The Bad Picker: A South Texas mystery

No good deed goes unpunished

Attorney Jack Armand has built an idyllic refuge in historic King William, where his easy caseload allows him to fix up his dilapidated Victorian and pursue his handsome upstairs tenant. San Antonio is always ten years behind, the locals say, and for gay SA, make that twenty, a lesson Jack watched his crusading father learn the hard way. But when a wealthy patron is killed the morning after a political fundraiser and police railroad the man’s boyfriend for the crime, Jack reluctantly agrees to represent the suspect. Three days later, his new client is dead too. 

With the help of investigator Bubby Esparza, Jack uncovers a trail of fake identities and stolen inheritances leading to a once powerful newspaper dynasty. As he closes in on the truth, the family’s magnetic daughter entices him to join the city’s small clique of power brokers. All he has to do is look the other way. Now Jack must decide whether to sell out or risk his career – and maybe his life – to take down the infamous clan.

An 88,000-word amateur-detective mystery set in 1980 South Texas, The Bad Picker will appeal to fans of Attica Locke’s Bluebird, Bluebird and May Cobb’s The Hunting Wives.

#RIYL Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Velvet Was the Night, By Way of Sorrow

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