FUNERAL PARTY (Mystery, Murder, & Martinis #1: On the Run). Approx. 154,000 words not including excerpt from THE WILDING (book #2 in the series). Adult Content--contains sex, violence and frequent profanity!
Tavern owner and former bagman for the Chicago Outfit while he was a cop, Zak O'Neill is forced to do one more job for his old Mob boss: take the gangster's girlfriend out on a date to see if she can be trusted. Of course she can't--but for an entirely different reason than expected--and Zak is forced to shoot his way out of a trap and flee, leaving behind his tavern, his house, and the girl he's in lust with. Driving far north into Wisconsin to hide, low on cash and gas and lost, Zak winds up at a desolate dive and all too soon wonders if he wasn't better off back in Chicago, hitmen be damned. Besides the fact that he's a hated Flatlander in Cheesehead-land, there's the hulking but too-short Freddy who's always looking for a fight, the mysterious WANTED fax with Zak's face on it that brings those darn bounty hunters, the slightly seedy private club that hosts a funeral party complete with strippers dancing around the casket, and finally the ultimatum: Die here, or head into dangerous territory to deal with gangs, guns, and a lot of missing money.
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