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JAIL COACH by Hillary Bell Locke



Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4642-0024-3
Publisher: Poisoned Pen

An insurance employee gets stuck guaranteeing the behavior of a Hollywood big shot.

Former National Guardsman Jay Davidovich thinks he’s no longer in the business of protecting anything. Now that he’s out of the military, his most fearsome role is looking out for assets as a loss prevention specialist for insurance agency Trans/Oxana. Unfortunately for him, that translates into looking out for one of the agency’s biggest assets, Hollywood bad boy Kent Trowbridge. Early into the insurance contract, Trowbridge’s behavior earns him a short prison sentence, and Davidovich is pressed to hire someone to teach him how to behave in the clink: a prison coach. The coach Davidovich picks, Katrina Thompson, comes with a little more baggage than her foldable motorbike. First, there’s her young daughter “Lucky” Luci, who turns out to be more of a treat to the crew than a hindrance. A more serious problem is her ex, Stan Chaladian, a violent man who’s used to getting his own way. Jay’s personal life is haunting him too, as his kind-of-wife, Rachel, a pain in the neck whose flaws he can’t see, still can’t decide whether she wants to be a part of his life. Jay struggles to focus on getting Trowbridge through the insurance contract alive by any legal means.

The latest from Locke (But Remember Their Names, 2011) still has zippy characters but sometimes takes a preachy turn that can be heavy-handed.