Herman Jackson used to run a bookie operation in Detroit, but his bail bond business in St. Paul is much safer. And if Charlie Victor wasn't his best client, he was at least a steady one, paying his bonding fee out of a secret stash he called his frag box.
Then Charlie is beaten to death on a public street in broad daylight. Strangely, he leaves behind a will naming Jackson as his sole heir. Jackson wants justice for Charlie, but with plenty of money problems of his own, he also wants the box of cash.
Unfortunately, Charlie's killers want it, too, and the race is on. Every step reveals another layer of protection and another set of lies Jackson has told, including the ones he told himself....
Richard Thompson's first novel, Fiddle Game, was short-listed for a Debut Dagger award, and he has published both science fiction and mystery short stories. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife of 45 years and two neurotic cats.