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When The Serpent Bites


When The Serpent Bites
by Nesly Clerge

GENRE: Crime fiction, psychological thriller



Frederick Starks has it all—a gorgeous wife who was his high school sweetheart, three beautiful children, a mansion and cars others envy, millions in the bank, respected in his community, admired by his employees, loved and respected by loyal friends. He revels in the hard-earned power and control he’s acquired. As the saying goes, “All that glitters is not gold,” which Starks discovers when gut-wrenching betrayal by his wife sends him over the edge and into a maximum security prison. There, Starks is a new “fish,” stripped of nearly everything he’s always relied on. In that place, where inmates and guards have their own rules and codes of conduct, Starks is forced to face the darker side of life, and his own darker side, especially when the betrayals, both inside and outside the prison, don’t stop. He must choose which path to follow when the line between right and wrong becomes blurred: one that leads to getting out of the physical and emotional hellhole he finds himself in or one that keeps him alive.




One thing that wasn’t a lie was an event that should have sealed their bond as a couple. Thought of that experience and the fear he’d felt for their safety sent shivers through him. No way could he have anticipated then that in the future, his escape from that element was temporary; that one day he’d be living among them; that he’d be considered one of them.

The gas gauge in Starks’s Chevy had red-arrowed on EMPTY while he was driving home.

If he used the bus as often as possible or car-pooled, he could afford to put five gallons in the tank, just in case, and fill it up when more money came in next week. He was okay about doing that, not that he had a choice.

The local convenience store with gas pumps was a half mile from their house, and in an even worse neighborhood than where they lived. He was careful to grip and release the nozzle so that no more than those calculated gallons went into his fuel tank. He went inside, grabbed a couple packs of ramen noodles then stood second in line at the register, anxious to get out as quickly as possible.

A yard and a half away and to his left, a man keyed in numbers onto the ATM pad.

The glass door near the ATM opened. A young Caucasian teen wearing dark sunglasses and a hooded sweatshirt entered and glanced around, tapped at a few bags of chips but didn’t pick one. The teen approached the ATM just as the machine dispensed the cash.

“Gimme the cash,” he told the man.

“Fuck off.” The ATM man slammed his right fist into the teen’s jaw.

The teen pulled a .38 from under his sweatshirt and fired three times. Three twenties drifted to the floor. He scooped up the blood-splattered bills and ran out.

Behind the counter, the employee yelled into the phone, “Police! Shooting at—”

That was all Starks heard as he rushed out behind the thief. He jumped into his Toyota parked behind a truck at the other pump. Car in reverse gear he punched the gas pedal, burned rubber, and took out a post near the Do Not Enter sign.

He slammed on the brakes when he pulled into the dirt yard at his house, sending his satchel to the floorboard.

Starks grabbed his satchel and ran toward the door, where Kayla waited for him.

“What’s the matter?” she asked.

“Lock the door.”

“Tell me—”

“Lock the damn door. We’ve got to get the hell out of this neighborhood. I’ve got to find a way. Now.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links

Nesly Clerge received his bachelor’s degree in physiology and neurobiology at the University of Maryland, and later pursued a doctoral degree in the field of chiropractic medicine. Although his background is primarily science-based, he has finally embraced his lifelong passion for writing. Clerge’s debut novel, When the Serpent Bites, will be available in 2015, with the sequel to follow in 2016. His debut novel explores choices, consequences, and the complexities of human emotions, especially when we are placed in a less-than-desirable setting. When he is not writing, Clerge manages several multidisciplinary clinics. He enjoys reading, chess, traveling, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with his significant other and his sons.

Official site: www.clergebooks.com



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