The Body in the Park

The Mystery Surrounding a Murder in New York's Central Park

by Stanley Yokell

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The Body in the Park

The Mystery Surrounding a Murder in New York's Central Park

by Stanley Yokell

Published Dec 13, 2013
177 Pages
Genre: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths



 

Book Details

The Body in The Park


The Body in The Park is the third book in a trilogy that features Marie Quizno, the Detective Chief of the fictional town of Big Rock, Colorado. When Marie visits her artist friend Ana Alvarez, who lives in Greenwich Village, they go for a run in Central Park. While Ana is examining cast iron flowers on the Gotham Bridge, Marie spots the victim lying in the bushes below. This leads to investigations by New York’s Joint Anti-terrorism task force, the FBI, the NSA and the NNSA. In a surprise ending Marie finds out who committed the extra-judicial murder.

 

Book Excerpt

The Assassination The two men met in the park after midnight. Both were dressed in business suits, white shirts, nondescript ties and well-polished shoes. Either could pass for a businessman or a lawyer. The light from the stanchion near the 90th Street entrance was dim and the city’s park police were nowhere to be seen. They stood in front of the historic giant elm tree a short distance from the entrance. Both men carried black leather briefcases. They spoke in Farsi. “Do you have them”, the taller, black bearded man asked?” “Yes”, the short one responded, “They are on 10 SanDisk 30 Gig flash drives. That’s all I could download from the central computer without arousing suspicion. But our scientists should find it useful.” He took a leather pouch out of his briefcase, opened it to show the flash drives on which he had marked the numbers one through 10 in white ink. “And it has all the information about the improvements to the weapon?” the tall one asked. “Everything is there and in sequence. When you download the flash drives to the computer, paste what is on the second drive to the end of what is on the first drive and the third one to the second one and so on”, the short one responded. He asked the tall man, “How will you get them home?” He answered, “I will bring them home in the diplomatic pouch when I return.” The short man asked, “Did you bring the passport and money for my return home?” “They are in my briefcase”, the tall one replied. He opened his briefcase. He did not take out a passport or money. Instead he brought out a loaded Browning Pro 9-mm, pointed it at the short man’s chest and fired. When the short man fell to the ground, the tall man put the handgun carefully back in his briefcase. He transferred the pouch of flash drives to his own briefcase. Then he carefully searched the dead man’s pockets and emptied most of their contents into his briefcase and snapped it shut. He was not interested in the nail clipper, ball point pen and pocket knife. He wiped his fingerprints off with his victim’s handkerchief and returned them to the pockets. He set the briefcases down against the elm tree and, taking his victim by the arms, dragged him to the grass near the stream beneath the Gotham Bridge. Once there, he arranged the dead short man’s arms at his side, straightened his jacket and tie, retrieved the two briefcases and calmly left the body in the park.

 

About the Author

Stanley Yokell

Stanley Yokell is a professional engineer who lives in Boulder, Colorado. Like many Colorado residents, he has had a full life of outdoor activities. His published books include The Ship, a book about a landing ship tank that served in the Pacific during World War II; The Ride (written under the pen name S. Israel), about a solo coast-to-coast bicycle trip that the author took to celebrate his 59th birthday; Dog Stories, about the important canine friends in his life; House of Mirrors, an erotic novella; and Sex, Love and Erotic, an anthology, both written under the pen name S. Israel. His other books are A Working Guide to Shell-and-Tube Heat Exchangers; Tubular Heat Exchangers Inspection, Maintenance and Repair; Murder at Plato House; A Happy Life, an autobiography; and Old People, an anthology of stories related to the elderly. Awaiting publication is The Murder on the Mall the second book in a trilogy of murder mystery. With two colleagues he is working on Closed Feedwater Heaters for Power Generation: A Working Guide, scheduled to be published by McGraw-Hill in December 2013.

Also by Stanley Yokell

Beneath the Surface
2084 The Secularist Revolution
The Murder On The Mall
Old People
The Foothills Mystery
A Little Book of American Haiku
Short Stories and Sketches
Drugs and Death
Becoming American
Old Times in Elizabethtown
Dining Room Murders
Stories of My Boyhood
Anecdotes and Stories, Old and New