Moonlight Rises On Tour October 2011
Genre:Adult Suspense, Mystery, Thriller
Publisher: StoneGate Ink
Publication Date: August 13,2011
“Life sucks. Then you die. Or, if you’re Dick Moonlight, first you die and then you live.”
Dick Moonlight is dead.
Really dead this time, now that three President Obama-masked thugs dressed all in black and communicating only with hand-held voice synthesizers pressed up against their voice boxes have beat the life right out of him inside a dark, downtown Albany alley. What are the thugs after? A box. Size, weight, description unknown. They also want him to stay away from his newest and only client: a handicapped nuclear engineer of dubious Russian heritage by the same of Peter Czech.
But then, now that they’ve killed him, Moonlight’s problems seem to be over. In fact, as he undergoes an out of body experience, his soul floating above his train-wreck of a corpse inside the Albany Medical Center I.C.U., he feels pretty damned good. Great in fact. To make death all the more sweeter, his one true love, Lola, is standing by his bedside. With her long dark hair draping her chiseled face and big round Jackie O sunglasses hiding tear-filled eyes, she appears every bit the grieving sig other. Nothing could make the dead-and-gone Moonlight prouder.
But then something happens. Something bad. A man enters into the I.C.U. Some young guy. He takes hold of Lola’s hand, and pulls her into him. Together, the two share a loving embrace over Moonlight’s dead body. Now, what seemed like a peaceful death is anything but. Moonlight wants back inside his body so he can face-off Some Young Guy and find out if his true love has in fact been cheating on him. At the same time, he wants to find out the true identity of those thugs who killed him so he can exact his revenge. No doubt about it, Moonlight needs to live if he’s going to uncover some pretty painful answers and take care of business.
Like a little kid dropping down a playground slide, Moonlight slides right back inside his bruised and broken body. Opening his eyes the white light blinds him. He feels the pain of his wounds and the pain of his breaking heart.
Life sucks, then you die.
But Moonlight rises.
Read an excerpt:
We’re driving back towards my loft.
“So tell me, Moon,” Georgie says after a time. “What was the point of that little exercise?”
“You gotta ask?”
He turns to me while driving, that long gray-white hair still draping his face like a guitar dude from ZZ Top, sans the Santa beard.
“You thought he was faking his paralysis, didn’t you?”
“Stranger things have happened.”
“You don’t trust your client.” His right hand shoots up, index finger pointing at the van ceiling. “Correction, you never trust your clients.”
“Jim Rockford’s rule number one in the private detective’s handbook: Never trust your client, especially if she’s a woman . . . .Didn’t you ever watch the Rockford Files?”
“You’re dating yourself. And apparently for you and Jim Rockford, a handicapped person falls under the female category. What are you a fucking caveman?”
“Jim Rockford’s rule number two. Never trust a handicapped client who can pound two pint-sized Jack and Cokes in about twenty minutes and still drive a straight line out of your drinking establishment.”
“Hmmm,” he mumbles, pulling up outside my two-story building. “Out of curiosity, what’s Rockford’s rule number three?”
He comes to a stop, kills the engine and the lights.
“Never trust a client who’s willing to spend good money to hire a head-case like me. That’s actually my personal rule. Jim Rockford was worth the money. After all, we’re talking James Garner here . . . In his prime.”
“Doesn’t say much for me.”
“This ain’t about you. ’Sides, when it comes to that body of yours, it’s the mileage, not the years.”
I open my door. Georgie opens his.
I have no idea what hits me before my world turns black.
Vincent Zandri is the No. 1 International Bestselling Amazon Kindle author of THE INNOCENT, GODCHILD, THE REMAINS, MOONLIGHT FALLS, CONCRETE PEARL and the forthcoming MOONLIGHT RISES. He is also the author of the bestselling digital shorts, PATHOLOGICAL and MOONLIGHT MAFIA. Harlan Coben has described his novels as “…gritty, fast-paced, lyrical and haunting,” while the New York Post called THE INNOCENT, “Sensational…Masterful…Brilliant!” In March, April and May of 2011, he sold more than 100,000 Kindle E-Books editions of his novels, and is rapidly closing in on the 200K mark all totaled. An MFA in Writing graduate of Vermont College, Zandri’s work is translated into many languages including the Dutch, Russian and Japanese. An adventurer, foreign correspondent, and freelance photo-journalist for RT, Globalspec, IBTimes and more, he divides his time between New York and Florence, Italy.
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