DEROS

DEROS

by John A Vanek

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603816199
Publisher: Epicenter Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/15/2018
Series: Father Jake Austin Mystery , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 595,400
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

John Vanek received his bachelor's degree from Case Western Reserve University, his medical degree from the University of Rochester, did his internship at University Hospitals of Cleveland, and completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic. His poetry has won contests and has been published in a variety of literary journals, anthologies, and magazines. John lives in Florida, where he teaches a poetry workshop for seniors. For more information, go to JohnVanekAuthor.com.

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He strode to the bar and flagged down the bartender.

"Jack Daniel's on the rocks for me. What'll it be, Jake? I'm buying."

After the day I'd had, I felt like I could have chugged an entire Mason jar of Mr. Daniel's fine Tennessee whiskey. I'd just walked into my turbulent past, however, and it was prudent to remain in control until I got the lay of the land and a handle on my own emotions. Prudence was a virtue I'd acquired out of necessity over the years after taking my lumps at the School of Hard Knocks.

"Ah … a ginger ale, thanks."

"I hear the Shirley Temples are really tasty and come with tiny paper umbrellas." Tree peered down from his six-foot-six-inch vantage point. "Back in the day, your beverage of choice was anything short of rubbing alcohol. This a priest thing? Your collar's off now, Father. Relax."

"It has more to do with my class prophecy, 'Most likely to get a drunk and disorderly.' " I shrugged. "I used up my quota of both after the war, so I take it easy now. I'll grab a drink with dinner."

"Okay. That's probably a good thing, because you were a handful back in school when you were on the sauce. Booze flared up your temper like gasoline on a bonfire. I sure as hell don't want you in my drunk tank tonight." Tree frowned and his eyebrows moved down and in, narrowing his eyes to slits. "Anything else I should know about you?"

"Plenty, but some other time. Let's mingle."

We squeezed through a gauntlet of humanity past the hors d'oeuvres table. Although the Bee Gees recommended "Stayin' Alive," definitely sensible advice, the aroma of fried cholesterol drew folks to the bacon-wrapped shrimp like moths to a flame.

Tree was on a mission, glad-handing and backslapping his way to job security. While he commanded the spotlight, smiling and chatting up the crowd, I lurked in his shadow, watching an eerie 35 mm-filmstrip version of my 1970s life.

We met couples who had been married so many years that they'd begun to look alike, more than a few divorcées, and the occasional trophy wife showcased in designer clothing and sparkling jewelry. If one or two of these wealthy folks belonged to my parish, the church collection basket would runneth over.

The redheads in the room drew my attention. I half expected to see the woman who'd dashed from the confessional. The ladies in the ballroom, however, were decidedly older, stockier, and probably bottle-red.

As Frankie Valli insisted that we were all too darn good to be true, Tree guided me through a haze of perfume, across the raised dance floor, and toward a table.

"Let's park it awhile, Jake."

As we neared, I recognized Emily immediately. My chest tightened and my knees turned to Jell-O.

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Anonymous 4 months ago
Intriguing from beginning to end. I couldn't put this book down. Hope to see more from this author. You won't be disappointed..
MysteryBuffHighness 5 months ago
Very enjoyable. Once I started reading, I didn't want to stop! Looking forward to the next one!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The writing just flowed. The story was very interesting.Looking forward to the next book in the series
Kaytbel More than 1 year ago
I just completed this book and really loved it. Most mysteries are so focused on the mystery itself that the author does not take the time to truly develop the characters. John Vanek has done a masterful job at that. The life of this troubled soldier who turned to healing the body and soul was beautifully traced in the words of this tale. I'm looking forward to book 2. Also, if you like his writings, checkout his published poetry, "Heart Murmurs".