Rhetorical question: What sadist came up with the idea of a book synopsis? First it was 1000 words, then it was 1000 characters, which is three paragraphs. It's like you give birth to this book after years of hard labor and are asked to cut of its arms and legs, then its head. Which, I suppose leaves the heart. As well as the stomach liver and intestines. Heart and guts. Here is my first two paragraphs after much agony and wringing of hands:
"Stick Man started it. The assassin chilled a trio of card sharps with an arsenal of kitchen utensils. A wealthy former prosecutor disappears the same night, leaving behind a cryptic note, a red Chinese puzzle box and a wife so high strung she vibrates. If someone had told P.I. McElroy then that the two cases were intertwined, he would have asked how much they’d been drinking.
His new client is Amber Wade, aka Hummingbird, a tiny, flame-haired hellion with little patience and personality to spare. She throws him a large chunk of change to find her husband Harry. P.I. McElroy and his nagging conscience find themselves in the middle of a family tragedy compounded by an international diamond smuggling operation run out of Acapulco, Mexico. The detective connects the dots between two extended families, an unhinged criminal dynasty and the seemingly invisible hitman."
Still have 150 words to go. Wish me luck!