Thaddeus Howze is a writer of speculative fiction, scientific, technological and cultural commentary from his home office in Hayward, California.
Malachi Gaultis: A reasonably successful mid-level fixer in the wretched city of Miami, Florida.
Watching the city going downhill for two decades, particularly after the advent of both superheroes and super-criminals Gaultis decided it was time to leave the major criminal activity to younger and more intrepid souls.
He found a woman who can forgive him his previous life, he settled into work he's good at and for all intents and purposes appears to be a moderately successful businessman running an auto repair and customizing shop.
Yes, its doubled as a front for his clandestine information brokering -- after all, who ever truly leaves the life, but he tried to choose his customers more carefully than ever.
Until a new crime boss convinces him to return to his former line of work using words like: "Nice family you have here. Be a shame if anything were to happen to it." What happens next is beyond anyone's expectations.
Nothing surprises like a family history no one ever told you about...