Stephen Brayton is a Fifth Degree Black Belt instructor in the American Taekwondo Association. In 1996, he opened his first taekwondo club in Grinnell, Iowa, and later assumed ownership of the club in Oskaloosa. He’s been employed in various fields: radio broadcaster and sales, printing, warehouse/trucking, and hospitality. He’s a reader; a writer; an instructor; a graphic designer; a lover of books, movies, wine, women, music, fine food, good humor, sunny summer days spent hiking or fishing; and a catnip drug dealer to a thirteen pound cat, Thomas. Brayton resides in Oskaloosa, Iowa
On a rainy October morning, Mallory Petersen discovers the corpse of her boyfriend, Bobby Furillo, in front of her office. That same day, her landlord's mentally unstable daughter disappears. Thus begins another set of action-packed days for Des Moines' most popular private detective and high kicking martial artist. Bucking police authority and continually attacked by unknown adversaries, Mallory uncovers Bobby's devastating secrets. Each new revelation puts Mallory in deeper peril from powerful and dangerous people. In her own inimitable style, Mallory juggles not only two cases that will tax her physically, spiritually, and emotionally, but a host of her usual 'odd' investigations, while never neglecting her loyal taekwondo students. And just what are those enigmatic RSVP cards that keep showing up in Mallory's mail?