Pat Lambe Crime Fiction Author

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Updated: 5-07-2016




Eminent Domain:  

Twenty five years after shooting his way out of a bad situation as his best friend lie bleeding to death on a crack house floor, Nicholas Vandameir’s finally pulled his life together.  He’s inherited his old man’s bar and started a family.  But there’s a new map being drawn of the city, and someone with a long memory and a lot of political juice wants Nick’s bar out of the way.  It’s the traditional way things get done in Jersey

But Nick's not a traditional guy, and neither are his friends: a corrupt cop looking for redemption and a crane operator caught between his conscious and his union. They’re not about to let the city council declare eminent domain on their favorite liver pickling station without a fight.  


A Fun Family Place:

I still hear it in my head, twenty years after the commercials went off the air, the jingle for the Keansport Amusement Park.

            ‘Come on out, It’s a fun place, a family place’

I went to Keansport once, to clean up a mess for the committee. And it wasn’t a fun place; unless your idea of fun involves proorly constructed rollercoasters, guns, and the smell of decomposing horeshoe crabs littering the beach. As for a family place; certain members of the insect family come to mind: praying mantises, black widow spiders. Yeah, I’ve spent some quality time in Keansport, and I’d pack my bags to hell before I book a return trip.


Strike Duty:  

Striking telephone technician Reilly has a personal problem with Miles Patrick Donovan, a barroom brawling biker who can’t seem to keep his anger in check on the picket line. Reilly's found temporary work at a bar making a few hundred a week and all the free booze necessary to continue his pickling experiment on his liver. Donovan disappears and his union rep wants him back to see his dying old man one last time. As long as Reilly's looking for Donovan, he can spend his mornings nursing his hangover instead of carrying a picket sign. Unfortunately Reilly's not the only one looking for Donovan, and the competition has deeper psychological problems than alcoholism.


Carlisle's Marker:

Tony is the kind of guy whose name is invariably preceded by 'alleged’ whenever he makes the papers. The clerks at Ellis Island changed his Grandfather’s last name from Carlucci to Carlisle. He’s thinking of changing it back, for business purposes. When his best friend is murdered by someone he can’t get through his normal channels, he has to go through the legal ones, and he calls in a marker from the first man he ever wanted to kill; private investigator Reilly. Reilly’s suffering from all three Irish curses. Fortunately he only remembers what two of them are. But he’s one to pay back a debt, even if it means taking on a corrupt New Jersey State Trooper.

Read the First two Chapters originally published at Allan Guthrie's Noir Originals:



Not Quite Beastiality:

When Tullio ‘Trifecta’ Mazzucco asks you to collect 50 large from a cab driver with a turban surgically attached to his head, you collect the money. Because you know, deep down, he’s not really asking, he’s telling. You get that cash even after you find out the ‘client’ owes an equal amount to the Russian mob, and has a knife wielding Gurkha psycho for a brother in law. At least you’ll have some fun between the sheets tracking down the money, with your girlfriend’s new found fascination with sadomasochism, and half your other clients with no other way to pay the vig besides offering up their bodies.

My name’s Finbar McGantry, and if I can manage put some money into my unofficial 401k plan, and keep up with my girl’s new found sexual perversion, I’ll be retiring from Tullio’s organization for good.

It’s going to be a long couple of weeks.



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