The Fixer: A Justice Novel

The Fixer: A Justice Novel

by T. E. Woods

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ISBN-13: 9780345549266
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Series: Justice , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 13,615
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

T. E. Woods is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Madison, Wisconsin. Her scientific writings are well represented in peer-reviewed journals and academic texts. Her literary works earned her first place for Fiction at the University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute. Dr. Woods enjoys kayaking, hiking, biking, and hanging around the house while her two dogs help her make sense of the world. Her habit of relaxing by conjuring up any manner of diabolical murder methods and plots often finds her friends urging her to take up knitting.

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Chapter One

The prospect sat in the hot tub, fat and doughy. Looking like he would leave an oil slick as he melted in the steaming water. The Fixer crossed the redwood deck, dropped a robe, climbed down three steps and sat across from the sweating mound of flesh.

“You Martin?”

The prospect’s mouth flapped up and down. No words. A three-hundred-pound manatee gurgling as the whirlpool teased bubbles around his hairy C-cup breasts.

“I asked if you’re Martin.”

The fat man scanned the pool area. Two o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon at an airport conference hotel. The Fixer knew the place would be empty. Perfect for sensitive conversations.

Martin brought his hands to his face. Two pink hams rubbing water out of his eyes. “Graham? You’re Graham?”

The Fixer nodded.

A slow smile crossed the fat man’s face. “You’re not what I expected.”

“Yeah, I get that a lot.”

Yellow teeth peeked out between Martin’s fleshy lips. “I like your tattoo. A dagger through the heart. Nice for your line of work. What I don’t like is meeting in a jacuzzi.” He leaned his arms across the back of the tub. A porcine crucifix. “What’s the deal?”

“Bathing suits and hot water. Great for making sure no one’s wearing a wire.”

“I get it. Brings whole new meaning to the term ‘wet work.’”

“You have a job for me, Mr. Martin?”

The prospect craned his fat head, scanning the pool area again, assuring himself no one was within earshot. “My wife.”

“What about your wife, Mr. Martin?”

He fidgeted. “What? I gotta say it? That how this works?”

The Fixer stared at him. Steel-blue eyes shut down any resistance the obese man may have considered.

“I want her gone, okay?” He swiped a hand through thinning brown hair. “I need her gone.”

“Tell me why, Mr. Martin.”

“What? You got standards?” Martin regretted the challenge the moment it left his lips. “Sorry. That was rude. You’re a professional. I respect that. It’s just you gotta understand.” He made a failed attempt at humble. “It’s not like I do this every day, you know what I’m saying?”

“Tell me why, Mr. Martin. Why do you want your wife gone?”

The size of the man made his subservience all the more pitiful. This was The Fixer’s favorite part. When the prospect realized who held the power.

“She’s become a liability, let’s just say. Spends my money like a sailor on shore leave. She’s drunk every day by three. She used to be gorgeous, but I gotta face it. She’s really let herself go. My business, I need a looker on my arm.”

“Why not divorce her, Mr. Martin?”

The prospect narrowed his eyes, considering another stab at defiance. The Fixer’s steadiness stopped it. The smell of chlorine mixed with his sweat to produce an odor of sanitized panic. “It’s complicated. Let’s leave it at that.”

“Which means there’s money involved. Money a judge might think she deserves but you don’t want her to have.”
“It’s not just the money. It’s a whole thing. Like I said, complicated.”

“Which means there’s another woman. Someone who doesn’t want to wait through a messy divorce.”
Martin found a sliver of backbone somewhere in his lipid insulation. “Listen. I don’t gotta explain myself to you. You gonna do this thing or not?”

The Fixer’s hand toyed with the bubbles. “No, Mr. Martin. I’m not. I do have standards. And you don’t meet them.” Rising and grabbing the rail, The Fixer climbed the stairs and reached for a robe.

“What the f*** is this?” Martin attempted to stand, but slipped, sending a chemically treated tsunami over The Fixer’s feet.

“Relax, Mr. Martin.” Robe tied tight. “I have colleagues whose criteria aren’t as high as mine. Consider this a first interview. The good news is you made it to the next round. Be here tomorrow. Same time. Same tub. My colleague will meet you. Name’s Cain. I think the two of you will make perfect partners.”

“What is this? You got the rep, Graham. Who the f***’s Cain? I need you. Not some dumb f*** associate of yours.”

The Fixer looked down at the floating flesh flailing in the spa. “One more word, Mr. Martin, and Cain takes another job. Are we clear?”

Martin sank back onto the hot-tub bench. “Tell that Cain of yours I want to do business.”

The Fixer smiled and headed toward the locker room. A quick shower and change before heading home. Special attention to scrubbing off the heart-and-dagger tattoo. A long walk to the far end of the hotel’s parking lot. The Fixer pulled out a prepaid cell phone, fitted a small voice digitizer over the mouthpiece, and punched in a number. An answer on the second ring.

“West Grove Station, Officer Jenkins speaking.”

“Detective Llaird, please.”

Officer Jenkins reacted to the synthesized voice. “Who is this?”

“Put me through to Detective Llaird. I won’t ask again, Officer.”

A brief pause followed by a click signaled Officer Jenkins had weighed her options well.

“Llaird, homicide.”

“Detective Llaird, listen carefully.” The Fixer knew the digitizer sometimes garbled sounds. “Have a plainclothes meet a man at the airport Hilton tomorrow afternoon at two. His name’s Martin. He’ll be the fattest guy your man’s ever seen and he’ll be waiting in the hot tub.”

“Who the hell is this?” The digitizer attracted that question a lot.

“Listen to me, Detective, and save a life. Ignore me and you’ll have a homicide on your hands. Martin’s looking for somebody. Wants his wife dead and is ready to pay to make it happen. Tomorrow. Two o’clock. Hot tub at the airport Hilton. He’ll be expecting a shooter named Cain.”

Llaird offered a variation on the theme. “What the f*** is this?”

“This, Detective, is a guaranteed heads-up. I’ve done my job. Now you do yours.” The Fixer clicked off. Digitizer removed and returned to pocket. Prepaid’s battery ejected. Crossing the parking lot back to the hotel, The Fixer passed several cars with windows open to the July heat. Cell phone mechanism placed under the tire of a six-year-old Ford. Cell phone battery tossed into the open dumpster behind the coffee shop. Never breaking stride, The Fixer moved through the lobby and out the main entrance, nodding to the nearest bellman past the revolving door.

“Cab, please. Airport.”

The bellman whistled the first car in the taxi line forward. The Fixer stepped to the open door and handed the bellman a five before settling into the backseat. Two doormen and three bellhops watched the cab pull away.

“That,” breathed the twenty-year-old bellhop, “is one gorgeous woman.”

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The Fixer: A Justice Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
EMMacCallum More than 1 year ago
When a vigilante killer-for-hire known as the Fixer ends up working for the wrong people it’s up to an oldschool cop and an intelligent psychologist to keep that from happening. I don’t want to go into too many details because there’d be a spoiler at every juncture but believe me when I say it’s fun to read how they each accomplish this. Once the plot gain it’s momentum, it was a breakneck ride that had you at the edge of your seat. Suddenly, I found myself submerged in a far more complicated story than I anticipated! The mystery had so many twists and turns it was hard to predict and even harder to put down. There were several moments that I thought I knew exactly what T.E. Woods was up to only to have that theory turned on its head. With T.E. Woods pulling some ‘Agatha Christie moves’ I think thriller/mystery fans will love “The Fixer”.
otterly More than 1 year ago
I only read about a third of this book, but it involves animals being tortured, so I could not continue.
Gsxrgal More than 1 year ago
This was one of those books I purchased because it was 99 cents, so I thought what have I got to lose? Well, it definitely had some plots and twists, where you weren't sure who the bad guy was and the main characters definitely had some depth and character. I'm looking forward to reading the next book.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A female hitman who has nicknamed herself The Fixer and as you find out in the story she is out to redeem a horrible childhood that still scars her.  Unfortunately, her recent job has turned into a little more than her normal job and she is caught up in quite an affair! The first five chapters were short and each had cliff hangers and I was nervous that thing wouldn't connect - thank goodness they did!  Although the short chapters continued through the book, I wished that the chapters had more flow to them to allow for an easier read.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always kept you guessing. I didn't care for the foul language.
quibecca More than 1 year ago
Man, I don't even know what to say.  My head is still kind of spinning from this book.  It just was so good. I had a very hard time putting this book down.  I love reading suspenseful books.  I was on NetGalley and requested this one for review, and when I was accepted I got super excited.  I just really, really liked this book. I don't even know how to explain what I love about this book without giving too much away.  The characters were fantastic.    I was grabbed from the very beginning.   There are so many characters in this book.  I had to keep writing down the names so I could remember who they were, and when it all comes together...boom...mind. blown.  It was great.   Dr. Lydia Corriger is a Psychologist who has a patient come in by the name of Savannah.  Savannah comes with problems, and walls already put up before really starting therapy.  Mort Grant is a homicide detective trying to solve some unexplained murders.  Robert, Mort's son is a journalist on the search for the next big story.  Little do they know they are closer to the story than either of them realize.    The way this unravels is absolutely fantastic.  The way the characters connect is awesome.  They writing was fabulous.  I was just so drawn into this book.  I kept thinking I had everything figured out, then BAM...something else happens and I am again...mind. blown.  I really just love how everything worked out in this book. The ending completely surprised me.  COMPLETELY.  I was not expecting such a fantastic ending.   The ONLY complaint I have about this book is that the f-bomb is dropped too much for my liking.  Having said that, it really is a fantastic book.  I just wouldn't recommend it for a younger reader.  I would probably let my 17 yr old read it, but any younger than that I don't think I could recommend it.  But for adults...it's just so very good just be aware there is language in it. Thank you Random House Publishing-Alibi and NetGalley for the opportunity to review this fantastic book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok, I am still trying to figure out how we got to the end! This was a great, great book!! Usually I'm pretty good at guessing what will happen next, but just when I thought I had it all figured out, something else was introduced. This is definitely at the top of my reading list. This is the first book I have ever written a review on. So my hat's off to the author!! This is a true winner.
BETKAT More than 1 year ago
This was the first book by T E Cook and midway thru I hurried and bought the 2nd and 3rd book by this author. The characters are carried thru all three and the plot is so interesting that while I am in the 3rd. I am sad there are not any more to read.They are exciting, and You cannot wait to read the next page. The characters are described so beautifully that you can picture them. I really enjoyed the books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good at keeping you wondering who did what. Did not drag on, but kept you turning the pages. Good read.
KarenJG More than 1 year ago
Unconventionally written, but a good book. Most mysteries follow one protagonist who attempts to solve the mystery. This one starts with several seemingly random vignettes about seemingly unrelated people and events, then slowly draws them together. Well written, once you get past the "surprise" of the unusual format of the story. I've already bought the other two currently available, and am about to start the second. (I should note, I'd planned to give this four stars, but felt I had to help up the average due to the 1 star reviews from people who apparently couldn't get past the unconventional style.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book,and it's sequel. They are Fast paced,and keep you guessing. Excellent storyline! 5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
impressive. kept me guessing for quite some time. would recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the anticipation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read do yourself a favor and read it too
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So many twists, held my breath through out the book.
PRG1945 More than 1 year ago
Once you read this book you'll find you just HAVE to read the whole series. This was my favorite of the series, but all of the books are a great read. Could not put them down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent series. This is the first in the series and I've already purchased and read the next two with a pre order on the 3rd. Very well written, fast paced, story line. Extremely well developed and likable characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This may be the first Nook book where I highlighed nothing. A pointless, confused story where the only suspense is how did it get published. I was not entertained or informed by story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It sounded interesting and for 99 cents how can you go wrong? This one is fun and quirky. I found I couldn't wait to get back to it after the chores were done. Vigilante justice? Yes, but still a very fun read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Usually can figure out the guilty person is - this one had a lot of twist and diversions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, it always kept me guessing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not what I thought, having a hard time finishing. Lots of promise in first chapters, but then became predictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. Plot twists kept me guessing. Good ending .