From Put-in-Bay to Detroit to Grosse Ile to Cedar Key to Wooster to Northeast Ohio
Ace Put-in-Bay-based investigative reporter EMERSON MOORE has the tables cruelly turned on him following the murder trial and conviction of Detroit mobster, JIMMY DIAMONDS. During a wildly daring prison van hijacking and go-fast boat escape on the Detroit River, Moore incurs a severe head injury during a gun battle (delete this). When the getaway boat is found abandoned on Lake Erie, Moore is missing.
That s not all that s missing. When Diamonds learns that Moore s memory is missing, he convinces Moore that he s Manny Elias, one of organized crime s top hitmen. Moore/Elias is whisked to the backwaters of Cedar Key, Florida by Mafioso FAT FREDDY FABRIZIO to be "e;retrained"e; in the art of killing. Moore/Elias later surfaces in Ohio where Diamonds uses him to take revenge on former criminal associates in Detroit, Columbus, Cleveland and Chagrin Falls.
Completing one deadly assignment after another, Moore/Elias is unable to reveal his identity to a beautiful woman he befriends near his Wooster hideout. A confrontation with rival hitman SANTORO at a Lake Erie marina leads to the eventual death of one person who holds the key to Elias true identity.
The novel is fast-moving and action-packed. It shows emotional turmoil as Moore/Elias struggles with the trauma of his memory loss and an inherent ethical dilemma with cold-blooded murder. It s further complicated when two of Moore s ex-SEAL buddies, MIKE "e;MAD DOG"e; ADAMS and SAM DUNCAN, find themselves in the cross hairs of Moore s weapon and Moore/Elias is ordered to kill them in what is another exciting showdown and satisfying finish to a complex series of twists and turns."e;