by Al Lamanda
Pub Date: 11/20/18
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-948338-25-7
Critical Acclaim for Sunset:
“A former police officer sunk in the depths of despair
is rescued by the mob boss he thinks had his wife killed.
The latest from Lamanda is an exciting thriller filled
with tough but sympathetic characters who drag you
breathlessly along to the final scene.”
—Kirkus Reviews, *starred review*
Police Detective John Bekker had it all: a beautiful wife, a five-year-old daughter and a job he loved. Assigned to a special task force investigating organized crime, Bekker got a little too close to mob boss Eddie Crist. As a message to back off, Bekker’s home was invaded and his daughter witnessed the brutal murder of her mother.
A decade later, Bekker is a drunk, living in a rundown trailer on the beach. Institutionalized since the age of five, Bekker’s daughter hasn’t spoken a word since her mother’s death. Life appears bleak and hopeless.
After a hard night of drinking, Bekker wakes up in an empty room, handcuffed to a bed. He’s sick, hung over, and has no idea where he is. A doctor arrives and tells Bekker he will be supervising Bekker’s going cold turkey off the booze.
Several days of gut-wrenching agony pass during which time Bekker undergoes a complete detox. When it is over, he is weak, but sober, and still has no idea who is behind his newfound sobriety.
He finds out soon enough when he comes face to face with Eddie Crist, now near death from cancer. Crist swears innocence in Bekker’s wife’s murder
and has a final wish—to go to his grave with a clear conscience. In an ironic twist of fate, the man Bekker believed responsible for his wife’s death hires
him to solve the decade-old murder.
The outcome leaves everyone, including the reader, breathless.