by Ang Pompano
Published by: Encircle Publications, LLC
Editor: Cynthia Brackett-Vincent
Book design: Eddie Vincent
Cover design: Christopher Wait
Cover images: © Getty Images
Al DeSantis is having a bad day, a really bad day. His girlfriend dumps him and then a drug dealer nick named, “Psycho” rams his car head on. The near death experience, the proverbial final nail in the coffin, prompts him to turn in his badge a year early. He has been dreaming of retirement on a California beach only to find out the condo he purchased with the proceeds from the sale of his half of their house and scheduled to be completed in a year, has gone bankrupt leaving him with nothing.
Al is on an emotional roller coaster as his retirement dream is revived when he learns he’s inherited a detective agency and house in Georgia from a father, Big Al, he hasn’t seen since childhood, and in fact, Al thought he was dead. Big Al is confined to a nursing home suffering from dementia but insists on helping Al investigate a corpse found at the end of his dock. And as if things weren’t complicated enough he loses his heart to his new boss and employee (I know, I know it’s confusing but all things will become clear as adept storyteller, Ang Pompano elucidates), the intelligent, steadfast and attractive, Maxine.
Caught up in a sinister web of secrets and lies, his traditional values are challenged as he battles everything from PTSD to explosions to alligators. When his father goes missing, Al and Max must team up to save his father–and capture the murderer.
After writing for more than twenty years and authoring many short stories, including one in 2019 Malice Domestic Anthology, Ang Pompano has reached his goal of publishing his first novel, “When it’s Time for Leaving” a crime thriller that delivers an atmospheric tale packed with action, suspense and some surprising twists. Pompano is a skilled storyteller who offers readers a complex mystery of chases, confrontation and introspection. The tale he weaves is, indeed a well crafted murder mystery, set in a turbulent sea of emotions and populated with multifaceted characters.
I look forward, with great anticipation, to his next offering.