Every business person wants to make the ultimate deal, the “killing.” What if killing was your business and new employers decide to use that lethal talent to their advantage?
Nick Riley has retired; he’s no longer a black ops assassin. Now he has joined the corporate sector - only to discover that the ways of big business are as dangerous and vicious as the ways of warfare. To secure a valuable patent and cut its owner out of the lucrative profits, Riley’s bosses blackmail him into committing murder.
Former Navy SEALs have started a diving club in Chicago obsessed with finding shipwrecks. There’s a local legend one is laden with gold that can be traced back to the Capone era. Enter James O’Casey, aspiring newsman looking for his first break. The club enlists O’Casey to become their researcher and historian. He soon wonders if they want “facts” or a finely orchestrated scenario to substantiate heisted gold from a more contemporary era.
Is the St. Elmo’s Maritime Club of Chicago a gang of adventurers, thieves, or pirates? And is their invitation a setup to prime O’Casey for a scapegoat if their plans run afoul? Goats can’t swim; O’Casey will take his chances with a backup plan and crew of his own.
It’s not only the gold that may not be what it’s purported to be, every character O’Casey encounters has an alter ego—with a secret to hide.