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You Can't appreciate the light without the dark

Being a fugitive is hard work. Running from the law is taking its toll on James McRiley--(Ridder of Vermin)--and his best friend, Kevin Nichols. They’ve never been east of Las Vegas, and these native Southern Californians have no idea what’s in store for them on their journey to keep James out of prison.

James’s justified punishments, as he calls his three murders--the fourth was an accident, he swears - have caught up with him, and now he faces an uncertain future with a chance every day to be seen, to be identified, and to be caught. His constant nightmares of impending imprisonment have left this twenty-nine-year-old paranoid killer beside himself with fear.


Needing a rest, the friends stop in historic New Orleans. A whole new world opens up for the two musicians, and they discover they are definitely not in Southern California anymore.

Local sentiment is foreign and cultures sometimes clash. Can James keep it together long enough to maintain the obscurity he desperately needs for escape? Or will his alter ego, The Pied Piper, rise up once again to rid the world of its incessant vermin?

The Fugitive Blues takes up where Ridder of Vermin left off, right on Interstate 10, headed east with no escape route planned. Hero/vigilante killer James McRiley has gotten himself into a tight squeeze and it is up to best friend Kevin Nichols to prove his loyalty. Whereas in Ridder of Vermin, James’s psychological delusions and fantasies take center stage, it is the relationship between best friends that becomes a main focus in The Fugitive Blues. “Drop everything and run in support of your friendship? Or be the conscientious citizen and turn in the killer who just happens to be your best bud? What would you  do? The answer might surprise you.”

The Fugitive Blues