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By Leo W. Banks

Brash Books

Longtime Tucson Weekly contributor Leo W. Banks pens a sizzling debut novel about Prospero Stark, a former big-league ballplayer who is minding his business as the operator of a desert trailer park when his former catcher's hand ends up in a box on his porch. Stark sets up to find out what happened to his erstwhile teammate and gets drawn into a web of drug smugglers and other bad hombres. Banks, a longtime lover of classic mystery writers such as Raymond Chandler and Jim Thompson, told the Weekly he set out to "to write the kind of book I like to read. Plenty of humor, nothing too deep, nobody rattling on about the human condition—a book that can make you believe in murder again. Most importantly, I followed the one unbreakable rule, the four-word secret ingredient—stuff has to happen." Banks succeeds in emulating the classics—much to our delight. More, please.



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