The novella is centered on Eddie Durante, owner of a speakeasy who’s supported by his mobster uncle—the boss of the Durante family. Eddie is a young widower after his family’s rival, the Caprice family, murdered his wife over a territory dispute. After devising a plan that retaliated against four of the rivaling capos, Eddie is left with the daunting task to try and move on. That is, until he’s notified that the Caprices have put a hit man in the speakeasy—and Eddie’s name is on the list. But things take an unexpected turn when Eddie instead starts to find the dead bodies of his relatives, the ones who had helped in the retaliation.
Behind the backdrop of jazz music and glistening flappers, murder after murder begins to unravel as revenge takes center stage, and Eddie soon learns that some secrets can’t be taken to the grave.
1. Do you always take a book/ereader wherever you go?
Sometimes I do, depending on where I’m going. Other times I take a small notebook so I can jot down story ideas.
2. Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
The bad one. J Villains are always more fun because they don’t have to play by the rules.
3. Where can I find you when you are reading?
Most likely in bed. I’ve been trying to catch up on my TBR pile by reading before I go to sleep. It helps me unwind and settle in for the night.
4. Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
Probably surfing the internet, though lately it’s to watch education videos or researching things that I want to use in a story. And thanks to being quarantined, I did pick up playing the piano again, so that’s become a resurrected hobby.
5. Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
Never. I always have to go inside. The only way I don’t make it in is because I’m physically being dragged away.
6. What are you most proud of?
Oddly enough, I’m very proud that I actually finished the sequel to my novel The Benighted. It’s currently sitting at just over 200,000 words, which is by far the longest book I’ve ever written, and the fact it took a few years to write has made finishing it a pretty big deal to me.
7. What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
I usually feel both excited and satisfied. I’m excited because it’s a new book with new characters to meet, and I’m satisfied that the hunt for it is over and it’s now in my hands so I can enjoy it whenever I want.
8. What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Keep writing! I know every writer says it, but it’s so true. Just keep writing, keep putting words on paper. The story will eventually show itself.
9. Who would you like/have liked to interview?
For a present author, I’d say Neil Gaiman. I’d love to sit down and just pick his brain on how he comes up with his story ideas. If it were a past person, it would have to be Edgar Allan Poe. Over drinks, of course.
10. When and where do you prefer to write?
I prefer to write at night in my home office, with good music in the background and ambient lighting. If the atmosphere around me is calm, then my muse doesn’t get spooked. Otherwise, I’m chasing her in the early morning right before work or right after dinner in order to get a head start to the evening.
Thank you, A.M. Dunnewin and RABT Book Tours
About the author
A.M. Dunnewin grew up with a taste for mysteries and thrillers, inherited ever so lovingly from her family. An affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association, A. M.’s own stories cover a wide range of genres that tend to take a dark turn when least expected. With a B.A. in Psychology, she’s a gambler of words, obsessed with chai tea, and addicted to books – everything from classical literature to graphic novels. Other hobbies include art, history, music, equestrianism, and a good classic film. She currently dwells in Northern California.