Fool's Errand marks the debut of a contemporary gumshoe whose character traits are rooted firmly in the past. Brig Ellis is an ex-military and current private investigator based in San Diego, but willing to go wherever the assignment takes him. His card reads: Investigations, Security, Confidential Matters. However, this shamus is not shy about accepting work that might color outside the lines. And while most people agree that if you're smart, there are some jobs you just shouldn't take, Brig's point of view is, if you're smart, you're in another line of work. Perhaps that's why this initial Brig Ellis tale has him juggling three tasks at once... A favor for a friend puts San Diego private investigator, Brig Ellis, in contact with a real knockout. But the first time they meet, the specter of larceny hangs in the air like the stale scent of a cheap cigar. Before Ellis can decide to make a pass or make tracks, thugs turn his office into a veritable junk yard. He should try to find out why, but when money calls, he listens, and so he puts payback on hold. Hired by the black sheep of a dysfunctional dynasty, he agrees to retrieve the clan's daughter from apparent involvement with Zapatista rebels in Mexico. A tale of two cities ensues laden with hidden agendas, revelations, recriminations, mayhem, murder, and a violent conflict on the eight thousand foot cliffs of the Copper Canyon Railway. Before all the loose ends have been tied, Ellis is left to wonder if making friends, doing favors, unmasking foes, or extracting vulnerable heiresses are all, in one way or another, fools' errands.
About Joe Kilgore
Joe Kilgore has won awards for novels, novellas, screenplays, and short stories. His tales have appeared in magazines, creative journals, anthologies, and online literary publications. Prior to writing fiction, Joe had a long and successful career creating, writing, and producing television and radio commercials, plus newspaper, magazine, and Internet content for an international advertising agency. He is the author of INSOMNIAC: Short Stories for Long Nights (Encircle Publications, October, 2021). Joe also writes novel reviews professionally for national and international firms. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Claudia, an accomplished artist.