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Dive Bartender: Flowers in the Desert

Dive Bartender: Flowers in the Desert

by T.K. O'Neill
Dive Bartender: Flowers in the Desert

Dive Bartender: Flowers in the Desert

by T.K. O'Neill


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​It's 1977 and Frank Ford is running from his life and for his life.

Following the suspicious suicide of his brother Ray and Frank's own role in the death of twin sisters clearly culpable in Ray's demise, he hits the road for the promised land, California–with a dog-eared paperback copy of Kerouac's On the Road as his roadmap. True to its protagonist's journey, Frank makes a stop in Denver to look up an old friend–in his case high school buddy and former Arizona Amateur Tennis Champion, Larry Richards, now a divorce attorney allegedly raking in the cash, hand over fist.

Larry's seemingly successful life was anything but, and Frank gets caught up in Larry's fraying web of deals and deceit, leading him farther away from California and closer to the same muck he left behind in Minnesota.

Enter the captivating and gifted songwriter Evelyn Raines, lead singer of Evie and the Desert Flowers. The righteous Bill Cross, new roommate, fellow bartender at DJ's and former Arizona Gold Gloves light heavyweight champion. Clayton Cook and Bryce Parker–entitled, corrupt and twisted. Arturo Reynolds, Denver gangster. Javier Raines, Evie's faithful brother and manager. A cast of characters that seems to conspire to keep Frank from his Kerouac dream.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781736144619
Publisher: Draft2digital
Publication date: 11/01/2022
Pages: 498
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.11(d)

About the Author

Thomas Keith (T.K.) O'Neill has been writing since his college years, having been inspired by his creative writing professor, Harry "Doc" Davis. He grew up in Duluth, Minnesota, the son of school teachers, and attended both Arizona State University and the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD).

In his early professional writing years, Thomas was a sports reporter and founder and editor of a regional arts and entertainment monthly, which was seed for some of his early fictional characters. He is the author of several crime noir and hardboiled novels and short stories, including Fly in the Milk, Dead Low Winter, South Texas Tangle, Jackpine Savages, Dive Bartender: Sibling Rivalry and Northwoods Pulp Reloaded.

An ardent outdoorsman and angler, O'Neill and his family live in Minnesota.

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