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Sunstrokeby Jesse Kellerman
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When businessman Carl Perreira disappears during his vacation in Mexico, his loyal assistant Gloria-who's secretly been in love with him for years-decides to journey across the border herself to retrieve his body. But the deeper into the desert she travels, the more shocking discoveries she makes. About Carl. About herself. And about how elusive and dangerous the truth can be.
"Kellerman is the son of well-known novelists Faye and Jonathan Kellerman, and if his debut is any indication, talent breeds true. Gloria Mendez — a 36-year-old secretary at a Los Angeles novelty item import business — is in love with her boss, Carl Perreira, though he has never reciprocated her romantic interest. Carl has gone on his annual vacation, and after leaving a garbled phone message on Gloria's answering machine, he disappears into Mexico's backcountry. Facing apathy from the police in Mexico and the U.S. — even after Carl is reported dead in a fiery car crash — Gloria heads south to retrieve his body. She soon finds herself enmeshed in a dangerous adventure hinging on the mystery of Carl's death (if he is indeed really dead), his real identity and the truthfulness of the young man who introduces himself as Carlos Perreira, Carl's son abandoned many years earlier. Gloria is dogged, resourceful and intelligent, but despite some sex and gunplay late in the game, the adventure is a bit too cool and cerebral to be a thriller and too literary to be a genre mystery. Many readers will enjoy the intrepid Gloria and her puzzle, but most will hope for a little more heat from this promising writer's next outing." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Kellerman uses a seductive style — a kind of magic realism that suits the miragelike landscape — to ensnare us in his characters' lives and make us feel, like Gloria, that we're trapped in a hypnotic dream." New York Times
"Although some of the dialog seems artificial and forced, it fits in with the overall mood and atmosphere that debut novelist Kellerman...is trying to create. Sunstroke will certainly find readers, but Kellerman's family might help matters somewhat." Library Journal
"Funny, exciting and stylishly written-a delicious tour de force not to be missed." Kirkus Reviews
"Sunstroke shows Kellerman's pedigree, but he has proven to be a solid storyteller in his own right." South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"[A] finely written, sleekly plotted novel." Los Angeles Times
When her boss of 10 years disappears in Mexico, Gloria Mendez travels the twisted road into his backstory, discovering that Carl Perriera was not who she thought he was — nor was he anything she could have imagined — and she ends up fighting for her own life.
About the Author
Jesse Kellerman was born in Los Angeles in 1978. His plays have won several awards, including the 2003 Princess Grace Award, given to America's most promising young playwright.
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