Set in the forthcoming Lei Crime World created by novelist Toby Neal, Fireweed Trail is a brief but action-packed adventure of the teenaged Lei Texeira, long before she became a law enforcement officer on her way to being a police detective. In Neal’s first Lei Crime novel, Blood Orchids, we learned Lei had a rough childhood that included adolescent molestation, a mother who died by overdose, and having to be raised outside of Hawaii, in California, by her aunt.
In Blood Orchids, when encountering one of the early victims in that novel whom Lei had had contact with prior to the character’s death, Lei described herself has having been on the same dangerous path at one point in her own troubled teen years.
Fireweed Trail is a glimpse into those troubled years. Not yet the balanced, driven police detective she will eventually grow into, Lei finds herself sent by her Auntie Rosario to a hiking-and-therapy group for a wilderness adventure. But when one of the group turns up missing, and later dead, she is propelled into an adventure filled with danger, suspense, and anything but a peaceful, therapeutic experience.
Look for Fireweed Trail by Craig Hansen, a KindleWorlds short brought to you exclusively on Amazon, coming in April.