When a paintball player gets hit with a real bullet, Dave Brandstetter catches the case.
Insurance investigator Dave Brandstetter has spent the last few years drifting in and out of retirement. For the sake of his boyfriend, Cecil, he has attempted to forgo dangerous jobs. But when a close friend’s death sends Dave into a depressive funk, Cecil recognizes that work is the only cure.
During a high-stakes paintball game, a hardcore supremacist gets hit by a very real bullet. Although the police claim the death was accidentalnothing but a stray round from a nearby hunting preserveDave knows that a man this hated seldom dies by chance. His investigation takes him into the strange world of make-believe wara grown-up version of cowboys and Indians whose players sometimes have trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality. If Dave isn’t careful, he’ll find himself stained with something more permanent than paint.
About the Author
Joseph Hansen (1923–2004) was the author of more than twenty-five novels and was a renowned short-story writer. The winner of the 1992 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, he was also the author of A Smile in His Lifetime, Living Upstairs, Job’s Year, and Bohannon’s Country.
Keith Szarabajka has appeared in many films, including The Dark Knight, Missing, and A Perfect World, and on such television shows as The Equalizer, Angel, Cold Case, Golden Years, and Profit. Szarabajka has also appeared in several episodes of Selected Shorts for National Public Radio. He won the 2001 Audie Award for Unabridged Fiction for his reading of Tom Robbins’s Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates and has won several Earphones Awards.
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