Arthur Ellis Award finalist Rio Youers combines vengeance and deceit, love and bullets, secrets, and twists in this high-octane action thriller with a vibrant emotional core.
Brody Ellis is short on luck and even shorter on cash to buy the medication his sister Molly needs.
Desperate, he robs a convenience store, but on the way out, he bumps into a young woman and loses his wallet. Just when he expects the cops to arrive, the phone rings. It’s Blair Mayo—the woman he bumped into—and she’s got the missing billfold.
Brody will get it back, but only if he does her a favor: steal her late mother’s diamonds from her wicked stepmom. But when he gets to the house, he finds a gruesome crime scene—and a security camera. Brody knows he’s been framed.
Back home, the terrified young man gets another call. The police won’t get the incriminating video footage, Blair says. Instead, her daddy, the notorious mobster Jimmy Latzo, will exact his own kind of revenge.
Brody and Molly realize that they’ve become pawns in a mysterious game—one that involves a notorious enforcer named Lola Bear who brutally crossed paths with Jimmy Latzo twenty-six years before. . . a ghost from the past who is intimately connected to their lives.
Brody Ellis, the hero of this rocket-fueled crime thriller from Youers (Halcyon), resorts to robbing a convenience store to settle debts and buy medication for his sister, Molly. As Brody flees with the money, he bumps into a young woman, and only later realizes he's lost his wallet. He soon receives a call from Blair Mayo, the woman he ran into; to get his wallet back and keep her from going to the police, Brody will have to steal her late mother's diamonds from her stepmother. Brody agrees, and once inside the stepmother's house, he stumbles across a murder scene designed to implicate him. In an attempt to stay ahead of trouble, Brody and Molly hit the road, where they slowly realize they're part of a revenge plan orchestrated by mob boss Jimmy Latzo to flush out their long-estranged mother, Lola, a onetime Latzo associate. Youers balances frenetic action with heartfelt character interactions. Fans of full-throttled cinematic action-fests of the Long Kiss Goodnight variety are in for a treat.
Very very good.