Dark Homecomingby Eric Van Lustbader
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,… See more details below
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.
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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