Book Excerpt from Garrett’s Mulligan

23 Aug


We’re hosting an excerpt from mystery/humor novel “Garrett’s Mulligan” today. Enjoy the snippet!

Book Excerpt

Mr. Kline’s study was decorated much the same as the outer hallway. The furniture was expensive, the rug plush, and the walls hung with fine art. Behind a sturdy antique desk and a stack of opened newspapers, the businessman sat with his hands steepled before him, a frown darkening his fat face. Mr. Kline was almost bald, and the few grey hairs he had left were draped across his forehead in an effort to cover as much skin as possible. “Garrett,” he acknowledged. “You owe me some money don’t you kid?” Beside the desk, a muscled ogre occupied a leather chair. The creature leaned forward waiting for Garrett’s response.

“Yes,” agreed Garrett uncomfortably. “And I aim to pay you straight away.” Garrett caught himself staring at the man’s left hand and the stump of his pinkie finger and averted his eyes.

“Let me guess,” continued the older man, “Mrs. Wichuster lost her cat again.”

Garrett swallowed, his eyes narrowing as he took in the pleased look on Kline’s face. “Yes,” he said slowly.

Standing, Mr. Kline adjusted the grease stained shirt he was wearing. “Have a seat son,” he said motioning to a small couch against the wall. “Let me make myself clear Garrett. I know everything that goes on in this town from which cats are betting on the horses to which cat’s making a buck with their business. I even know the whereabouts of Piddles and his breed of the month if you catch my drift.”

“You know a lot about cats,” said Garrett seating himself on the couch opposite the fat entrepreneur. He pretended not to notice the man was wearing only the greasy shirt and his small tight fitting underwear.

Thankfully, Mr. Kline also re-seated himself and reached for his box of cigars. Without offering his guests, he struck a match to one and inhaled deeply. “You know I have several businesses,” he said exhaling a cloud of smoke. “And they make me a lot of money. If a business isn’t profitable I sell it. If one of my bulls doesn’t perform, I send him to the bull ring. If one of my ships is unreliable, I hire another captain. Are you noticing a trend here?”

About Garrett’s Mulligan

garrettsmulliganfrontTitle: Garrett’s Mulligan

Author: Grant Reed

Genre: Humor / Fantasy / Mystery

At thirty-one Garrett Willigins has finally earned his private investigator’s badge. Unfortunately, the bills haven’t stopped coming and building a solid reputation won’t happen overnight. Forced to take employment wherever they can, Garrett and his miniature dragon partner Merle, must dirty their hands any way possible to make a buck. Shoveling manure, chasing cats, and dock duty seem to be the order of the day.
Working off back rent for a notorious gangster isn’t the safest of jobs on a good day, but when the other workers start turning up dead, Garrett finds himself elbow deep in a mystery that could spell a quick end to his short P.I. career.

Author Bio

SONY DSCGrant Reed has a background in business management, computer programming, and computer networking.  He would much rather be out fishing though, so he spends his time writing and working contract jobs. He lives in Lively Ontario, Canada with his wife Robin, and their two children Aidan and Megan





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