The “black car” has appeared both conspicuously and inconspicuously throughout the annals of fiction—its presence both mysterious and menacing, its appearance enough to pause your heart.

 

It’s the sedan just within sight that seems to be mimicking your speed and movements as you walk down the dark deserted street late at night. As the hairs rise on the back of your neck you wonder, Who is behind the wheel and what is the driver’s intent? It’s The Black Car Business and its presence means your life is about to abruptly change. You try to assure yourself there’s nothing wrong, but your pace quickens nonetheless, and soon you’re running, desperate for that narrow sliver between two buildings to slip through, the one too narrow for the black car to pass through.

 

It’s that car parked just down the block that sends chills down your spine and keeps you awake throughout the night.

 

It’s the sanctuary you race toward when you’re being chased, only to explode when you turn the key.

 

It’s the one that skids off the icy mountain overpass and plunges into the cavernous grotto.

 

It’s where Clemenza garrotes Carlo just as he’s about to be driven to the airport.

 

It’s The Black Car Business.

 

If The Black Car Business Volume 1 made you nervous Volume 2 will have you climbing the walls. Here are eleven fresh takes on that ominous black whip coming out of nowhere to stun and lay waste to your psyche. You may lose a few nights sleep but we promise it will be worth it.

 

Contributors: Jonathan Ashley, Brett Battles, Kathy Bennett, Austin S. Camacho, Tim Ellis, Ty Hutchinson, Rick Murcer, Richie Narvaez, Gary Ponzo, Jeff Soloway, and Frank Zafiro.

 

When half-brothers Mick and Jerzy Sawyer are summoned to their father’s prison deathbed, it isn’t for a tearful goodbye. The spiteful old man tells the two estranged brothers about an old diamond heist with outstanding loot, and sets them on a path of cooperation and competition to recover the jewels.

 

Jerzy is the quintessential career criminal, fresh out of a short bit and looking to get back into the action right away. Mick is the failed cop and tainted hero struggling to get by with a clean life that doesn’t seem to ever pay off. Both men see this score as their ticket out of Chicago.

 

Throw in the mysterious, blonde Ania, and Blood on Blood is hard-boiled Hardy Boys meets Cain and Abel. Jerzy and Mick battle each other for all of it—the diamonds, the girl, and survival—and nothing else matters…not even blood.

 

LONG SYNOPSIS (with BLURBS)

 

When half-brothers Mick and Jerzy Sawyer are summoned to their father’s prison deathbed, it isn’t for a tearful goodbye. The spiteful old man tells the two estranged brothers about an old diamond heist with outstanding loot, and sets them on a path of cooperation and competition to recover the jewels.

 

Jerzy is the quintessential career criminal, fresh out of a short bit and looking to get back into the action right away. Mick is the failed cop and tainted hero struggling to get by with a clean life that doesn’t seem to ever pay off. Both men see this score as their ticket out of Chicago.

 

Throw in the mysterious, blonde Ania, and Blood on Blood is hard-boiled Hardy Boys meets Cain and Abel. Jerzy and Mick battle each other for all of it—the diamonds, the girl, and survival—and nothing else matters…not even blood.

 

Praise for BLOOD ON BLOOD:

 

“So hard-boiled I’m still sweating from the steam! A hell of a good story told by a pair of aces, guaranteed to jump-start your heart from the very first word. Add this to your reading list for sure!” —Shane Gericke, bestselling author of Torn Apart

 

“Veteran Frank Zafiro and debut Jim Wilsky have teamed up to deliver a stunning punch to the head. Tightly plotted and perfectly executed, Blood on Blood grabs your attention like a shot of Belvedere and a beautiful blonde. If you like your fiction boiled hard, don’t pass this one up.” —Al Leverone, author of The Lonely Mile

 

“Blood on Blood is a straight shot of raw, fiery, undiluted noir. Dangerous dudes and even more dangerous dames conspire, connive, and collide with deadly results in a bare-bones, no-nonsense thriller that takes no prisoners. A definite must-read for those who take their crime fiction strong and dark.” —JD Rhoades, author of Breaking Cover, Lawyers Guns & Money, and the Jack Keller series

 

“A raw, headlong rush of brutality and betrayal, Zafiro and Wilsky re-imagine Cain and Abel in the harsh, postmodern glare of contemporary life. In a partnership forged in hell, rival brothers must set aside long, simmering hatred to chase down their father’s bitter legacy. A gorgeous escort both men covet and a brewing gangland war only complicate matters—to delicious effect. The tension crackles off the page, the story moves at a feverish pace from one explosive burst of violence to the next. Blood on Blood is one helluva great read.” —Bill Cameron, author of County Line

 

“Dark and nasty good. I haven’t had this much fun reading about two brothers since Cain and Abel.” —Brad Parks, Shamus Award and Nero Award-winning author of The Girl Next Door

 

“Blood on Blood is an intense and truly addictive thriller that captures you immediately and holds you bound until the last page. A fast paced, absorbing crime novel, with characters who still linger darkly on the edge of my thoughts.” —Julia Madeleine, author of The Truth About Scarlet Rose

 

“Written in gritty, hard-hitting prose with wit and suspenseful twists and turns aplenty, Blood on Blood is a down and dirty ‘must read’ that harkens to the classics of hardboiled crime fiction and noir.” —Debbi Mack, author of Identity Crisis, Least Wanted, and Riptide

 

“Just when you thought you’d seen and re-seen every possible crime plot, along comes Blood on Blood —a tale of two estranged brothers, one an ex-cop and one an ex-con, forced to work together to find a stash of diamonds stolen long ago by their late father. Zafiro and Wilsky have put together a fast-moving, authentic thriller, complete with witty dialogue and characters who seem real enough to touch. A beautifully written book, with stunning plot twists throughout. You’ll love it!” —John M. Floyd, award-winning author of Midnight and Clockwork

Jake Stankovic has been flying below the radar for years, dealing safely in stolen property crime with his two-man crew. But times are tough, so he decides to step up to the big money with a drug deal. Everything that can go wrong, does. The deal goes bad, a vengeful detective sets his sights on Jake, one of his crew might be a turncoat, and a woman from a long past affair suddenly reappears. All of this would be complicated enough on its own, but for Jake, it’s even worse.


The woman is the detective’s ex-wife.


And Jake Stankovic used to be a cop.


Now Jake must face new problems and old vendettas in an all-in proposition with lives on the line. He has to find a way to get his money back, keep the girl, and beat everyone involved…At Their Own Game.


Praise for AT THEIR OWN GAME:


“A suspenseful descent into darkness…[Zafiro] elevates the story beyond just an entertaining caper story to being a profound examination of good, evil, betrayal, revenge and many other things that have been central to human existence since the dawn of history.” —Brian Triplett, independent reviewer


“It is a compelling story, with great twists and turns, but one that makes us question our own morals. Would we resort to the way Jake deals with his friends and enemies alike?” —Shirley Ford, independent reviewer


“A brief, tight, criminally intense story of destructive behavior masked by “good” intentions, At Their Own Game puts its finger right on the pulse of the ever-sinful human heart.” —Ned Hayes, author of Sinful Folk


“[M]oves very fast, but at the same time draws you into the characters, so that you are on the roller coaster ride of plot twists with them.” —David Aggerbeck, from a 5-star Amazon review


“This taut tale, which moves at the relentless pace of a silver bullet, will keep fans of the genre quite happy.” —Anthony Venutolo, from a 5-star Amazon review


“This story absolutely sizzles with intrigue.” —Beverly Clark, from a 5-star Amazon.com review


“The book was so captivating I couldn’t put it down till I had finished the last page at 2:30 AM!” —Thea Childs, from a 5-star Amazon.com review

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