Keno is twenty-three, a high-school dropout working as a rent collector for a slum landlord. Apart from hitting on the office secretary, Cass, his life is bleak. His job takes him into sad, mean places where kids wail, drunks fight and women get beaten up. He works his territory with Jaco, who’s tougher and shiftier than any of the folks they’re sent to shake rent out of.
One night Keno and Jaco finally catch up to one of their targets. But she’ll never pay. She’s dead. Battered almost beyond recognition. But they recognize her killer, and Jaco comes up with a scheme to blackmail him.
Now Keno has to decide who he is—bill collector or blackmailer. Or could he even be the good guy? Will he run or will he stay? In the end, will trusting himself help him outmaneuver a psychopathic killer?
About the author
Michelle Wan is the author of the Death in the Dordogne murder mystery series set in southwestern France: Deadly Slipper, The Orchid Shroud, A Twist of Orchids and Kill for an Orchid. She loves all kinds of things—good food; dogs; orchids; people, wherever and however they come into her life; and especially a good mystery. She and her husband Tim live in Guelph, Ontario. Visit www.orchidsaremurder.com for more information.
“Compelling and addictive from the first sentence...Keno’s backstory and personality make him a sympathetic, engaging, and relatable character...A captivating mystery...Highly recommended.”
"An enjoyable little mystery...Well-written and, needless to say, action-packed. Because of the action and the shortness of the book one might think character suffers, yet Wan has done a good job here as well."
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"An entertaining, accessible mystery."
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