Friday, June 22, 2018

The Fix and a Bit of Whiskey

Robert Downs joins us today for Drinks with Reads. Kerry and I had the pleasure of sitting next to Robert during a banquet at the Malice Domestic Mystery Convention and we had a blast. And his novella is as much fun as he is and you can tell because the name of the drink that goes with his novella is the Car Bomb. But I'll let him explain...

THE FIX tells the story of a professional gambler, Johnny Chapman, who plays the hand he’s dealt, but when he’s dealt a series of losers, he decides to up the ante with more money than he can afford to lose. Just when he thinks his life can’t get any worse, it does. The loan shark he owes the money to demands that he pay up and sends his goons after him. The man offers Johnny one way out—fix a race by fatally injecting the dog most likely to win. A piece of cake, Johnny thinks, until he looks into the big brown eyes of the beautiful dog, and the price suddenly seems too great to pay.

If you’re looking for action and plenty of dead bodies packed into a tale less than 170 pages long, then this might be a story to add to your reading list. I figured I needed a dark drink and a dark bar to go with the overall tone of my novella, so I chose an Irish Car Bomb. The drink is as deadly as the story.

Irish Car Bomb:
½ oz. Irish whiskey (preferably Jameson)
¾ pint Irish stout (preferably Guinness)
½ oz. Irish cream (preferably Bailey’s)

Add the Bailey’s and Jameson to a shot glass, layering the Bailey’s on the bottom. Pour the Guinness into a pint glass or beer mug ¾ of the way full and let settle. Drop the shot glass into the Guinness and chug.

You can find Robert on Facebook and GoodReads.

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