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Billy Gills is no detective...He blanches at the sight of dead bodies. He's been known to cry at funerals. A washed up pro bowler who owns a struggling small town bowling alley, his chances of successfully investigating a murder are about as great as his chances of picking up a 7-10 split. Things begin to change, however, when Billy finds himself summoned to the county morgue to identify the body of his identical twin brother Bo. Bo is the flamboyant, wealthy founder of TreadBo, a specialty bowling shoe manufacturer; he is famous for his quirky sense of fashion, fitness fanaticism, and unusual hobbies, which may have gotten him into trouble. Fortunately, Billy's bowling alley Split City is also home to "Jesus Spares", a church service, bowling, and social gathering where almost anything can happen. Billy may need every ounce of faith he has to discover the truth about himself and his eccentric twin brother.

"Will delight readers...a powerful story of adversity, small-town politics, and a search for truth and community tempered by surprising twists and turns." - Midwest Book Review 


SPLIT CITY is available now!


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