Squeeze Play by R J Kaiser
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On a warm September night, in a San Francisco law office, Joe Sasso and his attorney, Sonny Culp, are gunned down. It is just the start of what will be the biggest squeeze play the city has ever seen . . .

Nick Sasso: A disgraced ex-cop, Nick returns home to San Francisco to face his dying father and deal with problems in the family business. His brother, Joe, has been "borrowing" money from the family restaurant, and it's becoming clear that Joe is in over his head. Then Joe is killed, And Nick won't stop stepping on toes 'til he finds out why.

Billie Fox: When her ex-husband, Sonny Culp, is murdered, this tough-talking defense attorney jumps into the investigation without thinking twice. Nick Sasso is an unlikely ally, and they can't agree on anything, but they share a common goal: to expose the connection between Sonny and Joe and follow that trail to a killer.

Dickson Hong: His career as a homicide detective was very nearly derailed when his partner, Nick Sasso, botched an investigation. Now, five years later, he's investigating the murder of Joe Sasso, and Nick has returned to once again complicate his life. Will this be the case to finally make or break his career?

Henry Chin: He has risen to one of the highest political offices in the city but the district attorney has his eye on the mayor's office. The only catch is that he's at the center of a corruption scam that, if exposed, could land him -- and other powerful political players -- in jail. Now all he has to do is get rid of those who could take him down.

Igor Sakharov: He was supposed to be retired. But when he is approached to do one last job, for more money than he's ever seen, this hit man with the heart of gold can't refuse. Then everything goes wrong and his inexperienced brother, Alexei, is left to complete the job.

Jolie Hays: She is just starting out as a street hooker; but she lands the wrong john and comes away with a piece of information that will make her a target and provide her with the opportunity to change her life . . . if she survives.

In this novel filled with suspense, adventure and craziness, these most unlikely characters make their way toward an inevitable -- and unexpected -- conclusion. Sit back, take a deep breath and experience the unpredictable trip that is SQUEEZE PLAY.


About R J Kaiser

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Kaiser is a former practicing lawyer.
Published September 1, 2002 by Mira. 464 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Billie and Nick cross paths and compare notes pointing to the aforementioned emerald Buddha, they become unlikely cohorts and more unlikely lovers, since womanizing Nick favors girly-girls while Billie, at 40-plus, hates his macho swagger.

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Unbeknownst to Nick, Joe is already the target of a pair of hired killers, and soon after Nick visits their father at the hospital, Joe and his gay attorney, Sonny Culp, are murdered.

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Though the restaurant is doing great, Nick learns he got a call from his estranged father's accountant that something is wrong with the books of the family business now run by brother Joe, who rumors fly is near bankruptcy.

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