TV Repairman Don Juan vs. Love and the Mob

April Fools' Day, 1961, leaves Gil "Hunny" Hunnicutt stiffed on a TV service call, and he'll be damned if he doesn't get paid. His mission nearly kills him at the gun-toting hands of a crazy lady, but she isn't the only lady who pulls a gun on him and isn't the only crazy lady in his life that month.

While he envisions an unappealing future and has a slippery hold on a new-found love, he's still tethered to his two polar-opposite sisters and isn't sure, at his core, which one of them he's more like. His wandering "antenna" has had a chokehold on him for much of his life, but now he's ready for love's chokehold. However, first he has to free himself from the chokehold of the Albanian Mob, which he's stepped in like dog doo-doo.

His journey leads him to Judy Garland and Carnegie Hall, a hitman in drag, questionable deaths, FBI spooks, and his very own felony—courtesy of the Mob—all while juggling family demands, true love, homophobia, racism, and the curse of shadow puppet shows. Hunny learns growing up is hard, especially for an old dog who's used to running in circles, chasing tail.

About Veda

Veda Dalsette is your typical writer. A retired software developer, she lives in the woods with seventeen cats, every back issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine since September 1965, and a framed autographed photo of Phyllis Diller.

Divorced, she swears she's not bitter about her husband running off with a younger woman, who used to be a man.

And she lies. Lies like a rug. (The photo of Phyllis Diller isn't autographed.) But she channels her mendacity into her fiction, which flourishes in the pretend world where we all like to live.

When she's not lying, she'll tell you she's a southpaw who loves jazz and classic movies and sings standards to her heart's content in the car, shower, and canned vegetable aisle (part of that was a lie). Her first president came sometime after Coolidge and her first husband was a jerk. She prefers plastic plants to real ones and live birds to stuffed ones. Her philosophy—if it's not worth doing twice, it's not worth doing at all—has saved her from jumping off more than one expansion bridge. All in all, she's your run-of-the-mill, 21st-century optimistic cynic.