Inspired by a true incident: a supposedly empty rental truck is being readied for a customer, and when the back door opens, the funky smell turns out to be a body in a plastic trash bag.
Detective Fred "Tree" Stumpf gets the murder case and begins sleuthing. Something's going on at the U-Drive_Em; mileages are being reassigned, the surveillance cameras develop glitches, and employees are getting conflicting orders.
Soon, Detective Jerry Redding's case starts overlapping, and both detectives in the mid-size Indiana city are working again with each other, sorting out their respective cases and closing in on an interstate smuggling ring, Salvadoran illegals, Cuban green-card holders posing as Mexicans, the truck rental's father-daughter ownership team, and a crook named after a pasta who somehow has made a carpenter, a family man, rich beyond his dreams.
And they close in on all the criminals as they solve all the crimes, and come up with a surprise ending.
If you like twists, dogs, teens and toddlers, money, cigarettes, cops and crime, liars and killers, all in a mental maze that adults will get lost in and even middle-schoolers can read, read this.
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Table of Contents
Chapter One: You're gonna need a different truck.
Chapter Two: Where do we start?
Chapter Three: Daniel and Lulita Estes
Chapter Four: Lulita's last night
Chapter Five: Crooked books
Chapter Six: Daniel Estes faces single fatherhood.
Chapter Seven: Alfetta and Tony
Chapter Eight: Death begins at forty.
Chapter Nine: Alfetta's Math
Chapter Ten: Ferguson and Plessy
Chapter Eleven: Alfetta's story
Chapter Twelve: Breaking bad backfires.
Chapter Thirteen: Estes examines his soul.
Chapter Fourteen: The new normal
Chapter Fifteen: Nana's an accidental spy.
Chapter Sixteen: Sharonda and Connie, just us girls
Chapter Seventeen: The brief debrief
Chapter Eighteen: A change of scenery
Chapter Nineteen: The new normal. Or not.
Chapter Twenty: Vittorio's daughter
Chapter Twenty–one: The missing Miata
Chapter Twenty–two: A short PT cruise
Chapter Twenty–three: Tony Gemelli
Chapter Twenty–four: The bust
Chapter Twenty–five: Monday morning going down
Chapter Twenty–six: The daughters Estes
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