Moths to Flame by Fredric Maffei

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Days from receiving his inheritance, young Nick hops in his truck and is California bound. Starved for a mentor/hero in his life, Nick hooks up with as canny a secret predator as ever was. One sizzling night on the town with babe-magnet Henry, and Nick flutters about him like a moth to flame. Enter Bunny! Smart and gorgeous, she's an African-American filmmaker intent on making a documentary about Nick's deceased dad, a little-known novelist of a bygone day. But when Bunny and Nick strike up a flame of their own, a jealous Henry looking on -- there's death to pay! Now Henry has not one but two moths to play with, to seduce, to cause to breathlessly hurl themselves against the deathly white heat of him. One delicate-winged little moth will break the cycle and fly away. One won't.

About Fredric Maffei

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Born and raised in Soprano Land, New Jersey. A professional musician at fifteen, Freddy (to his friends) sat at table with Billie Holiday, joked with Dizzy Gillespie, and conversed with Miles Davis. Four years in the navy during Viet Nam. Proofread at the L.A. Times. Worked the Texas oilfields and raised a pretty good line of pit bulldogs. He has at least half a dozen more novels to his credit and loads of screenplays. At present, he and his lovely wife Sherry live in Arizona, their two married sons in the neighborhood.
Published December 3, 2009 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 150 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But the book does have some issues—Nick’s speech patterns change suddenly and without reason or comment, the female characters are mostly sex objects and when Nick and Henry have their reckoning, Nick’s reliance on and devotion to Henry becomes more complex but also strains believability.

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