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Ex-New York cop Lew Croaker dedicated fifteen years to helping rid society of vermin and psychopaths. His commitment cost him his left hand, which eventually led to a feeling of burnout that found him leaving the force for Florida, a fishing boat, and the family he desperately needs. Croaker hasn't spoken to his sister Matty in years, and he's never even met Rachel, his troubled teenage niece. Suddenly, nothing is as important to him as reconciling this loss. Now, Croaker is determined to become the brother - and...
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Ex-New York cop Lew Croaker dedicated fifteen years to helping rid society of vermin and psychopaths. His commitment cost him his left hand, which eventually led to a feeling of burnout that found him leaving the force for Florida, a fishing boat, and the family he desperately needs. Croaker hasn't spoken to his sister Matty in years, and he's never even met Rachel, his troubled teenage niece. Suddenly, nothing is as important to him as reconciling this loss. Now, Croaker is determined to become the brother - and uncle - he's neglected to be for longer than he cares to remember. But Rachel is hours away from death in a Miami hospital, and a compatible kidney donor has yet to turn up for his only niece. The slick attorney who sniffs Croaker out has an offer he's hard-pressed to refuse. All Croaker has to do is accept Marcellus Majeur's package: one kidney in exchange for Croaker's services. To kill one man. Through Miami's chic South Beach, the funky nightspots of the Florida Keys, and the shadowy Everglades, Croaker accelerates his quest to save Rachel. He has but hours to either commit a cold-blooded, irrevocable act of murder or find out who engineered the scheme. But while Croaker plays the hunter, an inescapable malevolence stalks him - from the sea, the jungles - and from the depths of an unthinkably twisted mind.
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Florida in all of its tropical glory has become the most overdone setting in thrillerdom, but Miami's South Beach, the Keys, and the Everglades have rarely been rendered so poetically as in this devious tale of dark choices. Ex-New York cop Lew Croaker needs a kidney donor to save his beloved niece, and time is running out. When an interloper offers the needed organ in exchange for Croaker's services -- to murder someone -- time and morality collide spectacularly.

—Rick Koster

Chris Petrakos
Lustbader can leave the reader exhilarated. -- Chicago Tribune
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Nicolas Linnear's sidekick, Lew Croaker (an ex-New York cop with a biomechanical hand), takes center stage in Lustbader's latest thriller (after Second Skin), which forsakes ninja action for a murky mix of murder, magic and organ thievery. Recently retired to Florida, Croaker hears from his estranged sister Matty that a drug overdose has sent her daughter Rachel into both a coma and kidney failure. After learning that there are no organs available through legal channels, Croaker is approached by a mysterious lawyer who offers him a perfectly matched kidneybut only if he kills druglord Juan Garcia Barbacena. Involved in this request are the Bonita twins, Heitor and Antonio, who wield the Guarani magic of the black stones. Also lurking about is a group of renegade agents connected to the Anti-Cartel Task Force (for whom Croaker does an odd job now and then)and therein lies the chief problem with this novel. Not content to combine mysticism with murder, Lustbader folds in enough plot for two novels, including a conflict between the Bonita twins and a government conspiracy that causes Croaker to suspect everyone he knows of betraying him. Instead of energizing the narrative, the subplots, though offering the heady violence Lustbader's fans expect, enervate it. Fewer complications would have picked up the pace, highlighted the characters and given this race-against-time the boost it needs. Author tour. (July)
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In the best-selling Lustbader's latest thriller, a detective anguishes over his agreement to commit murder in exchange for a compatible kidney for his ailing niece.
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Leaving behind the comic-strip leaps and blows of his nimble Ninjas (Floating City, 1994, etc.), Lustbader constructs an entire actioner set in the Miami area.

No more worldwide crime cartels masterminded by Asians? Well, let's not get carried away. Yes, there is just such a cartel, but it's masterminded by Heitor and Antonio Bonita, a pair of bloody identical twins born bad. They run a cartel that deals in arms, drugs, white slavery, you name it, and they run it behind a line of front men who take the heat should the law intrude. One of the twins' specialties is dealing in human body organs that they harvest illegally in the States and airship to Central and South America. Scalpel-wielding Heitor likes to remove the organs while the "donor" is still alive. On their trail, meanwhile, is the Department of Justice. Although longtime Lustbader cop and hero Lewis Croaker has retired to captain a Miami charter boat, he's still a stringer for the Agency and carries a badge. Burned out and unwilling to be drawn back into the action, Croaker is facing a family crisis: His drug-addicted 15-year-old niece Rachel, now on dialysis, will be dead in five days if she doesn't receive a replacement kidney. Croaker sets out to find a donor. As it happens, fabulously smooth criminal lawyer Marcellus Rojas Diego Majeur offers him both a vintage turquoise Mustang and a kidney for Rachel if Croaker will just assassinate the dazzlingly vicious Juan Garcia Barbacena (he cuts off women's breasts in his lighter moments), the Bonita twins' greatest rival in terror. Croaker suddenly finds himself in a bafflingly strange and dangerous world: Nobody is what he (or she) seems, and even the Justice team Croaker reluctantly hooks up with is seemingly run by a very bad guy indeed. . . .

Lustbader's intense flow of invention is wonderful to watch: Wild, gory, assured over-the-top entertainment throughout.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671003296
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Pages: 353
  • Product dimensions: 6.49 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.16 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2000

    Enjoyable!

    Mr. Lustbader is a good writer. He actually makes you like one of the bad guys. I recommend this book.

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