The Best Bad Dream
By Robert Ward
(Mysterious Press, Hardcover, 9780802126016, 288pp.)
Publication Date: January 2012
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F.B.I. Agents Jack Harper and Oscar Hidalgo are burned out from too many cases so they schedule a two week vacation. Jack plans to hang out with his son, followed by some fishing in Baja. Then Jack gets a phone call from his snitch and on-again-off-again girlfriend, the sexy and unpredictable car thief, Michelle Wu. Michelle's sister has been kidnapped. Terrified that she will be killed, Michelle begs Jack to come to Santa Fe at once.
Jack owes Michelle big time--she once saved his life. Michelle is pretty sure a biker named Lucky Avila had something to do with Jennifer’s disappearance. She also admits she did business with Lucky, who might be angry at her. Jack goes out to see Lucky, hoping for a simple end to the case. He should have known better. Anything in which Michelle Wu is involved is bound to be complex, dark, and wild. Soon Jack is up to his neck with bikers, Mexican gangs, and a giant pet wild Razorback hog named Ole Big, who may offer a major clue to finding the missing girl.
The Best Bad Dream is fast paced, tough, funny, hip, and filled with unexpected twists and turns.
Praise for Robert Ward
"This is pure Robert Wardsmart, startling, a little wicked. The writing is perfect pitch and the characters feel like people you’ve met and known. Ward gets better and better with seeming effortlessness. A terrific read."-T. Jefferson Parker, Edgar-winning author of The Border Lords
"Mr. Ward writes with a directness and sincerity that is increasingly rare in these days of fashionable irony and high-tech literary pyrotechnics."--Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
"Total Immunity is a tale of crime and consequences from the mind of a true master. Ward is simply one of the best, and this book proves it."--Michael Connelly, Edgar-winning author of The Reversal
"Veteran TV writer and producer Ward (Four Kinds of Rain) serves up a story line crackling with action and a cool cast of thugs, traitors, killers, and creeps."-Booklist
"With memorable characters and rat-a-tat dialogue, Total Immunity is clever, funny and cool as ice. If you haven’t discovered Robert Ward, you should. Highly recommended."-Alafair Burke, author of 212: A Novel