Two weeks before junior year, Darcy hops a plane to Orlando for a little R&R with her best friend Dylan and his family. Fresh off the heels of solving three murders in Valley, you'd think she'd sit back and enjoy the vacation capital of the world … maybe if you're a noun. Darcy Walker, however, is nothing but verb.
Before her feet hit the Orlando soil, she's meddling in the disappearance of a five-year-old boy who vanished six months earlier.
With authorities still no closer to solving the case, Darcy is shanghaied by her impulsivity and runs headlong into that proverbial burning building, convinced she can bring him home.
She travels down a road that not only follows this missing child but branches off into the corrupt and sinister world of mob activity when she tampers in a case on which Dylan's detective grandfather is working.
After a near disastrous midnight meeting in a warehouse and a date with a mechanical bull, Darcy realizes she might've bitten off more than she can chew. Add the boiling flirtationship with her best friend and the appearance of his romantic rival, and she is in over her head.
Will she survive a life of flirting with death too easily? Or will her flirtationship with Dylan become the actual death of her instead?
For a girl with a habit of finding dead bodies, No Brainer gives Darcy Walker more of the same…surprising twists and turns…and running for her life.
THE FIRING SQUAD
The sun beat down at 101 degrees Fahrenheit, making breathing a distant memory. Then again, nothing took your breath away like Murphy Walker when he’d rather kill you and eat the remains. For me, it was a familiar sensation. Dylan, however, looked like he’d fallen naked into a pit of scorpions.
We were holed up in Colton’s office, listening to my father on the speakerphone. Murphy was oblivious to his public disrobing, but Dylan reached over and hit the speaker mid-argument. Apparently, he wanted his family to know exactly what they were dealing with; and in practical terms, it kept me from rehashing his words anyway. Thing was, neither Colton nor Lincoln seemed especially intimidated. Both were studying a file on Colton’s desk, not even listening. For the first time, it became clear to me both had a stupid streak.
Dylan and I were curled into one another on the black leather couch. Zander'd barreled in minutes ago and had been kicked out. Then he stormed in seconds later only to be booted out again. Finally, on attempt number three, Colton shoved him onto the floor, telling him to “Shut his frigging mouth.”
The language had gone ghetto.
“You are not going to go under-fricking-cover!” Murphy screamed. “I’m going to kick somebody’s yellow-bellied, mother lovin’, dog humping butt all the way from the Heartland of it All. They’re not going to be able to sit down, kneel down, or kiss anyone else’s butt but their own by the time they untwist the damage that my fist is going to do.”
Let me introduce Kentucky cursing at its finest—interpreted only by a mutual hillbilly.
Murphy raised me, for God’s sake. He wasn’t Mother Goose.
Darcy Walker, No Brainer
Ten Things You Didn’t Know About AJ Lape
AKA - Ada Miracle Lape
1. I can dislocate my left shoulder on command.
2. I started running high school track when I was in the sixth grade.
3. I would’ve been a police officer or journalist if life didn’t land me where I am.
4. My favorite movie is It’s a Wonderful Life…cry like a baby when George Bailey starts yelling, “I want to live again…I want to live again.”
5. I had an academic scholarship.
6. I like to shoot 9mm guns (dying to shoot an Uzi) in my spare time…look out Target World, every once in a while you have to walk your inner hillbilly
7. I’m like Rain Man when it comes to fractions.
8. I used to write and record songs. I won Honorable Mentions in the John Lennon Song Writing Contest and Music City Song Festival.
9. I’m a notorious sleepwalker.
10. I’ve cliff-dived off a 40-foot cliff into a lake…wouldn’t recommend it…painful.
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