HEART AT­TACK AND VINE

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Phoef Sut­ton, Prospect Park Books Hard­cover $24.95 (257pp), 978-1-938849-84-8

In this fol­low-up to Phoef Sut­ton’s de­but, Crush, a novel that Lee Child called “as slick as a switch­blade with a pearl han­dle,” Los An­ge­les body­guard and bouncer Caleb Rush, known as Crush, finds him­self in the midst of a new mess to un­ravel.

Rachel Fury, Crush’s old friend and a long­time con artist, re­turns to Los An­ge­les with a new name and a new ca­reer, that of a pow­er­ful movie star. When Rachel hires Crush as a body­guard, though, Crush is drawn into a world of crim­i­nals, se­cret deals, and vi­o­lence that will take all of his wits to nav­i­gate. Rachel and Crush’s re­la­tion­ship is in­trigu­ing and charged: early on, Rachel tells Crush that they are both the “last of a dy­ing breed,” and though they have a his­tory with each other, by the very na­ture of Rachel’s ca­reer, trust is never cer­tain be­tween the two. And yet, to Crush at least, Rachel is re­li­able and loyal, which makes the con­nec­tion be­tween the pair even more in­trigu­ing. Sut­ton also de­liv­ers un­ex­pected bouts of hu­mor in the midst of the dark, ac­tion­packed novel: for in­stance, Rachel, now a rich and fa­mous movie star, tells Crush that one thing she’s learned in show busi­ness is that peo­ple should never quit their day job—an amus­ing prospect, con­sid­er­ing Rachel’s con­ning.

The back­ground on Rachel and Crush’s his­tory, along with Crush’s past, makes up the bulk of the be­gin­ning of the novel, but soon the work dives into the unique prob­lems that Rachel’s fame and con­nec­tions have brought her, in­clud­ing a crim­i­nal un­der­belly that threat­ens both of their lives. From here, Heart At­tack and Vine is re­lent­less in its ac­tion, as Crush trav­els all over try­ing to pro­tect the woman he is bound to by duty and by his past. Heart At­tack and Vine is sure to please read­ers who en­joy high-stakes thrillers filled with glitz, glamor, and un­pre­dictable femmes fa­tales.

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