Hard Job

Mistakes were bound to happen when things got complicated and now John Brown has clean-up to do. Can Melba and Toby solve the crime before the murder finishes their next hard job?


In this second Reightman & Bailey thriller, Detective Melba Reightman is distraught over the murder of her friend and partner, Sam Jackson. The Guzman murder case has been closed, but she knows the real killer is still out there somewhere. Toby Bailey’s discovery of a set of incriminating photographs proved there were more people involved in Geri Guzman’s death than just Dr. Lieberman, but getting anyone to listen is more of a challenge than she’d ever imagined. She’s going to need help convincing the powers that be the case needs to be reopened, but she’ll find a way to do it. It’s the only choice she has if she wants to discover who’s behind it all.

Toby’s still struggling with Geri’s death and the shock of having been the target of a hitman. Detective Jackson saved his life and took the bullet meant for him, and he doesn’t understand how things could have gone so very wrong. No one should have known about the evidence Geri left behind, but it’s the only explanation that makes any sense. He has a hunch things are going to get worse, and he’ll just have to pull up his pants and get on with whatever needs to be done to help Detective Reightman figure things out.

And as for John Brown? He’s just worried he won’t get paid after botching the hit on Toby and can’t help wondering what will happen next. It wasn’t really his fault. After all, it was a very hard job and mistakes happen when situations get complicated.

Things are heating up in this southern city.


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IMG_1084 RGBJeffery Craig is the pseudonym used by the author for fictional works. Jeffery lives in the southeastern United States with his husband and partner and a menagerie of much-loved pets. He is an avid supporter of the arts and co-owns a local art gallery/gift store that provides a venue for area artists to showcase and sell their work.

When he isn’t writing, Jeffery might be found working on a painting or enjoying the covered porch of his historic southern home with a good book in hand. He can be reached via his website (http://www.jefferycraigbooks.com;) or via social media.