Stephen Kenneth Figler

Max in Repose

The three wives of recently deceased Max must live together for a year to share in his estate.

Frieda (72), Ilse (51), and Mary Margaret (40) were all married to Max Bronstein, each having a son by him. They have no use for each other, except to exact what vengeance they can on Max, who was more rotten alive than he is in the ground. They come together for their year in Frieda's Palm Beach condo, with ill-matched personalities and contrasting senses of who Max was and who each was with him. Anger turns to tolerance, then affection, but not without strife.

Selected Works

Short Story Collection
Bad Guys
The characters are hard boiled, but sometimes soft in the noggin and not especially "wise" guys. They are not especially successful at crime and tend to be a bit twisted, but in an entertaining way. Sure there's some murder and mayhem, but these fellas, and their women (including grandmothers) go about life and death in a manner that leads you to like them.
Historical Fiction
Hangtown (finished novel manuscript)
In a California Gold Rush town, five people determine who will get hanged and for what reason, while an 18-year-old boy journeys to Hangtown leaving a trail of bodies.
Contemporary Fiction
Max in Repose (finished novel manuscript)
The three wives of Max must live together for a year to share in his estate
Murder Mystery, with some laughs
Altadena's Demise
Small-town cop Aza Kvetchmore and his beloved find the Camelot Town Council guilty of murder.
Political Satire
Swine at Sea (political satire--in progress)
Rrrandy Wurst, autodidact hog, takes on the Neocon pseudo-pigs of the Corporatocracy
Thriller Fiction
Moira Rules (thriller-in-progress)
Zack Jacobsen, having fulfiiled his final murder contract in Portugal, wants to get home to live out his days selling Infiniti's, but someone conspires against him.

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