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Published by The Overlook Press, March
2013. ISBN: 978-1-59020-235-7
Coop , or Detective
Samuel Cooper,has been asked by a
friend to do him a favour.This requires
that he works as a bodyguard for a visiting film celebrity who has received
death threats and is visiting Atlanta,
the apparent site for her projected demise.Her name Cherry Page.
People start dying around
Cherry and Coop begins to try to follow up the leads to find the deadly
stalker.He is not helped by his ongoing
personal relationship which he finds difficult to commit to, but is aware that
Cherry Page is one of his girlfriend’s favourite actresses.This makes it all the more difficult as he
starts to find her attractive and this feeling makes his job harder. In
addition, it seems that the feeling is not one sided.
This is tightly paced
novel with some really interesting dynamics between the main character, his
partner, the proposed victim and the villain.The narrative moves you through the characters and the locations and the
thread of the threat is nicely expressed and dark at times, whilst remaining in
the background of the story of the relationships and thinking of the
individuals including the stalker.
I enjoyed this book,
which produces a hard boiled detective with a runny emotional centre at
times.Some of elements are comedic,
but within a black story of stalking and celebrity obsession.A good and entertaining read.
Reviewer: Amanda Brown
Gary Ruffin is the author of Hot Shotthe first novel
featuring Detective Sam’Coup’ Cooper. A former guitarist and songwriter for the
1970’s rock band, he co-wrote the first American Rock Opera, the Survival of St
Joan, which appeared on Broadway. Ruffin now lives and writes in the Atlanta area