A Desperate Frame-up

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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.

Hired by a desk jockey to stalk her ex-husband and dig up dirt, Slater shadows the brawler Harold and his kid, trying in vain not to get too close and get made. Harold's pushback sends Slater into a more compelling mystery, about Lance, a crypto bro who's gone missing with a whole lot of dough. Working undercover on a film set, Slater tangles with aging child actors, the surreal world of reality television, and a bare-faced frame-up orchestrated by a cold-blooded player. As he struggles to stay one step ahead of an arms smuggler and the feds that are in pursuit of him, Slater also has to figure out how to navigate his burgeoning "narrative complex" love affair, and how to renegotiate his relationship with Andy. Never hesitating to slap a lowlife around, Slater follows Lance's faint trail, trying to determine whether he's alive somewhere enjoying his hoard or planted in a shallow grave in the mountains, all the while trying not to wind up there himself.

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.

Publisher: Dagmar Miura
Pub date: August 29, 2022
274 pages
Format: Paperback