Synopsis:From the author of The Winner Maker and Blackquest 40 comes The Pinebox Vendetta: a genre-bending thriller that combines a love story, cold-case murder mystery, and political blood feud — told over the course of a single breathless weekend.
The Gallaghers and Pruitts have dominated the American political landscape dating back to Revolutionary times. The Yale University class of 1996 had one of each, and as the twenty-year reunion approaches, the families are on a collision course.
Owen Gallagher is coasting to the Democratic nomination for president.
Rock Pruitt — the brash maverick whose career was derailed two decades ago by his association to a tragic death — is back, ready to reclaim the mantle of clan leader.
And fatefully in between lies Samantha Lessing. Sam arrives at reunion weekend lugging a rotten marriage, dumb hope, and a portable audio recorder she’ll use for a public radio-style documentary on the Pruitt-Gallagher rivalry — widely known as the pinebox vendetta.
What Sam uncovers will thrust her into the middle of the ancient feud, upending presidential politics and changing the trajectory of one clan forever.
The Pinebox Vendetta is the first entry in the Pruitt-Gallagher saga: a series that promises cutthroat plots, power grabs, and unforgettable characters stretched to their very limits by the same ideological forces that roil America today.
My Review:Jeff Bond is the rare author who can write various genres and do each of them justice. His first book, The Winner Maker, was a traditional thriller, while his second, Blackquest 40, was a techno-terrorism thriller. In his latest, The Pinebox Vendetta, Bond combines family feuds, political intrigue, a romance, and a cold-case murder mystery into the span of one college reunion weekend.
I greatly enjoyed this book and am pleased to know it is the beginning of a new series. The characters are likeable (or unlikeable, but purposefully so) and the plot moves along without a single ounce of padding. I can see this as the perfect weekend read - but perhaps I am biased since that's exactly how I consumed it.
I highly recommend this (and all of Jeff's) books for anyone who enjoys a multi-genre spanning tale of upscale mischief and mayhem. Thank you to NetGalley and the author for an ARC to read and review.
Book Details:Genre: Thriller
Published by: Jeff Bond Books
Publication Date: February 19th 2020
Number of Pages: 264
ISBN: 1732255253 (ISBN13: 9781732255258)
Series: Pruitt-Gallagher Saga, #1
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Jeff Bond is a Kansas native and graduate of Yale University. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Michigan, and belongs to the International Thriller Writers Association.
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