Narco Teddy Roy Bonafacio has done a lot of indescribably bad things to a lot of people, but his mistake was what he did to two who had never met each other before Carla Sue Cantrell held a gun to Ed Earl Burch’s head. This uneasy partnership sets off to locate and rub out Bonafasio; one his ex-sex toy, the other a cashiered cop whose partner was killed by T-Roy. But not only is T-Roy fortressed at his rancho on the Mexican side of the border surrounded by powerful allies, he has set a ruthless and highly successful killer on Burch and Cantrell’s trail.
The ex-cop is as rough as a bear’s ass; a burn-out with a game leg and a seared soul. Until Cantrell turns up, he was teetering on the edge of being a has-been, hollow but for a torn core of determination: the need to avenge his dead partner, if he had not assumed that the perp was dead. Now he knows otherwise, the steel comes back.
If this Texas border country tale is gritty, the grit is skull fragments with the metallic stench of blood. If you like sheer brutality, this tale of revenge is for you. A book for the boys who like it rough. Nesbitt knows his guns, his engine muscle and the slime of the Texas underbelly. The bottom just dropped out of the human life market, and there is a recipe for human heart puree for the Aztec ritual human sacrifice followers somewhere here, too.
Perhaps it would be just too brutal, if it wasn’t for Nesbitt’s extraordinary descriptive prowess, his almost poetical scene capture. This is the first in the Ed Earl Burch Series, so, having managed to keep my lunch down, I’m looking forward to the next.