Detective Sammy Shovel has had a chip on his shoulder for the last five years—ever since bullets meant for him instead killed his senior partner, Harry. He’s lowered his standards and will do anything to make money, including repossessions. Money has a habit of evaporating quickly around him. Now that Christmas is almost here, he’s contemplating another adventure in his real-life game of cops and robbers. Two hit men provide the perfect opportunity.
An Adventurous Night, published by Dog Ear Publishing, puts the spotlight on Sammy, a born loner. His parents died five years ago, he has no siblings and his shyness around women hampers his romantic life. The holidays bring back memories of a happier time, which pushes him even closer to the tempting escape of suicide. He’s drinking at one of Harry’s former haunts when he sees the hit men come in. He follows them and becomes involved in their bungled hit and a tangled investigation into an Asian gang’s efforts to bring its drug trade to San Francisco. Sammy comes alive as he works on the case, learning that not all is what it seems.
Author Ronald James grew up during the Great Depression and inherited his love of movies from his parents. His favorites were musicals and films featuring cops and robbers. He attended the University of California in Berkeley and became an architect. This novelette began as a story first written in 1989.
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An Adventurous Night
ISBN: 978-160844-750-3 92 pages $12.95 US
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