We did it and I’ve felt the sting of loss for some time. So has Lon, even though he has nerves of steel and is more hardened by life’s experiences than me.
Loss is hard but at least in our Tom Stone Book 4 we’re referring back to the life of Anthony Angelino.
Killing off a bad guy that you kind of like isn’t an easy decision. He had likable qualities as noted by this reviewer:
I know that Anthony Angelino was a bad guy, BUT he was misunderstood most of the book. He was the sort of character that can open this marijuana dispensary to help the medical needs of sick people and then get caught up inside a nasty world. I loved him and even though he was walking a fine line, I found him very endearing! — Reading Renee, review of Tom Stone: Sweltering Summer Nights
We saw some growth in this wanna-be drug lord from Book 1 Tom Stone: A Nitty Gritty Christmas where he appeared a silent man, slipping in and out of the scene, escaping from problems.
But in Book 2 Tom Stone: Sweltering Summer Nights, he decided to take a stand in his career and open a legal marijuana dispensary in East Hollywood. The mob couldn’t scare him and neither could Detective Stone who was in pursuit of justice and suspected Angelino wasn’t just selling pot, especially after Stone caught his teenage daughter inside the store:
[Stone] rocked on his heels. “You only got legal pot in here?”
“Medicinal cannabis.” Angelino spit the words in an effort to control his temper.
“Bullshit.” Stone opened two desk drawers and spotted a bag of organic dog food.
“Where’s the search warrant, Detective?” growled Angelino.
Stone didn’t listen. “You did it with candy. What else can you do it with?” He turned inside the tight space and knocked papers off the desk. He then headed to the back of the store. “What’s all this shit?” He swiped his hands along the counter and a few jars of products crashed to the floor.
Angelino yelled out. “What the hell, asshole?” He wanted to punch Stone but held his fury in check. “I’ll bill the city for this.”
Angelino was one of those people who had ideas and big dreams but he couldn’t make things turn out the way he wanted them to. Something always went wrong as we finally saw in Book 3 Tom Stone: Day of the Dead.
We tip our hats to quite a character that we created and enjoyed, glad that future readers will find him and hopefully find him as endearing as we did.
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