Conway Sax is a man seeking redemption. A man with a deeply checkered past currently paying for his sins by helping Gus Biletnikov stay sober.
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Conway Sax is a man seeking redemption. A man with a deeply checkered past currently paying for his sins by helping Gus Biletnikov stay sober. Wise-ass Gus, son of a wealthy investment banker, drives Conway nuts. But he also reminds him of his own estranged son, and so Conway finds himself deeply invested in his wellbeing.
When a brutal triple-murder takes place in Gus's halfway house, Conway suspects Gus was the intended victim, and resolves to find the killer in his usual full-tilt, no-holds-barred fashion. The list of suspects soon includes the longtime organized-crime warlord of Springfield, Massachusetts; Gus's own father, who's a bundle of insecurity despite his fortune; the father's second wife, a stunning beauty webbed in ugly motives; and a Houston con man who'll swipe your gold fillings but crack you up while he does so. But the case is no laughing matter to Conway when somebody close to him is murdered. To find the killer and prevent yet more senseless death, he needs help from both an ambitious Brazilian-American state cop, and an unlikely criminal source. Along the way, Conway's personal responsibilities clash with his vow to help fellow alcoholics, forcing him to make his toughest decision yet in this unforgettable page-turner reminiscent of Robert B. Parker and Dennis Lehane.
Praise for "Shotgun Lullaby
""This action-packed story moves lightning fast, and Sax makes an appealingly damaged protagonist. Dennis Lehane and Robert B. Parker fans will enjoy Ulfelder." --"Booklist"
"Gritty, intense, completely original. Ulfelder nails the voice, nails the story, and pushes Conway Sax, his unforgettable main character, beyond his breaking point. "Shotgun Lullaby" Y is more than just a page-turner of a mystery--it's a masterful study of a good guy gone bad, and his heart-breaking struggle to be good again." --Hank Phillippi Ryan Agatha, Anthony & Macavity winning author of "The Other Woman"
"Steve Ulfelder is one of the most street-smart authors writing crime fiction today. "Shotgun Lullaby" is a thrill ride that hits the gas hard on page one and races all the way to a heart-pounding finish." -Paul Doiron, author of "Bad Little Falls"
""Shotgun Lullaby" is exactly as tough, and exactly as full of heart, as the title suggests. Steve Ulfelder is a major talent." -Timothy Hallinan, author of "The Fear Artist"
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-03-18
- Reviewer: Staff
At the start of Edgar-finalist Ulfelder’s outstanding third Conway Sax mystery (after 2012’s The Whole Lie), the Framingham, Mass., auto mechanic and troubleshooter, who owes his recovery from alcohol addiction to an AA group known as the Barnburners, helps yet another fellow Barnburner in need, Gus Biletnikov. In the parking lot of a Marlborough strip mall, Sax breaks the elbow of a crook who cheated Gus on a car purchase. Back in Framingham, Sax and Gus learn that Gus was initially believed to have been one of the three victims of a gunman who marched into the halfway house where Gus lived and opened fire. Had the killer who shot Brian Weller in Gus’s room mistaken Brian for Gus? In a search for answers, Sax crosses the paths of a local mob boss, Biletnikov’s wealthy father, and a smooth-talking con man. Ulfelder has constructed the persona of his hard-edged but sympathetic lead carefully enough to ensure a long series run. Agent: Janet Reid, FinePrint Literary Management. (May)