I had an insight while I was cursing at the keyboard earlier.
When I started Between Hell and a Hard Place, I intended it to be little more than a modern era homage to The Big Sleep. It's already morphed into something else. While it's still a kick ass detective yarn, it's actually a story about family, specifically the black sheep. It's about Jack's place in the Whitlock family and Amber's place in the Brissette family. Funny how a story that was supposed to be about wise ass remarks and people getting hit over the head wound up with a theme.
The writing is flowing smoothly but is going to be an uphill climb for the foreseeable future. I am undaunted, however, and pretty damn sure I'll be caught up by the 18th. I thought of two red herrings I'm going to use as far as suspects go, which will give my story a much needed edge. Plus, tracking down Amber's natural father and the guy she had a restraining order against should give the story some legs.