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The Good Life by Frank Wheeler Jr.

The Good Life

by Frank Wheeler Jr.

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Frank Wheeler Jr, in the space of just two novels, has become one of my favourite authors. Here he delivers another vicious and vivid slice of American noir, exposing hard-faced truths which hide behind the acceptable apple-pie façade.

Wheeler creates an authentic, bitter and gritty reality as he explores corruption and the narcotics industry in small town America. In a taut, twisted, no-holds-barred narrative he debates the hard choices made by those entrusted with keeping a lid on civilised society, and the appalling acts that this responsibility leads them to commit. He delivers memorable, three-dimensional characters who leap off the page and stay with you for weeks afterwards.

The Good Life is populated by men of extreme violence and bluntly brutal straightforward methods, who would die to defend family ties but will go to ultimate extremes if betrayed in love or loyalty. Women who ruthlessly exploit the weakness of the men who desire them.

It’s spell-binding stuff, told with some flashbacks which tightens the already fast-paced plot. There are some genuine shocks and many violent interludes as the story unfolds, and no certainty at all that Earl, the compelling central character, will make it through to the final pages intact.

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Hard-hitting, sharp-edged; inventive and delivered with the stunning impact of a sucker punch. Can’t wait for Wheeler’s next effort.
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  RowenaHoseason | Jun 22, 2016 |
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Earl Haack, Jr. was raised to be Machiavelli in cowboy boots. Growing up with his father’s brutal brand of peacemaking as sheriff of a small town on a major drug corridor, Junior swore there had to be a better way to keep the order his father taught him must come first—before peace, before prosperity. But as a young narcotics deputy in Denver, he quickly learns that the drug trade that threatens that order is never going to end. A man charged with policing it can either give up or learn to control the chaos around him. Junior’s father was right: order comes first, and order is built on bloodshed.

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