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A Conway Sax Mystery (Book 4)

Conway Sax is back and as hard headed as ever. A recovering drug addict and alcoholic, Sax is a member of the Barnburners, a hard-core Alcohol Anonymous splinter group.

When one of the members, eighty-two-year-old Eudora Spoon, asks Sax to bring her son Kenny home so she can see him one last time before the cancer takes her, he agrees and heads out to find the washed up TV star being held hostage. Sax gets him home but has some Mexican drug lords hot on his trail.

Eudora’s other son, Harmon, is the local police chief, and sibling rivalry rears its ugly head. Sax’s girlfriend is still out of the picture so he hooks up with Tricia, Harmon’s estranged wife, which complicates things even further.

Amazingly, as gritty and violent as Sax is, he is also endearing, a difficult feat to pull off but Ufelder does it brilliantly. Lots of action and violence along with a dash of humor are the hallmarks of this series, and this latest entry does not disappoint. The twists and turns run wildly through this story right up to the surprising ending. Ufelder, like Elmore Leonard, exemplifies contemporary noir.

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5/14 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch

WOVERINE BROS. FREIGHT & STORAGE by Steve Ufelder. Minotaur Books (May 6, 2014). ISBN 978-1250028105. 320p.


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