The Check by Steve Williams

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A fresh atmosphere and taut prose make this novella an enjoyable read.
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Chef Carlo Zaratti is on the cusp of greatness. He and his wife Mali own "Z", a breakout restaurant getting rave reviews from patrons and critics. They are also expecting their first child. Their lives take a dark turn when Mali is diagnosed with a terminal illness. As his world begins to crumble, Carlo is distraught until their obstetrician offers a glimmer of hope: there is one patient who has survived the disease, thanks to an expensive regimen of treatment. With the restaurant still in debt, Carlo must find a way to raise almost five million dollars. A wealthy and unscrupulous patron of the restaurant refers Carlo to a mystery man – a 'fixer' who can solve almost any problem. But the mystery man has an agenda of his own, and Carlo is thrown into a pressure cooker of emotional intensity.

About Steve Williams

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Steve Williams is a 25-year veteran of the advertising industry. He created campaigns for a client list that included everything from cars, fast food, beer, lingerie and tourism. His work received national and international accolades from the best advertising awards competitions in the world. He is currently a marketing columnist and freelance writer. He is also an avid golfer.
Published March 4, 2012 by Steve Williams. 73 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Cooking, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this suspense novella, a master chef will stop at nothing to prevent a deadly illness from threatening his family.

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