Friday, March 9, 2012

Sailor-Tom Epperson


Tom Epperson

Forge, Mar 27 2012, $24.99

ISBN 9780765328922

After years of abuse, Gina Cicala testified against her vicious mobster husband Joey. He is locked away after being convicted while she and their tweener son Luke disappear into the Witness Protection Program.

However, a U.S. Marshal takes a bribe from Luke’s paternal grandfather Pat whose goals are to kill the traitor and bring Luke to him so he can raise his ten year old grandson as his heir to a vast criminal empire and introduce him to his comatose grandmother. In Brady, Oklahoma Pat’s hit man kills Gina’s date Rusty “the Cheater” Dieter while his target escapes with her son and diamonds. Gina and Luke meet Gray the “sailor” when he changes her flat tire. He joins their odyssey as both sides of the law give chase.

Though the storyline has been used before (see The Program by Stephen White) and the stratospheric death count requires an empty stomach, Sailor is an exciting action-packed thriller. Fast-paced with insane killers murdering people as a contact sport and some cops on the take in pursuit, Gray is the only hope of survival for mother and son.

Harriet Klausner

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