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A retired masseuse and a retired boxer take jobs working for an actor, and love and jealousy soon follow.

Nick Pafko knows he can’t be a professional boxer forever. But he never guessed it would end so quickly—and so wrong. Broke and unemployed, Nick has little choice but to call a number given to him by a friend. On the other end is Scott, a washed-up B-movie actor who runs a so-called massage parlor looking for somebody desperate enough to work security.

Jenny Yee doesn’t really mind massage, until the day she finds her coworkers robbed and assaulted. Fearing for her safety, she resolves to never work without security again. With mounting expenses, she knows massage is the fastest way to get paid. When an old massage acquaintance calls Jenny to ask her to work for Scott, she agrees—and before long, she’s the top earner.

Scott is an arrogant moron, but he’s harmless compared to the thug he calls “friend”—Onus DuPree. When DuPree decides to rob Scott’s massage joint, it’s the perfect opportunity to beat up Nick and take advantage of Jenny. Can Nick stay true to his promise to protect Jenny? Can he protect himself?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This visceral, gritty noir takes place on the seedy fringes of modern Hollywood…The dialogue is razor sharp, and the characters well developed—the good-hearted Nick is easy to root for. A robbery triggers a grisly showdown as this thriller hurtles toward its nail-biting conclusion.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Schulian is a former Chicago sports journalist who relocated to LA…and his first novel tells the tales of a boxer haunted by the man he killed in the ring…As a low-key look at LA lowlife, this has its strong passages.”

    Booklist

  • A Better Goodbye is a peek at the grit beneath the glitter of the Southern California myth…Nobody walks away unscathed. And neither will you.”

    Richard Lange, author of Angel Baby

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About the Author

John Schulian is a former Chicago Sun-Times sports columnist, a longtime contributor to GQ and Sports Illustrated, and a cocreator of TV’s Xena: Warrior Princess. His short fiction has appeared in the Prague Revue and on the website ThugLit. A Better Goodbye is his first novel.