Fast cars. Big money. A ticking clock.
And one of the most compelling women in contemporary fiction.
The author of ZigZag—“one of the boldest and most original first novels to appear in a long time” (Carl Hiaasen)—is back with an exhilarating thrill ride that reintroduces a character from that acclaimed debut.
It’s a man’s, man’s, man’s world, and Jenna Jet is a twenty-something femme fatale on the run—literally. Trying to outrun the lingering effects of her troubled past, and desperate for cash, Jenna heads west to play a dangerous game: driving stolen exotic imports across the nighttime desert from Phoenix to Los Angeles. She's made the run a harrowing nine times, and the big payout—a cool hundred grand—is on ice until she delivers car number ten. One last ride before she's out of the game for good.
But nothing is ever that simple. And everything is about to go wrong, fast.
Along the way Jenna must negotiate highway patrol, police choppers, border checkpoints, and a nasty cop who's more interested in her than in the six-figure import she's driving. But the biggest roadblock of all? A family secret that might just slam the brakes on everything.
Elmore Leonard meets James Ellroy, with a dash of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, in this high-octane road novel told in prose that David S. Goyer calls "gritty, jagged, and full of passion."
“Weird, funky, and offbeat… a harrowing, hysterical, and ultimately life-affirming romp through America’s dark and desperate underbelly. Landon J. Napoleon’s prose is gritty, jagged and full of passion.”
—David S. Goyer
PRAISE FOR LANDON J. NAPOLEON'S DEBUT NOVEL, ZIGZAG:
“One of the boldest and most original first novels to appear in a long time. It’s also very funny, in a way that only the raw street-song of truth can be funny.”
“A remarkable debut portraying the inner life of a disturbed ghetto teenager as he attempts to grow up in the frightening world he’s inherited… An unaffected, moving, astonishing insight into the heart of a troubled, silent genius.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“… this mixture of comic adventure and paean to the values of volunteerism is a vivid read. An impressive debut novel…”
—Library Journal (starred review)
“Landon J. Napoleon conveys the strength of the human spirit through his wonderful creation, and in the process tells an engaging and enriching story.”
—Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers
“… an adventure that has all the tragic-comic energy of a latter-day The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Like Twain’s classic, this novel excels at adolescent monologue.”
—Arena Magazine, United Kingdom
“… an affecting tale of the triumph of hope over desperate circumstances… a modern day Of Mice And Men.”
—The Times, United Kingdom
“Briskly told and well-drawn… this legal thriller (The Rules of Action) does what many courtroom-based novels and television shows do not: It stays true to the actual practice of trial law… A fast-paced tale of justice in action and a remarkably accurate portrait of a trial lawyer’s daily grind… Prospective law students are frequently encouraged to read law-student memoirs or legal hornbooks, but for a realistic view of litigation and a great deal more action, they’d do well to add this legal thriller to their reading list.”
“The Rules of Action is of the most compelling and entertaining books I have ever read on the strategy and gamesmanship of the legal process.”
—Former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods
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