by Richard Thompson
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Herman Jackson has chosen St. Paul as his place of permanent exile from Detroit, where his former life as a bookie got too hot to hold. Now he leads a respectable, low-profile life as a bail bondsman, selling second chances to losers and looking over his shoulder. When a young woman named Amy Cox leaves Jackson a priceless antique violin as security for her brotherís bail bond, itís really the beginning of an elaborate con game. But the game is barely underway when she is brutally murdered in front of Jacksonís office.