By William Lashner
2015 Edgar Award Nominee
Justin Chase is the suitable barkeep, tending bar as he lives his existence, in a kingdom of Zen serenity. at the very least until eventually Birdie Grackle, a yellow-haired, foul-mouthed alcoholic from Texas, walks into his bar, orders a Mojito, and makes a startling confession.
Six years in the past Justin’s existence was once ripped aside whilst he came across his mother’s bludgeoned corpse within the lobby of the kin domestic. Now Justin’s father is serving a existence sentence and Justin, after a stint in an asylum, drowns his feelings in a pool of internal peace. but if Birdie Grackle claims to be the hit guy who murdered Justin’s mom for the money, Justin is hurled again to the sentiments, the prior, and, so much scary of all, the daddy he attempted to go away behind.
Who employed Birdie Grackle to kill Justin’s mom? was once it Annie Overmeyer, the horny younger lady with whom Justin’s father have been having an affair? was once it Justin’s brother, who took benefit of his father’s conviction to take keep an eye on of the kin company? was once it an individual from his mother’s mystery lifestyles, the stunning information of which Justin is simply studying now? Or used to be it perhaps his imprisoned father, to whom Justin is without warning transforming into dangerously shut? For all of Justin’s efforts to banish emotion and attachment from his existence, this searing trip into his earlier impacts him in methods he may well by no means have anticipated.
As Justin items jointly the reality, a cruel killing computing device starts stalking him, leaving a path of useless in his wake. somebody desires to bury the reality, and perhaps Justin, too. because the terror closes in, Justin had higher locate a few solutions speedy, as the stakes were raised—his existence is at the line and homicide just isn't Zen.