cover image Crush


Phoef Sutton. Prospect Park (Consortium, dist.), $15 trade paper (240p) ISBN 978-1-938849-36-7

At a Hollywood nightclub, bouncer Caleb “Crush” Rush, the beefy hero of this cinematic crime novel from Sutton (15 Minutes to Live), stops an impending fight on the dance floor and ejects the two miscreants with no one noticing, except for 18-year-old Amelia Trask, the spoiled, sexually precocious daughter of Stanley Trask, who with his brother runs GlobalInterLink, the world’s largest communications company. When two thugs later try to kidnap Amelia outside the club, Crush comes to the rescue. Duly impressed, Amelia hires Crush as her bodyguard. Crush soon finds himself in conflict with Victoria Donleavy, his former boss at Tigon Security, where he once worked a security job for Stanley, and in a serious fight with the Russian Mafia. Providing welcome assistance are tae kwon do master/bartender Catherine Gail and flaky computer expert K.C. Zerbe. The overheated action scenes and bigger-than-life characters seem tailor made for the big screen. Agent: Allison Cohen, Gersh Agency. (July)