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The Doc and the Dame (Merchant #1) by Chris Miller
The Doc and the Dame (Merchant #1) by Chris Miller

The Doc and the Dame (Merchant #1) by Chris Miller

Chris Miller

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The first book in the ALL-NEW Godless Exclusive Noir series, Merchant.

Sam Merchant is a fast-talking private eye, washed up and broke, in dire need of some hard cash. When Mrs. Spieglman, a beautiful and mysterious woman, offers him $20,000 to kill her husband--a doctor involved in eerie experiments inside their insidious home--he decides to take the dough. But upon finding the foreboding manor and its occupants, he soon finds himself in the midst of a nightmare he could never have imagined. Are the monstrosities and horrors he finds within real, or is the house writhing its tentacles into his mind?

The Doc and the Dame is the first Sam Merchant thriller, set in a strange alternate reality full of things that go bump in the night. 

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Jim C.
United States United States
I recommend this product

A fun, weird little hard-boiled private eye / monster mash-up short story.

Really enjoyed this. Quick, down to business, and a blast. Looking forward to more of Merchant!

Nikolas P.
United States United States
I recommend this product

A New Favorite Private Dick

Private eye, Sam Merchant's luck might be about to change if he can stomach the request of the beautiful potential client with a startling and peculiar job offer. All Sam needs to do is kill her husband. Can Sam make the transition from private detective to killer-for-hire? Will the surreal and unbelievable tale spun by the estranged wife be sufficient to nudge him in that direction? What will Sam discover at the palatial manor where a sinister doctor performs unspeakable experiments on his voluntary subjects? If he accepts the job, will he be able to trust his senses long enough to complete the task at hand? Caught between The Doc and The Dame might be the worst place Sam Merchant has found himself. Chris Miller takes readers back to the days of hardboiled detective fiction with a delightfully gritty and horror-themed twist. Blending perverse nightmares with period storytelling, Miller nails the amalgam he's crafting.

Todd L.
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20 K changes everything

Don’t trust your eyes. Haunted house, private eyes, sexy dame, Insane doctor - what’s not to love. The question is - is what we have read real or just what the house wants us to think is real - can’t wait for part 2.

Ali L.
United States United States

Noir Nightmare

Totally kick-ass story. Great humor, and twisted premise. Bogart meets Barker.

Christina P.
United States United States
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I read this one over a month ago and let me tell you, it has been living rent free in my brain since then. Merchant is a private dick who owes money to everyone in town, his ex-eife, landlord, and the owner of the local watering hole. FFS, he’s sleeping in the closet in his office. When Mrs. Spieglman comes in to request his services, Merchant gets more than his fee. Her husband is being Frankensteinian with some of the assistants in the house and she needs an end put to it. What will Merchant do when face to face with Mr. Spieglman? Miller excels in this series (I have read the next one as well and ooooooh buddy, it only gets better from here.). Interweaving dark humor with noir and a touch of bizarro mixed with gore, we see Chris with a different genre. And let me tell you, this is one genre redefine I can get behind. 5/5 incorrectly cooked steaks.