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The Debut Novel: New Haven Blues

 

Mick Trubble has two major problems: a past that he can't remember, and a price on his head. So when a mysterious dame shows up with a proposition to recover some stolen goods, it's all in a day's work for a man with nothing to lose.

 

But this is New Haven, where nothing is as it seems. In this dystopian melting pot of desperate citizens, the rich dwell above in flying vehicles and bright lights, while the disadvantaged fight over the remains in the gritty streets. There are secrets buried behind sealed doors and the minds of men and women who won't hesitate to kill in order to protect them.

 

So when Mick's case uncovers a conspiracy that threatens the entire populace, he has to rely on his connection, allies, and sheer cunning in order to put the pieces together. He'll need all the luck he can get to keep from catching a case of the New Haven Blues

 

The Prequel: Red-Eyed Killer

In the prequel novella to New Haven Blues, Mick Trubble is a partial amnesiac who barters favors in order to survive. ​

His deals place him at The Luzzatti, where he works for the owner and eventually befriends the family. In short time Mick's search for answers is distracted by taking cases and his conflicted feelings for Natasha, Mr. Luzzatti's beautiful daughter.

But Mick's peace is short-lived, because Mr. Luzzatti is caught in a business deal gone sour with murderous loan sharks that aim to rub him out along with his family. Mick has to quickly gather his wits and resources in able to protect the Luzzattis before they become victims of New Haven's most notorious hitman: the Red-Eyed Killer.

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The Sequel: Most Dangerous Dame

Blade Runner meets Bogart in this blend of science fiction and film noir grit that continues the adventures of Mick Trubble: the hard-drinking, chain-smoking, wry-witted private eye of the future. 

Mick has little time to digest the revelations of the New Haven Blues Case. After a chance meeting with an old flame, he is sucker-punched by being framed for her murder. In no time his mission to clear his name gets him tangled with the Mafia on one side and the police on the other. Even worse is the growing realization that the mysterious killer is someone that Mick has ties with, a vengeful ghost with an agenda that includes making Mick the most miserable man in the world. 

Caught up in a deadly game of cat and mouse, Mick is forced to change the rules in order to come out ahead. His desperation will bring him ever closer to truths about his past that he never wanted to unearth, and face to face with someone he never expected to see again. With time running out, his chances for survival grow ever slimmer. One way or another, everything will come down to a deadly encounter with the most dangerous dame.

Short Story: The Wise Man Says

The Troubleshooter takes the grit, slang, vibe and look of the 30s pulp and hardboiled detective stories and drops it in a dystopian setting. Fedoras and trench coats mix with flying cars and android policeman in this introductory short story that introduces the character of Mick Trubble: a hard drinking, chain smoking charmer trying to find his way in a city with no memory and even less forgiveness. 

 

In this prequel short story, Mick Trubble is pulled from the dark waters of the West Docks with no money, no place to stay, and no memory of what put him in that conditiion. He is fortunate enough to be taken in by a grizzled but tough old man named Theodore Wiseman. Wiseman shows Mick the ropes of being a Troubleshooter, including the number one rule: trust no one.

Short Story: Little White Bird

Peter Pan mythology is given a dystopian kick in this exciting new tale featuring Mick Trubble, a Troubleshooter in the futuristic city of New Haven. 

Mick reluctantly takes on a missing child case, which takes a bewildering turn as he encounters a street gang of Lost Boys and their charismatic leader known only as Pan. Enter a probation officer named Hooke, a high flying caper between two airships, and an elixir for eternal youth, and you get just another day on the job for a man whose job description is shooting trouble.

Short Story: Hard Luck Grift

Dealing with a bout of post-case depression leads Mick to the casinos, where he quickly accumulates a pile of debt to dangerous people. It’s only when he meets a beautiful, mysterious woman named Faye that his luck begins to change.

Faye teaches him the skills of winning at the tables, and together they start a mutually beneficial partnership to con the dealers. But when Mick digs into Faye’s mysterious life, he discovers more than just a troubled past.

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The Conclusion: Fears in the Rain

Mick's world is shattered by mind-blowing revelations that will rock him to the core. But will the truth set him free ... or utterly destroy him?

Mick's first anniversary of his retirement is spoiled by drastic news: Kilgore is coming. A deadly adversary from Mick's past, he's arrived for a reckoning that will push Mick to the very limit ... and beyond. At the same time, Mick learns the ultimate truth about himself, a dark secret that will change allies into enemies and cause even his closest friends to doubt him.

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