Black In White
Published on 9-10-15 Genres: Paranormal, Romance
“My name is Black. Quentin Black…”
Gifted with an uncanny sense about people, psychologist Miri Fox works as an off and on profiler for the police. So when they think they've finally nailed the "Wedding Killer," she agrees to check him out, using her gift to discover the truth.
But the suspect, Quentin Black, isn't anything like Miri expects. He claims to be hunting the killer too, although for reasons of his own, and the longer Miri talks to him, the more determined she becomes to uncover his secrets.
When he confronts her about the nature of her peculiar "insight,” Miri gets pulled into Black's bizarre world and embroiled in a game of cat and mouse with a deadly killer––who still might be Black himself. Worse, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to Black, a complication she doesn’t need with a best friend who’s a homicide cop and her boyfriend in intelligence. Can Miriam see a way out or is her future covered in Black?
A paranormal mystery romance, introducing brilliant, dangerous, and otherworldly psychic detective, Quentin Black.
I approached him assuming he was a psychopath.
The most dangerous types were harder to spot.
Often highly intelligent, deeply manipulative, glibly charming, uninterested in other people and totally unwilling to acknowledge the individual rights of anyone apart from themselves, the more dangerous individuals with anti-social personality disorder were masters at evading detection by psychs who couldn’t see past the veneer.
Narcissistic bordering on grandiose. Inflated sense of their own entitlement. Zero compunction about manipulating others. Generally lacking the capacity for love. Generally lacking the ability to feel shame or remorse. They either experienced only shallow emotions or feigned emotion altogether.
They had a constant need for stimulation…
Well, you get the idea.
Truthfully, I doubted this guy would talk to me any more than he would talk to the cops.
Well, unless he decided I could help him in some way, or perhaps entertain him…since “short attention span” was often a big issue for the average psychopath. Or perhaps he would treat me differently because he wanted a female audience instead of a male one; I was reasonably certain that only male cops had been tried on him so far.
Either way, I strongly suspected I wouldn’t win him over by trying to play him for a fool, at least not right out of the gate.
I seated myself in the metal folding chair across the table from him.
I did my own quick once-over of the room, even though I’d been in here a few dozen times already––reminding myself of the location of the cameras, looking at the four corners out of habit. My eyes glanced down to where the suspect’s ankles had been cuffed, not only to one another but to metal rings in the floor. His wrist cuffs were also chained to his waist, as well as to those same rings in the floor.
Glen already assured me that the range of the chains wouldn’t allow him to reach me as long as I stayed in the chair.
Still, he’d warned me not to get any closer.
I didn’t need to be told twice. The guy looked a lot bigger from in here.
He also looked significantly more muscular.
Leaning back in the hard, metal seat, I watched those gold, cat-like eyes flicker over me. They didn’t pause anywhere for long, much less conduct one of those lecherous, lingering appraisals some convicts did in an attempt to unsettle me.
I sensed a methodicalness to his stare, instead.
That unnerved me a little, truthfully, maybe because it surprised me.
Even for a psychopath, that kind of focus was rare. Usually other people just weren’t that interesting to them.
Then again, captivity may have changed that for him, too.
My eyes took in his appearance for the second time that day, lingering on the strangely high cheekbones still colored with smears of dried blood. I saw flakes of that blood on the surface of the table too, from where it had been rubbed off by his metal cuffs.
Wincing, I glanced up to find him staring at me once more, his gold eyes bordering on thoughtful as they took in my face.
When he didn’t break the silence after a few seconds more, I leaned back more deliberately, crossing my legs in the dark-blue pantsuit I wore.
“So,” I said, sighing. “You don’t want to talk to anyone.”
I didn’t bother to state it as a question.
The man’s eyes flickered back to my face, specifically to my eyes.
After a pause, I saw a faint smile tease the edges of his lips.
“I doubt my words would be very convincing,” he said.
I must have jumped a little in my chair, but he pretended not to notice.
“…Covered in blood,” he continued, motioning with one cuffed hand, likely as much as he could, given the restraints. Still, something in the odd grace of the gesture struck me, causing me to follow it with my eyes. “…Picked up near the scene of the crime. And you have witnesses, too, I suspect? Or did those three little girls decide it wasn’t worth getting in trouble with their parents by calling the police in the wee hours of dawn?”
His words surprised me.
More, the longer he spoke.
Not only because he said them, but because they came out with a clipped, sharp accuracy and cadence. They wore the barest trace of an accent too, although it was one I couldn’t identify. His manner of speech certainly implied a greater than average amount of education.
“In any case,” the man said, leaning back so that the chains clanked at his ankles and on the table. “…I imagine I lack credibility, wouldn’t you say, doc?”
I heard murmurings of surprise through my earpiece, too.
Apparently, I’d already gotten more out of him than any of them had.
I smoothed my expression without trying to hide my own surprise. Instead, I watched him openly, letting him see me do it.
“Doc,” I said.
At his widening smile, I returned it, adding a touch of wry humor and raising an eyebrow.
“You think I am a doctor?”
“Aren’t you?” he said at once. “Military, too, I suspect. Once upon a time. I saw you checking the corners. You’ve carried a gun…haven’t you, doc? Maybe you even carry one now.” He glanced around him ruefully. “Not in here, of course.”
I shifted in my chair, not answering him.
“Aren’t you a doctor?” he prompted.
“Depends on who you ask,” I said drily, sighing a little.
If I had psychic abilities I would use them for good.
I would like the power to make peace in the world there is to much fighting going on !
I think first of all I would want to master the new abilities.
Try out my new abilities.
Mind control powers!
I would try to help people.
I’d look into my husbands head and hope for an explanation… hahahahaha
I would use my abilities to help people
I’d use my psychic ability to deprogram the people of the USA from all their inbred bigotry, misogyny, hate mongering, intolerant dogma we’ve been fed for genrations. Peace and charity begin at home.
I’d help the police solve crimes.
I would be in some serious trouble ~ but I would also like to help any one I could.
It would really scare me to have the ability, but I would try and help in any way I could with people.
Check to see if you future was going to get any happier or healthier
I would help people find loved ones who are missing.
Try and use the gift to help others. But I imagine it might be just as much bad as a good gift.
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I would use my abilities to try and help anyone I could!
In all honesty? I’d keep the knowledge to myself and only help when asked. People tend to criticize and abuse people who have a sixtg sense. It’s best to keep a low profile.
go work for the FBI or CIA so I can help catch the bad guys
I try to use it for good, but earn enough to live comfortably.
I would try to use it for a good cause.
IF I had powers I would use them to locate missing persons or to find killers.
I’d like to help people, but I have a feeling it maybe an overwhelming condition.
Whatever the ability I would always use it to help humanity.
I would hate to have the ability. I would be to worried to get close to others and see any type of problems they may not be able to overcome.
Try to help people!
I would help people with any questions they have.
I’m not sure if I would want that. But if I did I wouldn’t take advantage of it!
I would do my best to use my powers for good and to help people.
I would play the lottery
Make my dreams come true with setting up the projects I want to do.
I would use my abilities to HELP people. AWESOME giveaway!!!! Thank you for the chance.
I wouldn’t do anything special if I had psychic abilities. I’d just roll with it. Thanks for the giveaway!
I would raise hell first to get it out of my system. Then I would use my abilities to help others and our country
I’d use them when I had to
I would try to stop crimes from taking place. Like the movie minority report.
i would be very very sneaky reading people’s thoughts. Not sure if that would be a good thing or not
If I had psychic abilities, I’d go to VEGAS!!!
If I had psychic powers I would use them for good.
If I had psychic powers I would read peoples thoughts and be nosy lol
I would be able to adapt to different abilities as needed
I don’t want a psychic power. I want some kind of power but hearing what people think about me and everyone around me, I don’t think I’d like that very much! Thanks for the great giveaway!
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I would love it… I wouldn’t waste so much time looking for my car keys!!!!
To help others, esp children
I would use my abilities to their fullest
I would have so much fun, LOL. More than likely use it to do good toward others.
Work for the FBI; help people!
I already do, everyone does to a certain extent. Some more than others, I would only want more if I could really help people with it.
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I would use my powers for good!!! Most of the time!! 😉
I’m not really sure what I would do.
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Won a $10 GC in another giveaway and bought a copy of Black in White– can’t wait to read it. I’m not sure I’d like psychic abilities– could you imagine hearing everything people thought? What if you couldn’t ‘turn it off’? Nope, the ability to bend people to my will would be a lot better. LOL
If I had psychic abilities, I would use it to predict the stock market. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win.
Use them to help people
If I had psychic abilities I would help as many people I can, if they want my help of course.
I would help people
I would mess with people…LOL! No really, I would try and help guide people onto better paths.
I’d use psychic abilities on my boyfriend…a lot. Lol. And try to help people. Maybe be a lawyer with them, you’d never lose a case. Only fight for the good.
Probably become a spy…
If I had psychic abilities I would help as much as I could to locate all the missing children, avoid certain situations that could infact hurt me or my family in general
Hmm..win a lottery? 😀
I’d win the lottery. :p
Jo Anne V
I would hope I was able to use it to help others and do something good for the world
I’d certainly use them to help people but, of course, I’d use them to my advantage too. lol
I would try to keep it a secret from everybody. Depending on what the power was, I’d try to use it to help people if I could.
I’d use it to my advantage…without hurting others of course.
Never worry about what to buy my husband for christmas again! LOL
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first i would try not going mad,from all the voices in my head!!
then i track down a bald professor on a wheelchair to help train me to control my power!!
I could find ways to help others. Thanks for the giveaway.
I’d use my psychic ability to have hot sex with all the sexy men I meet! Oh the possibilities!
i would use them to find missing children
I would play the lottery. lol
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Predict future of love ones
I’d probably keep a low profile. The general public don’t understand or are afraid of that kind of thing. Blessings and Thanks for the chance.?
Juli Huber Hall
That would be awesome, I could help find missing kids
I would help out others.
I could win the lottery if I was pssychic!
try to help people
I would love to have Psychic abilites. I would use them to help people
I think that I would be freaked out if I had psychic abilities. Not sure if I would like it or not.
Take down corrupt people
I would look for opportunities to use it to help others without letting anyone know I had it.
Angela Ann Thomas
Healing and transportation
Aimee Ivey Powell
If I had psychic abilities, I’d use them to plan better vacations
If I had psychic abilities I would find a way to use it to better myself and the world. Ok, and maybe find a way to meet all of my favorite authors too!!
I’d try to help people who truly needed it!
Susan Lee Stump
I would use it for good, finding lost children, helping with the police…etc.
Predict the future
I would use it to communicate with the dead.
I don’t know how I would handle it. I would try to do good, but I already feel jaded about people. Probably would not help with that.