Dead End Fix: A Justice Novel

Dead End Fix: A Justice Novel

by T. E. Woods

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ISBN-13: 9780425284551
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/21/2016
Series: Justice , #6
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 93,491
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

T. E. Woods was a clinical psychologist in private practice in Madison, Wisconsin. She was the author of the Justice series (The Fixer, The Red Hot Fix, The Unforgivable Fix, Fixed in Blood, Fixed in Fear, and Dead End Fix) and the Hush Money series (Hush Money, Bad Girl, and Private Lies). She died in 2018.

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Chapter 1


Damn, he hated his life.

His hands were cramping like a son of a bitch. He’d been reaching and digging in this dumpster, trying to pull out as many aluminum cans as he could before some sawed-off loudmouth in greasy pajamas yammering something nobody could understand came out and screamed him away. He balanced himself on a row of wooden crates overflowing with fish heads, rotten cabbage leaves, moldy pork skins, and whatever else those funny-talking tiny people decided to throw out after cooking whatever slop they were selling as food in their jive-ass restaurant. He’d heard once that if you were around some strange stink and gulped in air real fast, your nose would overdose and just go numb. You wouldn’t smell it anymore. Well, next time some smart-ass tried to sell him that particular piece of dope, he’d have proof positive it was nothing but bullshit. He’d tell him about the time he mined a dumpster on a hot afternoon, surrounded by Chinese, Japanese, who-the-f***-cares-ese garbage and kept smelling the reek no matter how many deep breaths he gulped.

All to get paid.

Damn, he hated his life. Sometimes he thought no seventeen-year-old should have to work this hard just to put some food in his belly. It should be like in those TV shows. Kids his age talking sassy to their parents. Never getting the back of anybody’s hand for it, either. Wearing the clothes. Eating at a table. Talking about school while a mom fusses and a dad reads the newspaper and looks wise.

But thinking about what the TV had to preach wasn’t going to do him any good. His life was his life. Plain and simple. If he was going to eat, it would be him who got the food. And right now this dumpster was his best bet because eating took money. He couldn’t let stink, cramped hands, or bugs buzzing in his ears get in his way. He kept his mind focused and his eyes open for anything the scrap man would buy. A couple of big sacks of aluminum cans would get him lunch.

He’d made himself a promise when he walked away from his last foster home that it wouldn’t always be like this. Life just had to be more than getting from one meal to the next. Someday he would make it to a place where he could sleep at night, like normal folks. Not have to stay awake like some kind of vampire, waiting to sleep in the library or a gas station bathroom in the middle of the day. He would cook on a stove and make recipes like the ones he saw in those magazines at the checkout counter. Two-Hour Beef Stew! Feed Your Family with Ease. Yeah. He’d get there.

Once he did, he’d go see about talking to LaTonya. She wasn’t like the other girls hanging around these parts. LaTonya kept herself clean. Dressed so that her body parts weren’t hanging out for all the world to see. Wore little red clips in her hair. Held herself like a lady. Went to school every day and even read the books the teachers put on those lists. He’d tried to talk to her before, but she’d paid him no return other than a sweet smile as she walked away. Probably figured a juke like him wasn’t for her.

But she was wrong. He’d have a life real soon. She’d know what it meant to be a queen because he’d treat her like one.

All he needed was for the 97s to give him a chance. Those boys knew how to roll. Wasn’t a member of the 97s who didn’t walk proudly down any street on their turf. Wasn’t a person who didn’t step aside when a 97 wanted to pass. He made himself available to them. Giving any 97 who took the time a chance to get to know the kind of skills he had to offer. All he needed was one good turn of luck and they’d give him a shot.

But that was someday. Today he needed to eat.

He raised his head when the stench threatened to overwhelm him. Caught his breath, watching the neighborhood go about its day. The old men shuffling to the park passed right on by without so much as a care for another teenaged black boy scrounging for his meal. He didn’t mind. Let ’em play their checkers or sit around laughing about whatever good old days they lied about living. Same with the moms. Let the old ladies get on the buses and head on out to clean white people’s houses on the fancy side of town. He even let the bad kitties pass on by. Another day he might have spent some time stealing a look at their tight clothes and their sashaying walks. But not this day. Yesterday all he’d gotten to eat was a nuked-out bean burrito. Today was all about getting enough for a chicken sandwich. Side of fries if he was lucky.

Something caught his eye. Crossing the street in front of him. What the hell was that doing on this block? Didn’t that thing know any better? Dumb-ass Pico didn’t have the sense God gave a goose, walking in broad daylight this close to 97 turf. He stopped digging and watched the thing strut his way, like it didn’t have a care for anything.
Then came the sound everybody in this part of town knew meant it was best to duck or run. He decided to dive, pulling the lid closed over him. The stink didn’t bother him at all this time. He was happy to have the rolled steel of the dumpster standing between him and what was going down out on the street. He peered out the crack just under the lid.

The first shot brought the Pico down. He watched, ignoring the screams of two Beckys across the street. A second shot stopped the Pico’s arms and legs from twitching. He heard the squeal of tires but couldn’t see any car speeding away. He stayed in the dumpster until he was sure the shooting was over.

A voice deep inside him screamed that it was time to act. His big chance had been delivered to him. Less than fifteen feet away. He threw the dumpster lid open, jumped out, and ran to what could be his ticket to the show.
He knelt beside the dead thing on the sidewalk. No tag. He looked around the concrete where the thing lay all bloody and dead. No tag there, either. It might be a long shot, but what the hell. At least it was a shot. He pulled a switchblade from his pocket. Three slices later he had what he needed.

Then he stood.

Then he ran.

He was six blocks away, sitting on a bench in front of a tattoo parlor, when he heard the sirens headed south toward that stinking restaurant.

He wasn’t hungry anymore. He’d never be hungry again.

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Dead End Fix: A Justice Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like the previous books in the Fixer series, I was enthralled from the first page. The switch between the plot and the subplot kept me turning the pages, eager to discover what happened next. I definitely recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am shocked! This happened! I cannot write what I could write, as it would spoil the story for those who have not read thebook yet. Excellent, suspenseful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story just showed us what is going on in the world and how we still are. We need to stop the violence. This story was good and had a great message. I don't like telling people to much about a story but this one was good.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Reading the Fixed series was well worth my time. Keep writing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this in one sitting, instantly ordered everything written by this amazing writer. Glad I'm retired or else I would have had to take a sick day to finish. Highly recommend!!!!!!!
rfcurious More than 1 year ago
For the past two years I have been lucky enough to be able to read and comment on the entire Justice series. They keep getting better with each installment and the latest is no exception. T. E. Woods has become and will continue to be one of my favorite authors. I look forward to more of her work whether it is the continuation of the Justice series or a new direction.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book; this is the sixth book in the Justice/Mort Grant series by T.E. Woods. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. This was such a great read and full of surprises. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Ratbruce More than 1 year ago
T.E. Woods has done it again with another great book in the Fixer series. If you haven't started this series yet I recommend starting with The Fixer, which is the first book in this thriller series.
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
The "Fixer" series is incredibly interesting with a cast of regular characters and a carousel of new ones. Again in this book the on-going drama of Lydia, Mort, and Allie provides the umbrella for a new story of gang warfare and murder in the streets of Seattle. Either of these story arcs would be sufficient for a great book. Together they provide an outstanding reading experience. Woods' style of writing is as good as it gets. She ensnares the reader and keeps the pulse pounding for page after page. The writing conveys so much so well that the reader feels live-streamed with information and emotion. After the amazing cliff-hanger in the previous book in this series, I read carefully in the concern that I could be left hanging again at the end. It didn't happen this time, but in many ways I wish this series could continue forever. Long live "The Fixer."
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
Dead End Fix by T. E. Woods is a highly recommended thriller and the 6th book in the Justice/Mort Grant series. Mort's granddaughter, Hadley, has been kidnapped by his daughter, Allie, who is a known killer and head of an international Russian crime syndicate. After a rocky relationship and estrangement between Allie and her family, they finally gave her a chance and she repaid them by running off with six-year-old Hadley. Mort, who is a Seattle detective, must secretly turn to Lydia Corriger, The Fixer, for a chance to see Hadley returned home. Lydia is the one person who could track Allie down and get Hadley returned to her family. But Allie hates Lydia, so any direct confrontation between the two may be fatal for one of them. At the same time a twelve-year-old boy has been killed in a drive-by shooting in Seattle. Mort's team is on the case, but it looks like violence is about to erupt in the city. A gang war may be about to start and more lives may be at risk. Woods does an good job with the writing and plot in Dead End Fix. It has a darker feel to it than previous books and present a major game changer in the series. For anyone new to the series, I must caution you that this really needs to be read as part of the series. I think there is too much backstory and history between the characters for a reader new to the series to just jump in with book six. The gang story line does stand apart, but I certainly couldn't tell anyone to read the series based just on that part of the book. I have enjoyed Lydia's character in the past books more than this one, which may be the last book in the series. Rumor has it that Woods will be starting a new series, which will be something to look forward to. Disclosure: My advanced reading copy was courtesy of the publisher for review purposes.
Bev_Ash More than 1 year ago
This novel has three interesting plots that combine to make a great story. This is the 6th book in the Mort Grant series so if you have read any of the other books the characters are like old friends with a few new ones thrown in. To me, this book was about family,not just the one we are born into, but the ones we acquire along the way, and what we will do to protect them. I received this free from NetGalley for an honest review.
scambra More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic installment in the Fixer series. Hadley's missing, Mort has a tough case, and Allie is after Lydia. Twists and turns that you won't see coming. Edge of your seat drama that kept me turning the pages late into the night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a Woods fan. I have read all of the books in the Fixer series and think this may very well be the best. Mort's daughter, Allie, is still leading the Russian gang and is more brutal than ever and is after Lydia. Mort is investigating the murder of a 12 year old boy in the Seattle Ghetto. These two crimes have no correlation to each other, but do bring everyone together. This was excellent reading and the kind of book that keeps you from things you were supposed to be doing. Thanks to Net Galley and Alibi for an ARC for an honest review.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Anyone who knows Chief of Detectives, Mort Grant, knows that family is everything to him. In the midst of a gang war, he receives a phone call … his grand-daughter, Hadley, has been kidnapped. The worst part is that she was taken by his own daughter, Allie who is also Hadley’s aunt. Because of Allie’s lawlessness, the family has dropped all contact with her. Now she’s getting her payback. But she loves the little girl and won’t be in any danger .. at least from her. Allie is a cold-hearted woman who happens to be head of one of the largest criminal enterprises in the world. Desperate to find his grand-daughter, he turns to the vigilante called The Fixer. Even though Allie has lots and lots of money plus connections with the worst of the worst, The Fixer has a razor sharp mind and will do whatever it takes to bring Hadley back to her family safely. This is a solid written thriller. Lots of action, lots of danger, all the characters are believable. The Fixer, even though she’s wanted by the FBI, does not acknowledge any lines or limits. The only person who knows her identity is Mort Grant. Being a law officer, he knows he is also committing a crime by keeping her identity secret. I’ve been fortunate to read the first few books in this series. As always, it pays if readers start at the beginning. There are lots of nuances that may be missed by skipping around. That being said, this can be read as a stand-alone. Even though there are some references to things that have happened in previous books. Many thanks to the author / Random House Publishing Group – Alibi / NetGalley who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
JennMcLean More than 1 year ago
"Dead End Fix" by T. E. Woods will be published June 7, 2016. It is the sixth book in the Fixer series. The last book, "Fixed In Fear", left the reader awaiting this newest mystery with a great cliffhanger, now we finally get to find out what will happen. I've voraciously enjoyed every one of the "Fixer" series and since the last book left us hanging, I've been chomping at the bit to read "Dead End Fix". I am slightly saddened to say that I was a little disappointed in this book. I'm so used to Woods' books being winners, a clear four to five star read that having this one be only a three star was a little bit of a let down. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed it as only a fan of an author can. Sometimes you get a duller read in the middle of a great series but it still pushes the story forward and as a fan you await the next thrilling read from that author. This was one of those books, it pushes the story forward but I didn't love it as much as usual. The Fixer must find Detective Mort Grant's granddaughter who has been kidnapped by her sociopathic drug czar aunt. Allie Grant thinks she has a right to take her niece, it's her family after all and she's angry that the Grant family won't accept her into the fold. It matters not that she is a vicious murderer and international criminal who heads a drug cartel, Allie Grant wants what she wants and she wants it now. She'll hurt who she has to to get her due. The Fixer is not going to let Allie hurt her family, someone has to stand up to this sociopath and say NO. It will be a colossal struggle to track down Allie, she has more money than she knows what to do with and underlings who will kill to protect their Czarina. As a reader I was already heavily invested in this series and wanted to see Allie Grant get her comeuppance. This is where I was a little disappointed. I found the wrap up to this part of the storyline a little lackluster. For an author who has kept me on the edge of my seat, I expected a little more breathless moments than I received. There was a slight feeling of letdown when finally the Fixer confronted Allie about her crimes. Maybe I'm bloodthirsty but I would have stretched the moment out a little more and designed in more collateral damage. I felt like... "Oh, ok, well, that's over" instead of of the expected... "OMG, I can't believe that just happened!". Although "Dead End Fix" was a slight disappointment, the story is certainly moved forward and therefore is a must read for anyone invested in this series. I look forward to the next Fixer mystery without some of the distractions inherent in this novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago