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About the Author

William E. Wallace has been a private eye, house painter, cook, dishwasher, newspaper and magazine writer, journalism professor and award-winning investigative reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Wallace has self-published three novels Tamer, The Judas Hunter and The Jade Bone Jar, and a novella, I Wait to Die! His short stories have appeared in All Due Respect (which nominated The Bust-Out, for a 2014 Pushcart Prize), Shotgun Honey, Out of the Gutter Online, Crime Factory, Plan B, Spinetingler, Over my Dead Body and Dark Corners Pulp.

A Dead Heat with the Reaper, a book containing two of his noir novellas, is scheduled for release by All Due Respect books in August. He is currently working on Bottom Street, a novel.

Eddie Pax is a special kind of repo man: he recovers “wet money” — assets that have been stolen from one of the largest criminal syndicates in North America. The job is often grim because when Eddie closes an account, he also kills the thieves.

But when his boss sends him out to recover five million dollars’ worth of bearer bonds two crooks hot-fingered from a vault in New York, Eddie gets a rare opportunity to mix business and pleasure: one of the thieves is a man who shot Pax during a jewelry heist in Southern California a dozen years earlier. Eddie’s recovery will give him a chance to even the score.

Unfortunately, the securities Pax are supposed to recover have been hidden and the bodies of the thieves who stole it are piling up like cordwood. The cops have their eyes on Eddie, as does a woman who is hoping to grab her share of the loot. And the man who shot Pax knows his former partner is on his trail.

Blurb

“A master at building scenes, characters, layering dialogue and description, and filling in back-story with no interruption to the momentum of the story.” —Greg Barth, author of Selena and Diesel Therapy

“The best of William E. Wallace’s work revolves around the concept of justice. . . I’m talking the big, broader cosmic sense. Judgment. Reckoning. Down in the filth and garbage of the street, it’s all street justice.” —Joe Clifford, author of December Boys and Lamentation

“It is not easy to combine humor, characterization, and persuasive action but here it’s done well. These stories will make you a Wallace fan.” —Patti Abbott, author of Shot in Detroit and Concrete Angel

“Wallace is quite simply a brilliant writer.” —Will Viharo, author of Love Stories Are Too Violent for Me

“William Wallace is next in line for ‘Best of the Year’ lists.” —Anonymous-9, author of Hard Bite and Bite Harder