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.
If Bond's goal was to get me to dislike just about every character in this book, he succeeded admirably. Way too much drinking. Way too much illicit sex (though not described). Sniffing coke. Dirty tricks to smear opposing candidates. Rock Pruitt is certainly a character I love to hate. He is absolutely disgusting. If this is what politics has come to in America, I am glad I am not part of it.
And then there is the whole Yale reunion weekend atmosphere. What a decadent group of people. Long held grudges erupting in current antics. What a sad lot. I'm glad my college experience was at a more rigorous and conservative academic setting.
I didn't even like Sam. While I think I was supposed to have some sympathy for her, she just felt flat and seemed very unlikable. I really have no interest in finding out what happens to her in the future.
This is one of those novels portraying a world I wish didn't exist. I wish potential presidential candidates were fine upstanding citizens concerned about the welfare of their constituents, not power grabbing vengeful egotists. This novel may be closer to reality than I might think, however. And for that, it is worth reading.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)