A Sin City Holiday Tale

The Last Gift | An Austin Conrad Short Story

Gifts can take on many forms, and in Austin Conrad’s world, sometimes life itself is the greatest gift of all.

It’s Christmas Eve and all Austin Conrad wants is to close up shop and spend the rest of the night with Frankie. But trouble has a way of finding him, and his sense of duty won’t let him turn away when a stranger needs his help. Before the sun rises on Christmas day Austin must race across Las Vegas’ seedy underworld to save a life…or take one.

Warning: contains violence, profanity and irreverence, in equal measure.

NOTE: This story is a “novelette” of about 12,000 words (about 30 pages), which is longer than a short story but shorter than a novella.

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I live in Southern California with my wife, Stephanie, and our English Mastiffs. I enjoy exploring the back-country of the desert southwest and tinkering on our old Ford Broncos. I prefer good cigars, better food, and great beer. I’ve had a lifelong interest in the history of California and the west, and I’m a proud brother of E Clampus Vitus, Billy Holcomb Chapter. My professional background is in marketing, having worked for many years in the RV and automotive aftermarket industries.  The Austin Conrad thrillers are my first published works of fiction.  I hope you enjoy them!

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The Last Gift

Gifts can take on many forms, and in Austin Conrad’s world, sometimes life itself is the greatest gift of all.