Out of ideas for a new career, retired Air Force Special Ops vet Bobby Egan has spent the last two years working at the 24 Hour MiniMart in Tucson, but all that’s about to change thanks to Zoe Marchand, a smoldering damsel in distress and Albert Bennett, former drug runner turned ‘legit’ property developer. Both are offering him some work—Zoe needs a mediator to get her out of a sticky legal situation and Albert is looking for a half a million cash infusion for his latest development venture. But before Bobby can do anything, he’s got to do an odd job for his friend Dotty Shannon, retired porn star—a woman with a tawdry past that just won’t fade away.
Maybe it was the monsoon, or Lynette Stenton recently released from a California State prison, a woman attempting to quiet the voices in her head that set off a domino of events, escalating into desperate choices and unpredictable behavior in multiple games of cat and mouse.
Everybody’s got an agenda they aren’t sharing with Bobby—a Jewish-Mexican loan shark itching to restore his reputation and his perpetually stoned, sociopath cousin—a scorned writer with dire flashes of unpredictable rage—a gardener turning her backyard into a fortress against the past—and a mother-son relationship that puts a terrifying twist in family dysfunction.
With a keen, observant style, sharp provocative dialogue and dark, wry wit that does not shy from the disturbing underbelly of human desire and need, CRAZY HEAT will engage the reader with complex characters and intertwining storylines converging in a fast-paced novel that absorbs, shocks and entertains.
- Francene LaDue, July 2010
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