No pipers piping on the 11th day: Doing Max Vinyl

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By Frederick Lee Brooke

“You okay, Max?” Uncle Gordon’s eyes were alert now. They were horribly red-rimmed and shiny. Max wished he could get his uncle to drink less, but on the other hand how could you get any man to change? Aunt Greta’s illness didn’t make it any easier. “You look like you saw a demon,” his uncle said.

“We’re on the outs.” Max couldn’t look him in the eye.

“Tris? Don’t tell me.”

He nodded. “Looks like it might be over.”

“What? Such a nice girl. Where is she, anyway? When I walked in, no one was there. Finally Manny came and let me in.”

“Manny caught her nosing around in something. Canned her without even asking me.”

“That bad? So now she’s mad at you?”

“I’ve never seen her so mad, tell you the truth.” He swallowed the rest of what he was going to say. It hurt to talk about it. Then again, it felt good to have someone listening. For a long while Tris had been his listener. Now he was spilling the beans to old Uncle Gordon. He heard himself groan.

“Listen, Max,” Gordon went on. “When a girl is mad, you got to back off. I’m just telling you. You probably know it better than me. Things like this don’t change from one generation to the next. Give her some time. Could be it was some kind of misunderstanding.”

“I don’t think so.”

“Give it some time, believe me. That girl loves you just as much as you love her. Something’s wrong here.”

“I thought so too, but the more I think about it . . .” He didn’t finish the sentence. He was thinking back to that calamitous event of two weeks ago. Something he hadn’t attached any special significance to until just this moment.

Doing Max Vinyl

Doing Max Vinyl cover showing woman's leg holding down a man's body.

An Annie Ogden Mystery

Earth first. Okay, maybe second. Third? She’ll KILL you!

Max Vinyl’s type of success story can only happen in America. Rising from humble beginnings, he has reached the height of the computer recycling racket. Problem is, he’s using Lake Michigan as his own personal profit center.

Even that wouldn’t have been a problem if his environmentalist girlfriend Tris hadn’t found out his dirty secret. And while Max is devastated by his love crashing down around him, he’s about to learn that the rage of a woman scorned packs far more firepower and potential for destruction than he had ever imagined.

Iraq War veteran Annie Ogden has spent three tormented months living in a cabin alone trying to re-discover her purpose in life. When two of Max’s thugs threaten Annie’s sister, she is dragged into his corrupt world in an unwitting alliance with the environmentalist, Tris.

Which is really lousy news for Max. Will he hold up under the coordinated attacks of two furious women? As things spin completely out of control and complications mount, it’s all Max can do to stay one step ahead until it’s all he can do to stay alive!

A farce full of hysterics and chicanery, Frederick Lee Brooke’s first installment of the Annie Ogden mysteries is an incisive examination of corporate lunacy, greed and modern disconnection. Having received multiple four and five-star reviews on Amazon, Doing Max Vinyl: An Annie Ogden Mystery is loaded with razor-sharp dialogue, ingenious plotting and so much fun it should be illegal!

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