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Ex-cop, private eye Palmer is a soulful, transplanted Midwesterner who lives in the New York suburbs in a distinctly unconventional household – his lover’s an ex-con he’d once busted, her daughter’s a recovering opioid addict -- that’s about to be blown apart by two dangerous men back from the past to settle old scores.
One is Palmer’s former nemesis, a dirty New York City cop who’s allegedly extorting Palmer’s client, a seductive, blind Greenwich Village restaurateur. The cop and the client are secretly lovers. They attempt to murder her husband for his insurance money and frame the murder on Palmer. Palmer foils the plot and smashes the cop’s face, but now the cop is dead set on killing him.
The other threat comes from Frank Vogel, Palmer’s lover’s ex-husband. After years away, he’s come back from Florida to reclaim her. She tells him to go to hell, but her teen daughter Ally’s been rebelling against her, and Frank is her way out. Impulsively violent and full of fractured ambition, Frank pulls Ally into a bizarro-world, gunrunning spree involving high-grade assault weapons, a sleazy guns-for-drugs dealer and an alt-right Catskills militia. Worse, Frank teams up with the cop Palmer had pummeled. The cop double-crosses Frank and kidnaps Ally to lure Palmer into a trap. To save her, Palmer kidnaps his own client as a bargaining chip, but the woman has a surprise for him he never sees coming.
In my 92,000-word crime thriller, JUMPING THE GUN, a Reed Farrel Coleman’s Moe Prager-ishly philosophical detective meets Elmore Leonard’s restless two-bit hoods. It’s one of three completed, unpublished novels in my PI Palmer series. Each is written to stand alone.