Conway Sax returns in this thrilling and heart-wrenchingfollow-up to critically acclaimed novelPurgatory Chasm,in the tradition of Robert B. Parker and Dennis Lehanediv Conway Sax, the no-nonsense auto mechanic with a knack for solving difficult problems, is back. And for once, he thinks normalcy is within reach. He's opening a new garage, and he's finally moved in with longtime girlfriend Charlene. Then along comes Savannah Kane: smart, smoky, and a pusher of men's buttons. Seven years ago, Conway helped her disappear but not before they had a sizzling, knock-down-drag-out affair. Now she's back with a shocking revelation: she's the mother of a six-year-old boy. Savvy claims her son's father is home security billionaire Bert Saginaw, but Conway (not to mention Charlene), knows she's back for more than just a family reunion. Saginaw wants to be Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. Savvy wants to get paid. Conway wants nothing to do with either of them. But when Savvy turns up brutally murdered, he's got no choice but to sort lies from truth even though doing so may cost him his freedom, his lover and his life.
The Massachusetts gubernatorial race forms the backdrop for Ulfelder's excellent sequel to his Edgar-finalist debut, Purgatory Chasm (2011), which introduced recovering alcoholic Conway Sax, Framingham auto mechanic and part-time investigator. According to the polls, Betsy Tinker, a popular U.S. senator, should win in a landslide, but the politically ambitious Bert Saginaw, who's running for lieutenant governor with Tinker, has "a little John Edwards problem." Seven years earlier, Saginaw had a love child with Savvy Kane, a former flame of Sax's. Sax agrees to help fend off extortion threats aimed at driving Saginaw from the race, but at the cost of putting himself at odds with his current girlfriend, his boss at the auto body shop. Political cynicism reaches new lows as the election nears, and more than one major player doesn't survive. Readers will want to see more of Ulfelder's tough but vulnerable lead, whose narration offers a warts-and-all view of his multifaceted character. Agent: Janet Reid, FinePrint Literary Management. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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May 08, 2012
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