Dating Dead Men: A Novel

By Harley Jane Kozak

La greeting-card artist Wollie Shelley is courting 40 males in sixty days as examine for a radio speak convey host's upcoming booklet, How to prevent Getting Dumped the entire Time. Wollie is assembly lots of eligible bachelors yet no longer falling in love, now not till she stumbles over a useless physique en path to Rio Pescado--a state-run psychological hospital--and is momentarily taken hostage by means of a charismatic "doctor" who's at the run from the Mob. Wollie fears that her cherished brother, a paranoid schizophrenic residing at Rio Pescado, is excited about the homicide, so instead of visit the specialists, she comes to a decision to unravel the crime on her personal. As she meets up with an array of small-time crooks and swaggering mobsters merely just a little extra sinister than the lads she’s been relationship, Wollie realizes that "getting dumped" is the least of her difficulties. discovering real love, she discovers, occasionally skill studying the right way to steer clear of getting killed . . .

Dating useless males will continue readers guessing until eventually the ultimate bullet is shot--and cheering for the impossible to resist Wollie as she makes her manner out of misunderstanding and into the welcoming embody of Mr. correct.

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Joey additionally agreed it used to be secure to open the store. “After all,” she mentioned, grabbing the digital camera, “why could the Weasel conceal his id final evening, merely to teach up in large sunlight? This guy's operating to maintain a low profile, differently he'd have faced you days in the past. ” “I'm no longer so sure,” I stated. “Can we really are expecting the activities of a sociopath? ” “Sure, why now not? Smile. ” I sighed, and struck my sex-kitten pose, feeling overgrown and unconvincing. document walked in. in the back of him got here Ruby, sporting Margaret's crate. Ruby seemed , yet document, taking within the scene, appeared incredulous. A black glance dropped over his brown eyes. “Hi,” Joey stated. “I'm Joey and also you has to be the cousins Fredreeq pointed out. ” document amassed himself with an attempt. He nodded to Joey, glanced at his blouse on her physique, then became to me. “You, i need to speak to. on my own. Excuse us, everybody. ” He took me by means of the arm and recommended me round cabinets of item. I publish a bit resistance, which bolstered his grip, which pissed off me, so I jerked my arm away. Our eyes met, mine without doubt as offended as his. He stated, “I'm now not within the temper for this,” and walked into front of the store. After a second, I undefined. “You do not strike me as stupid,” he acknowledged, then stopped, taking in my outfit. After a moment, he persevered. “Is it attainable you do not know the way severe this is often? ” “Look, this hasn't been my most sensible morning, and it isn't even 8 o'clock. are you able to simply deal with no longer yelling at me until eventually i have had breakfast? ” He gestured towards the again room. “Your friend—how a lot does she understand? ” “The complete tale, other than a couple of information about you. i presumed I owed it to her, as she simply spent the final hour with me attempting to positioned my condominium again jointly. ” “He broke in? ” “Yes. you do not look shocked. ” “I figured he may perhaps. How undesirable was once it? ” “You figured he may? And it did not take place to you to inform me? Or to deal with it? ” “Jesus. you really need all of it, do not you? ” He ran a quit his dark-stubbled face. “I have my daughter to contemplate, Wollie, and also you, for that topic. What did you have got in brain, hand-to-hand strive against? Me bringing him down with a dinner fork? ” “Or a gun. An Astra Falcon, probably. should you had one, that you do not, simply because it truly is long past. ” His eyebrows went up, then dropped, shadowing his face. “What else is long past? ” “Eighty cash in funds. Fourteen bisque porcelain heads. that is all i may inform to this point. i would describe it as a contravention, yet his mobilephone message offers new intending to ‘violation. ' at the plus facet, it used to be a truly tidy break-in. ” “On the plus part, you are alive,” he acknowledged. “Joey thinks the Weasel left the message on my computer to provide me an opportunity to depart the diamond and run. ” He leaned again opposed to the muraled wall. “What else does Joey imagine? ” “That your T-shirt is from MIT,” I acknowledged. “Which potential you possibly went to varsity there, but you did not understand the useless guy within the highway, who additionally went to MIT. fascinating accident. ” “So you think me of murdering a guy simply because we shared an alma mater.

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