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Boulevard Hardcover – September 15, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Like James Ellroy, Hollywood film developer Schwartz can make the reader squirm, as shown in his debut, a disturbing thriller whose hero is addicted to sex. When several sex murders quickly follow the murder of a prominent councilman's niece, LAPD robbery and homicide detective Hayden Glass, who himself goes to 12-step meetings for sex addicts, senses a connection. Enlisting the help of Kennedy Reynard, an ex-FBI profiler whose skill competes with her raw sexuality for the detective's attention, the pair realize that what links the murders is Glass himself. Despite a denouement that's a tad strained, Schwartz does a fine job of blurring the lines between sexuality and violence, the criminal world and the police world. (Sept.)
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“Like James Ellroy, Hollywood film developer Schwartz can make the reader squirm, as shown in his debut…Schwartz does a fine job of blurring the lines between sexuality and violence, the criminal world and the police world”—Publishers Weekly
“[Schwartz] artfully builds tension and suspense into horror and finishes with a stunning Grand Guignol climax. Expect much more from this talented writer.”—Booklist
“Relentless and unflinching, a shocking thriller that dares you to keep reading. Schwartz has created one of the most complex and tortured protagonists I've encountered in a long time. A powerful debut.”--Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Keepsake
“A terrific police thriller. It’s fast-paced and convincingly told. The streets of L.A. have never been meaner or seamier. Schwartz is gifted with clear vision and a knowing heart and a way with words. Wonderful.” --T. Jefferson Parker, New York Times bestselling author of The Renegades
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In this version, a string of grisly murders with seemingly no purpose other than to provoke Glass is simply way over the top. And of all things, it turns out that Hayden is a sex addict, which apparently connects him to the serial killings. Despite his affliction, Hayden is not a sympathetic character; he constantly takes the ridiculous route. A couple of interesting females, one a medical examiner, the other an ex-FBI profiler, have the potential to provide balance, but the author dead-ends with them, committed to his macabre course. The pace of the book is fast, but not fast enough. It is the sort of book that cannot end soon enough.