What do you do when you fall through the loopholes in the system and all you have to rely on are your own wits?
Lois and Sophie have scrambled and saved for years, planning for their retirement in Florida. But now they've lost it all, and Lois's sniper training from her long-ago service as an Army nurse leads to a desperate career choice.
When Detective Morgan Holiday is assigned to investigate a spate of sniper killings, it's just one more stress point in her already overburdened life. But as she grows increasingly solitarycoping with an Alzheimer’s-plagued mother who refuses to be confined to a nursing home, and a police partner counting the days to retirementshe comes to realize that these murders may cut close to home.
A modern morality tale of justice, retribution, and women who refuse to be politely invisible.
|Publisher:||Bold Strokes Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Award-winning Midwestern writer Martha Miller is the author of four books: Skin to Skin: Erotic Lesbian Love Stories, Nine Nights on the Windy Tree, Dispatch to Death, and Tales from the Levee. Her stories, reviews, and articles are widely published in anthologies, magazines, periodicals, and newspapers. She writes a monthly column for Out and About Illinois called “Martha [Lesbian] Living,” a lesbian send-up of that other, more domestic, Martha. She is a winner of a Raymond Carver Short Fiction Award and the Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship, among others. She loves to read and she loves basketball. She teaches writing part time at a local community college and lives a quiet life with her partner Ann and two dogs and two cats.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a very winning story. These characters are all individual unique folks, struggling to get by in a real world we can all recognize. There are true bad guys who draw no sympathy, but they too are realistic. They exist in the world we live in. The way the author balances her characters' morality is really a remarkable dance. I loved this book. These nice old ladies who happen to be a lesbian couple figure out the only way to a reasonable retirement is through a serious criminal enterprise: killing people for a fee. Being not really criminal, they try to find and accept only jobs in which the intended victim has it coming. In this they are more closely related to the vigilante justice of the old west then to the actions of crime family hitmen. Although they are doing it for money, the reader understands that they wouldn't kill someone who was an innocent. When I started reading this book I was torn by the morality of what they intended to do. Initially it is presented as somewhat comic in nature. The novel has a conversational style, beautifully handled, that moves things along. The characters are all of them pretty much individuals, with no cardboard minor figures sitting like props along the way. The two old ladies are distinct, nearly an odd couple. Their back stories are reasonable and winning. Their adopted daughter's story is also well told and functions as an armature for the story. As the story unfolded I became more than just comfortable with the moral force behind these women. There is a sense of justice and a recognizing of the danger of ad hoc judgment in every action undertaken. It's really a tour de force look at what real justice should be in this modern world. Contrasting the women's lives as aging gays in our culture, the young policewoman's story shows us the problems on the other end. The fact of her gayness eludes her, though the desire rises up. Her problems with her mother and her mother's loss of memory are also keys to the way this story must play out. I liked these women. I liked the cops-- the young black woman and her old partner and her new partner. I liked the lesbian couple's daughter, and felt bad for her. I had sympathy for those forced to hire these women. And I felt that frisson of grief that comes from justice being served. I am familiar with Miller's other crime drama books, Nine Nights on the Windy Tree and Dispatch to Death. This new story, Retirement Plan, is her best work. She just gets better and better. I'm looking forward to what comes next.