A hard-boiled story filled with quick dialogue and rich archetypal characters.

BRAINQUAKE

A bagman with recurring brain seizures falls in love with a Mafia widow and flees with organized crime money.

Fuller (The Dark Page, 2007, etc.) was an iconoclastic movie director whose work influenced film legends like Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino. This book, discovered after his death in 1997, offers classic noir fiction filled with shadowy underworld dealings and an antihero immersed in criminal culture. Although he was born with a mysterious brain condition that causes uncontrollable seizures, Paul Page follows all the rules of his job as bagman in his gangland dealings. He survives attempted hijackings, he's always on time with his deliveries, and he never thinks about double-crossing his boss. Things change when Paul falls for Michelle, a mysterious and beautiful woman who becomes a widow before his eyes. Michelle’s husband is killed over an unpaid debt, and it seems that Paul can offer the two things that will save her from a similar fate: physical protection and quick cash. When he's told to deliver $10 million, he must decide between allegiance to the only job he's ever known and following the woman he loves. When Paul takes off with the cash, an elite hit man disguised as a priest is put on his trail. As his characters make a series of shifting alliances, Fuller creates the kind of converging narratives and memorable personalities that will seem familiar to any Tarantino fan.

A hard-boiled story filled with quick dialogue and rich archetypal characters.

Pub Date: Sept. 9, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-78116-819-6

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Hard Case Crime

Review Posted Online: July 18, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2014

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Once again, bestselling Hoag (The Alibi Man, 2007, etc.) plots craftily and creates characters readers root for.

DEEPER THAN THE DEAD

Nail-biting thriller about a vicious serial killer with a particularly creepy MO.

On their way home from school, three fifth-graders take a detour through a neighboring woods and oh, how they’ll wish they hadn’t. It’s a fateful detour with agonizing consequences that will render their lives nightmarish. They stumble on the corpse of a young woman, insanely mistreated, and yet there is method to the madness: “Eyes glued shut. Mouth glued shut. See no evil. Speak no evil.” A message certainly, but exactly how to interpret it? The badly shaken ten-year-olds are all pupils in a class taught by Anne Navarre, who comes upon the crime scene a few minutes later. Anne is a young woman with her own firsthand experience of childhood trauma, sufficiently hurtful to make her instantly empathic. She cares deeply about her students, senses the possibility of long-term damage and, wanting only to help, finds herself contending with entrenched parental obtuseness. Enter Vince Leone, an FBI profiler dispatched from Washington who soon enough will also be caring deeply—for Anne. Meanwhile, the local cops plus Vince have come to realize that whatever fixed idea the “See-No-Evil Killer” is possessed by, he has now proclaimed it at least three times. Clearly, they have a sociopath on their hands, one of the self-anointed brilliant kind who gets off on playing catch-me-if-you-can with slow-witted, outclassed cops. The investigation intensifies, the suspect list narrows, but fear grips the quiet California community of Oak Knoll, 20,000 people no longer convinced that “things like this don’t happen here.”

Once again, bestselling Hoag (The Alibi Man, 2007, etc.) plots craftily and creates characters readers root for.

Pub Date: Dec. 29, 2009

ISBN: 978-0-525-95130-8

Page Count: 448

Publisher: Dutton

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2009

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THE A LIST

A convicted killer’s list of five people he wants dead runs the gamut from the wife he’s already had murdered to franchise heroine Ali Reynolds.

Back in the day, women came from all over to consult Santa Clarita fertility specialist Dr. Edward Gilchrist. Many of them left his care happily pregnant, never dreaming that the father of the babies they carried was none other than the physician himself, who donated his own sperm rather than that of the handsome, athletic, disease-free men pictured in his scrapbook. When Alexandra Munsey’s son, Evan, is laid low by the kidney disease he’s inherited from his biological father and she returns to Gilchrist in search of the donor’s medical records, the roof begins to fall in on him. By the time it’s done falling, he’s serving a life sentence in Folsom Prison for commissioning the death of his wife, Dawn, the former nurse and sometime egg donor who’d turned on him. With nothing left to lose, Gilchrist tattoos himself with the initials of five people he blames for his fall: Dawn; Leo Manuel Aurelio, the hit man he’d hired to dispose of her; Kaitlyn Todd, the nurse/receptionist who took Dawn’s place; Alex Munsey, whose search for records upset his apple cart; and Ali Reynolds, the TV reporter who’d helped put Alex in touch with the dozen other women who formed the Progeny Project because their children looked just like hers. No matter that Ali’s been out of both California and the news business for years; Gilchrist and his enablers know that revenge can’t possibly be served too cold. Wonder how far down that list they’ll get before Ali, aided once more by Frigg, the methodical but loose-cannon AI first introduced in Duel to the Death (2018), turns on them?

Proficient but eminently predictable. Amid all the time shifts and embedded backstories, the most surprising feature is how little the boundary-challenged AI, who gets into the case more or less inadvertently, differs from your standard human sidekick with issues.

Pub Date: April 2, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5011-5101-9

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Feb. 19, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2019

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