Rock Island Lines

He knows not to bury the lead. But if he follows this story, he could end up six feet under…

Travel writer Frank Dodge needs a breakout piece to resurrect his sinking career. So when he gets a tip about one of the last surviving descendants of the notorious mobster John Looney, he drops everything and heads to Davenport, Iowa. But after a long and boozy interview, his article turns into a murder mystery when his source is found floating face down in the Mississippi.

Pegged by the police as their prime suspect, Dodge vows to catch the real killer. With a helping hand from his homicide detective friend, he uncovers a deadly rivalry going back to 1900’s gambling halls and gang wars. But the deeper he digs, the more he fears he’ll wind up another casualty watering a bloody family tree.

Can Dodge unearth the culprit behind the grisly revenge before he becomes tomorrow’s headline?

Rock Island Lines is the first full-length novel in the noir-style Frank Dodge mystery series. If you like real-life gangsters, page-turning action, and a dash of snarky humor, then you’ll love Dean Klinkenberg’s gripping whodunit.

Buy Rock Island Lines to stop a lethal legacy today!

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Editorial Reviews

“…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