Like many private detectives, Gina ”Tinkerbell” Miyoko—protagonist of my first mystery novel, THE ANTIQUITIES HUNTER—carries a gun and is well-prepared to do so. Her favorite is a Titanium Taurus .357 Magnum (Model 617) in a delightful shade called “bright spectrum blue.” This nifty little revolver has a two inch barrel and fits neatly into Gina’s specially constructed fanny pack. It has a seven chamber cylinder (meaning it fires seven bullets).
The model has been discontinued, which makes it seem even more special. Possibly, Gina thinks, even special enough to name.
She’s taking suggestions.
Gina has a Level III Concealed Carry License, a black belt in the Hung Gar discipline of kung fu, a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, and is a graduate of the Diamond Heights Police Academy. She spent three years on the San Francisco PD before resigning for Reasons.
What reasons, you may ask? You’ll have to read THE ANTIQUITIES HUNTER to find out.
In weeks to come, I’ll post more tidbits about Gina Miyoko, PI.
By the way, as I was researching the specs on Gina’s weapon, I came across a good writer’s resource on guns—a site specifically targeted to writers. It is: https://crimefictionbook.com (The Writer’s Guide to Weapons by Benjamin Sobiek. Check it out!
And if you’re anywhere near Berkeley, California on October 20, 2018, consider dropping by the Phoebe Hearst Museum Anthropology for my book release event!