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Wayward Strangers: A Jack Bellows Suspense Thriller—Book 1 (Virgil Jones Mystery Thriller Series) by [Thomas Scott]

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This is a Suspense Thriller Series Starter Like No Other...

Jack Bellows Wayward Strangers literary thriller Thomas Scott Virgil Jones Mystery Thriller Series

Wayward Strangers

They will come for me in the morning, the social people, but I won’t be home. This house I love—the one where I was born and raised—is no longer mine. I’m not sure what will become of it, nor in truth do I have the immediate luxury to care. I simply have to go before they catch me.

I’m not a criminal. Far from it. But it won’t stop them from showing up, taking me away, and putting me in a juvenile home of some sort until they figure out what my best interests might be.

As if they’d know.

I’ve already said my goodbyes to my family, and as soon as possible, I’ll be long gone. If I’m lucky enough to catch a ride, I’ll be out of the state by the time they realize I’ve left. After that, it won’t be long before I’m forgotten…a footnote in a harried caseworker’s files.

The reason I have to leave ultimately came down to nothing more than a simple twist of misfortune, though the emotional toll it has taken on me is something almost too difficult to bear. But the burden to carry on is mine alone now, and I’ll do it to the best of my ability, no matter the pain I feel, a pain I fear might be with me for the rest of my life.

There is a fundamental law of physics so simple in its origins that one might not notice—let alone ponder—the depths from which it came, nor the path to where it might lead. The question then, is this: How could a simple hole in our roof bring about such a change in my life?

Rainwater splashed against the shingles, a torrential downpour that sounded like gravel being dumped on top of our house. The droplets arced away from their point of impact, the residual wetness of their existence no more immune to the pull of gravity than any other force of nature. The water traveled across the surface of the shingles and eventually found a way to wick itself under the protective layer of tarpaper where it made contact with the wood. In time, the water soaked through the wood, saturated the insulation of the attic, and found its way to the plaster of the ceiling. When it finally penetrates the inner barrier and drips into the existence of our lives, it is, without question, the beginning of something that will take my family from me in ways I never would have imagined. This is how the story begins. With simplicity.

With a hole in our roof.

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"In Wayward Strangers, Thomas Scott has created a timeless story of love, loss, redemption, and the courage it takes to survive, even during the darkest moments of our lives. It is, without question, an absolutely beautiful book." — early reviewer

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09GMPM4PB
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ High Road (September 30, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 30, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1591 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135 ratings

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THOMAS SCOTT is an Amazon bestselling author, reaching audiences from across the globe with his popular and award-winning Virgil Jones Mystery Thriller Series. Each book is filled with action, mystery, thrills, and gripping suspense. You'll also find a fair amount of humor, and a touch of romance. While there are never any cliff-hangers, each book (along with the over-arching storyline of the entire series) includes a colorful cast of recurring characters with true-to-life dialogue that any reader is sure to love.

He is also the author of Wayward Strangers, an historical literary suspense novel set during the time of World War 2.

Thomas lives in a small town in Indiana, one that is literally on the way to nowhere, which is exactly what he likes. It's the kind of town where you can sit on the front porch and still see the occasional horse and buggy clopping by, or have one of the town cops pull into your drive just to say hello.

Thomas acquired a love of fiction at a young age and was never without a book in his hip pocket. His favorite authors remain James Lee Burke, John Sandford, C.J. Box, Robert Crais, Michael Connelly and more. Those authors had a profound impact on Thomas and helped him create a body of work that is unique, one where his voice is recognized among the best in the mystery, thriller & suspense genres.

He's never far from his lovely wife, Debra, and his trusty sidekicks and writing buddies, Lucy, the cat, and Buster the dog.


Book 1: State of Anger

Book 2: State of Betrayal

Book 3: State of Control

Book 4: State of Deception

Book 5: State of Exile

Book 6: State of Freedom

Book 7: State of Genesis

Book 8: State of Humanity

Book 9: State of Impact

Book 10: State of Justice

Book 11: State of Killers

Book 12: State of Life

Book 13: State of Mind

Book 14: State of Need

Book 15: State of One

Book 16: State of Play

Book 17: State of Qualms


Book 1: Wayward Strangers Wayward Strangers is connected to the Virgil Jones Mystery Thriller series, and is best read after State of Life, and before State of Mind.

You may contact Thomas anytime via his website (listed below) where he personally answers every single email he receives.


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