Traveling to Los Angeles to rescue a washed-up television actor who has been kidnapped by gangsters, Conway Sax finds himself torn between the actor's mother and brother, who deeply resent one another. - (Baker & Taylor)
Traveling to Los Angeles to rescue a washed-up television actor who has been kidnapped by gangsters, Conway Sax finds himself torn between the actor's mother and brother, who deeply resent one another. 25,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)
Conway Sax is back in a thrilling and heartrending new novel from critically acclaimed, Edgar-nominated author Steve Ulfelder
Conway Sax is a man on a mission-this time in Los Angeles, where he uses his race-driving experience in a desperate bid to rescue Kenny Spoon, a washed-up TV star who's been kidnapped. It's a favor for Kenny's mother Eudora, Conway's dear friend and a fellow member of the Barnburners, his tight-knit maverick AA group.
After hauling Kenny back to Massachusetts, Conway finds himself caught between Eudora and her two sons: Kenny, and Harmon, a cop who resents his talented, troubled half-brother. Each member of the Spoon family distrusts and even despises the others, it seems... and each has a past full of dark secrets that may explain why.
While Conway tries to learn why Kenny was kidnapped and protect him from further harm, a shocking murder devastates this complex, all-too-human family. Conway vows to find the killer and avenge the death, but each clue only points to more suspects.
Things get even more complicated when Conway, separated from his girlfriend Charlene, begins a passionate affair that can't help but cloud his judgment. The more secrets he uncovers, the more danger he's in as this masterfully written page-turner builds to a wrenching confrontation.
"Wolverine Bros. Freight & Storage is tough and full of heart, just like its hero, Conway Sax. It's fast-paced, hard-edged, and so authentic that you can almost feel the grit beneath your fingernails." -Meg Gardiner, New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Tracer
- (McMillan Palgrave
Conway Sax is back and is as hardheaded as ever. A recovering drug addict and alcoholic, Sax is a member of the Barnburners, an Alcohol Anonymous splinter group. When one of the members, 82-year-old Eudora Spoon, asks Sax to bring her son Kenny home so she can see him one last time before cancer takes her, he agrees and heads out to find the washed-up TV star. Sax gets him home but has some Mexican drug lords hot on his trail. Eudora's other son, Harmon, is the local police chief, and sibling rivalry rears its head. Complicating matters further, Sax hooks up with Tricia, Harmon's estranged wife. Amazingly, as gritty and violent as Sax is, he is also endearing, a difficult feat to pull off, but Ulfelder makes it work. Lots of action and violence, along with a dash of humor, are the hallmarks of this series, and this latest entry does not disappoint. The twists and turns run wildly through this story, right up to the surprising ending. Recommend this one to fans of Elmore Leonard. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Library Journal Reviews
If Eudora Spoon, Conway Sax's AA sponsor, needs help, he will respond in a heartbeat. No questions asked—and therein lies the problem. Once Conway (expert mechanic, reformed alcoholic, and ardent rescuer) brings Kenny, who is Eudora's drug-addled son, back home from Los Angeles, troubles follow them. A major gang had kidnapped Kenny and the leader is furious about Conway's audacious actions. Suddenly, Eudora's small Massachusetts town is under siege by hit men of various persuasions. Most terribly, Eudora is murdered before Conway can learn the truth. He belatedly realizes Kenny isn't the one being targeted; instead it's his half-brother Harmon, the local police chief, who is generating all the heat. Factor in gambling, land ownership, and long-held vendettas, and mischief will follow. VERDICT Ulfelder's gritty series is up to number four (after Shotgun Lullaby). Action stoked, this complicated thriller—both for the character study and the murder plot—satisfies on many levels. The intense culture of AA and recovery is particularly well done. Pair with Robert Crais or Archer Mayor.
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