After an abrupt end to his marriage, lonely and mired in depression, Seattle resident, Jim Billings, has decided to commit suicide. How the job gets done, however, may not be on his terms, as he unwittingly employs the services of Ben, a twisted hit-man whose viral madness dominates events immediately and whose motivation for killing may be more than just money. A make-shift plan sweeps Jim along, and, within hours, he finds himself alone in the wilderness, hundreds of miles from home-yet still alive!
Left to die?
As the ensuing hours of madness-hours among the living-continue accruing for him, his new reality becomes a contorted and scrambled "other-life" that includes carrying a body out of the wilderness for his odd and unstable, would-be killer. All the while, the tiniest seeds of doubt begin to grow, obscuring ever so subtly the reasons he had for ending it all in the first place. If only he can hold those doubts at bay, staying below the point between reason and insanity, he may, in the end, get what he wants.
Nick Nicholls is a native of the Pacific Northwest and called Seattle, Washington, his home for 10 years (from which this novel is based). He currently resides in Arizona, where he is hard at work on his next novel, but he has been traveling/relocating extensively over the past decade. Most recently, his travels have taken him from Seattle to Bozeman, Montana, on to Portland, Maine, and beyond to Belgrade, Serbia, and Montenegro. All the while, he has been collecting what he calls "gold coins," his term for new acquaintances, faces, and characters, unique experiences born of unique subcultures, and beautifully fresh environments that every region of the world has to offer-all fodder for further writing, fiction as well as commentary and poetry.