Seventeen-year-old Lázara overhears her brothers plotting to kill the teenage son of her employer for failing to pay his drug debt. Unable to bear the burden of the boy's murder on her conscience, she embarks on a crusade to save the boy, first alerting the boy's father then confronting her brothers and, finally, seeking help from a New Orleans cop. When all efforts fail, she steals a handgun and surprises her brothers during their rendezvous with the boy at the meth lab, Candyland, unleashing consequences she never expected or could ever have imagined.
"...echoes the great noir writers of the twentieth century...vividly drawn characters. ... a first-rate crime novel..."-Scott Phillips, Author of Rake, The Ice Harvest, and others.
"...Noir at its darkest, set against the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans."-Judy Alter, Author of Desperate for Death, The Perfect Coed, and others.
"... suspenseful plot full of surprises."-Mike Roche, author of Coins of Death and The Blue Monster.
"...colorful and lively...Salloum's writing sparkles and her story is compelling."-Karen Pullen, Author of Cold Feet and Brea's Tale and Other Stories.
"... Pristine prose and vivid characters...Highly recommended."-Thomas Davidson, Author of The Museum of Sudden Disappearances, Past Is Present, and Exit.