Ray Kerze hasnt been having the best time of it. His closest friends are the guys in line with him at the liquor store before breakfast. He lives in his office in the decaying heart of Detroit, and thats only because the building is so far gone, no one shows up to collect rent. An ex-cop turned private investigator, hes not so much investigating as drowning himself in whiskey and helping out other struggling denizens of downtown in his sober moments.
His life becomes a bit more interestingand, some might say, worth livingwhen a young woman shows up at his office and asks him to kill her. . . .
Shes a paying customer with nearly twelve dollars in cash, so first breakfast, and then he can figure out why the young woman wants him to do her in.
Its a novel of murder, con jobs, and just a little bit of romance, full of twists and surprises that will have you wondering about a lot more than whodunit?
It's "highly original narrative structure, consistently subordinating events to voices, allows Bailey and his readers to inhabit a series of characters that morph from cartoon tough guys and gals to people worth caring about once you get to see them from outside and inside."Kirkus Reviews
The Black Oligarch is dead. Some call his replacement a boy, others call him a threat. Cole lost everything the night he became Oligarch: his family, his home... even Jonah. Now he's alone, left only with painful memories and the power to destroy the Five Lands.
When Dylan is sent to help Cole, he finds they have more in common than expected. They hope to build a new life together, but dark forces have other plans for them. The dead are rising, bringing secrets from the past that threaten to change their lives forever. Can Dylan guide a young man through the darkness and protect those he loves without making the ultimate sacrifice?
From Darkness to Darkness, book two of the Loka Legends series, features new illustrations by Andreas Bell, the author's husband.