Battle Axe, a humorous suspense by Bill Cokas

Dates of free promotion: 5/25/2012 through 5/27/2012


When his father dies, the last thing swing band frontman Dorsey Duquesne needs is a mid-life crisis. But when the funeral lures long-buried family skeletons out of the closet, his childhood is reduced to a carefully constructed set piece. His sense of identity dented, Dorsey hires a strip-mall P.I. to track down his birth mother—and finds a feisty German woman who not only blames him for the death of her lover, but whose only interest in a mother/son relationship involves picking out his headstone. Battle Axe is an offbeat, suspenseful novel that places quirky, flawed characters in unwelcome situations. Adopted or "normal," readers will find something to relate to and someone to root for, especially those who appreciate the colorful characters and unconventional plots of Carl Hiaasen, Marshall Karp or Bill Fitzhugh.