Dominick Prince returns. Probably against his better judgment.
Dominick Prince went through hell to make his dreams come true. He has a book deal, time and money to write whatever he wants, and a marriage to his college crush with a child on the way. But instead of working on his next book, Dominick spends his days as a mindless office drone at the university cancer center while his wife chases bail jumpers. When an old friend reappears to call in a favor, Dominick sees an opportunity for a little excitement.
The plan seems simple. Dominick will use his access at the hospital to help steal the last remaining piece of her murdered lover: a sperm sample left during prostate cancer treatment. Standing in their way are a pair of brothers who find kidnapping potential children superior to kidnapping actual children, and Dominick’s wife who has her own plans for it. Torn between his wife’s wrath and the debt he owes his friend, Dominick taps into the most devious parts of his crime fiction training to write himself a proper ending where he saves the day, saves the girl, and lives to write another day. Unless he blows it all to hell.
An over-the-top premise drives Quertermous's offbeat second novel featuring medical administrative assistant Dominick Prince (after 2015's Murder Boy). As Dominick explains, "The woman who saved my ass from jail," his friend Lindsey Buckingham, "had a weird crush on my wife's brother the bounty hunter who, before he was murdered by a serial killer obsessed with baseball and my training as a writer, deposited a sperm sample at the cancer center where he was secretly being treated for prostate cancer." Lindsey is determined to have the baby of that bounty hunter, Titus Wade, and demands that Dominick steal the frozen semen from his workplace, which just happens to be the Detroit State University Cancer Center. He decides to recruit the Carter brothers, fellow employees, for the delicate heist, only to have them demand $100,000 for their help. When the Carters take the wrong sample, the revelation of that donor's identity leads to more than a few violent deaths. Fans of gonzo noir will find a lot to like.