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Death Logs In – Excerpt

Death Logs In

Chapter 1

Westport, Connecticut

Alone inside his wine cellar, Michael Nicholas pecked away at his computer keyboard, clicking onto the gold Byzantine Orthodox cross icon and then typing in the password his brother had set up . . . just before he “died.”

It was a year ago but, for Michael, it seemed like an eternity. And for Alex Nicholas, it was.

Alex had been gunned down while enjoying a plate of sizzling veal parmigana in a Queens restaurant. The shooter had been hired by Joseph Sharkey, an aging former Mafia hit man and certifiable psychopath.

Alex had been a bookie, a very successful one. He had owned one of the largest sports bookmaking and loan sharking operations in New York City.

Thinking back upon the wake, when Donna, his brother’s widow, asked him to briefly help settle Alex’s affairs, Michael never could have dreamed that Alex’s shadowy world would have drawn him in. But none of that compared to what he was about to do tonight – just as he had been doing all along – since his brother’s death.

No matter how often Michael typed in the password, he always expected the screen to turn blank. And the moment Alex appeared on the screen, as he always did, Michael made a mental leap into an abyss, stretching any remaining sense of reason and rationality that he still retained.

Alex’s image appeared, his powerful presence concealing his fifty-five years, just as it had in life and the fact that he was dead; his facial expressions, body movements and mannerisms were just as real as his gruff, deep voice which gave Michael the warning.

“You don’t have much time,” Alex said. “They’ve sent someone over from Rome just to kill you. I don’t know too many details yet except that his first name is Frank.”

Michael could feel his stomach tighten, he was falling, dropping quickly, and there was no net to break the fall.

“How soon?”

“Just days,” Alex said.

“How do I find this guy?”

“Michael, I’m afraid he’s going to find you.”



  • Juanita S. Womack


    I just finished Death Never Sleeps; it definitely held my interest. It was remarkable following the Artificial Intelligence (Alex) as he adjusted to his new being. I kept thinking he was going to end up being the smartest person in the room. I enjoyed the relationship between Alex and Michael; it was to be expected that they'd become closer now that Alex was dead. Often times a loved one dies and the those left behind are left grieving and regretting words not spoken or just not taking advantage of love between family members and/or friends while they were awake. In Death Never Sleeps, Michael is given another opportunity to bond with his "walk on the wild side" brother. Alex is given the chance to introduce Michael to take chances or risks he never would've dreamed of. Most of all, Michael is taking to this new exciting and dangerous life style and has the nerve to be enjoying the challenges and obstacles put before him. I kind of think "the real Michael finally started surfacing." Coming up to the end, I could see (and was pleased to know) that a sequel was in the works for Death Never Sleeps. I look forward to the sequel. Please send email once Death Logs In hits the shelves.

    • E.J. Simon


      Thanks so much Juanita - I will email you once the book is out (in just a few weeks. At the moment, you can only do a preorder of the Kindle edition of Death Logs In on Amazon.

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