Not Dead Yet
Publisher: Peg Herring
This suspense/mystery has a paranormal element and a plot twist that makes it all the more delightful to visit Chicago's streets in the 1960s.
Leo appears to be just another downtown bum, but he and Libby, Memnet, and Roy share a secret that requires constant vigilance. They live off the grid in the basement of an almost forgotten museum and survive mostly by committing petty crimes. Each of them has gifts for surviving; each has weaknesses as well. They make it through each day by working together. and trusting each other.
Major changes happen when they meet Jake, an orphan who witnesses a murder. When the killers come after her, the four adults see no choice but to take her "home" to the museum. Soon the killers are searching for all of them, and they must leave their safe place and create new lives, But with secrets they can't reveal, where can they go? How will they live?
In a suspenseful, sometimes comic process, the "family" lies their way to becoming respectable yet anonymous citizens.
In a new home (and after a stunning plot twist), an uneasy peace settles in. Maybe things will work out. But peace is fragile, and killers don't just give up.
In the end Leo's little band must face hardened criminals in order to save themselves and prevent an American tragedy. If they succeed, it will be partly due to help from a green FBI agent but mostly because of their determination to protect each other. After all, they're NOT DEAD YET...