Book Excerpt from Washed Hands

26 Oct


Book Excerpt

I resumed my march to the office. Poor Bruno would probably not be seeing first grade anytime soon. He was sweet and everything, but his constant screw ups usually put him at competent enough to not get fired, but not enough to handle anything more dangerous than a basketball.
“I didn’t expect to see you here today,” came the honey-sweet voice of Washed Hands, Inc.’s founder, Meredith Tenenbaum. She sidled up next to me, her own stack of manila folders in hand. Typical to her brusque nature, she was scanning some of the documents in her hands as she walked with me. She was older than me, but I couldn’t tell how much—her brunette hair, held back in a sloppy bun, only showed the faintest hints of white strands. Not a stitch was out of place on her black suit, with only a red pocket square and white button up offsetting her bleak attire.
“Believe me, I didn’t want to be. Favor for a friend,” I said absently.
“Friend?” Meredith asked, a subtle note of mockery in her voice.
“Well, favor for Carla.”
“Already?” she sighed. “And for a class-three controller?”
“Class two. And to be fair, it escalated.” Meredith let out a huff of disapproval. “Hey, you’re the one who promoted her.”
“And I’m sure you’ll never let me live it down. Tell me when you do your debriefing. I want to know exactly what happened.”
“Will do, boss.” And just like that, she vanished into her office without breaking stride. It was like she planned the entire thing from the get go. She always had that air of aloofness about her, which made her the perfect boss. Hands-on enough to tell you when you made a mistake, but gone enough to leave you alone when you were doing a good job.

About the Book

WASHED_HANDS_ebookTitle: Washed Hands

Author: Jonathan Charles Bruce (

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Release Date: October 14, 2014

Publisher: Booktrope Publishing (

Price: $13.95 (paperback)

ISBN:              9781620154656


Breaking up can be one of the hardest things a person can do, something that the dedicated team at Washed Hands, Inc. thoroughly understands. Whether one’s soon-to-be-ex is manipulative, violent, or anything else that makes a clean break difficult, the company’s rejection counselors ensure that the split is established and maintained in no uncertain terms. And in the toughest cases, no one’s better at this than Monica Deimos.

Brought in on what appeared to be a relatively straight-forward domestic nightmare, Monica

realizes all-too-late that she has been set up to take the fall for the murder of a wealthy socialite.

As the police close in, Monica needs to discover who she can trust, who wants her out of the way, and why she was framed.

She’s no fool, though. The best case scenario ends in a jail cell… the worst in a body bag.




Author Bio

7862046Jonathan Bruce began writing what amounted to terrible Star Trek: The Next Generation fan fiction when he was four. Although the original manuscripts are lost (or perhaps destroyed), we can rest assured that his prose has improved significantly since then. After high school, he began writing and directing plays which gradually improved depending on whom you ask. He discovered his love of a good fight scene after writing a Dracula knock-off which took a 19th century classic and made it less about Victorian yearning and 300% more about stabbing things in the jugular.

And yes, this means he wrote vampire fiction before Stephanie Meyer made it cool to sparkle in the sun.

He has a Master’s Degree in History, thanks largely to his thesis focusing on MUSIC, a Milwaukee-based school desegregation campaign during the 1960′s. He also enjoys discussing/making fun of pop culture of the 20th century and reading books of a non-historical nature. In his off moments, you can catch him writing for fun or making inane movies about nothing in particular. He also occasionally provides work for Twenty Four Pages a Second, a pretty keen website you should totally check out.




Twitter: @jonathancbruce


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