Saturday, December 26, 2015

Where It Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman

Gus had a good life.  Happy marriage, two kids, he's a retired cop and everything is going his way.  Then his son goes out to play basketball with friends and dies on the court.  He had a heart defect that no one knew about.  Life as Gus knew goes down the toilet...

G P Putnam's Sons and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 26th.

It's been a couple of years now since the death, but Gus still isn't over grieving.  He and his wife aren't good together anymore, his daughter is acting out, and Gus is just living.  He works for a crummy hotel, picks up people at the airport and helps with trouble in the bar.  He just stays to himself.  

When a guy he helped put in jail comes and asks him for help finding out who killed his son, he asks him why he doesn't talk to the police.  He says he has.  They aren't doing anything.  He doesn't want to help and kicks him out of the hotel.  After asking a few questions and thinking about it, he decides to visit the guy and apologize.  He almost gets killed for being in the area and finds the con dead.  Now he can't apologize.  He also finds he wants to know what's going on now.

What he finds is corrupt cops, drug dealers, and killers of all kinds.  He's almost killed several times but he does have some back up from the hotel.  One of the workers there has a past that you don't want to know about.

This story is mean, explosive, and unforgiving.  A lot of people die but I'm afraid they deserve it.  This is a story about righting wrongs and there are a lot to take care of.  It's not uplifting but it is a well told tale.

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