The First Book of the Ray Irish Agency Mysteries
A corrupt city ran by a political machine.
Racketeers and gangsters fight for control of the waterfront.
Mysterious, bloody murders occur throughout the city.
Black-robed figures are offering blood sacrifices to an unknown demon.
Ray Irish has found his home.
A new hard-boiled occult mystery novel by Gordon Brewer Ray Irish drifts into Oyster City, struggling town nestled along the Chesapeake Bay, where a chance encounter in a back alley gives him an unanticipated job. Working for the corrupt man he saves, Irish quickly discovers his home barely conceals layers of deception and treachery. Paired with a conniving woman photographer named Cat, Irish descends into a world of grifters and racketeers. The grisly murders of a chauffeur and a policeman are only part of a web involving strange people wearing the masks of tarot card characters. While Irish battles with thugs who have him in their sights, the ex-Seabee follows a chain of unusual events which might lead to a murderer or his death.
A Shot of Irish is the first book of the Ray Irish Mystery Series. A novella will be forthcoming as well to introduce the main characters and Oyster City which has more gruesome murders than Chicago. Set in the immediate aftermath of World War 2, the stories and characters reflect the social and ideological standards of the time.