Accidents never happen. Or do they?
Thirty-nine-year-old Albert is a Puerto Rican amateur cruiserweight married to a woman who can't stand the sight of him. Joey, a college sophomore, claims he just watched his parents drive off a cliff after he bled the brakes of the family car. From the moment their lives collide beneath a train track on a street in Chicago, the two men can't deny their mutual attraction. The moment they give in to their desires, a domino effect is triggered setting off a chain reaction of murder and tragedy.
|Publisher:||Bold Strokes Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 5.50(h) x (d)|
About the Author
David-Matthew Barnes describes himself as "a playwright, poet, novelist, filmmaker, actor, dancer, cheerleader, choreographer, director, teacher, and former model...for life." He is the author of over forty stage plays that have been performed in three languages in eight countries. He wrote and directed the feature film Frozen Stars, which received worldwide distribution. His literary work has been featured in over one hundred publications. David-Matthew was the 2008 Emerging Writer in Residence at Penn State where he taught in the English program for one year. Today, he lives in Sacramento, California, where he serves as a director for the Lambda Players theatre company and teaches college English classes.
this was a great read. I loved how all the characters connect together at the end.
Do you believe in fate? Albert and Joey do. Albert is a 39 year old married Puerto-Rican delivery driver, with unfulfilled ambitions to be a famous boxer, who bumps into (literally and figuratively) Joey, a 20 year old gay college student, and an instant rapport develops. They have much in common: dysfunctional childhoods, loneliness, and seemingly unrealistic goals. But what really unites them is the fact that each has a dark secret, Albert from more than a decade ago, and Joey from a recent, quick trip home to Maine, during which time his parents died in a fiery car accident. There is more than sufficient reason for one not to trust the other, but they become closer each day, and make plans to leave Chicago together. When Albert's distant, conniving wife hears of his plans, and when Joey's manipulative sister Lilly decides to confront her brother about their parents' death, fate may deal them both another losing hand. Barnes crafts a complex, imaginative, character-driven suspense/romance novel with realistic, gritty people and situations, which make the book a definite page-turner and a must-read for those who appreciate such originality. Though the characters have significant negative experiences, the overall tone celebrates the ability of people to cope and rebound from past setbacks. Five stars out of five. - Bob Lind, Echo Magazine