TV Repairman Don Juan vs. the Albanian Mob

April Fools' Day, 1961, leaves Gil "Hunny" Hunnicutt stiffed on a 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 into 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

Everything is Fiction

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.