A Finder's FeeI am Randal Wilson, and I am running for election to be the next mayor of my hometown, Duck, North Carolina. You might know me as Mad Dog from my years as a stock car driver. I was kind of famous.

Now Duck is the finest town anyone could hope to live in. We are situated right between the Albemarle Sound and the Atlantic Ocean – right in the sweet spot. Our ancestors knew this was the perfect place to live. That’s why they built their houses here and held on tight so as not to let anyone steal their heritage.

That’s what I’m doing by challenging Mayor Dae O’Donnell for her seat at the town council table. I have served this town for many years – years before Dae was even born! You all know me. You know I have always wanted what is right and best for Duck. That’s why I became a town councilman.

But since Dae became mayor, things haven’t been right. She’s a sweet little lady, don’t get me wrong, but she’s always nosing around places she doesn’t belong. She holes up in her shop, Missing Pieces, and ‘finds’ things. Now what kind of career is that for a mayor to have?

I admit she has the ‘gift’. She’s probably found things from watches to shoes for everyone in Duck. But is that what we want in the future?

I am a solid, dependable citizen of Duck with no flights of fancy. I have been married for 40 years to the same woman. My opponent is still ‘dating’ that ex-FBI agent over at The Blue Whale. She might never settle down like the rest of us.

I’m pretty sure I’ve seen Dae talking to herself as she’s walking down the street. She makes friends with other crazy people, like that woman who talks to the spirits at the shop next door to hers. Now she has a weird looking cat. What’s next?

So vote for me. Forget about Dae’s grandfather being the former sheriff of Dare County. Forget about the new town hall that’s being built – she didn’t have anything to do with that anyway. Remember me when you go into the voting booth. A vote for Mad Dog is a vote for sensible government!

The race for mayor continues, and a decision will be made, in A Finder’s Fee, published October 1st.


Thanks to Penguin, I have one (1) copy of “A Finder’s Fee” to give away. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. Contest ends October 10th; US entries only per publisher’s request.


You can read more about Randal in A Finder’s Fee, the fifth book in the “Missing Pieces” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series is A Timely Vision.

Meet the author
Joyce and Jim Lavene write bestselling mystery fiction. They have written and published more than 60 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family as well as Quincy, their black cat, their rescue dog, Rudi and their new rescue kitten, Stan Lee.

Visit them at www.joyceandjimlavene.com or on Facebook.

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

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