Shotgun Lullaby (Conway Sax Series #3)

Shotgun Lullaby (Conway Sax Series #3)

by Steve Ulfelder
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Shotgun Lullaby (Conway Sax Series #3) by Steve Ulfelder

From critically acclaimed, Edgar-nominated author Steve Ulfelder-Conway Sax is back in a thrilling and heart-wrenching story of how far a father will go to save his son

Conway Sax is a man seeking redemption. A man with a deeply checkered past currently paying for his sins by helping Gus Biletnikov stay sober. Wise-ass Gus, son of a wealthy investment banker, drives Conway nuts. But he also reminds him of his own estranged son, and so Conway finds himself deeply invested in his wellbeing.

When a brutal triple-murder takes place in Gus's halfway house, Conway suspects Gus was the intended victim, and resolves to find the killer in his usual full-tilt, no-holds-barred fashion. The list of suspects soon includes the longtime organized-crime warlord of Springfield, Massachusetts; Gus's own father, who's a bundle of insecurity despite his fortune; the father's second wife, a stunning beauty webbed in ugly motives; and a Houston con man who'll swipe your gold fillings but crack you up while he does so. But the case is no laughing matter to Conway when somebody close to him is murdered. To find the killer and prevent yet more senseless death, he needs help from both an ambitious Brazilian-American state cop, and an unlikely criminal source. Along the way, Conway's personal responsibilities clash with his vow to help fellow alcoholics, forcing him to make his toughest decision yet in this unforgettable page-turner reminiscent of Robert B. Parker and Dennis Lehane.

Praise for Shotgun Lullaby
"This action-packed story moves lightning fast, and Sax makes an appealingly damaged protagonist. Dennis Lehane and Robert B. Parker fans will enjoy Ulfelder." --Booklist

"Gritty, intense, completely original. Ulfelder nails the voice, nails the story, and pushes Conway Sax, his unforgettable main character, beyond his breaking point. Shotgun Lullaby is more than just a page-turner of a mystery-it's a masterful study of a good guy gone bad, and his heart-breaking struggle to be good again." --Hank Phillippi Ryan Agatha, Anthony&Macavity winning author of The Other Woman

"Steve Ulfelder is one of the most street-smart authors writing crime fiction today. Shotgun Lullaby is a thrill ride that hits the gas hard on page one and races all the way to a heart-pounding finish." -Paul Doiron, author of Bad Little Falls
"Shotgun Lullaby is exactly as tough, and exactly as full of heart, as the title suggests. Steve Ulfelder is a major talent." -Timothy Hallinan, author of The Fear Artist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250028099
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/14/2013
Series: Conway Sax Series , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 279,519
File size: 731 KB

About the Author

STEVE ULFELDER, author of the Conway Sax mysteries, is an amateur race driver and co-owner of Flatout Motorsports, a Massachusetts company that builds race cars. He was a business and technology journalist for 20 years. His first novel, Purgatory Chasm, was an Edgar Award Finalist.


STEVE ULFELDER, author of the Conway Sax mysteries, is an amateur race driver and co-owner of Flatout Motorsports, a Massachusetts company that builds race cars. He was a business and technology journalist for 20 years.  His first novel, Purgatory Chasm, was an Edgar Award Finalist. 

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gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
This was my introduction to Steve Ulfelder and his protagonist, Conway “Connie” Sax, recovering alcoholic and addict, with a police record dating back to his early teen years. When he finally went on the wagon, it was with the help of AA, in particular a group calling itself the Barnburners, which he credits with saving his life. In return, whenever the group “assigns” him to a newcomer, he takes that responsibility very seriously. His reputation? “Conway Sax takes in another stray.” In this instance, it is more of a challenge than usual: Gus Biletnikov is his own worst enemy - - well, almost. A brutal triple-murder in Gus’ halfway house leads Conway to suspect that Gus was the intended target. Determined to find out who is behind the murders and whether Gus was in fact the intended target and therefore still in grave danger, Conway checks out a growing list of suspects, with some assistance from the son of his parole officer [after his conviction for manslaughter, he is about to come off parole as the story opens], who has become a good friend; a Brazilian state cop; and, initially at least, a memorable character described as a “near-midget cowboy con man” with the unlikely name of Donald Crump. The novel deals heavily with questions of father-son relationships, and guilt, on many levels. Conway’s personal life is a very complicated one, as is Gus’ as well. I felt that the author’s writing style was at times less than fluid, which nevertheless works. Mr. Ulfelder, and “Connie” Sax, captivated me, and the plot kept me turning pages quickly as the suspense heightened and the novel ended in unexpected fashion. This was a very satisfying read, and I will look forward to reading this author’s books in future. Recommended.