A self-righteous killer terrorizing the streets. A detective hot on his trail. An army of ghouls pulling the puppet strings. No one gets out alive …
11:18 p.m. Subject is checking into the Desert Palms Motel, accompanied by an unknown female …
Snapshot in the parking lot. Man and woman embrace. Betrayal, I see it every day, like my own reflection in the mirror staring back at me. Another case, another bottle of booze, life is no longer a mystery to me … Because I’m the private eye, hot on your trail; the top gun for hire. You’ll find me lurking in the shadows, always searching for a clue. I’m the bulletproof detective. I got my eye on you …
What’s a little sin under the covers, what’s a little blood between lovers? What’s a little death to be discovered, cold stiff body under the covers? I’m digging you a desert grave, underneath the burning sun. You won’t be found by anyone. Vultures circle in the sky, and you, my dear, are the reason why.
… I was always easily influenced.
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Brian Paone was born and raised in the Salem, Massachusetts area. Brian has, thus far, published four novels: Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts—a memoir about being friends with a drug-addicted rock star; Welcome to Parkview—a macabre cerebral-horror novel; Yours Truly, 2095—a time-travel romance novel (which was suggested for a Hugo Award, though it did not make the finalists); and Moonlight City Drive—a supernatural crime-noir detective novel (which is a trilogy, with Part 2 coming in 2019 and Part 3 coming in 2021).
Along with his four novels, Brian has published four short stories: “Outside of Heaven,” which is featured in the anthology A Matter of Words; “The Whaler’s Dues,” which is featured in the anthology A Journey of Words; “Anesthetize (or A Dream Played in Reverse on Piano Keys),” which is featured in the anthology A Haunting of Words; and “Two Gunslingers,” which is featured in the anthology A Contract of Words.
Brian is also a vocalist and has released seven albums with his four bands: Yellow #1, Drop Kick Jesus, The Grave Machine, and Transpose.
Brian is married to a US Naval Officer, and they have four children. He is a retired police officer and worked in law enforcement for sixteen years from 2002 – 2018. He is a self-proclaimed roller coaster junkie, a New England Patriots fanatic, and his favorite color is burnt orange.