Today, when returning from another appointment, I made an impromptu stop at Trader Joe’s. For those of you who don’t know, Trader Joe’s is a lower cost version of Whole Foods without the ridiculous prices that have engendered the moniker “Whole Paycheck” and without the non-intuitive store arrangement that encourages impulse buying.
Trader Joe’s has the friendliest staff of any establishment I patronize—including Starbucks and that’s really saying something. They take their customer service seriously.
The checkout lady asked me if I was having a good day. I told her, yes, a very good day—it was true.
“I got handed a bit of work yesterday and some more today,” I said.
“Work is always good,” she replied. “I’ll bet I know what kind of work you do. You’re a writer.”
How cool was that!!
“I am,” I said. “I have one novel out and another one just about to be released. Look for ‘A Lost Gun’ by Wix Simon.”
She reached out and we shook hands.
“Glad to meet you, Wix,” she said.
The lady behind me in the checkout line told me she’d look for my book.
Wix is my middle name. It came from my maternal grandfather, Michael Wix,who was English. The whole time I was growing up, I never liked the name. Now it’s proven to be useful. I think it will help my recognition.
My latest novel “A Lost Gun” received the honor of being designated Editors’ Choice by the publisher, iUniverse. Just to whet your appetite, here’s the cover blurb:
In a matter of seconds, Leotis Wilson murdered his entire family and sped away in his pickup. His only witness is greenhorn homicide detective Jessie Sands, who arrives on the scene just before he commits the crime. As Jessie tails Leotis to a bridge, she watches him toss his shotgun into the river and then points her .38 at him. But Leotis refuses to give up easily. In the ensuing struggle, Jessie shoots him, unintentionally drops her gun, and watches helplessly as it falls into the water below.
When Internal Affairs is called to investigate the officer-involved shooting, Jessie knows she may be in trouble, even though she acted in self-defense. She has no idea how bad that trouble will be—soon her lost weapon is used to kill a prominent attorney.
Meanwhile, in Atlanta, Detective Bud Prior is investigating a complex case involving greed, murder, and temptation. As Jessie works to solve her own highprofile murder investigation, she is inexorably drawn into the evil web Bud has just uncovered involving a bad cop. As the two detectives partner together to bring their nemesis to justice, neither is prepared for what is about to happen next.
In this riveting murder mystery, two detectives must sacrifice everything in order to take down a crime ring fueled by a cold-hearted, determined villain.