Liquid Shades of Blue by James Polkinghorn / #Spotlight #PublicationDay @FSBAssociates

First his brother, now his mother—Jack Girard searches for the truth behind his family’s tragedies

When hungover ex-lawyer and Key West bar owner Jack Girard groggily wakes up one morning, he’s greeted by a beautiful woman lying next to him and a shrill, ringing telephone. Seeing the call is from his father, Claude “The Duke” Girard, Jack answers. Within seconds, he learns that his mother is dead in an apparent suicide, and Jack hits the road, heading back to his childhood home in Miami to face his tyrannical father.

The death of his mother brings up haunting memories from Jack’s past—memories of his brother Bobby’s suicide when they were in college together. Being back in Miami only continues to dredge up his family traumas, but things grow more complicated when The Duke suggests that his estranged wife’s alleged suicide may have been a murder.

As Jack begins to uncover the truth about his mother’s death, including the secret she had revealed to only two people—the same secret Bobby had taken with him to his grave—he finds himself in imminent danger. Can Jack reveal the true story before it’s too late? He has to act quickly, or he fears he may be the victim of the next Girard family tragedy.



About the Author

I am a semi-retired lawyer living in Key West with my wife, Becki, and our dog, Major Tom. I was born in Pittsburgh, PA, where I spent my first 14 years. My family moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL, where I graduated from Plantation High School. I then attended the University of Florida for both my undergraduate and law degrees. I went to work in Miami, where I spent many years litigating and trying cases throughout Florida. I then moved to Fort Lauderdale, joining a national labor and employment firm where I headed the litigation practice. I developed a national litigation and trial practice and carried on for many more years before deciding to throttle back and take up full-time residency in Key West. That’s when I decided to scratch the author itch I had been feeling for a long time.


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