A Crime Thriller
by David Stever
Pub Date 05 Mar 2019
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He’s a hard-drinking PI with nothing to prove. She’s a gorgeous wild card with everything to lose. She needs his help. He just needs HER.
Gangland won’t know what hit them.
Port City private investigator Johnny Delarosa’s seen it all. Cheating spouses, greedy embezzlers, insurance scammers—it’s all part of the game. But when a drop-dead gorgeous redheaded mystery woman walks into his bar and drops a $20,000 retainer in his lap, he knows he’s met his match.
Claire Dixon wants Johnny to find $2 million that was stolen from her mob-wife mother thirty years ago, but the money is only half the mystery. And when every lowlife in town suddenly comes out of the woodwork to claim their share of the take, suddenly Claire’s nowhere to be found—and the body count starts to climb.
With the help of a bright young amateur sleuth, can Johnny crack the case before the streets of his beloved Port City run scarlet?
With a wink and a nod to the hard-boiled detective fiction of yesteryear, David Stever offers up a heaping helping of old-school noir sure to satisfy thrill-seekers everywhere. SCARLET FEVER is the first book in the Johnny Delarosa Mysteries.
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