Lance Underphal, Protagonist – More or Less

Cement truck

You think you have problems . . . This guy is a mess! Broke, old and sick—lost his wife in an accident with a cement truck . . . and he’s psychic. The way I figured it, he’d already lost everything, nothing left to lose.

Only three options left:

  • Die
  • Waste away to nothing
  • or DO something!

Life’s a bitch . . .

All About Choices

I knew for this guy to be real and yet get something worthwhile done, he’d probably need a push. He’d simply lost too much to get going on his own. Where’s his motivation, his reason for living? Well . . . what if his wife was still around?  She’d probably give him a swift kick in the britches to get him off his dead ass. What choice would he have?

Of course, ol’ Lance isn’t going to appreciate it much. But what’s he going to do? In this mystery novel, you either make your own decisions or someone makes them for you, which you probably aren’t going to like.

Psychic, Smychic

First of all, everyone knows (at least in this mystery story) all that psychic bullshit is just that, bullshit. And Lance knows for a fact that it doesn’t really exist . . . until its manifestations force him to rethink it (and everything else.) Still, it’s not what he bargained for—kicking him in the head until he’s on the brink of insanity. It’s a good thing his wife is there to bail him out. Or is she?

Other Characters

I knew from the beginning that Lance Underphal couldn’t handle murder cases all alone. And he is very much alone—a borderline recluse. I thought at first, that job would go to the investigative reporter, Lacey Friends. But no. Turns out, as the story developed, that the role would go to a tough Homicide Detective by the name of Frank Salmon. Who knew?

Of course Frank doesn’t hold a high opinion of Lance or his so-called psychic abilities.

And then somehow Frank and Lacey get together. I’m still wondering where that came from.

It’s amazing to me how these stories mostly write themselves. Strange, but while I’m writing, I can hardly wait to find out what happens next—maybe if I was psychic . . .

Guess I’m just along for the ride.

And I’m enjoying every minute. Hope you enjoy it too.

Let me know what you think.

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