SPEED METAL BLUES
A Dan Reno Novel
OVERVIEW (FROM AMAZON)
Bounty hunter Dan Reno never thought he'd be the prey.
It's a two-for-one deal when a pair of accused rapists from a New Jersey-based gang surface in South Lake Tahoe. The first is easy to catch, but the second, a Satanist suspected of a string of murders, is an adversary unlike any Reno has faced. After escaping Reno's clutches in the desert outside of Carson City, the target vanishes. That is, until he makes it clear he intends to settle the score.
To make matters worse, the criminal takes an interest in a teenage boy and his talented sister, both friends of Reno's. Wading through a drug-dealing turf war and a deadly feud between mobsters running a local casino, Reno can't figure out how his target fits in with the new outlaws in town. He only knows he's hunting for a ghost-like adversary calling all the shots.
The more Reno learns more about his target, the more he's convinced that mayhem is inevitable unless he can capture him quickly. He'd prefer to do it clean, without further bloodshed. But sometimes that ain't in the cards, especially when Reno's partner Cody Gibbons decides it's time for payback.
- Paperback: 310 pages
- Publisher: LaSalle Davis Books (August 16, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0989603121
- ISBN-13: 978-0989603126
Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, Dave Stanton moved to Northern California in 1961. He attended San Jose State University and received a BA in journalism in 1983. Over the years, he worked as a bartender, newspaper advertising salesman, furniture mover, pizza cook, debt collector, and technology salesman. He has two children, Austin and Haley, and lives with his wife, Heidi, in San Jose, California.
Stanton is the author of five novels, all featuring private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.
COMMENTS FROM DAVE STANTON, ON WRITING STATELINE
It was 2001, and the dot.com bubble was bursting. My timing was bad - a few months previous I had left a steady job to work for a "promising" startup that offered more money. As a salesman, I quickly realized the product they hired me to sell was doomed. I drew this conclusion despite claims otherwise by some smart (and temporarily wealthy) people. Like many during that time, they had been sucked into an illusion.
I sat at my cubicle in Silicon Valley, regretful, certain I'd be unemployed soon. The customers I'd been assigned had all considered my proposals and firmly declined. I had nothing to do, and the boredom was killing me. Spontaneously, I started writing.
Three months later I was at a new gig, one that involved regular travel to Asia. I sat on a jet over the Pacific Ocean, hunched over my notebook, typing like a mad man. The paragraph I had written while employed at the now defunct company had become a novel, and the first draft was nearly finished.
The characters and situations I write about come from a time when my companions were irreverent and reckless, and I participated willingly in endeavors that for a few had permanent consequences. These episodes occurred in places like Sacramento, Reno, Salt Lake City, and Ely, Nevada. Some of my old friends are respectable citizens today, others are in and out of jail, and some didn't make it.
I hope you enjoy STATELINE. Please feel free to e-mail me at dave@DanRenoNovels.com
I haven't read any other books from this author so I was looking forward to reading something by an author I didn't know. I was a little disappointed. They were thrilling and fun but so slow and I didn't feel any real sense of getting into the book. I could really find what the real point of the book was. There is so much going on at one time, that I found it hard to follow and there doesn't seem to be any connection to the characters and then to the storyline. We have bounty hunters, bail jumpers, devil worshippers, heavy metallers, beautiful singer, corrupt cops, ex mob hit man and so many others. Just too many characters and not much of a connection. I'm hoping the author uses some of the same characters in his next book and puts a real connection to the storyline, letting the reader understand and get to know the characters.
I received a complimentary copy of SPEED METAL BLUES from the author, Dave Stanton and Outskirts Press for my view of the book.
I would give this book 3 STARS.
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