“Amazing!!! Unlike anything I’ve ever read.” Goodreads reviewer
“I felt as though I was standing in the room with these characters as part of the story.“ Netgalley reviewer
“It was entertaining, it kept my attention and I wanted to keep reading it. Great ending. I’ll be keeping an eye out for James Weaver’s next book.“ Goodreads reviewer
“The plot is well executed, the pace is steady, the story believable … I recommend this to everyone who has an interest in the thriller genre.” Breakaway Reviewers
Published March 21, 2016!
e-book ISBN 978-0-9944511-2-5
paperback ISBN 978-0-9944511-3-2
As a mob enforcer, Jake Caldwell is in the dark business of breaking kneecaps and snapping bones. But each job sends him one step closer to turning into the man he swore he’d never become—his violent and abusive father. Leaving the mob is easier said than done. When his boss offers a bloody way out, Jake has no choice but to take it, even if it means confronting ghosts of old.
Arriving in his Lake of the Ozarks hometown, Jake has two things on his mind: kill ruthless drug lord Shane Langston and bury his dying father. What he doesn’t expect is to fall in love all over again and team up with his best friend Bear, the Sheriff of Benton County, to take Langston down. Racing through the countryside searching for Langston, the web of murder, meth and kidnapping widens, all pointing toward a past Jake can’t escape and a place he never wanted to return—Poor Boy Road.
Meet the Characters
“I’d better scare you or you’re dumber than you look.” Jake Caldwell
Jake Caldwell, a leg breaker for the Kansas City mafia, is haunted by the screams and echoes of snapping bones from those he’s sent to collect from. Raised by an abusive alcoholic father from the wrong side of the tracks in the small Lake of the Ozarks town of Warsaw, Jake abandoned his family, friends, and the love of his life to escape his father, and learned to make a living with his fists. His ability to think and act quickly and find solutions to difficult problems has earned him one hell of a reputation.
But Jake has spent his life running from the ghosts of his past and is now beginning to see his father when he stares into the mirror.
Jake sees a way to get off the dark path he’s traveling by completing two tasks—doing one last bloody job for his mafia boss and burying the father who ruined his life. Returning to the hometown he swore he’d never return to, Jake must confront the ghosts of his past—the tombstones of past relatives, his dying father who spun Jake on his path of violence, the little sister he was supposed to look after, his best friend who is now the county Sheriff, and the high school sweetheart he never stopped loving.
Jake is a man you can’t help but love. He’s damaged, regretful, reckless and ironfisted; but also heroic, thoughtful, and charming. A real man you’d want on your side.
“I’ll do what I can, but hell, I don’t know if any of us are safe.” Willie Banks
Willie Banks is a Warsaw-raised drug dealer. Although a high school dropout, he’s a decent guy with a fair amount of common sense. The oldest of three, he grew up fending for himself and learning firsthand what meth does to people; his own mother being the neglectful poster child. He doesn’t want to deal drugs and knows it’s wrong, but he doesn’t want to scrape by flipping burgers.
The problem is, Willie knows the area around Warsaw and its residents, and has the ability to maintain a low profile. While he hates dealing drugs, he’s good at it, and it pays more than any legitimate job. Besides, he likes being on top as it’s a completely different experience from anything else that’s happened in his miserable life. Even with the money and clout, he wants out, seeing that people working for Shane Langston tend to have rather short life spans. Willie knows he’s at a point of no return – in love with a girl he knows he can’t have and impossible orders from Shane that would leave Willie unable to live with himself.
He wants to be the good guy, but it’s tough at the bottom.
James ‘Bear’ Parley
“He has the constitutional right that I don’t beat his ass. Beyond that, I don’t give a shit at this point.” – Bear
James “Bear” Parley is the tough but lovable Sheriff of Benton County. He grew up in Warsaw as the best friend of Jake Caldwell, and after college, Bear returned to Benton County, working his way up the ladder to become the Sheriff. With a desire every bit as big as his stature, he launched a war on the avalanche of meth that dumped on his domain.
He’s a father and husband, and a smart, hardworking guy who isn’t afraid to cut corners for the greater good, stretching the bounds of the law to put the bad guys behind bars and protect those he loves.
While he’s placed a vice grip on the drug trade in Warsaw, he can’t catch drug lord Shane Langston, but teaming up with his high school friend Jake could be the ticket.