After twenty years as an enforcer for the Vice family mob, Nicholas Pierce shouldn’t bat an eye at seeing a guy get worked over and tossed in the river. But there’s something about the suspected police mole, Miles, that has Pierce secondguessing himself. The kid is just trying to look out for his brother any way he knows how, and an uncharacteristic altruism sparks an act of mercy. He takes Miles under his wing.
Miles wants to repay Pierce for saving his life. Pierce shouldn’t take it any further…and he sure as hell shouldn’t get involved in Miles’s doomed quest to get his brother out of a rival gang. He shouldn’t do a lot of things, but life on the streets isn’t about following the rules. Besides, he’s sick of being bossed around by the Vice family, especially Mr. Vice’s powerhungry goon of a son, who treats his underlings like playthings.
So Pierce does the one thing he shouldn’t do if he wants to keep breathing—he leaves the Vice family in the middle of a turf war.
What do reviewers say?
As a lover of noir and crime fiction, I highly recommend this first book in what will hopefully be a very long and satisfying series. —The Novel Approach Review
This was a super intense, high energy story that kept me on the edge of my seat. I was definitely not ready to be finished with this world or these characters and can’t wait for the next installment. —Love Bytes Reviews
If you like super intense stories full of very realistic violence and brutality of all kinds, if you want to see how two men fight their pasts, fate, and cruel enemies to be free of others telling them what to do, and if you’re looking for a thrilling mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat, then you will probably like this novel. –Rainbow Book Reviews
S.A. Stovall grew up in California’s central valley with a single mother and little brother. Despite no one in her family having a degree higher than a GED, she put herself through college (earning a BA in History), and then continued on to law school where she obtained her Juris Doctorate.
As a child, Stovall’s favorite novel was Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. The adventure on a deserted island opened her mind to ideas and realities she had never given thought before—and it was the moment Stovall realized that story telling was her passion. Anything that told a story, be it a movie, book, video game or comic, drew her in. Now, as a professor and author, Stovall wants to add her voice to the myriad of stories in the world, and she hopes you enjoy. Connect with her on Twitter.
Where can I get it?
- Literary Ashland with Amy Miller
- Literary Ashland with Paul Fattig