It’s What’s Inside That Counts
Something lurks inside Deena Riordan. She never once questioned her life in the criminal underworld as the star of Mr. Marsh’s illegal empire and his youngest assassin. Her ruthless demeanor and dark magical powers have kept her at the top of the heap for years. But one day she pushes the sorcery too far and something snaps. Only then does Deena realize she’s always been a puppet of that dark power with no true will of her own.
Now, in order to get out of the crime business for good, she needs to save her sister from Marsh’s angry clutches. It won’t be easy. She’ll have to make her way through friends turned foes, dodge determined federal agents, and stay out of a particularly stubborn fellow hitman’s sights. Worst of all, Deena will have to wrestle with the darkness inside to keep it from swallowing her up again.
Matt Betts is a former radio personality and reporter from Lima, Ohio. He attended the University of Toledo for much longer than he should have, but actually made it out alive. His fiction and poetry appears in various publications, including Kaleidotrope, eSteampunk and The Book of Tentacles anthology.
His book of speculative poetry, See No Evil, Say No Evil, is available from Alliteration Ink
Matt's first novel, Odd men out, is available from Dog Star Books.