what would it take? what would it take to be pushed so far and so hard to make a law abiding, moralistic, fun loving man want to kill another human being?
as a borderline misanthrope, sturgis spent most of his life trying to overcome his disdain for the craziness in people by following the rules of the conformist. but try as he would to become an everyman, life would always get in the way, just enough to kick him where it hurt.
in his formative years, amongst a litany of mishaps, he was bullied as a kid and labeled as a “gutless wonder” by his post high school boss. shortly thereafter, upon spilling an acidic substance into his eyes and screaming in pain, he almost lost his sight forever on the way to the hospital as his emergency vehicle driver stopped off in a drive-thru to grab a burger. he was tackled and choked in the nude by an ex-girlfriend and sent to thailand on an army buddy-plan where there was no buddy. It seemed like sturgis was the good man that “things just happened to.”
then he went to work for mike dimarco!
and things got worse!
dimarco represented the goering group, a conglomerate out of verboten, germany that invested in private airports in the united states. sturgis was hired to build their newest terminal in jacksonville, florida. years before, dimarco was offered the goering group’s u.s. lead man job as a haphazard replacement after his predecessor suffered brain damage in an automobile accident and developed an overt desire to steal hotdogs from street vendors in new york city.
dimarco, in spite of his demented propensities, made the goering’s money. and as long as he did so, they were unconcerned about his methods, as long as he didn’t get caught. that made him a perfect fit for the company that had ties to the former head of the luftwaffe in nazi germany.
when a year went by and the project was completed, sturgis was informed he would never see the last of the large payments that was owed to him. as a man of modest means trying to find stability, the resulting loss of money rapidly became an abysmal pile of attorney’s fees, overwhelming debt and depression. when he finally lost his house and had to move into a garage apartment, he was personally welcomed to his new digs by a dimarco thug team.
finally, sturgis had enough. he wasn’t going to get mad; he was going to get even, and then some.
he was going to kill mike dimarco!
if sturgis could convince his best friend to help him, his plan was to track dimarco until the opportunity presented itself.
when the time was right, sturgis hoped he would win his own personal battle and have the guts to confront dimarco face to face and find out if he had what it took to become a real killer, all the while knowing that if he didn’t pull the trigger, dimarco would surely kill him.
“don’t get mad…” is a novel about love, multiple insanities, friendship and getting even, while having a few laughs along the way.
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