State of Life
Book 12 of the Virgil Jones Mystery Thriller Suspense Series
A STRANGE REQUEST FROM A TRUSTED SOURCE HAS DETECTIVE VIRGIL JONES LOOKING INTO THE PAST, AND WHEN HE DOES, HE’LL NOT ONLY BE FORCED TO FACE HIS OWN DEMONS, BUT HIS FATHER’S AS WELL…
Decades ago, Marion County Sheriff Mason Jones investigated the disappearance of a young female cross-country runner who didn’t return home after a local high school competition. No ransom was ever demanded, and the only piece of evidence ever recovered was a single running shoe with a spot of blood that had seeped into the laces. After a long and exhaustive search, the missing girl was never found, and eventually, the investigation was listed as unsolved. The case notes and shoe were boxed up and stuck in an evidence locker where they’d wither and die, just like the young female athlete. What Mason didn’t realize at the time was this: The missing girl wasn’t the only one abducted. Over the years, there’d been more. Many more…
Virgil Jones, lead detective for the state’s Major Crimes Unit is still struggling after the loss of a friend and coworker. Ron Miles was ambushed and shot to death on a previous case while rounding up the last holdout of a group of drug-runners in Southern Indiana. Virgil and Ron had weathered a tenuous relationship over the years, but Virgil’s guilt over putting Ron into a position that ultimately cost him his life is tearing him apart…
In French Lick, Indiana, just south of the Lost River, an elderly man is found dead in his garage. His morning newspaper and cup of coffee are sitting on the workbench next to his chair. In one hand he held an unlit cigarette; in the other a simple Bic lighter. His head is tipped back in the chair as if he might have experienced the most tranquil death anyone could ever hope for. The family, the authorities, and even the emergency medical personnel all agreed…it looked like he’d simply closed his eyes to rest, then peacefully drifted off to wherever the dead go when their time comes. But time is mysterious, looks can be deceiving, and as Virgil Jones is about to discover, the death of the elderly man will unravel a mystery that began decades ago, one where lives were lost, and black-hearted killers had few, if any boundaries.
New to the series? Start with State of Anger, Book #1 of the Virgil Jones Mystery, Thriller & Suspense series.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I have been hooked on this series since the beginning, and I’m hoping that there will be many more to come. With wonderful characters, humor, drama, mystery, suspense, action, as well as intriguing twists and turns, it’s certainly not a series that you’ll want to miss! I love watching this unconventional group (which is more like a huge family) continue growing.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Scott’s Virgil Jones series NEVER disappoints! (Except that the book ends.) This is one of those rare authors who write such compelling stories that I simply can’t put it down without my wife’s more compelling request for help with the chores. If you read one of his books, you will understand.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Absolutely one of the best series around. I so looked forward to book #12 being released, and i was not disappointed. Everyone one of these books are so well written . The characters are so well developed. I cried a couple of times as i read about their exploits. I highly recommend this book and the entire series.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thomas Scott knocks it out of the park again! I got this book early the first day anticipating its release. Mr. Scott has hit another home run with State of Life. I read it in one day because it’s that good, as we’re the previous 11 books. I have moved Thomas Scott to the top of my “Favorite Author” list. Eagerly waiting on number 13, State of Mind!