Can a dead gangster kill again?
Curiosity killed the cat, and it may kill travel writer Frank Dodge, too. Dodge and his buddy, homicide detective Brian Jefferson, have a fascination with gangsters and their legacies. Dodge gets a tip that a chiropractic student in Davenport, Iowa, named Miguel Ramirez could be one of the last surviving descendants of a long-dead gangster named John Looney. Dodge, disgruntled and desperate for a story, concocts a plan to meet the young man.
When Ramirez is found floating in the Mississippi River, Dodge finds himself without a story and wondering if he's the killer's next target. As Dodge and Jefferson go over the unnerving events of the night Ramirez died, clues about the death of Ramirez will come from an unlikely source: the victims of gangster John Looney. Can Dodge put the pieces together in time, or will he be another victim of Looney's legacy of vengeance?
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"...the inclusion of historical passages to frame the story actually helps to reaffirm some of the true history of John Looney... an easy read."
--Roger Ruthhart, Dispatch-Argus
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