Synopses & Reviews
"A milksop of a protagonist sinks this overstuffed thriller from Lashner (Blood and Bone). J.J. Moretti, an unemployed Philadelphia mortgage broker, has a secret in his past. This secret not revealed until about a fifth of the way through the book is what still connects him to his high school friends Augie Iannucci, who lives in Las Vegas, and Ben, who lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. It's also what gets Augie killed and sets mysterious thugs on J.J.'s trail. Extensive backstory and J.J.'s musings slow the action. J.J. cries constantly and waxes rhapsodic about the oddest things, including the street curbs in his suburb. He variously describes himself as a 'calculating resentful snit,' an 'asshole,' a 'jerk,' and 'stupid.' Lashner's prose aims for the heights, but often as not stumbles, as when he compares 'the granite faces of the Himalayas' to 'the granite on the island in my kitchen.' Agent: Wendy Sherman, Wendy Sherman Associates." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Jon Willing was just a teenager when he and his buddies Augie and Ben stole a fortune in drug money. Brazen with youth and stoned out of their gourds, they thought they had the perfect plan for getting away with it.
They were wrong.
Twenty-five years later, Jon's marriage is in ruins, his kids are virtual strangers, and the recession has decimated his finances. When he finds Augie murdered in Vegas, Jon knows his past has risen from the grave to grab him by the throat.
Now Jon Willing faces a choice: run to a paradise of wine and women and endless sunshine or confront the demons from his past and fight for what's left of his imperfect suburban life. But is it a life worth fighting for?
Hurry and decide, Jon, because the piper is coming, and he always gets paid.