Dating Dead Men: A Novel

By Harley Jane Kozak

L. a. greeting-card artist Wollie Shelley is courting 40 males in sixty days as examine for a radio speak express host's upcoming ebook, How to prevent Getting Dumped all of the Time. Wollie is assembly lots of eligible bachelors yet now not falling in love, now not till she stumbles over a lifeless physique en path to Rio Pescado--a state-run psychological hospital--and is momentarily taken hostage by way of a charismatic "doctor" who's at the run from the Mob. Wollie fears that her liked brother, a paranoid schizophrenic residing at Rio Pescado, is thinking about the homicide, so instead of visit the experts, she makes a decision to resolve the crime on her personal. As she meets up with an array of small-time crooks and swaggering mobsters basically somewhat 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 capability studying how one can steer clear of getting killed . . .

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

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You convinced this is not simply men hitting on you? ” “No one's hitting on me. it is the item they wish, no longer me. i suppose. The item Carmine said. ” i began to inform him approximately Carmine. He interrupted. “Did he smoke a cigar? ” “Yes. ” there has been silence, then, “Okay. inform me concerning the item. ” “No,” I stated. “You inform me concerning the item. whatever large, Carmine stated, now not size-wise, yet value-wise, and he turns out to imagine you've got it. ” “I do not. ” “Are you convinced? ” I requested. “Because you probably did support your self to that scrub go well with and also you evidently think about dry cleansing to be group prop—” “A lot of individuals are laboring less than a false impression, as a result of whatever that used to be advised to me in criminal. that is all i'll say right away. hand over pondering that, and hear what i have figured out the following. The useless guy used to be a sufferer, and the health facility is not wanting to unencumber that, simply because they do not are looking to commence a panic. The police officers imagine it was once performed by means of a person outdoors the health center. ” “An outdoor activity? that is good,” I stated, deliberating P. B. “That's nice. ” “Maybe. they are nonetheless interviewing all people. They began with the employees, and they will get to the sufferers someday the next day to come. that is one of many issues retaining up this unlock i am engaged on. ” This used to be no longer stable. P. B. and police within the similar room was once by no means sturdy, no matter if he wasn't a suspect. “How'd you discover out all this? ” I requested. “People are inclined to speak. they usually are inclined to check with me. ” “Yes, we do, do not we? ” i'll simply see him, wandering round the sanatorium in that too small swimsuit, successful pals and influencing humans. “The major suspect,” he stated, “is, after all, me—or, really, the fellow the guards observed final evening. they would not realize me this day, yet i am staying out in their method at least. not anyone else observed me the previous day, not anyone who is prone to take into account. ” “Except me,” I stated. there has been a pause. “Except you. you are worried me. Are you falling aside? ” “No. ” “Yes, you're. i will listen it. you are all demanding. ” I seemed down and observed i used to be shredding Kleenex. Margaret too. among us, we might undergone a complete field. The daybed was once coated in what seemed to be huge, clumpy snowflakes. “I have cause to be tense,” I stated. “Reasons past what we have now observed? ” “Yes. i am fearful of the darkish. ” “Leave a gentle on,” he stated. “Are your doorways locked? ” The door used to be correct in the back of me, now that i might moved the daybed. I reached up and touched it, no longer that there has been any doubt in my brain. “Yes,” I acknowledged. “Good. Do you drink? ” “Do I what? ” “Pour your self a shot of whatever. until you are an alcoholic, during which case, warmth up a few milk. Then flip off the telephone. Then doze off. ” scorching milk. i'll see Ruta nodding with approval, yet I shoved the picture apart. What solid used to be sizzling milk whilst I had a mind packed with questions on prisons and item and even if humans nonetheless carried round weapons from the Spanish Civil warfare, and even if these weapons nonetheless labored, and if this is the case, whether or not they shoot nine-milllimeter bullets? “You're going to be all right,” he stated. “I can listen that mind operating, yet it is time to close it down.

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