First Page – Foul Shot – R.L. Cherry

Chicago Police detective Vince Bonelli’s life had been organized and comfortable when sexy Gina Gallo blew into it.  Like a whirlwind, she changed everything, destroying parts of Vince’s life as she drew him close to her.  Yet, while physical intimacy was not a problem for her, she would not let Vince past her mental and emotional barricades.  The question is will they survive the devils of Gina’s past and of Vince’s present?   While Vince was a cop, it is not a cop story.  While there is mystery, it is not a mystery.  While there is romance, it is not a romance.  Part suspense and part drama, Foul Shot describes how Vince found that, while his life after meeting Gina was never dull, it was often traumatic and sometimes deadly.

May 1992

Chapter 1

As Chicago Police detective Vince Bonelli picked up his gun and his star from the dresser, his girlfriend Gina came up behind him and wrapped her arms around his waist.  She rested her head against his shoulder.  “Maybe you should cancel.”
He stopped and turned to her, breaking her embrace.  “Why?”

Gina brushed her short, black hair from around her face.  “I don’t know.  I don’t trust Frank Calmonico.”
“But this was your idea.  Meet with him so he’ll know I wasn’t behind someone taking a shot at him.”
She shrugged.  “Maybe I was wrong.”
Vince shook his head.  “Frank may be crazy, but he’s not stupid.  He’s not going to whack me in my own neighborhood, on my own turf.  Besides, he knows it wasn’t me shooting at him last night.  He’s known me since we were kids and it’s not my style.”
“I know, I know.  Still, I don’t trust anyone in the Outfit, especially not Frank.  You told me he’s a real sociopath.”
“He is and I don’t trust him either, but if Frank wanted to kill me, he wouldn’t do it at lunch.  Too many witnesses.  I’d just get gunned down walking on the street.”
She studied him for a moment, her brown eyes pleading.  “If you won’t cancel, then at least wear your vest.”
“You know I hate that thing.  It’s hot and uncomfortable.  Besides, it makes me look like a penguin.  I’ll be fine.”
She reached up and gently touched his cheek with her palm.  “Do it for me.  Besides, if you look like a penguin, other women won’t make passes at you.  After all, women are hot for Nicholas Cage.”
Vince smiled.  As if any other women would be making passes at him.  Gina was…

8 thoughts on “First Page – Foul Shot – R.L. Cherry

  1. Now this sounds INTERESTING, do you have it available on Ebook? Vince's story sounds like a comparative of my fiancés for the past 8 years:_ No lie:)

  2. Ron, I really like the way you get into the characters so quickly, as I am already hooked and want to read on! Congratulations on getting it out in paperback soon too!

  3. Thanks for the encouragement. I am deep into my next Morg Mahoney book, hoping to have it ready by the end of the year. It's titled “Bad for Business,” a quote from the “Maltese Falcon.”

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