The novella is centered on Eddie Durante, owner of a speakeasy that’s supported by Eddie’s mobster uncle, the boss of the Durante family. The back story is that Eddie is a young widower after his family’s rival, the Caprice family, murdered his wife over a territory dispute. After devising a plan that retaliated against four of the rivaling capos, Eddie is left with the daunting task to try and move on, until a family member notifies him that the Caprices have put a hit man in the speakeasy – and Eddie’s name is on the list. But things take an unexpected turn when Eddie and his close friends start to find the dead bodies of Eddie’s relatives, the ones who had helped in the retaliation.
Behind the backdrop of the jazz music and glistening flappers, murder after murder begins to unravel as revenge takes center stage, and Eddie soon learns that some secrets can’t be taken to the grave.
Marcus and Anthony’s voices trailed into Eddie’s ears, but he tried to ignore their chatter by looking the other way. He scanned the area to the left of him where booths hugged the far wall, wrapped in shadows so private parties or couples could enjoy the speakeasy without being noticed. He squinted a bit, and saw from the way the dark silhouettes were positioned that people were enjoying the seclusion right then, mainly gangsters, he could only assume.
Assume. Eddie tried not to laugh. He knew gangsters were over there, plotting things he had no interest in. He stared at one of the booths where bellowing cigar smoke escaladed from the shadows, revealing that more than one person was seated there.
That’s when he caught sight of the single trail of smoke coming from the corner. It was a faint trail of grayish white, protruding from the darkness in a slow, rolling manner. Eddie squinted a bit to see if he could make out a shadow or silhouette like he had already done, but was suddenly jolted from his activity when he felt a hand pat against his shoulder.
A. M. Dunnewin inherited her love for mysteries and thrillers from her family, which helped her pursue a BA in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. Although her stories cover a wide range of genres, she primarily writes historical fiction and thrillers. An avid reader at heart, she’s also a passionate collector of both antique books and graphic novels. She lives in Sacramento, California.