Fiddle Game: A Herman Jackson Mystery #1by Richard A Thompson
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Herman Jackson has chosen St. Paul as his place of permanent exile from Detroit, where his former life as a bookie got too hot to hold. Now he leads a respectable, low-profile life as a bail bondsman, selling second chances to losers and looking over his shoulder. When a young woman named Amy Cox leaves Jackson a priceless antique violin as security for her brothers bail bond, its really the beginning of an elaborate con game. But the game is barely underway when she is brutally murdered in front of Jacksons office. And for reasons that make no sense, the police are calling him the prime suspect. That is, unless he gives them the violin as evidence. With his criminal past, Jackson cant afford to be a prime suspect for jaywalking. But neither is he prepared to give in to extortion. Soon he is on the road and on the run, trying to solve Amy Coxs murder, pursued by one real and one crooked cop, a band of urban Gypsies who claim to have first rights to the violin, and an unknown killer who also wants Jackson dead. Nobody is who he claims to be, nothing is what it seems, and the violin, which is reputed to carry a 400-year-old curse, begins to take on a life of its own. While Jackson tries to sort it all out, the killing continues, and suddenly his old life back in Detroit doesnt look so dangerous at all.
Meet the Author
Richard Thompson is a former civil engineer and construction manager who traded his hard hat for a laptop and now writes full time. His first novel, Fiddle Game, was short-listed for a Debut Dagger award, and Frag Box was a finalist for the 2010 Minnesota Book Award. He is also the author of a standalone historical mystery, Big Wheat. He lives in Minnesota with his wife of 45 years and two neurotic cats.
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