The Boys from Santa Cruz

The Boys from Santa Cruz✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ The Boys from Santa Cruz By Jonathan Nasaw ⚣ – Tbjewellers.co.uk When troubled teen Luke Sweet is left orphaned and homeless, the court ships him off to a treatment program for juvenile delinquents in Humboldt County Little Luke has a twisted past, though, and when When troubled teen from Santa Epub â Luke Sweet is left orphaned and homeless, the court ships him off to a treatment program for juvenile delinquents in Humboldt County Little Luke has a twisted past, though, and when several members of the group turn up dead, The Boys PDF or he quickly becomes the number one suspect Agent Pender must track him down before anyone else gets hurt But when clues about another psycho killer surface, the case becomes much dangerous and deranged than anyone thought possible.

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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • The Boys from Santa Cruz
  • Jonathan Nasaw
  • English
  • 19 December 2019
  • 1416591788

10 thoughts on “The Boys from Santa Cruz

  1. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The Boys From Santa Cruz was a disturbing and graphic thriller It was about a 15 year old boy named Luke Sweet, who is the main character and narrator Luke was growing up in a trailer in the hidden hills of Sierra Nevada s just outside Marshall City, California Luke lived in the trailer with his step mom and his dad, one day he got a phone call early in the morning from his Father His dad sounded panicked and told him to quickly give the phone to his mother On the phone his step mom had sta The Boys From Santa Cruz was a disturbing and graphic thriller It was about a 15 year old boy named Luke Sweet, who is the main character and narrator Luke was growing up in a trailer in the hidden hills of Sierra Nevada s just outside Marshall City, California Luke lived in the trailer with his step mom and his dad, one day he got a phone call early in the morning from his Father His dad sounded panicked and told him to quickly give the phone to his mother On the phone his step mom had started crying and repeatedly said ok, she handed the phone back over to Luke Luke could hear people yelling from the phone saying put your hands up, and things like that Luke s father then said, I want you to run away to your Grandparents house in Santa Cruz, then hung up Luke s Step mom walked back into his bedroom and said to Luke if you re here when I come out I ll kill you Luke went outside and hid, when his step mom followed him outside he watched her set a suitcase on fire and shoot herself The story goes on to continue the detailed life of his parents, who it turns out were drug dealers and generally horrible human beings Luke s problems are just beginning His life continues to be tangled in his parents criminal past He is running from the law, including an FBI agent, named Pender The book goes back and forth with Luke and Pender being the focus Pender is a character in other Jonathan Nasaw books His specialty is chasing serial killers That is one of the twists in this book as Luke s dad turns out to be one The evilness that 15 year old Luke is exposed to, is just overwhelming and unbelievable The story was so confusing and graphic it was hard to read It included horrible things like his parents raping young teenage girls and videotaping it Luke was the only character who was remotely likeable and was barely that At some points the book became so disturbing that I didn t want to finish the book I read the book only because it was on The New York Times bestseller list I think it was on the list because of how graphic and how much detail there was in it I liked the writing style the author had, but I hated the story and plot

  2. says:

    What Did I Think As you can see from the ratingnot much I m not a prude and I have certainly readthan my share of crime novels that was full of dirty language and over the top sex but this was even too much me One of the big draw backs was that it s hard to get behind a book when you completely dislike the main characteror for that matter, all of the characters in the story In the end I was left with actual disgust for Agent Pender and the great majority of the other characters What Did I Think As you can see from the ratingnot much I m not a prude and I have certainly readthan my share of crime novels that was full of dirty language and over the top sex but this was even too much me One of the big draw backs was that it s hard to get behind a book when you completely dislike the main characteror for that matter, all of the characters in the story In the end I was left with actual disgust for Agent Pender and the great majority of the other characters It didn t come across for me as a thriller but just a very sad commentary on lifethe inadequacies of the justice system and the breakdown of the family structure If this was what Mr Nasaw indented to do then he succeeded admirably The 2 Star rating wasthan generous

  3. says:

    I wish we could do 1 2 starsI would rate this a solid 3 1 2 stars Great thriller, lots of mind screwing, just a little slower paced at times so I couldn t give it quite a full 4 stars Poor kid grows up in a family whose father is in charge of snuff film ring, his mother died when he was young, and whose step mother has both boobs and a penis He lives in a beat up school bus outside of the family home and sleeps on a dirty mattress You want to feel so badly for him and actually through mos I wish we could do 1 2 starsI would rate this a solid 3 1 2 stars Great thriller, lots of mind screwing, just a little slower paced at times so I couldn t give it quite a full 4 stars Poor kid grows up in a family whose father is in charge of snuff film ring, his mother died when he was young, and whose step mother has both boobs and a penis He lives in a beat up school bus outside of the family home and sleeps on a dirty mattress You want to feel so badly for him and actually through most of the book I did, Nasaw does a great job at making you ask waitdoes this kid really have such shitty luck, or is he really a raging manipulative psycho The truth doth reveal itself

  4. says:

    THE BOYS FROM SANTA CRUZ E.L Pender Book 5 By Jonathan NasawMY REVIEW TWO STARS I just finished reading the last installment of the E.L Pender series, published in 2010, thus likely to also be the final book from Nasaw that features his colorful one of a kind FBI Special Agent Perhaps not surprisingly this novel tells the tale of a case from Pender s rich past of hunting serial killers It begins in 1985 when Pender was still actively engaged with the FBI s Liaison Division, then jumps ahea THE BOYS FROM SANTA CRUZ E.L Pender Book 5 By Jonathan NasawMY REVIEW TWO STARS I just finished reading the last installment of the E.L Pender series, published in 2010, thus likely to also be the final book from Nasaw that features his colorful one of a kind FBI Special Agent Perhaps not surprisingly this novel tells the tale of a case from Pender s rich past of hunting serial killers It begins in 1985 when Pender was still actively engaged with the FBI s Liaison Division, then jumps ahead ten years to the mid 90 s, still at a point in time where Pender was employed by the bureau The beginning of the novel is interesting enough in that a deranged couple who were serial murderers that profited from a career of making snuff films get their just dues albeit both by taking the coward s way out and eating their respective guns The alpha male in this happy couple Big Luke leaves behind a 15 year old son named yeah, that s right Little Luke The story unfolds using the author s preferred method of alternating first person accounts between or in some cases among the characters who populate the book In this instance, the reader primarily hears from the young Luke Sweet, who has a lot to say beginning with the long distance phone call from this dad that is answered that day in a ramshackle trailer in the middle of nowhere The sound of that ringing telephone signals the end of Little Luke s world as he knows it This is the fourth novel I ve read by Jonathan Nasaw so I was accustomed to his style of writing Specifically, the author allows the reader to experience through first person accounts the thoughts and feelings of the victims, the killer or killers, and of course the protagonists This is done by alternating chapters which is essentially how the entire story both unfolds and is told It has been a remarkably effective method that has previously created unputdownable serial killer thrillers That said, I found myself about 1 3 of the way through this book, and had no idea where the author was trying to lead me I was reading the tragic tale of a teenage boy Little Luke who was NOT a killer and whose life experiences following the suicides of his father and Big Luke s paramour went from bad to worse The kid did make some errors in judgment, butsignificantly it appeared that virtually no authority figure in his universe would listen to him with an open mind or treat him fairly Catastrophes that were not of his own making kept befalling him like a hail storm from hell, which in turn kept sinking him deeper into trouble with his remaining blood relatives and the legal authorities FBI Special Agent Pender and his partner Rizzo encounter the boy following the death s of his dad and his father s lover The teenager provides an unvarnished, albeit sensational, account of the events surrounding the death of his dad s lover there at the dump, and the means by which a boat load of damning evidence was torched and destroyed by her The kid is labeled an incorrigible psychopath right out of the box FBI Special Agent Pender was not even willing to look at the forensic evidence in the case and was clearly prejudiced Pender s actions were never clear to me, that is why, when the factual forensics did not coincide with his own pre conceived characterization of the young man did he not modify his own profile I did consider that I had been reading the first person account provided by the boy However, readers who were not privy to a thoughtful, sensitive, and intuitive Pender from prior books would not know to question whether or not the kid s account was I don t know self serving, delusional It is all theconfusing because the teenager s account of the shooting death of his father s lover was proven to be accurate by the forensic evidence collected at the scene and the autopsy results Pender just basically scoffs in the face of contradictory findings that clearly challenge his notion that the 15 year old was an active participant in the family s snuff film enterprise, holding firm to his conviction the boy is a psychopath who cannot be saved and needs to be culled from society The unsympathetic character of FBI Special Agent E.L Pender is not featured prominently during the early part of the book Little Luke narrates his story until where he is deceived by a crippled self professed bounty hunter and delivered not to the legal authorities but rather to a nuthouse The boy is committed to a lockdown long term psychiatric facility, and kept anesthetized on big gulp Thorazine until his mid twenties Luke, the man, literally explodes out of the crazy house with his list of those folks who robbed him of his youth He was labeled an incurable psychopath and they threw away the key He was not tried as an adult in the legal system for his alleged crimes, which included murder Thus, the reader is not privy to any conclusive objective evidence The book time jumps to a decade after Luke Sweet s false imprisonment and long term chemical restraint The individuals on Little Luke s fantasy hit list start dying horrible deaths, beginning with the grandparents who signed him into the psych facility in the first place, ostensibly to avoid the 15 year old s prosecution as an adult A few people suspect that Luke Sweet, now a grown man, did not die in the carnage of the destroyed psychiatric facility as reported There becomes a conscientious effort on the part of FBI Special Agent E.L Pender to determine whether the number one suspect in the suspicious deaths could still be alive and killing the people on the list of people he believed were culpable in the destruction of his life It is in the latter part of this book when the focus is shifted to Pender s hunt for a serial killer, namely the adult Luke Sweet It is not my intention to regurgitate every twist and turn of this novel as part of my review Likewise, I do not want to spoil any the surprises that the author has in store, albeit very late in the game However, I feel that I have to exploit how that so many methods that are deployed by Nasaw in his prior books just fall flat in this singular outing Pender and an unlikely ally in the crippled PI Epstein the self professed bounty hunter who delivered Little Luke to the nuthouse wind up at a retreat led by one of the final three victims, one Dr Oliver Pender and his cohort being the other two All of the participants on the retreat willingly take a powerful hallucinogenic drug to enhance their experience at the conference led by the enlightened Dr Oliver the psychiatrist who treated Luke at the psychiatric hospital To be fair, Pender and his partner are pretending to be journalists and are thus hoodwinked into taking the psychedelic drug by Dr Oliver s right hand man In any case we then have everyone except the would be assassin drugged out of their collective minds, including our two undercover heroes The mission oriented killer is out of his mind without the aid of LSD which still gives him a major advantage in zeroing in on and eliminating all three of the remaining men on Luke s fantasy hit list I entertained the possibility that the author was attempting to inject a dose of levity in providing a look see into the minds of Pender and his good natured companion who are both completely stoned and hallucinating and can t form a lucid thought between them That possibility gained a little traction with me when I thought about how the mentally ill, well, completely nuts isaccurate, killer may be hallucinating only a little less at the time of the big showdown at the end of the book If it was meant to be funny, it fell completely flat with me I had about 30 minutes left in the book and I dragged it out for three nights in a row because I just didn t care about the ending Here are just a few of the reasons that I did not like this book, and rated it accordingly Pender is not likeable in this installment, nor is he prominently featured until well into the novel There is no antagonist that you hate, or even dislike The adult Luke Sweet elicitedsympathy from me than either Pender or the crippled PI who were ostensibly the good guys Black humor didn t work at all in this book, and that is a first Finally, the plot doesn t work for me, in part because I don t understand it The plot twist at the end of the book, while not anticipated, didn t feel like an especially interesting or satisfying or even a you got me kind of surprise Frankly, if I didn t know better as people are prone to saying I would think that Nasaw didn t even write this book It did not work on ANY level for me as a dedicated reader of several of his novels at this point I wasn t thrilled with the prior installment TWENTY SEVEN BONES but it is a masterpiece compared with this outing circa 2010

  5. says:

    Der Sohn des Teufels hat mich durch seinen Klappentext und seinem Cover so sehr gelockt, dass ich mit hohen Erwartungen an das Buch herangegangen bin Und doch muss ich sagen, dass das Buch mir nicht das gab, was mir versprochen bzw Was es mir vermittelt hat.Hier m chte ich auf drei Punkte eingehen 1 Der Klappentext und 2 Die Charaktere und 3 der Plot.Zum Klappentext muss ich sagen, dass er in vielen, vielen Dingen, besonders Einzelheiten, nicht dem entspricht, was im Buch vorkommt Es is Der Sohn des Teufels hat mich durch seinen Klappentext und seinem Cover so sehr gelockt, dass ich mit hohen Erwartungen an das Buch herangegangen bin Und doch muss ich sagen, dass das Buch mir nicht das gab, was mir versprochen bzw Was es mir vermittelt hat.Hier m chte ich auf drei Punkte eingehen 1 Der Klappentext und 2 Die Charaktere und 3 der Plot.Zum Klappentext muss ich sagen, dass er in vielen, vielen Dingen, besonders Einzelheiten, nicht dem entspricht, was im Buch vorkommt Es ist verst ndlich, dass das nicht das einzige Buch ist, bei dem Klappentext der totale Mist ist, aber der Verlag sollte sich doch M he geben, vor allem, wenn es der Heyne Verlag ist, den ich wirklich sehr gerne mag Allerdings wei ich pers nlich auch nicht, wer den Klappentext eigentlich schreibt.Nun aber das, was falsch ist Der erste Satz ist schon mit den komplett falschen W rtern geschrieben worden, denn seine Stiefmutter wurde nicht von den Aasgeiern AUFgefressen worden, sondern es wurden nur wenige St cke von ihr abgebissen Wenige, das bedeutet nicht AUFgefressen Oder Au erdem zeigt sich das Grauen nicht recht bei Luke Au erdem denkt man beim zweiten Satz, dass es sofort in der Psychatrie losgeht, was nicht stimmt Das ist nun wirklich nicht schlimm, aber doch etwas verwirrend am Anfang Doch eines der schlimmsten Dinge ist, dass seine Entlassung nicht n herr ckt Er wird nicht entlassen, er wird niemals entlassen Niemals Eine Entlassung wird nicht erw hnt, ganz und gar nicht Au erdem bringt nicht der FBI Typ Luke in die Psychatrie, sondern jemand vollkommen anderes Derjenige, der den Klappentext geschrieben hat, muss das Buch berflogen haben, anders kann ich es mir nicht erkl ren.Ein Klappentext sollte doch das wiedergeben, was im Buch ist.Zusammengefasst war ich nach dem Lesen des Buches sehr entt uscht ber den Klappentext.Die Charakter waren allerdings unglaublich vielf ltig und ich hab da so meine Lieblings und Hasscharakter Kommen wir erst zu Luke Sweet Luke Sweet ist 15 Jahre und geht nicht in die Schule, kifft und trinkt sogar ab und an mal ein Bierchen Ich muss gestehen, dass Luke Sweet mein Lieblingscharakter ist Trotzallem, dass er als Psychopath gilt, mag ich ihn eher als den FBI Beamten E.L Pender, der mich in einigen Situationen zur Wei glut trieb Kann sein, dass es nur mir so geht, aber ich mag diesen Typen nicht, der ist mir total unsympathisch Doch gl cklicherweise kommt dieser anfangs nicht so h ufig vor, wie es in der Mitte des Buches ist Jonathan Nasaw ist es sehr gelungen die Chaktere zu gestalten Er hat Luke zu einem besonderen Menschen gemacht, er gibt ihm dieses Etwas, das jeder Psychopath hat, aber doch ist er anders Man kann miterleben, wie sich sein Charakter ver ndert, wie er sich immer mehr nach Rache sehnt und man selbst kannst sich so gut in seine Wut hineinversetzen.Zu E.L Pender muss ich sagen, dass ich ihn nicht leiden kann Er ist mir nicht so ein FBI Beamte, der er h tte sein sollen Sein Charakter war mir ebenfalls nicht geheuer und sein Gesamtbild sympathischer war mir dagegen der Privatdedektiv Um nicht zu spoilern sage ich nicht viel zu ihm, da er eine recht wichtige Rolle spielt Sein Humor, seine Weise und sein Denken beeinflusst einen doch etwas mehr, als man denken mag.Die Charaktere sind meiner Meinung nach sehr gelungen, denn man braucht doch auch Charaktere, die man nicht leiden kann und manchmal ist es sogar der, den man vielleicht m gen h tter sollen.Der Plot ist ebenfalls super, wenn man das Gesamtbild kennt Anfangs war ich so begeistert vom Buch, dass ich nur davon schw rmen kann Die Schreibweise hat mir sofort gefallen, es ist etwas anders, etwas frischer f r mich und flie end Aus Lukes Sicht zu lesen, hat mich immer wieder erfreut, es hat mir immer wieder Spa gemacht seinen Gedanken zu folgen und versuchen zu verstehen Doch in der Mitte des Buches, nachdem Luke in der Anstalt war, hatte ich meinen Tiefpunkt, bei dem ich nur noch sagen kann, dass ich es nicht verstanden habe und dass ich mehr als entt uscht war Ich f hlte mich regelrecht betrogen Ich dachte mir, dass etwas nicht stimmen konnte, dass da etwas falsch ist, doch falsch gedacht Ab einem gewissen Zeitpunkt, ab einer gewissen Passage, kl rt sich alles auf und du atmest erleicht auf und verstehst es endlich Trotz der gro en Entt uschung in der Mitte des Buches, habe ich jedoch nie daran gedacht es abzubrechen, denn es ist doch noch spannend und gut geschrieben Die Spannung l sst nie nach Es kommt immer was neues, es fesselt dich und es rei t dich mit.Ich habe zudem ein anderes Ende erhofft, wobei es von Anfang an klar ist, dass das nicht passiert Welches Buch hat auch kein gewisses Happy End f r die Hauptprotagonisten Ja es gibt Ausnahmen, wie Alligiant Aber das ist etwas vollkommen anderes Fazit Bei diesem Buch hatte ich meine H hen und Tiefen, was v llig in Ordnung ist Wer richtig brutale Thriller mag, sollte sich Der Sohn des Teufels nicht kaufen Ich hatte es mir doch brutaler vorgestellt, als es eigentlich ist Allerdings muss ich auch sagen, dass es f r niemanden geeignet ist, der eine Abneigung von aufgespie ten Menschen und Aasgeiern in deren N he haben Ich bin froh das Buch gelesen haben zu k nnen, sodass ich den Kauf eher denen empfehle, die es runtergesetzt finden, die den Autor m gen und denen, die weder schwache Nerven noch richtig Brutale Szenen erwarten

  6. says:

    I picked up this book because I enjoyed The Girls He Adored This book started with promise, but I found the story difficult to follow It was as if different authors were writing different chapters lacked continuity I ll read other books by this author, but would not recommend this one.

  7. says:

    Jonathan Nasaw has long been one of my favourite crime writers FEAR ITSELF and WHEN SHE WAS BAD are perfect examples of his ability to craft a well defined crime tale that goes the extra mile THE BOYS FROM SANTA CRUZ is no different in terms of engaging the reader and satisfying that criminal appetite for genre junkies Like a lot of crime fiction, Nasaw s E.L Pender is a lone wolf type working liaison for the FBI who steps outside the boundaries of safe law enforcement in order to catch the Jonathan Nasaw has long been one of my favourite crime writers FEAR ITSELF and WHEN SHE WAS BAD are perfect examples of his ability to craft a well defined crime tale that goes the extra mile THE BOYS FROM SANTA CRUZ is no different in terms of engaging the reader and satisfying that criminal appetite for genre junkies Like a lot of crime fiction, Nasaw s E.L Pender is a lone wolf type working liaison for the FBI who steps outside the boundaries of safe law enforcement in order to catch the bad guys In taking a step back from the present day tone of the series, Nasaw turns our attention to Pender investigating an earlier case in his career involving Luke Sweet, a damaged young man presumed to be a ruthless killer and victim of his upbringing he was on the phone to his father just prior to his death and saw his father s lover commit suicide, the drug peddling and snuff films his parental figures were involved in doesn t add well to the mix However, Luke, is really misunderstood and ends up being someone the reader can sympathize with he s notorious throughout the novel for being in the wrong place at the wrong time a victim of circumstance and deadly coincidence What I love about this book is the shift in perspective and changing point of view Primarily narrated by Sweet with alternating chapters focused on Pender, we see both sides of the story spread over the course of decades Luke is admitted to a mental health institution which takes him out of action for some time which really gives a feel of realism and depth not all cases are clean cut, this is a perfect example o f the blow burn crime fiction.Not without its humour, Nasaw balances out the macabre nature of his fictional killing spree with light hearted characters and a side bar featuring the personal side of Pender THE BOYS FROM SANTA CRUZ, whilst part of a series of crime books featuring Pender, can be read as a standalone I haven t read the preceding novels for some time yet found this easily readable as a self contained novel or enjoyed as part of the series Another highly recommended novel by Jonathan Nasaw

  8. says:

    after his dad shot himself to refuse being taken into custody and his stepmom committed suicide after burning their trailer down, Luke was left orphaned and homeless the court sent him off to a juvenile program but after several members of the group turned up dead, Luke became their number one suspect again former agent Pender was assigned on the case, insisting on tracking the kid down before anyone else got hurt but soon, he came acrossclues about another psycho killer, who turned th after his dad shot himself to refuse being taken into custody and his stepmom committed suicide after burning their trailer down, Luke was left orphaned and homeless the court sent him off to a juvenile program but after several members of the group turned up dead, Luke became their number one suspect again former agent Pender was assigned on the case, insisting on tracking the kid down before anyone else got hurt but soon, he came acrossclues about another psycho killer, who turned the case into a muchdangerous situation than it originally was Pender often reminded me of some giant bear in colorful clothes and checkered hat the story took a decade to tell the story of Luke, where he was a 15 year old teenager who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time forthan once, which landed him in a mental hospital that took things into their own hands and neutralize their psychopathic patients by adding chemicals into their daily dose by the time he regained a clear mind, it was 10 years later Pender was brought back into the old and unsolved case of Luke, which again, was led by his gut intuition it was difficult not to be amused or entertained by Pender, a huge man with such humor and characteristic who always manage to catch the bad guy my review here

  9. says:

    When Luke Sweet Senior takes a few bullets and dies in a robbery attempt, his teenaged son, Luke Junior, is left to the mercy of the courts and the misnomer that justice prevails It does not prevail, in many cases, and the wheels of justice do grind slowly, not always in the right direction The youngster is treated to the horrors of survival in a world of indifferent and often vicious adults What this does to his life will appall you, I am sure A bit of fiction that runs closer to reality t When Luke Sweet Senior takes a few bullets and dies in a robbery attempt, his teenaged son, Luke Junior, is left to the mercy of the courts and the misnomer that justice prevails It does not prevail, in many cases, and the wheels of justice do grind slowly, not always in the right direction The youngster is treated to the horrors of survival in a world of indifferent and often vicious adults What this does to his life will appall you, I am sure A bit of fiction that runs closer to reality than we d care to examine, I m certain Fiction imitating life.Jonathan Nasaw has written a great thriller The characters are colorful, right down to the FBI agent s rather bizarre dress code, and their motives are clear The story has a winding, twisting plot that kept this reader turning the pages With the last crumb of mystery unveiled, a sense of sadness prevailed, along with the troubling thought that many people slip through the cracks of society and it appears it cannot be helped This story takes you on a thrill ride that spans judicial indifference and human error that will chill you and keep you on the edge of your seat If you are like me, you will experience anger and frustration, as well as the pain of the character, Luke Sweet Junior, whose life is in the hands of strangers Strangers who jump to conclusions, compounded by delusions and miscalculations Highly Recommended

  10. says:

    This is the fifth E L Pender book in the series I have read all of Nasaw s books and I think it is better to read these in order, starting with The Girls He Adored E L Pender is a retired FBI agent who was never your typical agent Noted for his mismatched and colorful clothes, Pender reminds me of a giant teddy bear In this novel, the story shifts back to 1985 when Pender was an active agent on a case involving snuff films During this case, Pender s investigation connects him with a t This is the fifth E L Pender book in the series I have read all of Nasaw s books and I think it is better to read these in order, starting with The Girls He Adored E L Pender is a retired FBI agent who was never your typical agent Noted for his mismatched and colorful clothes, Pender reminds me of a giant teddy bear In this novel, the story shifts back to 1985 when Pender was an active agent on a case involving snuff films During this case, Pender s investigation connects him with a teen, Luke Sweet, whose father was the one linked to the snuff film ring Luke appears to also be connected with his father s business and eventually ends up in a rehab camp The story then brings the reader to 1995 Pender comes across names from the past that remind him of his prior case of Luke Sweet, which brings him back to California to pursue his gut intuition that his older case was never resolved Nasaw writes a solid thriller which is fast paced with twists that make this novel hard to put down I love his Pender character because of his humor, wacky dress code, and his ability to catch the bad guy I look forward to reading the next Pender book

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