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“So,” Finney said. “Should we talk business?”

Tandy didn’t know what to say. He’d thought hard about this moment, imagined what it would be like, but now he realized he’d just been recycling old movies and bad novels in his head and he didn’t have a single real instinct about how to say what he needed to say. It wasn’t that he felt that if he said it, finally said it out loud to the guy who could actually make it happen, he’d be doomed or something. It wasn’t anything like that. It was simpler than that. He didn’t know how to say it without sounding ridiculous. Finney smiled.

“Let me say it for you,” Finney said. “And it isn’t that I’m a mind reader or that I’m trying to get some psychological advantage by being the one to say it first. It’s just that Mr. Muzzo and I have seen that look on people’s faces before and it always means you’re having trouble saying it out loud. And we have things to do today. So let me say it out loud for you. You want to hire me to kill your wife.”

“I do,” Tandy said, surprised now at how easily the words came. There was no hesitation at all. “Yes,” he said. “Will you?”

Finney shrugged. “Sure,” he said.

About The Book

Meet Ray Finney, a charming but dim con man, and Shelly Muzzo, the ex-LAPD detective who looks after him. The partners have a good thing going with a fake murder-for-hire scam, and the future looks bright… until they try to con Robin Tandy. Robin isn’t about to be conned. She has other plans, like finding an escape from her deadening marriage to a wealthy investor. That’s when the tables turn. Then they turn again. Before the three know what’s happening they find themselves racing the clock in a 40-foot, $500,000 motor coach, accompanied by the con men’s previous victims and a yellow Lab named Laz, and pursued toward the bright lights of Las Vegas by a remorseless ex-Marine who works as a fixer for Robin’s husband.

About The Author

THANKS FOR KILLING ME is the first novel from veteran journalist Bill Barol.

Bill Barol is a former Senior Writer at Newsweek, where he authored cover stories on David Letterman, Bruce Springsteen, Andrew Wyeth, and The End of the Eighties, as well as dozens of inside stories on pop culture, entertainment and the arts. His freelance journalism has appeared in The New Yorker, Time, Slate, The Boston Globe, Fast Company, Washington Journalism Review, American Journalism Review, American Heritage and TV Guide, and on PBS. He's also been a writer/producer on television comedies including Anything But Love, Cafe Americain and Townies. He blogs at Forbes and Huffington Post.

Barol is also the author of "Mr. Irresponsible's Bad Advice" (Volt Press: 2005). He lives in Santa Monica, CA with his wife, television writer Jennifer Cecil, and two Labs, Roxy and Scout.