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Heartbreaker

by Ferrigno, Robert.

Format: Print Book 1999
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Northland Public Library Fiction FIC FER
Location  Northland Public Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  FIC FER
 
 
Pleasant Hills Public Library Adult Fiction Fic Fer
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
 
Collection  Adult Fiction
 
Call Number  Fic Fer
 
 
Summary
lt opens with a killing on a south Florida beach. Val Duran, an undercover cop, is forced to witness the murder of his partner, which has been arranged by a drug kingpin called Junior. In retaliation, Val kills two of Junior's men, but the score is far from settled. Val quits Florida fast and doesn't stop until he reaches Hollywood. He ends up doing stunt work in B movies, but his real life turns out to be much more hazardous: He's fallen hard for Kyle Abbott, a marine biologist with an attitude, a pedigree, and a take on nature ("survival is all about speed and cunning, camouflage and adaptability") that would have forewarned Val had she not completely disarmed his habitual protective paranoia. Which means that he doesn't see Junior coming until it's almost too late. And, even more dangerously, Val doesn't notice how fast he's sinking into the morass of Kyle's deadly, dysfunctional family: Her dissolute stepbrother and his dangerous girl friend are planning to forcibly wrest the purse strings to Daddy's fortune from the control of overbearing Stepmom. Val might be able to keep himself out of Junior's line of fire, but he doesn't see any way to help Kyle without dragging her directly into it. The cast of edgy eccentrics, a breakneck pace and caustic humor, a seamless combination of the macabre and the eccentric, the raucous and the romantic--all these elements combine to make Heartbreaker the fiercest, most audacious novel we have had from Robert Ferrigno in years.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Val Duran, his undercover narco days behind him, is running from Junior, the only white-trash drug kingpin left in Miami. But what Val finds in Los Angeles proves every bit as lethal as Junior. First there's Kyle, a marine biologist whom Val falls hard for, and then there's her drunken stepbrother and his seriously bent girlfriend, who are plotting to murder Kyle's mother. Val lands in the middle of it all, with matters complicated by the arrival of Junior, who hopes to find time to meet Vanna White after he kills Val. This is one of those noir thrillers, like the film Body Heat, where you know the plot is going to turn you in circles, but the end result is never in doubt: the hero has it bad, and it's going to get worse. Ferrigno, author of The Horse Latitudes (1990), capably steers his plot around the corners and injects plenty of Hiaasen-type humor along the way. The ending, evoking The Maltese Falcon, hits just the right minor chord. --Bill Ott"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "As if invigorated by his move to a new publisher, Ferrigno (The House of Latitudes) has produced his best novel in years, a splendidly readable, cinematic thriller setÄas is his wontÄin Southern California and populated by mean drug dealers, beautiful surfers, "trust fund babies," "thugs on commission" and murderers for hire. Ferrigno's reluctant hero is Val Duran, an ex-cop: he's first seen in Miami, where Junior, a vengeful narcotraficante, has Val's oldest friend blown away before Val's eyes. Val flees to L.A., where he finds work as a technical adviser to "ultra-low budget action movies." Soon Val also finds Kyle Abbott, "smart and sinewy, a take-no-prisoners surfer" from a rich Laguna Beach family. Her arm brushes his, and it's love. Kyle's half-brother, Kilo, conspires with lawless, sadistic Jackie Hendricks and her Gulf War veteran sidekick, Dekker, to kill Kilo's stepmother, Kyle's mother. The ensuing Abbott family intrigue, and Junior's vendetta against Val, set up a landslide of betrayals, hard decisions, secret pacts and violent stratagems. Will Val's passion for Kyle expose her to Junior's wrath? Has Kilo fallen in love with Jackie? Will the dealers bring in the feds? Ferrigno introduces, and updates expertly, all the properties of SoCal noir: film, boats, drug runners, terminal illness, financial chicanery and underwater danger. The array of subplots and mixed motives should entice fans of Elmore Leonard and Ross Thomas. Ferrigno's complex edifice of wrongdoing rises to an ending that feels just right, and shows how far some racy characters will go in search of moneyÄand for love. Agent, Mary Evans. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Ex-police officers -- Florida -- Fiction.
Drug traffic -- Florida -- Fiction.
Drug dealers -- Florida -- Fiction.
Stunt performers -- California -- Hollywood -- Fiction.
Marine biologists -- California -- Los Angeles -- Fiction.
Stepbrothers -- California -- Laguna Beach -- Fiction.
Dysfunctional families -- California -- Laguna Beach -- Fiction.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Fiction.
Laguna Beach (Calif.) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Pantheon Books,1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 307 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 0375401245
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