Synopses & Reviews
Dan Shaw hopes to be a lawyer some day--if he can only stay out of prison long enough to pass the bar. Neither is likely when he agrees to help a hotshot Florida attorney track down a slick con man whose swindled a consortium of well-to-do Paradise Key clients out of twenty-two million dollars. But the charismatic Victor Trebuchet and his sexy partner-in- crime are a lot more dangerous than anyone imagined. And the silken counter-sting set up in an Italian villa to snare the pair may end up trapping Shaw instead. With that much money on the line, anyone is liable to betray anyone. For now, Shaw's living the high life and he's way over his head. Soon he may find himself doing hard-time--or, worse, in a watery grave at the bottom of Bell Harbor.
"'This was the second day I watched the beat-up cabin cruiser search a grid pattern over the area where I had deep-sixed Raven Ahriman's corpse,' declares Dan Shaw at the start of this literate crime thriller from Faust (Dead Men Rise Up Never). After this tantalizing hook, the story of whom Shaw killed and why gets set aside as he's roped into helping a friend investigate the case of Victor Trebuchet, a jet-setting con man who recently used a modified Ponzi scheme involving satellites and rockets to bilk residents of a wealthy Florida community. Shaw ends up in Italy living next door to Victor, who has assumed an alias and is about to reel in his next set of victims. A cat-and-mouse game, with Shaw and friends using themselves as bait, leads to a brutal showdown staged against a lovely Italian backdrop. Faust tells a thrilling story in lean, tight noir prose ('McNally and Cavaretta wore old-timer cop suits, shiny at the elbows and knees, with one-and-one-half-inch cuffs, and ties that had seen a lot of burgers and fries pass by'). The mystery of the flawed, complex Shaw and his past, duly unraveled by the end, adds another layer of excitement. Agent, Jim Donovan. (On sale Sept. 28)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Ron Faust is a former baseball player and journalist. He is the author of Dead Men Rise Up Never, In the Forest of the Night, When She Was Bad, Fugitive Moon, and Lord of the Dark Lake. He lives in Wisconsin.