Gary Earl Ross
2022 |
Buffalo (N.Y.)

"Private investigator Gideon Rimes knows he’s lucky, a survivor over the years. Now, months after the first anniversary of the pandemic that did not spare his beloved Buffalo—nor everyone in his circle—a sense of mortality lingers over Nickel City. The changed landscape includes word of crime lord Lorenzo Quick’s passing, whose regime is imploding, as a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act case is being avidly built by the ADA. Yet in the territorial vacuum, opportunistic and unpredictable successors emerge. After a year of uncertainty, Rimes is ready to ease back into his old routine. First, State Supreme Court Justice Hal Chancellor hires him to handle the delicate matter of compromising intimate videos of his esteemed sister with a now vanished lover who fabricated his identity along with betraying her trust. Without a ransom request, it doesn’t appear to be 'revenge porn.' But some warning is implicit. The case takes a startling twist when a drive-by shooting at an outdoor concert shares a link and jeopardizes Rimes’s personal world. There’s a bigger picture surfacing—one of interlocked secrets, machinations of fate, and long-game vengeance that encircles Nickel City’s power players. And if that wasn’t troubling enough, Quick’s former hit man and psychopath, Lester Tolliver, aka the Spider, keeps calling Rimes to unnervingly chat like old friends. As he races to connect the dots, Rimes can’t shake the feeling that he’s on borrowed time, and eventually his luck will run out."--Page 4 of cover

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