THE DEVIL OF LIGHT
A Cass Elliot Crime Novel
A BIZARRE MURDER

When young Detective Cass Elliot responds to a report of domestic violence at the home of a prominent businessman, she finds him violently murdered in the barnyard with his battered wife unconscious near the tool that killed him. Still raw from her own unsolved attack six years ago, Cass is stunned when confronted with graphic photographs scattered across their kitchen floor, and she wonders if the wife might've had cause to kill her husband.

A COVERT WEB OF LIES AND EXPLOITATION

Cass and her partner Mitch Stone delve into a cunning world of blackmail and violence - and find a cult concealed for nearly a century beneath the genteel, small town façade of Arcadia in East Texas. Their investigation triggers a brutal response from powerful men who will protect their identities at any cost. They unleash a ruthless killer whose actions create a media frenzy and destroy the fabric of trust within the police department.

A PERVASIVE EVIL

Cass and Mitch circle closer to the cult's few members, following a slim lead into a night lit by fire. A night that begins with a blood ritual and ends with Cass holding a man's life - or death - in her hands and struggling to walk the fine line between vengeance and justice.

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AVENGERS OF BLOOD
A Cass Elliot Crime Novel
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"This debut effort is further proof that there are undiscovered novelists out there who can more than keep up with the big names. I expect we'll be hearing more of Gae-Lynn Woods in the future. Tip of the hat to a remarkable book by a promising talent."
Russell Blake, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
"...Gae-Lynn Woods is destined to climb her way to the top of the country's best and bestselling crime novelists. Her prose is rich, and it grabs you by the throat..."
Award-winning crime author Caleb Pirtle III
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"As a mystery/thriller writer myself, there aren't too many authors I wait for, but after the twisty, colorful, surprising mesmerism that was The Devil of Light, I wanted more Cass and more Forney County. Avengers doesn't disappoint--all your favorite rednecks are back, plus some great new ones. I stayed up way too late again and loved every minute of it."
Toby Neal, Amazon Bestselling Author of the Lei Crime Series
"Cass Elliot has my vote for Female Protagonist of the year. It's a rare talent that can wrap up one mystery and promise another on the last page, which of course, means there will be a #3 and if we're lucky, a 4 and a 5 and a 6, etc. With characters you love and those you love to hate, Ms. Woods grabs your attention from the first page and promises you'll want to know what's around the next corner of every chapter."
Daniel C. Chamberlain, Amazon Bestselling Author of The Long Shooters
A DEADLY GAME OF CAT AND MOUSE IS PLAYING OUT IN FORNEY COUNTY...

Detective Cass Elliot is still on suspension after killing a fellow officer and Sheriff Hoffner refuses to sign her release papers. But when four people are murdered in one night, one with the exceptional brutality of a lynching, the Medical Examiner side-steps Hoffner to hire Cass and loan her to Forney County’s overstretched police department.

As Cass and her partner investigate, they realize that three of the murders were committed by the same person but find no connection between the victims. Their frustration intensifies when another victim survives and disappears instead of coming to the police.

Sheriff Hoffner is frantic about anonymous letters claiming one of his star officers is dirty, and Cass suspects a link to the current crimes. The pieces fall together when she uncovers the true identity of the man who was lynched, revealing connections between the victims, the killer, and an unpunished crime committed nearly fifty years ago.