By Frank J. Bruno
When Julio Milano arrives at his female friend Tabitha’s condominium, he unearths her death. Her throat has been slashed.
Valerie, Tabitha’s seven-year-old daughter, chillingly asks Julio to kill the person that murdered her mom. He responds, “He could kill me.” The grim-faced baby says, “No, you’ll kill him.”
A promise has been made to deliver the killer to justice. this can be more straightforward stated than performed. There aren't any solid clues. besides the fact that, Julio manages to 0 in on numerous suspects.
One suspect is Frankie “Swoonatra” Rossi, Tabitha’s ex-lover and probably Valerie’s father. he's a front room singer in Las Vegas.
Another suspect is previous guy Garibaldi, a vineyard proprietor. He lives along with his granddaugher, Nicola, lower than suspicious situations. there's the prospect that Tabitha used to be blackmailing him.
A 3rd suspect is Lucy, a prostitute and Tabitha’s sister. Tabitha used to be answerable for Lucy’s access into the profession.
As Julio pursues his research, he discovers that Tabitha had a dismal facet to her character that had escaped him.
Julio quickly learns that his quest for revenge is fraught with hazard. He has to run a couple of life-threatening danger with the intention to receive the data he seeks. the tale ends with a perilous stumble upon among Julio and Tabitha’s murderer.
SOME relevant CHARACTERS
JULIO MILANO. Julio is an unlicensed investigator, a self-destructive, down-on-his good fortune alcoholic. he's over sixty, and lives by myself in a rundown duplex. he's in a position to convey himself out of his doldrums with a view to clear up against the law related to someone he cares about.
VALIER WALKER. Valerie is a seven-year outdated orphan, the slain Tabitha’s daughter. Valerie is shiny and loving. She desires to turn into a veterinarian and loves animals. She has turn into, with the intention to converse, “allergic to death.” this is often actual regardless of her chilling request asking Julio to kill her mother’s assassin.
MARIE MILANO. Marie is Julio’s ex-wife. She nonetheless offers him with nurturance, realizing, and a secure haven while he wishes one.
LOU MILANO. Lou is Julio’s brother. He owns a liquor shop on the town. He makes an attempt to place a restraint on Julio’s impulsive, risk-taking habit, frequently with out a lot result.
AL MARTINEZ. Al is a detective at the San Aqua police strength. He threatens Julio with a homicide cost. he's suggest and unsafe. And he supplies Julio trouble.
OLD guy GARIBALDI. Garibaldi is the landlord of a vineyard. he's a sly, misleading individual. He was once instrumental in ruining the Milano family members winery.
NICOLA FERRARI. Nicola is Garibaldi’s housekeeper and granddaughter. Julio suspects that her courting with Garibaldi is incestuous.
GABRIELLE WASHINGTON. Gabrielle is Julio’s granddaughter and a former prostitute. Now married to the forged Naldo Washington, she and her husband search to make a house for Valerie.
SAM WRIGHT. Sam is the executive of Detectives in San Aqua. formally, he's against Julio’s research of Tabitha’s homicide. Unofficially, he's an approving friend.
RED O’HARA. crimson is a former stripper, now a scientific psychologist. whilst Julio results in the alcoholic ward within the kingdom medical institution, pink, an previous good friend, is his therapist. ultimately they turn into lovers.
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