This time around, The Book Gazette is hosting an excerpt from a fantasy/mystery novel entitled “Garrett’s Mulligan”. We hope you enjoy this excerpt!
For a second only, the sound of the splashing rain was amplified and Sal turned toward the far door. “Who is it?” he called out. “I’m not done yet. You know the rules; wait outside ‘till I’ve completed the tallies.” No one responded. Sal searched the shadowy corners of the distant entryway, but the light from his lantern did not penetrate the far off darkness. After a moment of silence, he turned back to the safe and removed a bag of coins and a second empty leather sack. Counting out an amount of gold equal to the sum listed in the first ledger, he transferred the funds to the empty pouch.
One of the floorboards creaked behind him and he spun, his cane whistling through the air. The walking stick was thrust aside and something hit him hard in the face. He felt himself falling, the pouch of coins dropping from his hand and spilling across the floor. Sal tried to focus on the figure above him, but a trickle of blood half blinded him. With the lantern behind his attacker, only the outline of a man could be seen. “B.S?” he asked shakily.
The assailant kicked Sal’s cane away and leaned down indifferently. Sal pulled back when he realized the man held a knife leveled at him, but with the wall behind him, he had nowhere to go.
“You are Daniel Kline’s accountant?” asked his attacker in a thick accent.
“Please, let me go,” begged Sal. “I only keep the books for Mr. Kline. I don’t partake in any of his ventures.” The newcomer grabbed Sal by the front of his jacket and lifted him to his feet. “You can’t come in here,” sobbed Sal. “There are a dozen guards outside. They’ll be coming for me soon and they’ll kill you when they see you here.” The other man shook his head, his hood dislodging droplets of rainwater as he raised his knife again. “NO!” screamed Sal fighting for his life and throwing punches when he realized the man was going to knife him, but no one heard his screams, and no one came.
Author: Grant Reed
Genre: Humor / Fantasy / Mystery
At thirty-one Garrett Willigins has finally earned his private investigator’s badge. Unfortunately, the bills haven’t stopped coming and building a solid reputation won’t happen overnight. Forced to take employment wherever they can, Garrett and his miniature dragon partner Merle, must dirty their hands any way possible to make a buck. Shoveling manure, chasing cats, and dock duty seem to be the order of the day.
Working off back rent for a notorious gangster isn’t the safest of jobs on a good day, but when the other workers start turning up dead, Garrett finds himself elbow deep in a mystery that could spell a quick end to his short P.I. career.
Grant Reed has a background in business management, computer programming, and computer networking. He would much rather be out fishing though, so he spends his time writing and working contract jobs. He lives in Lively Ontario, Canada with his wife Robin, and their two children Aidan and Megan
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