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 and a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. He’s a proud New Yorker, but currently resides in the Southwest. In addition to writing, Arnold is an avid kayaker and a longtime New York Ranger fan. He started the Cut series several years ago, beginning with Half-Cut. Since then, he has gone on to write Shortcut and Choice Cut. All chronicle the lives and investigative efforts of a small group of detectives in the Yonkers Police Department. Arnold is currently writing the fourth book in series, Cutout.