A Memory of Grief by Dale T Phillips

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Troubled ex-con Zack Taylor is haunted by the accidental death of his brother years before. Zack's guilt and anger have pushed him into a shadowy, wandering life, with little purpose and few attachments. When he hears of the death of his close friend Ben Sterling, a supposed gunshot suicide, Zack finds he now has a purpose-- to find out what happened. Then his purpose becomes an obsession.

Zack goes to Maine, where Ben died, and is a fish out of water, with no connections, no information, and no credibility. People don't want to talk about Ben's death, so Zack gets ever more frustrated, making enemies, getting into fights, and breaking the law in his search for the truth. The only bright spot seems the potential for a relationship with a sympathetic nurse-- if he can control his violent streak.

To draw out the killers, Zack offers himself as bait. But without a gun, he must rely on his wits and his physical skills to survive a dangerous game of drugs and death. Though managing a measure of justice, Zack is changed in the process, and must learn to live in a very different world.
 

About Dale T Phillips

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Dale Phillips studied writing with Stephen King, has written three novels, and published short stories in Plot magazine, Space & Time, Ethereal Gazette, Big Pulp, Crime and Suspense, Gluttonlumps Chilling Tales, Atomjack, Aoife's Kiss, House of Horror, Sorcerous Signals, Kasma, New Myths, Short-Story.Me, Dark Valentine, and upcoming issues of Dark Valentine, Every Day Fiction, and Fungi #20. He has appeared on stage, television, and in an independent feature film, Throg. He competed on two nationally televised quiz shows, Jeopardy and Think Twice. He co-wrote and acted in The Nine, a short political satire film, available at www.Libertynewstv.com. He has traveled to all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, and through Europe. Learn more by visiting the author's web site, www.daletphillips.com. He lives with his wife and family in Massachusetts.
 
Published July 1, 2011 by Briona Glen Publishing, LLC. 254 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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