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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (July 16, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432828665
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432828660
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,068,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lance Hawvermale published his first two novels under the pseudonym of Erin O'Rourke. He released his

third novel, a murder mystery titled The Tongue Merchant, under his own name. His fiction and poetry have

won over twenty awards. He is an alumnus of AmeriCorps and continues to believe in the power of giving.

Currently an Assistant Professor of English, Lance teaches film, poetry, and creative writing courses. He

lives in Texas with his wife Lindsey and their four cats.

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A true page turner from beginning to end.
RFuzz
Highly recommended for action seekers and suckers for a good ol' thrilling romance full of twists and turns and sweetness.
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The characters in this book are brought to life.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Life Out of Balance in Vegas

Lance Hawvermale’s Discretionist learns that no good deed goes unpunished in this taut, tightly-written thriller. The characters are fully developed, and we feel for them and with them in this gripping page-turner. Unintended consequences follow Vegas limo driver Micah Donovan when he rescues passenger Katelyn, a dancer, from an assault by mobster Austin Savlador. As the two go on the run together to escape Savlador’s wrath, Micah moves from an unfeeling, not-my-business attitude about his clients, and, indeed, life itself, to a loving relationship with Katelyn. Unintended consequences also follow Savlador’s enforcer Nirat, who descends ever deeper into brutality as he pursues them.

How will this all end? Grab a copy, put some waltz music on your headphones, and escape into the world of THE DISCRETIONIST. Look over your shoulder for enforcers, and look forward to an enjoyable read.
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The Discretionist is an exciting thriller. Hawvermale’s writing style includes an abundance of imagery that constantly tickles the mind. The two protagonists are very well-developed, likeable, and relatable. The main antagonist is carefully and fully drawn. We understand his psychotic rationale, but can never really sympathize with him – a good thing. Other subordinate characters are interesting and not ordinary. We like them, too. The storyline has a rising and falling action that allows us time to take a quick breath, but there won’t be any napping. There is also a little romance, but it develops so slowly I wasn’t sure where it would lead despite my rising hope. I can’t say I couldn’t put it down, because it’s too long for that, but I did read it in only three sittings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Moore on September 10, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Lance Hawvermale's Discretionist is a well-paced thriller set in Las Vegas. Micah, an obsessive and meticulous limo driver whose specialty is discretion seems to live by the rule that what happens in the limo stays in the limo. But everything changes when he delivers client Katelyn to the malicious Austin Savlodar, spoiled son of an imprisoned mobster.

Hawvermale's characters are well developed and believable. Micah begins as an almost unlikeable soul, the emotionally distance son of an invalid cop. We see glimpses of his humanity peek through his cool, professional shell, first with Tully, his father's ex-partner and later with the lovely blue-eyed Katelyn, whose vitality is irresistible. But as Micah succumbs to the vivacious Katelyn, Savlodar's coldblooded henchman Nirat relentlessly pursues them, forcing Micah and Katelyn to run for their lives.

Hawvermale's writing style, like his limo driver, Micah, is very tightly controlled and tense. Reading this book you know who controls that action at every turn, you just don't know which turn he will take. I enjoyed this book enough to check out Hawvermale's other work. Pick up a copy and enjoy.

In the interest of full disclosure, my comments are made on an ACR obtained through a giveaway sponsored by the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 2, 2014
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Lance again invites us into the struggle between personal ethic and the triumph of evil. Too often we stand by while other humans face indignity, abuse or even death. Right from the start, The Driver (hero of the story) is faced with the choice to follow his simple life's plan, or his moral compass. As in previous works, Lance imagines the world of possibility and danger that might ensue from choosing the latter. If you like a story that will make ask, "Could I be that brave?" The Discretionist hits the mark (and I suggest picking up Lance's other offerings: Seeing Pink and Fugitive Shoes, written as his alter ego Erin O'Rourke). Or if you just want to be hurled along on a tide of love and suspense, The Driver can take you there. And the thing you will like the most is that it's well written, not just a wild ride related in a 120 character memo, but in finely crafted sentences and poetic imagery. Plus it looks great on my shelf, if you're into that sort of thing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick Lyon on November 10, 2014
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This guy can write.
I've read all of his published books, and I daresay, this is the best.
Here he takes us on a trek through Las Vegas in a limo. The wonders of being a limo driver have constantly haunted my mind, and here, Hawvermale spooks up more imagery to go with it. He develops a plot that does not get in the way of the story: two people learning to waltz. It's beautiful in its simplicity and then you add all the excitement of running, chasing, and a sawed-off shotgun.
Out of all the memorable characters, Tully his my favorite because of his haunted past that he doesn't let go, doesn't deny. That's evident in the beer bottles that contain, not beer, but sun tea. Just a small homage to his days as an alcoholic.
Lance, you've done it again. Can't wait to see what's next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Reading on August 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Micah's response to the violence in his limo hooked me--what would I have done? Realistically, what could Micah have done?
I'm not THAT person--I don't talk to the TV or cry when I read, but when Micah dropped Katelyn off, I was on the edge of my seat, yelling at Micah and afraid of what was going to happen next. The pace only picked up from there!
If you enjoy strong characters, suspense, an the romance of Vegas, you can't miss The Discretionist.
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More About the Author

Under the pseudonym of Erin O'Rourke, Lance published the thrillers SEEING PINK (2003) and FUGITIVE SHOES (2006). His poetry and fiction have garnered numerous awards. He is an alumnus of AmeriCorps and continues to believe in the power of giving.

Lance holds a master's degree in English. He has worked as a college English professor, an editor, a youth counselor, and as a waiter. His most recent novel, a romantic suspense titled THE DISCRETIONIST, hit the shelves in July 2014.