Ever since I was able to read, I’ve had a book (or a comic book in the early days) in my hands or on my person. I grew up in a non-digital age, in a home with one telephone that everyone shared, one television that no one watched, and in which movies were a luxury. Aside from radio theatre, books were my best non-human friends.
My love of reading never died. When I was 8 years old, I drew my first series of comic books. They were terrible, but I still love them. To me, they represent the moment the wise-old-man inside my little boy’s head finally made me aware that I loved to create.
As it turned out, I enjoyed writing much more than I enjoyed drawing, but I’ve spent most of my life doing some form of creative work. And when not, I’ve worked some boring jobs in very creative ways.
To this day, I love to write and to share my creations with others. I’m the guy who will watch a good movie twenty more times, if it means I get to introduce it to someone else and participate in their joy of discovering something entertaining or valuable. I can’t be quite so intimately participatory with my own writing, but I do love to know that I’ve brightened someone’s day, made them think, feel or—at the very least—provided them with a welcome distraction for a while.
Michael Dooley, a drunken ex-con, has lost his wife, his child, and everything he cares about. His life has hit rock bottom… he thinks. When he stumbles upon the scene of a horrific murder, he realises that the bottom is a lot farther down than he’d ever imagined.
Split between the lower-class urban wasteland of the village of Broker, and the spit-and-polished elegance of the city of Brittwood, the location of the body brings bitter ex-partners Payden Beck and Bryan Verrill back together as joint detectives on the case. Their darkly storied past makes for an explosive investigation, one that turns into a maelstrom of suspicion, double-crosses, threats, intimidation, violence, and a mad dash to close the case by whatever means necessary.
With the pressure building, the race to find the killer threatens to shred the lives of everyone it touches—bringing back secrets long since buried.
From the very beginning, only one thing is ever certain: everyone has something to lose.