Chi-Town Blues Whimsical, haunting, riveting, and erotically charged tales of life in the Windy City. When master storyteller D. J. Herda left Chicago in the late Seventies, he took a big part of the city with him. Now he has unleashed them in all their wild-and-wooly, sexually charged, hit-and-hit-harder glory. These tales are hauntingly vivid, running the gamut from Crime and Punishment to Humor, Pathos, Spirituality, and Coming-of-Age in the Windy City.
Among the tales of intrigue included in this volume are six brand-new stories:
“The Tenants” When Officer Cartel of homicide investigates a series of disappearances all centered around one main suspect, he’s convinced she’s as clever and diabolic a murderess as he’s ever seen. Until she convinces him otherwise, after which he sets out to prove both himself, and her, wrong.
“The Fisherman” A look at just what can go wrong when a young man leaves his comfortable home to go smelt fishing with his gung-ho, war-hero uncle one raw, rainy, Saturday morning–and just why he’s not likely ever to do so again.
“Double Jeopardy” When a young bank executive joins a new firm and gets promoted to mortgages and personal loans, he finds his new landlady the perfect customer–as old, doddering, and doting as anyone he’s ever seen. Not to mention trustworthy. As he sets up a foolproof trap to ensnare her in a vintage game of bank embezzlement, she turns the table on him before he manages at the last moment to wiggle free. Except for a slight commitment of marriage.
“The Great Man” A young man in the glory years of his youth discovers that his grandfather, whom he always considered a great man, was nothing but a bum, philanderer, and womanizer, he’s crushed–until he meets one of his grandfather’s by-then aging but still sexually alluring conquests. And then he realizes that he’d been right after all. Jim Blasdell really was a great man.
“The Union” They meet at the university’s Ratskeller and immediately fall in love–he with her angelic face and demonic body and she, with his apparently unlimited funds and innate gullibility. But when she goes to tighten the noose she’s just placed around his neck, he sidesteps adroitly out of reach and turns the table on her. Until she turns it right back on him.
“Trapped” A young home builder and part-time author moves to a small town in southeastern Colorado where he meets all the right people, including the really wrong ones. As he’s poised to make a legal killing in real estate, others are just as poised to stop him. After apparently beating back false charges, he’s finally in the clear, but his own gullibility enables his best friends and neighbors to ensnare him in a noose from which there is no escape–one that he constructed by himself.