Sailor by Tom Epperson. Library Call Number: PS3605.P59S25 2012.
Gina was waiting tables when she met Joey—a wise guy with money, good-looking. He promised her everything. She married him, even though she’d found out he and his father were in the mob, even though her mother-in-law hated her. She had a son named Luke and then Joey started going off on her. He beat her up, he hit the kid. She wore a wire and turned her husband in, then went into the Witness Protection Program. It was bad luck Pat the Cat, her father-in-law could buy nearly anyone, including a US Marshal assigned to her protection. It was good luck she escaped the hit man Pat sent in Oklahoma and ran for it, nothing but Luke and a bag of diamonds she’d stolen from Joey. But the Marshal isn’t giving up and neither is Joey or Pat. She needs help when she gets to California and it might be the man who says he’s a sailor named Gray. But he turns out to be not quite who he says he is, either.