In sun-baked Phoenix, Arizona, this never-predictable tale tosses into its antic mix a dead father, his two sons - one a small-time ex-con with a consistent genius for sabotaging his own best interests, the other a straight, uptight solid citizen with a moneymaking chain of dry-cleaning stores and a restive ex-stewardess of a wife named Evelyn.
Recently released from prison for possession of a truckload of black-market saguaro cacti - and in deep debt to an unforgiving crank dealer, Jimmy Coates returns home only to discover that his brother has cut him out of his inheritance. A not-unjustifiable desire to settle old scores and new sends Jimmy on a robbery spree that wipes out four of his brother's dry-cleaning establishments. But when he finds himself tumbling for a mutinously sexy Evelyn, the impulse to vengeance reverses itself.Unwittingly, however, Jimmy has already set in motion a series of dangerous consequences - adultery, blackmail, love, betrayal - that culminate in a blueprint for murder. And it could be Jimmy himself who is taking the long fall.
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Losers and absurd violence
At least one character to admire or root for.
No, but it won't choose this author again.
Gratuitous violence by stupid bad guys on stupid "good" guys. I couldn't finish this book. Tried three times, but just couldn't keep going!
- Shirley "My commute is 100 miles/day. Even taking the beautiful coastal route, I don't think I could have survived the past 10 years w/o Audible."
Good story and a great voice telling it!
Love overcomes failures.
Imperfect characters finding redemption despite themselves.
The botched robbery scene was tense and heartbreaking.
Voice of the narrator on the audiobook was perfect for this story.