Jerome Samuels was a famous muralist. Before he switched mediums, he was a tattoo artist—and a damn good one. His untimely death has renewed interest in old rumors and triggered a race to find his ink work. Samuels’s two shiftless sons believe his unique creations contain clues that lead to the proverbial pot of gold. They feel betrayed and would love to break the code allegedly hidden in them and stick it to the old man posthumously. Jonah Bahena, on the other hand, believes the tattoos stand between him and his longstanding political aspirations. He’s got a closet full of skeletons and needs to keep a specific event in his past under wraps. After the two groups begin their searches, locals in Yonkers start dying and The Butcher, a serial killer with a point to make, gets the blame. But, is he really behind the murders? That’s one of the questions Detective Sergeant Hamilcar “Ham” Hitchcock and his general assignment squad needs to answer in this most recent thriller.
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Arnold Eslava-Grünwaldt is a former U.S. Navy journalist. During his nine-year career, he served on board the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS California (CGN-36), the guided missile destroyer USS MacDonough (DDG-39), and the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). Following his honorable discharge, Arnold attended and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, worked as an adjudicator at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Oakland, and obtained a law degree from Arizona State University.