Dave DeFinis is crossing yet another thing off his bucket list. After working as an auto body shop owner for 40 years, Dave, along with his co-author Lynette Landing, wrote his debut novel The Tip. From inside his dusty shop on a busy corner in Northeast Philadelphia, Dave has a unique window into the lives of the blue-collar families around him. Servicing generation after generation, Dave meets his customers in the emotionally charged moments after a car wreck and sees them through to the paperwork that follows. Like a good bartender, he has become a master at using small talk and humor to walk his customers through their crises. Dave has taken his life-long education in the lives, habits, and aspirations of his fellow Philadelphians and poured it into the complex characters of The Tip. Wondering what else was on his bucket list? In addition to writing, Dave has mastered wine- making, bee-keeping, and eating his way through Italy with his best friend, his wife of 38 years.
Joseph Naiberk is a con artist whose only objective is self-gain. He keeps everyone in the dark, including his own family. Who better to direct the US Mint in Philly?
Officer Patrick McGowan is a native Philadelphian and a dedicated civil servant. He strives to do well by society and provide for his family. His biggest weakness - he’s gullible.
Larry Scheffield III is a lonely bachelor and a lethargic journalist who is sick and tired of writing about boring coin shows. He yearns for the story of a lifetime.
Caitlin McGowan hates the system that perpetually screws her family and risks everything to save them. She is determined to find someone to help her expose the truth and restore her father’s good name.
In a world where challenges test our limits and pleading for mercy does little to save us, our virtues lose their meaning and need turns to greed. But buried deep within the most corrupt choices and chaotic situations lie the answers we’ve searched for all along. The Tip is a riveting tale of the human struggle to find ourselves.