In Rio Vista, California, Taylor Greene, the perfect son and heir to a fortune, dies in what is called a suicide. Two hundred miles away in an anonymous motel room along a brush-strewn highway, a federal agent waiting to meet Taylor was murdered just days before.
Months later, Dane Rudd enters Rio Vista out of an unending dusk for a memorial to this young man his own age that he didn't know, had never met. Yet Dane Rudd seems to owe his life to Taylor Greene, for Dane was almost blinded in an accident; it's because of the donation of Taylor's corneas that he is able to see again.
Set in the California Delta, an eleven-thousand-mile maze of waterways and riverside towns, The Prince of Deadly Weapons is a highly crafted literary thriller. Like the myth of the labyrinth that inspired the tale, it is a drama rife with violence, intrigue, love, deception, loss, murder, and the most necessary act of all-redemption.
What compels Dane Rudd to stay and pay back the ghost of a young man for his second chance at sight? What are the forces within and around Dane Rudd that drive him to take on this fool's errand of a dangerous hunt for the truth? That is the unknown as Dane Rudd begins this journey through a pathway of liars, thieves, murderers, and innocents, while knowing all too well that within every act of charity may lie the heart of an executioner.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 10.28(h) x 1.22(d)|
About the Author
Boston Teran, Edgar Award finalist and critically acclaimed winner of numerous international awards including the Creasey Dagger Award and the Fiction Lovers Book of the Year Award, is the author of God is a Bullet and Never Count Out The Dead. Born and raised in the South Bronx, he lives in California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This title wasn't doing it for me. The biggest problem: a narrative and characters that were trying to come off as deep and philosophical but just ended up being boring.
Taylor Greene is The California golden boy as heir to a huge fortune, but he is not tainted by the power money can buy. He loves and is loved by his parents and his godparents until the mask of perfection melts away on the day he learns his parents and godparents are money launderers and murderers. Taylor sets up a meeting with William Reynolds, an agent of the Federal Government, but before that meeting can come to pass the Fed is murdered and two weeks later Taylor is dead as well. Dane Rudd, the recipient of Taylor¿s corneas comes to Rio Vista, California ostensibly to thank Taylor¿s parents for giving him the gift of sight. In reality Dane has infiltrated Taylor¿s intimate circle in the hopes of finding out what Taylor was going to tell the dead agent. He has the help of Essie, the woman Taylor loved and ultimately died for, but the investigation he started to stay out of jail becomes a chance for redemption for Dane because until he came to Rio Vista he was no better than the Greenes were. Boston Teran has a lyrical and literary style of writing so readers feel that they are reading a poetic ballad. Although Taylor only has one scene in the book, he makes an impact on every character through their actions and reaction to his death. The author has captured the essence of evil and imbued several of his characters with it, making them monsters as malignant as Hannibal Lechter ever was. This is a very powerful novel that impacts the reader strongly on the emotional level. Harriet Klausner