The Tired Canary

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Don't mess with the hothead-or he might just mess with you. Slater Ibáñez is only interested in two kinds of guys: the ones he wants to punch, and the ones he sleeps with. Things get interesting when they start to overlap. A freelance investigator, Slater trolls the dark side of Los Angeles, rooting out insurance fraud, not afraid to use whatever means necessary to get things done, and not about to hold back with his fists. A queer antihero for a new age, Slater walks the line between ordinary life and the frayed fringes of society, keeping his balance with the back-channel support he gets from his idiot cop ex-boyfriend, Conrad, and regular squeeze Andy.

While navigating a torrid affair with Pike, a hookup from a past job, Slater gets brought in on a case by Chila, an insurance company staffer. Like flexing a disused muscle, the romance dredges up things long forgotten, and Slater upends his life-moving house and making radical changes in his bad habits as he falls deeper into what he calls his "narrative complex" with Pike. On the insurance job Slater soon decides he's been misled, as his client's explanations start to look more improbable. Tracking down the beneficiary, Slater wades into the world of LA's classic nightclubs and big bands, tangling with a femme fatale, a slick crooner, and a seedy crypto bro. When he uncovers the real reason Chila has him bird-dogging her target, he's forced to choose where his loyalty lies. Slater manages to concoct intricate vengeance on the one who messed with him, but will his angry machinations mean he's the one who winds up in jail instead?

"The Bixley books just keep getting better ... This book is a fast page turner that is crisp in style, catchy in tone, and fully engrossing. I highly recommend all the author's work!" -Amazon reader Bob G.

"I am hooked on reading about Slater Ibáñez. I read the last two as fast as they arrived. He scares me and entices me all at the same time!" -C. Scribner

"We get to see a little deeper into Slater's world ... watching him grow a bit as a human being. I think the author offsets the very masculine personality with nature-it's pretty cool." -Paige Sauvetterre

"Great poolside or beach reading. The protagonist is sleazy, but has ... a heart in the end. A real page turner!" -Adam J.

"Slater is the quintessential bad-boy protagonist, and I so enjoyed the ride. Really easy to get lost in this fast-paced mystery that has plenty of fun twists and turns, hot sex, and a peek into LA's darker side." -an Amazon reader

"Slater's sex drive and penchant for punches never cease to amaze. Long live the hothead!" -Christopher Church, author of The Landers Mystique

"With Slater I waffle between concern for his bad habits and getting turned on by his raunchiness. Rarely do we meet a character ... so in touch with his id." -Chester Henry, author of Cryptic Paisley

"It draws you in from the first page ... like me, you will anxiously be waiting for the next one in the series." -Amazon reader Out East

"I continue to be astonished [by] this character ... can't wait for the next in this series!" -Amazon reader Paige Sauvetterre

Publisher: Dagmar Miura
Pub date: June 10, 2022
284 pages
Format: Paperback