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Eddie Little, author of the hit Another Day in Paradise and who The New York Times describes as "Reminiscent of Hunter Thompson and William Burroughs," is back with a new gripping crime novel. Little writes about the world he used to inhabit, a place filled with drugs, crime and danger at every turn. His electrifying prose brings to life the rough, raw, and seedy life of Boston's underworld where corruption lies at the heart of every deception.
Bobbie is a young criminal prodigy. Living in Boston he's approached by a mysterious Greek on behalf of an anonymous shipping tycoon, who wants to commission a theft. The Fogg museum is the target; a collection of ancient Greek coins the score. Everything goes fine with the burglary, but with easy street just around the corner Bobbie's life takes an unexpected twist and his big score evaporates. With his life on the line, Bobbie must learn who he can trust when trusting anyone can make you lose everything.
Steel Toes is as close to reality as fiction can get. Little draws you in with his knife sharp writing, his authentic and unflinching characters and plot as tight and strong as the hold of addiction.
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Eddie Little was a lifelong criminal and drug addict who turned his life around seven years ago, not only getting clean but founding We Care, an L.A. organization that feeds the homeless.
Revisiting the prison milieu that made the author's Another Day in Paradise a critical success, Little springs a violent felon from an Indiana prison and sends him climbing up the criminal ladder before a high-stakes coin heist in Boston brings him tumbling back to earth. The adventures of antihero Bobbie Prine continue in this sequel as Prine executes a daring escape from the high-security Indiana facility he calls home, and quickly goes back to his drug-taking, law-breaking ways after landing on his feet on an Illinois farm run by a friend. His first criminal venture is a mildly lucrative gig kiting travelers' checks, but Prine's longing for the big score remains unfulfilled until he moves to Boston. There, he is hired by a gang to steal a rare coin collection from the Fogg Museum, but his plans go up in smoke when the famous elderly buyer suddenly dies, leaving Prine with a potentially priceless but unsellable haul. His bosses try to take him down after the heist falls apart, leading to a violent bloodbath when Prine goes on a no-holds-barred killing spree. The first third of the book is flat and derivative, but the plot gets interesting once Prine makes his break, and the passages set in Boston offer plenty of suspense and intrigue to offset the gratuitous violence and some silly romantic subplots. Little sticks closely to the tried-and-true formulas of prison fiction, but his ability to put together a fast-moving and at times riveting caper should help develop his critical reputation. (Nov. 5)Forecast: Another Day in Paradise was made into a movie directed by Larry Clark (Kids) and starring James Woods and Melanie Griffith, which should boost Little's name recognition. His rep as an ex-addict he is now the director of an organization that feeds the homeless in L.A. should help generate interest, too, at least on the local level.
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