Phillip Finch Paradise Junction

ISBN 13: 9780312953041

Paradise Junction

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9780312953041: Paradise Junction

Looting the wealthy homes of exclusive Marin county in their spare time, Hays Teale and Caitlin Hames call on ex-con Sonny Hames for burglary pointers, and make an enemy of Rurak, whom they try to have killed before he gets them first. Reprint.

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From Publishers Weekly:

Finch's compact, forward-leaning prose packs a powerful punch in this crime thriller connecting some society misfits in California with a few privileged Marin County residents who are driven by such common motives as greed, jealousy and boredom. Hays Teale and Evan Ruark met at Stanford's business school and formed a cosmetics company, which they built into a multimillion-dollar conglomerate within a few years of graduation. But Ruark's interest has seemed to wane and profits have shrunk. Hays's risk-loving wife, Caitlin Hames, persuades him to hire ex-con Sonny Nuall to guide them in robbing wealthy homeowners in the San Francisco suburbs. Deciding to move up the crime ladder, the pair determines to murder Ruark for the insurance money; they hire a former Marine and explosives expert to help. Turns out, though, that Ruark has overseen some seriously shady dealings of his own and, with his henchman Gerald Moon, is a lot more dangerous than anyone suspects. Finch bares the widely disparate social strata inhabited by both his privileged, thrill-seeking, conscienceless yuppie types and the professional criminals who are forced to deal with them. In his authoritative hands, layers of action and motivation propel fully etched characters to a criminal conclusion that seems a lot like justice.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

Taut. Fast paced. That's Finch's style (demonstrated in Sugarland, LJ 9/1/91), and this latest thriller literally speeds through plot and characters. It's perhaps more cinematic than novelistic, as attested to by Warner's acquisition of the movie rights (Michael Cimino is writing the screenplay). Gorgeous "heroine" Caitlin is totally bored with life and her wealthy husband, Hays, who suddenly finds that his direct-sales business is falling. At Caitlin's instigation, they team up with ex-con Sonny Naull in a series of successful burglaries undertaken more for kicks than for money. Into this mix comes Hays's reprehensible business partner, a Samoan muscleman, a troupe of nasty bikers, and a Marine named Welcome. The action is furious in this thoroughly entertaining novel, but the reader must pay close attention to sort it all out. For popular collections.
- Chet Hagan, Berks Cty. P.L. System, Pa.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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