For Erik Anderson, the Copenhagen line is his curse. He takes the train every night to collect souls. Like any lovelorn fool, he bargained his own long ago, and now pays the price - a lifetime of loneliness as a grim reaper. Stay distant - that's been his mantra and what keeps him sane. Until Mina Castner drops into his life like a whirlwind, one spilled drink leading to staying up until dawn with the woman.
"Decent romance for a short listen"
Most kids had imaginary friends, but most weren't like Megan's friend Niall. There were rules: only at night and only by the sea. She could've sworn he was real, but when someone vanishes without a trace, what else can you believe? All that was seven years ago, buried in the past until Niall shows up in town with his tight swimmer's body and easy smile. For Megan, just the sight of him is enough to tear open a scar that never fully healed.
On Neve's 18th birthday, her stepmother kicks her out. A group of diner rats offer her refuge - including Brendan, who offers his couch for her to crash on. But the more time she spends with him, the more he confuses her. One second, he's kissing her. The next, he's pushing her away.
One man has swiped bounties from Viola, the Brass Violet, for years. Longstanding rivals, they've only had brief encounters, and if she had a choice, she'd avoid him entirely. When he saunters into her bar with an offer to work together on a job, the proper response would be to shoot him down and send him back to Shantytown. However, curiosity's a wicked beast, and Viola needs to know why, after so many years of stealing her marks, he'd approach her now.