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Shannon, Ray (aka Gar Anthony Haywood)

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ISBN 10: 039915146X / ISBN 13: 9780399151460
Published by Putnam Publishing Group, New York, NY, U.S.A., 2004
Condition: Very Fine Hardcover
From Kathleen Simpson (Simi Valley, CA, U.S.A.)

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A 279 page suspense novel set in Las Vegas, Nevada. SIGNED by the author on the title page as "Ray Shannon aka Gar Haywood" and dated 2/19/04. First edition, first printing. New and unread. Dust jacket is enclosed in a clear mylar cover. Book will be carefully packed and shipped in a box. Bookseller Inventory # 14122

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Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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An action-packed tale of murder, greed, and girl power set on the Las Vegas strip.

A beautiful and resourceful pregnant lady only weeks from her due date; the charming but disingenuous Dallas Cowboy who fathered the baby; a white sadist who thinks he's black; and a Superbowl betting slip worth a potential $1.25 million come together in a roller-coaster ride of dark humor and suspense.

Reece Germaine is a successful PR professional entirely capable of supporting the baby fathered by football superstar Raygene Price during one wild Las Vegas weekend. But Raygene's reluctance to provide his fair share of child support ticks her off-until she remembers the betting slip he bankrolled for her during this same weekend. If it pays off, Reece will have plenty of reasons to forgive and forget Raygene for good. But he's in a bind himself, as an old homeboy is blackmailing him to the tune of $200,000.

Throw in Raygene's penny-pinching mama, his coddling agent, and a professional troubleshooter hired to keep Raygene from shooting himself in the foot, and you have a comic noir of the highest order.

Teeming with an electric, off-kilter energy, Firecracker is a lean and brutally funny thriller.


Having at least temporarily abandoned both his real name and his gritty, socially conscious series about LA private eye Aaron Gunner (All the Lucky Ones Are Dead), Gar Anthony Haywood--writing as "Ray Shannon"--delivers in Firecracker an animated, rapid-fire thriller about professional sports, greed, and the sometimes outrageous consequences of clashing egos.

Reece Germaine is a gutsy, mid-30s PR exec from Los Angeles who, even in her eighth month of pregnancy, is fetching enough to "stop traffic on the last lap of a NASCAR race." Aggravated by her failure to wrest support money from her baby's father, Dallas Cowboys star Raygene ("Gene the Dream") Price--"the best tight end in football, bar none"--Reece hopes instead for a compensatory payoff from the Super Bowl betting slip that Raygene, flaunting his success and foolishly ignoring league regulations, had given her during their all-too-brief fling. If the "lousiest team in football," the Arizona Cardinals, pulls off the impossible by winning the latest Super Bowl, that slip will be worth a cool $1.25 million. Unfortunately, Reece isn't the only one who knows this; so does Raygene--and he could sure use that dough himself. Boyishly naïve, he recently lost most of his fortune on imprudent real-estate schemes, yet he's being blackmailed by a childhood chum, drug dealer Thomas "Trip" Stiles (a "deeply disturbed white man who suffers the delusion he's black"), who is threatening to frame Raygene for murder, unless the footballer can come up with $200,000. Fast.

Like Man Eater, Haywood/Shannon's first standalone, Firecracker propels an expansive cast of misfits and malefactors toward an inevitable (and inevitably comic) collision of interests. The results play out in Las Vegas, where Reece has gone to await the Super Bowl's conclusion, pursued by Raygene and the thuggish Trip--both determined to relieve her of that wager receipt--as well as by PI Aeneas Charles, who's working undercover as Gene the Dream's ghost writer, while he protects the star player's interests and develops his own interest in the soon-to-deliver Reece. Despite it's easy comparisons to the works of Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard, and its surprisingly flaccid subplot about a vengeful cop-turned-"casino security flak," Firecracker comes off with a bang. --J. Kingston Pierce

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