Av­enue of Re­grets

R. J. Pineiro Aus­pi­cious Ap­pa­ra­tus Press (NOVEM­BER) Soft­cover $14.99 (352pp), 978-1-72021-544-8

Foreword Reviews - - Reviews | Adult Fiction - AN­GELA WOLTMAN

Greed, vi­o­lence, and the hope of re­demp­tion are the defin­ing themes of Av­enue of Re­grets, a non­stop ac­tion thriller.

The book in­tro­duces David Wal­lace, a man haunted by the deaths of his wife and young son seven years ago. Ac­cused of killing the wo­man he was hav­ing an af­fair with at the time, David was ac­quit­ted un­der sketchy cir­cum­stances and be­gan try­ing to re­build his life. Now the owner and direc­tor of a bat­tered women’s shel­ter, David thinks his dark days are be­hind him. Then he meets a strangely fa­mil­iar wo­man at a bar, wit­nesses a mur­der, and is told that ev­ery­thing he thought had hap­pened seven years ago was not what it had seemed.

This in­ci­dent throws David into a world of cor­rup­tion, vi­o­lence, and hu­man traf­fick­ing that he never knew ex­isted. Tar­geted by the de­tec­tive who tried to put him away seven years ago and re­ly­ing on his rock solid re­la­tion­ships with his at­tor­ney and staff, David vows to find out what truly hap­pened.

Av­enue of Re­grets is per­fectly paced, with clues re­vealed in small doses through­out to paint the broader pic­ture of David’s night­mare. The ac­tion is con­tin­ual. New vil­lains are in­tro­duced, hid­den al­lies of­fer pro­tec­tion, and new in­for­ma­tion comes to light, leav­ing David reel­ing from shock­ing rev­e­la­tions. The writ­ing is tight and smooth and keeps to the nail-bit­ing pace.

David Wal­lace is an ex­cel­lent hero—a man who made mis­takes in the past but who is will­ing to do any­thing to take care of those he loves. He’s tough, com­plex, and flawed, and in­ter­est in his story is com­ple­mented by the story’s hair­pin plot twists. Av­enue of Re­grets is a thriller with heart.

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