Publication Date: November 30, 2013
In the tradition of action-packed noir thrillers, comes a crime fiction story about an otherwise good guy "bent" bad when he's pulled into the underbelly of the New York City crime scene.
Drugs, sex trafficking and murder... Former soldier and decorated war hero Bill Conlin finds himself immersed in it all when he can't find "respectable" work after his tour in Afghanistan. When his cousin, Jimmy, first tries to talk him into joining Irish mafia boss Frank Sullivan's gang, Bill brushes him off.
All Bill really wants is a normal life with a nice girl, and he's pretty sure the waitress he just met, Dana, is the one. But with his savings running low, and desperate to get out of his Hell's Kitchen near-tenement apartment building, Bill, against his better judgment, agrees to a meeting with Mr. Sullivan--and immediately hits the point of no return... Now with a brand new Lincoln and fancy new uptown digs (complete with a live-in girl whose only purpose is to serve him, and a wardrobe packed with weapons), Bill's tasked to take down a Harlem-based Mexican prostitution ring.
One thing leads to another, however, and the deeper he gets, the more he learns, and the more tangled up he becomes in a lifestyle he never wanted. But how long until he takes matters into his own hands... And what will the ultimate cost be...
Mystery & suspense lurk around every corner in this action & adventure novel based in New York City.
"There are not sufficient adjectives in the English language to effectively describe this book! It was mind-blowing, to say the very least! The main character, Bill, was awesome! I was rooting for him all the way! The book is amazingly written, it felt like I was right there alongside Bill, shooting and "bustin' a cap in those thugs' asses"
"Mind-blowing!!!" (Sonja Myburgh, author of A Bullet For You)
"Afghanistan war veteran Bill Conlin is trying to stay straight and out of trouble. What follows is a nail-biting slalom through the streets of New York, as Bill tries to dodge the unwanted attention of Mexican and Russian gangs, as well as keeping on the right side of Sullivan and out of the clutches of the law. However, along the way there is a trail of destruction and collateral damage. A good read."
"An atmospheric tale of violence and greed" (Charles R Stubbs, author of Web of Deceit)
"Bill Conlin has only one real skill - a special forces skill for weapons, combat, survival. From the poverty tracks to the 24/7 murky money-making machines of drugs, slavery, prostitution, organized crime and moral ambiguity. This is neo-noir, totally compulsive, one man who may seem like he his taking on the world but is, in the final analysis, taking on himself."
"Ambiguous Compulsive Noir" (Chloe Thurlow, author of Sophie's Secret)
"This book shows a very interesting look at what happened to a great deal of the veterans who are coming home from that war. They are shunned, stepped on and made to feel less than human. Immerse yourself in this tale and see the mental destruction that takes place from within."
"Bourbon and Blood" (James M. Copeland, author of Bottom Bones)
From the Author
Non-stop Adrenaline Ride!!!
'Bourbon & Blood' is a modern & gritty story of war hero who is thrust into New York City's brutal world of organized crime. It's really hitting home readers hard as it takes the very real setting of a drug underworld and encapsulates a character few would associate with it - namely a war hero.
This story is timely, plausible and shockingly vivid. The visceral and sometimes terrifying downward spiral of an under-appreciated United States Military hero will entertain most hard-boiled crime fans. While Bill Conlin survived the risks and rigors of serving in Afghanistan, can he find his way out of New York City's dark drug underworld with his life and dignity intact?
All Conlin wants is a normal life, but his life spirals out of control as he tries to find good in a brutal city. This is a very real reality for many returning from war. Therefore, the book isn't as far-fetched as it may first appear.
'Bourbon & Blood' proves that, while it may appear to be a million miles away from a warzone, home soil is often far from safe.