotic to be effective. But he
is brilliant and hot and Cade finds himself falling hard and fast, both in lust
and in love. The attraction is mutual, although Michael's past demons haunt
him, keeping him from getting too close. Together, they begin to unravel
Michael's emotional knots even as they close in on a killer, another brilliant,
wily person whose sights are now set on Michael.
Studying the front area of the building, he wandered down
the flower box lined stone walk of the apartment building and turned to face
it. Crime lab workers and patrol officers moved around on either side of the
yellow crime tape, keeping the building cordoned off until Jack gave
instructions to clear out and retain only the apartment as the crime scene.
Jack stepped aside to let someone go past him and bump! Smacked into something.
He turned. “Excuse me, I’m—” Or rather, he’d bumped into someone.
The man was adjusting the glasses Jack had apparently
knocked off his face. “You’re in a crime scene,” Jack said.
“Yes, I know.” Almond-shaped brown eyes seemed to study Jack
from behind round lenses. He looked Asian, yet sort of…not Asian at the same
time. His dark brown hair was styled in a conventional way, parted on the side
in short layers. The crumpled navy suit he wore, complete with diagonally
striped tie against a light blue dress shirt made him appear as if his mother
had dressed him for a spelling bee at school even though he was probably about
Jack’s age. Forty.
Jack blinked. He was taking absolutely too long to find out
who this man was. Then light dawned. Of course. “Dr. Di Santo?”
“Detective Cade?”
“That’s me. Hope I didn’t break your glasses.”
Di Santo touched them on each side as if to check. “No,
they’re fine.”
Jack watched the man’s hands as he gingerly adjusted the
frames. Nicely shaped fingers. Clean, trimmed nails. “Sorry I bumped you that
“No problem.” Di Santo cleared his throat. “I hope I can be
of help to you.”
Jack started. “Me too. This way.” He led Di Santo into the
building and up to the apartment. “As I told you on the phone, I’m not so sure
this was a suicide.” He let Di Santo precede him into the apartment and
followed him, observing the way the slim man took in the surroundings on his
way over to the victim.
Jack explained his suspicions and then let the man work. For
what seemed a long time, Di Santo wandered about then stood in the center of
the room, his gaze on the coffee table. His hand disappeared into his jacket
pocket and pulled something out, which he popped into his mouth.
Jack watched him. Watched the man’s cheek bulge on the side
while he sucked on whatever it was in his mouth, his gaze intent on the coffee
table and victim. He then approached Jack and Jack heard the click of hard
candy against the guy’s teeth. Finally Di Santo turned and knelt by the body.
Jack saw the professor’s eyes widen, especially on the hilt
of the knife. “What is it?”
Di Santo seemed to ignore his question, staring at the
knife. “Were his hands on the hilt of the knife or over his face when you found
“Over his face.”
“Okay. Please open the robe so I can see the wound,” he said
to Murphy.
Murphy did as he asked and Di Santo gazed for what seemed
five straight minutes at the vicious cross-shaped cut in the centre of the wound.
Jumonji giri,” he
said, nearly in a whisper.
“What?” Jack looked between the knife wound and Di Santo.
The hot-yet-nerdy man was still staring down, seeming to
ignore him. The candy in his mouth clicked several times against his teeth.
“Dr. Di Santo?”

Michael Di Santo looked up, his eyes seemingly far
away yet intent at the same time. “What kind of movies did this man watch?”

multi-published author of erotic romance, Sedonia Guillone spends her days
writing deliciously naughty romances—when she’s not cuddling with the man she
loves or watching kung fu and samurai films and eating chocolate.
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comments from readers. You can find her website and email address on her author
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