The Someday File, Deuce Mora #1


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Deuce Mora, a columnist for the struggling Chicago Journal, thinks she is searching for a human-interest story when she walks into a seedy neighborhood bar in a suburb of Chicago. What she finds is Vinnie Colangelo, an aging mobster living on bad beer, cheap bourbon and regret for the life he wasted.

Deuce’s meeting with Vinnie thrusts her into the nexus of three murderous acts committed over nearly six decades. Is it possible they’re connected? And if they are, can she uncover the truth without dying herself?

In a world where print newspapers are increasingly anachronistic and struggling to survive the onslaught of instant news delivery offered by 24-hour television and the Internet, Deuce must confront the mob, corrupt government, even her own editors to stay on the story.

Even more daunting is the need to face up to her own worst fears and to find the strength to see her mission through in the face of impossible odds.

It can be an unpleasant surprise when the kitten you bought as a pet grows up to be a man-eating tiger.

That’s pretty much what happens to Deuce Mora, a columnist for the Chicago Journal, one of those big-city newspapers struggling to stay solvent in a world that considers them relics of a bygone era.

Deuce needs a column, so she digs out of her “ideas” file an old tip that should be, at best, a human interest story. It is the tale of Vinnie Colangelo, an aging, low-level Chicago mobster living on beer, bourbon, and regret. Deuce finds him in a seedy Cicero bar late one afternoon, already drunk and resolute in his determination not to talk to her.

Afraid for his safety in the boozy world he inhabits, Deuce gives him a ride home and thus seals his brutal fate. When Deuce learns the next day that Vinnie has been tortured and murdered, she is left with more guilt than she can shoulder, more curiosity than she can ignore, and in more danger than she can imagine.

The mobster’s final words to her shove her into a world of political and criminal intrigue and confront her with three horrific crimes that span nearly six decades. Can all of them be linked?

It is a mystery Deuce will either solve or die in the trying.

This is a story that could only be set in Chicago, a city that rises as the principal character in any book it inhabits.

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Praise for the Book

Kirkus Reviews

A carefully plotted mystery, the first in a series featuring indefatigable Chicago columnist Deuce Mora…Heller should be able to get a lot of mileage out of such a great character and supporting cast. A promising first adventure; if Heller can keep the quality this high, mystery fans will have a lot to look forward to.

Publishers Weekly/BookLife

Well-crafted and suspenseful…The story line is nicely twisty without stretching probability.

Paul Levine, author of BUM RAP

Jean Heller knows newspapers and she knows Chicago. It’s no wonder that her fictional female columnist Deuce Mora rings true. The tenacious reporter sinks her teeth into a grisly half-century old crime with the odds stacked against her and the body-count mounting. Like Jack Nicholson’s character in Chinatown¸ Deuce sticks her nose in other people’s business and finds dead-ends and danger at every turn. Part journalism procedural, part character study, THE SOMEDAY FILE is a humdinger of a mystery, the first of a welcome new series.

Wendy Tyson, International Thriller Writers “Big Thrill Newsletter”

Well-plotted and tightly-written, with a fascinating glimpse into the sometimes grim reality of print journalism, THE SOMEDAY FILE is a thrilling read.

Ron Alvarez, retired NYPD lieutenant

I really enjoyed THE SOMEDAY FILE. Heller does a great job of taking the reader through the step-by-step process of a intriguing investigation, connecting tragic events—separated by over 50 years—with one surprise after another.

Ann Livi Andrews, annliviandrews.com and Goodreads, on THE SOMEDAY FILE

I thoroughly enjoyed this book…The writing is excellent, the dialogue is smooth and natural, and I fell in love with the characters. Deuce is funny, likable, and easy to relate to. It didn’t take long for me to grow attached to her. And the struggle is realistic. I love watching her fall down the rabbit hole, so to speak, as she finds herself digging deeper and deeper into the investigation…I loved the twists and turns and the shocking ending. I look forward to reading more of Deuce’s stories.

Diane J., Goodreads member, on THE SOMEDAY FILE

Great book with an amazing female lead character… A great read.

BookLoons

THE SOMEDAY FILE is a well-written mystery with a really well-thought out plot.

St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times)

I recommend this completely absorbing, scrupulously researched thriller to anyone who enjoys an edge-of-the-seat read. The conclusion is as shattering as the opening. This is one bang-up book.

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Deuce Mora, a columnist for the struggling Chicago Journal, thinks she is searching for a human-interest story when she walks into a seedy neighborhood bar in a suburb of Chicago. What she finds is Vinnie Colangelo, an aging mobster living on bad beer, cheap bourbon and regret for the life he wasted.

Deuce’s meeting with Vinnie thrusts her into the nexus of three murderous acts committed over nearly six decades. Is it possible they’re connected? And if they are, can she uncover the truth without dying herself?

In a world where print newspapers are increasingly anachronistic and struggling to survive the onslaught of instant news delivery offered by 24-hour television and the Internet, Deuce must confront the mob, corrupt government, even her own editors to stay on the story.

Even more daunting is the need to face up to her own worst fears and to find the strength to see her mission through in the face of impossible odds.