By Tom Epperson
(Forge Books, Hardcover, 9780765328922, 352pp.)
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
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Acclaimed novelist of The Kind One and screenwriter of such films as One False Move and The Gift, Tom Epperson brings the violence-soaked world of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men and the heroism of Jack Schaefer’s Shane together to create an iconic action thriller for the twenty-first century.
Gina fell for the wrong guy. Joe came into her life promising her everything, and he gave it to her, along with a world of hell.
But Gina was stronger than Joe realized. After years of suffering the terror of being married to a criminal, she took the one thing he ever gave her that she wanted—her son, Luke. Then she turned the bastard in.
With her husband behind bars, her father-in-law will stop at nothing for revenge.
He wants his grandson back, the heir to his criminal empire. With a vast network that stretches across the country, every favor is called in to kill Gina and return Luke to his grandfather.
Gina can trust no one. Even the U.S. Marshall assigned to keep Gina and Luke safe is on the payroll.
So with a gun and stolen diamonds in her purse, and derelicts, the law, and hit men on her tail, Gina takes Luke and runs.
Los Angeles was only supposed to be a quick stop—sleep, eat, and continue running—but then they meet Gray….
He says he’s a sailor, but he seems to be hiding a lot. And when the time comes, he’s the only thing standing between her and the grave.
Tom Epperson is the cowriter, with Billy Bob Thornton, of A Family Thing (starring Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones, nominated for the Humanitas Prize), One False Move (named as one of the year’s best films by a number of top critics), and The Gift (directed by Sam Raimi, and starring Cate Blanchett, Keanu Reeves, and Hillary Swank). Epperson’s first book, The Kind One, was nominated for an Edgar and a Barry Award in 2009. He lives in Los Angeles.
"This book is as au courant as any crime-fiction novel or neo-noir flick, but its themes (courage, morality, loyalty, grace under pressure) are as old as Hemingway or Lao-tzu….Mr. Epperson delivers his text through third-person points of view, in a manner both cinematic and Chekhovian; it underscores the interconnectedness of these disparate characters and indicates an interplay of good and evil, dark and light….What Sailor might remind one of is the 1950s film Shane, in which a taciturn loner, trying to leave behind a violent history, is pushed into violence again to protect the family of which he has become a surrogate part. But Sailor extends that trope with an emotional ending that ripples through past, present and future, like a pebble tossed in a haiku pond."---The Wall Street Journal"A 21st century noir novel. . . . Deftly captures a fun-house reflection of a brave new world where crime and criminals have gone global, entering partnerships to encourage synergies between the skill sets of each.... The story may be dark, but Gray's road to redemption has flashes of black humor, mostly courtesy of one of the most inspired collections of offbeat to plain psycho characters ever written.-- Los Angeles Times
“Sailor is a modern-day fable, compelling and heartbreaking. It will grab you from page one and keep you a grateful hostage until its surprising and moving conclusion.”
—Robert Crais, New York Times bestselling author of The Sentry
“Employing spare, almost hallucinatory prose, and a keen eye for detail, Tom Epperson has created an unforgettable cast of characters set against a sun-bleached noir background. By turns frightening and darkly comic, Sailor is the literary equivalent of a Coen brothers film.”
—Eric Van Lustbader, New York Times bestselling author of Blood Trust
“Simply a great thriller—full of action but about people, tough but not bleak, fast and yet thoughtful. Highly recommended.”
"Sailor is a great read! Just as you think you know where you're going, Tom Epperson throws another twist in your path. Style and story, I loved it all."
—Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Harry Bosch novels