As a former investigative journalist, Milwaukee private eye Barry Pool, in Courter's debut mystery novel, is more adept at crafting sentences than at handling a gun. So when he's asked to find the missing son of a prominent U.S. Senate candidate, he isn't sure he wants to face the serious danger the job might entail, even though it would pay him more money than he has made since switching careers. He takes the job, accepting the risk for the sake of the money. But after uncovering a murderous neo-Nazi conspiracy and being drawn into a volatile mix of urban racial tension and high-stakes politics, he wonders if he'll live to spend it.
Jim Courter is a writer and emeritus writing instructor at Western Illinois University, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and a winner of an Illinois Arts Council award for short fiction. His short stories have been published in the United States, Canada and England. His essays have appeared in Byline, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Smithsonian, and on the op-ed pages of the Chicago Tribune and The Wall Street Journal. This is his first published novel.
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