When are you safe? Who do you trust? Is it ever right to do wrong? These questions drive the characters in A LINE IN THE SAND, the story of four near-strangers who must band together to defeat a vicious and powerful gang, while hiding their actions from law enforcement. Desperate choices will be made in the first few minutes of the story, and plot twists will come down to the final page. Packed in between are action, psychological suspense, admirable courage, and undeniable terror. Killers will be killed; authorities will be lied to; young people in their first act of adulthood will go against everything they’ve ever learned or wanted. In the end, life and hope are chosen over fear and death; a new family is formed; a new future is imagined. The story works both sides of the southwestern U.S. border and revolves around a vendetta by a drug cartel against two refugee boys, who wind up under the hastily improvised protection of a Phoenix elementary school teacher and janitor. This unlikely band defeats hired killers but then must hide their victory out of fear of retribution from the seemingly omnipotent and utterly evil cartel. At the same time, we are also seeing the events through the eyes of a young man born into a crime family, who is beginning to question his destiny, and for whom a chance meeting may offer a better way to the future.
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About the Author
Fred Andersen is the author of novels, non-fiction, stories and articles (and poetry, but we don't talk about that).
"A Line in the Sand" due out 9-24-18 is a contemporary thriller rooted in the violence associated with drug cartels. and in biographies of drug enforcement agents and members of organized crime families.
Fred is also the author of "Lily Torrence," a classic Hollywood murder mystery set in the 1940s that deals with the sexual repression and hypocrisy of that era, and with the mundane problems of allegedly glamorous and creative movie people. A sequel to "Lily," working title "Pamela Carter" is in the works for release in the Fall of 2019.
Fred lives in Phoenix with his wife and family, but every summer contemplates moving to Lake Kookanusa, Montana, or some such place