Twelve Palominos

A Brig Ellis Tale • 5

Publication Date: August 28, 2024


San Diego Private Investigator, Brig Ellis, is hired by a wealthy industrialist to help him acquire the final horse in a set of twelve palomino miniatures that once belonged to the last Emperor of China. What begins as a seemingly reasonable assignment quickly morphs into something much more sinister. The intrepid gumshoe finds himself having to bargain with brigands, kibitz with kidnappers, clash with commies, and duel with a stone-cold assassin incapable of feeling pain. All while navigating potentially deadly pitfalls instigated by his employer’s beautiful but enigmatic daughter. Conflict and danger increase at warp speed as Ellis tries to make sure this ill-fated job isn’t his last.  


“…edgy dialogue… humorous metaphors… satisfying…
This is a mystery thriller with a heart and laughs—a truly winning combination.”
—Mari Carlson, U.S. Review of Books

“…a richly realized high-octane thriller that exquisitely ticks every box and then some. …a cross between The Maltese Falcon and The Big Sleep. But this work is wholly original — the storyline is unique and imaginative, and it’s clear the author has strived to achieve realism. The wordcraft in this novel is exemplary, giving it depth and making it sing.… There is interesting background, humor, pathos, and social conscience.… I enjoyed Twelve Palominos immensely… a satisfying read.”
—JPB at International Writers Inspiring Change


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