cover image A Perfect Shot

A Perfect Shot

Robin Yocum. Seventh Street, $15.95 trade paper (336p) ISBN 978-1-63388-417-5

The prologue of this outstanding crime novel from Edgar-finalist Yocum (A Welcome Murder) reveals that Nicholas “Duke” Ducheski disappeared from the ash-covered steel mill town of Mingo Junction, Ohio, without a trace on May 24, 1994. There are two theories about the fate of the former high school basketball legend and owner of Duke’s Bar, a popular local hangout. Some think that Duke was murdered by his own brother-in-law, Tony DeMarco, an enforcer for a crime boss. The rest believe that he legged it out of town and assumed a new identity. Flash back to 1988. Duke always does everything he can to avoid trouble, but when Tony kills Theodore “Moonie” Collier, the most loyal friend Duke ever had, he has had enough. His plan to bring Tony down is dangerous, but if he lives through it, it would mean justice for Moonie and a better life for everyone in Mingo Junction. Yocum has crafted a harrowing yet touching story about friendship, loyalty, and doing what is right no matter the cost. Agent: Colleen Mohyde, Doe Coover Agency. (Apr.)