By Frank J. Bruno
When Julio Milano arrives at his female friend Tabitha’s condominium, he unearths her demise. Her throat has been slashed.
Valerie, Tabitha’s seven-year-old daughter, chillingly asks Julio to kill the individual that murdered her mom. He responds, “He may well kill me.” The grim-faced baby says, “No, you’ll kill him.”
A promise has been made to deliver the killer to justice. this is often more uncomplicated acknowledged than performed. There aren't any reliable clues. in spite of the fact that, Julio manages to 0 in on numerous suspects.
One suspect is Frankie “Swoonatra” Rossi, Tabitha’s ex-lover and probably Valerie’s father. he's a living room singer in Las Vegas.
Another suspect is outdated guy Garibaldi, a vineyard proprietor. He lives together with his granddaugher, Nicola, less than suspicious conditions. there's the chance that Tabitha was once blackmailing him.
A 3rd suspect is Lucy, a prostitute and Tabitha’s sister. Tabitha was once answerable for Lucy’s access into the profession.
As Julio pursues his research, he discovers that Tabitha had a gloomy part to her character that had escaped him.
Julio quickly learns that his quest for revenge is fraught with hazard. He has to run a couple of life-threatening threat in an effort to receive the data he seeks. the tale ends with a dangerous come across among Julio and Tabitha’s murderer.
SOME valuable CHARACTERS
JULIO MILANO. Julio is an unlicensed investigator, a self-destructive, down-on-his good fortune alcoholic. he's over sixty, and lives on my own in a rundown duplex. he's in a position to convey himself out of his doldrums so one can clear up a criminal offense regarding anyone he cares about.
VALIER WALKER. Valerie is a seven-year previous orphan, the slain Tabitha’s daughter. Valerie is vivid and loving. She desires to turn into a veterinarian and loves animals. She has turn into, so as to communicate, “allergic to death.” this can be real regardless of her chilling request asking Julio to kill her mother’s assassin.
MARIE MILANO. Marie is Julio’s ex-wife. She nonetheless offers him with nurturance, knowing, and a secure haven whilst he wishes one.
LOU MILANO. Lou is Julio’s brother. He owns a liquor shop on the town. He makes an attempt to place a restraint on Julio’s impulsive, risk-taking habit, frequently with no a lot result.
AL MARTINEZ. Al is a detective at the San Aqua police strength. He threatens Julio with a homicide cost. he's suggest and unsafe. And he offers Julio trouble.
OLD guy GARIBALDI. Garibaldi is the landlord of a vineyard. he's a sly, misleading individual. He used to be instrumental in ruining the Milano relations winery.
NICOLA FERRARI. Nicola is Garibaldi’s housekeeper and granddaughter. Julio suspects that her courting with Garibaldi is incestuous.
GABRIELLE WASHINGTON. Gabrielle is Julio’s granddaughter and a former prostitute. Now married to the forged Naldo Washington, she and her husband search to make a house for Valerie.
SAM WRIGHT. Sam is the manager of Detectives in San Aqua. formally, he's against Julio’s research of Tabitha’s homicide. Unofficially, he's an approving friend.
RED O’HARA. pink is a former stripper, now a scientific psychologist. while Julio results in the alcoholic ward within the kingdom health center, purple, an previous pal, is his therapist. ultimately they turn into lovers.
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