Terminal Life: A Suited Hero Novel

Terminal Life: A Suited Hero Novel

by Richard Torregrossa
     
 

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Luke Stark, a Special Forces veteran, returns home from his second tour in Afghanistan to learn that his wife has been mysteriously murdered and his son has disappeared. These tragedies, in addition to suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, push him over the edge. He has also been diagnosed with an incipient form of cancer, but he forgoes treatment, a

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Luke Stark, a Special Forces veteran, returns home from his second tour in Afghanistan to learn that his wife has been mysteriously murdered and his son has disappeared. These tragedies, in addition to suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, push him over the edge. He has also been diagnosed with an incipient form of cancer, but he forgoes treatment, a decision that is akin to a slow suicide. Although he languishes in a shelter, he wears an impeccable suit, an eccentric characteristic that sets him apart from his fellow down-and-outers and just about everybody else. He is nicknamed, somewhat ironically, The Suited Hero. Revenge and the search for his son spark a kind of rebirth in him that is as cathartic as it is brutal. This leads him into the dangerous world of illegal prescription drug distribution, where nobody in this gripping mystery crime thriller- not even some family members-is who they appear to be.

Editorial Reviews

—New York Journal of Books
Terminal Life: A Suited Hero Novel is the first in a fascinating series of planned books featuring antihero Luke Stark. The tension and breakneck pace begin on the first page and refuse to relent until the very last. Noir with originality and a unique twist.”

—ForeWord Reviews
"A sharp hero and his strong motivations pulls this noir story along at a swift pace...Richard Torregrossa’s Terminal Life delivers a down-and-out protagonist who, even though he’s a vet who lives in a Brooklyn shelter, wears a well-tailored suit that makes him feel like a superhero. Along with wearing this expensive sartorial treasure, Stark carries a Metro card sharpened on one end to cut like the blade of a knife. Not exactly your typical noir antihero....Torregrossa has a solid grasp of pacing and shows a superb finesse with language...Terminal Life won't disappoint."

Bookloons.com
“If murder and mayhem are your thing, pull up a chair. Once you get started,Terminal Life by Richard Torregrossa will be hard to put down. One horrific encounter follows another, where men are either brutalized or killed with karate moves or guns—and don't forget knives.

Fresh Fiction
Terminal Life is a riveting, fast-paced, action-packed thriller. It's set in New York City where there are some wild car chases through the streets and parks of Brooklyn. Luke is a man with mad skills. He can kill you with a NY Subway Metro Card just as easily as with a gun or knife, and this novel parades an arsenal of weapons across the pages. He learned to improvise as a Navy SEAL and even uses a cat at one point as a weapon. He is a very strong character, surrounded by supporting characters such as the Italian Mafia, Russian Mafia, corrupt police, a Mexican hit squad and even the FBI. The theme of revenge flows throughout the story on several different levels. Richard Torregrossa gives us the first installment in a new series of Suited Hero mystery crime thrillers. Luke has a proclivity for fine suits and thinks his suits help him be the man he needs to be to extract his revenge and find his son.”

—Booklist
“This should come with a warning: whatever you’re expecting, this isn’t it…as the novel builds to its blood-soaked finale, the action becomes poetic, voluptuous.”

—Ken Bruen
"I loved this book. This novel gives us a whole new genre of noir. Introspective noir. Almost metaphysical in its subtle understatement. But make no mistake, it is vastly entertaining. That rare breed. A thinking persons' artistic vivid entertainment."

best-selling author of The Wrong Girl and winner o —Hank Phillippi Ryan
"Elegant, and completely original. This sleekly genre-bending thriller is like nothing you've ever read. It's sinister and disturbing—but still heartbreaking."

Library Journal
06/01/2014
Hell hath no fury like a terminally ill widower out to avenge his wife's murder. In fact, Luke Stark, a former Navy SEAL with serious PTSD and cancer, focuses solely on the pursuit of justice in this high-speed, take-no-prisoners thriller. Luke dons a superhero persona when he wears his specially tailored business suit, thus adding to his mystique as he slashes and burns through Brooklyn, with a SEAL-infused side trip to San Diego and Mexico thrown in for good measure. Luke knows his mobster uncle is his primary enemy; now he must prove it. Along the way, he incurs the wrath of assorted criminals, but as the story builds, Luke isn't flying entirely solo either. VERDICT Those who crave an action-packed thriller with a generous seasoning of noir will gobble up this debut. Don't expect character development here; this exudes full-on adrenaline with plenty of cinematic scenarios (exploding tanks, etc.). Book 'em, Danno!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608091201
Publisher:
Oceanview Publishing
Publication date:
07/01/2014
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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