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Brad Ashton fled three years ago to avoid a conviction for murder. Now he's back. And his hope for freedom appears to be within reach.

Unfortunately there are those who have no interest in his legal status; they only want him dead or on the run once more.

But for Brad, running is no longer an option. It's a table stakes game in which the risks are high. But he puts everything he has, including his life, on the table, then settles in, determined to win every hand.

If you enjoy fine characters and a simple plot that will deceive you from the first page to the last, you'll love this tale.


From A Review

Bob McElwain always writes a fun-to-read tale that keeps the reader turning pages. Free to Die is no different in this regard. In a larger sense, however, it may be the characters he creates that drive his work. Here, as in his other stories, you will discover fascinating people you'd like to meet and get to know better.

The hero, Brad Ashton, seems particularly interesting. A quiet man, slow to anger, he does persist. Although rage is a seldom thing for him, he is capable of decisive, forceful action that few can stand against. He's the sort of man you want on your team, rather than opposing you.


Free to Die was the first novel I tried to sell, but I collected rejection slips instead of royalties. Still, in the process, I did learn a lot more about what is required, enough that the second novel I sent to agents, Fatal Games, did sell.

A good deal of editing was done on the original version so that this one is much stronger. If you like fast-paced action tales, you'll enjoy the results.

Bob McElwain


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Free to Die
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  "A fine blend of mayhem and
   murder! Fast-paced action
   you'll find difficult to put
   down." ---

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As he slipped into his coat and reached for his bag, he saw the first hint of dawn through the dirty, dusty window. He snapped off the light, walked to the door, opened it, then stopped abruptly. His wide mouth was a grim slash across his face. The wide set gray eyes were expressionless.

The tall woman was leaning against the trunk of the nearly dead elm, holding her purse in both hands. Dangling rhinestone earrings accented her long neck. He decided the odd bulge in her purse was a pistol.

"Amanda sent me," she said evenly in a low pitched contralto. "I'm Josie Botsworth."

"Why would either of you be interested in me. I'm Tom Fairchild." So far as he could tell, none of his tension showed in his soft, easy bass.

She shook her head. "No. You're Brad Ashton and you're wanted for murder."

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