Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a virtual excerpt tour for When The Serpent Bites by Nesly Clerge, a crime fiction, psychological thriller available now.
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.
After two months in the same cell, with infrequent one-hour respites outside the cell for exercise and showers, Starks used the plastic fork delivered with his dinner tray to rip at the veins in his wrists. It was a painful, pathetic attempt with a sad excuse for a tool but it landed him in the infirmary for treatment. And there, Starks saw an opportunity to surreptitiously acquire a small treasure.
He wasn’t kept in the infirmary but was put on suicide watch and moved to yet another similar cell, one with a round-the-clock surveillance camera placed out of reach, and one of the usual thin mattresses on the bed. This time someone made sure he had his hour out of the cell each day, and he was told he’d have to meet with the prison counselor, as soon as it was set up.
Two afternoons later, on his way to the yard segregated for prisoners in isolation, Starks overheard a couple of inmates comment as he passed them: He’s on suicide watch; he’s considered a wild card—stay clear of him; acts like he has nothing to lose; unpredictable—stay outta his way.
Assumptions about him had run through the inmates like wildfire. They were right that at times he didn’t care if he lived, but that feeling inevitably was replaced by a desire to survive. That his behavior was unpredictable was a fact, one he was having difficulty wrapping his mind around. That his value on life—his or anyone else’s—being non-existent was erroneous, he was relieved to realize. If inmates believed, and advised others, that it was best to avoid him, that worked in his favor, as far as he was concerned.
The other twenty-three hours of silence every day were getting to him. Starks’s grandfather had told him silence could be a refuge, a resting state for the mind, a friend of sorts. Silence was just another enemy he faced in his enclosure within an enclosure. With every moment of silence, he descended into an orgy of emotional hurts, sadistic analytical reasoning, and memories of a past best forgotten.
But he knew he wasn’t going to be allowed to forget.
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
Nesly will be awarding a signed paperback copy of When The Serpent Bites to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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