The brutal throat-slashing murder of Crawford Academy's football coach has the city on edge. The fact that his body was found in the gay section of Jefferson Park has created more than a few whispers about the macho coach. That creeps social worker Duffy Dombrowski out enough, but not nearly as much as the fact that the kid he's counseling said he wanted to slit the coach's throat the day before.
JA Konrath is the author of the Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels mysteries, Whiskey Sour, Bloody Mary, Rusty Nail, Dirty Martini, Fuzzy Navel, and Cherry Bomb. Daniels is a Chicago homicide cop with a wicked sense of humor, and the novels fluctuate between funny business and serious suspense. Tom Schreck is the author of the Duffy Dombrowski mysteries, On the Ropes, TKO, and Out Cold. Duffy is a social worker by day and a semi-pro boxer by night, and he's quick with a left hook as he is with his wit.
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By day, Duffy Dombrowski is an upstate New York social worker, but he’s also a professional sparring partner, a boxer paid to be hit. He’s accepted a dream job: chief sparring partner for Russian heavyweight contender Boris Rusakov - in Las Vegas! He gets to bring along his obstinate basset hound, Al, and even invites four friends to visit. But Las Vegas - and Boris - has a dark side, and before Duffy knows it, his trip turns into a nightmare. The Vegas Knockout is full of quirky characters, rapid-fire dialogue, and action.
TJ Dunn knew the risks when she enlisted for duty in Iraq. People die in war. And as she saw with her Army veteran father, the scars of war can be fatally deep. But TJ is determined to carry her weight as a female MP. When her team is ambushed, TJ is the sole survivor. Struggling to come to terms with the loss of her battalion, she receives more devastating news: her fiancé, stationed in Afghanistan, has committed suicide. Back home, TJ drifts indifferently from one dead-end job to another until an anonymous phone call shocks her back to life....