|Cut to the Bone (2002) [Novel]|
by Robert Conner
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It was his last job. Santos de la O would make a mint smuggling the most sophisticated weaponry across the Texas-Mexico border for a Mexican drug lord, then retire, take his lover Tony and find the good life for both of them far from the danger and violence of El Paso-Ciudad Juarez. But a celebratory night ends in gunfire, Tony dies in Santos's arms, and things go downhill from there. Instead of arming warring factions in the drug war, the weapons are used to assassinate a U.S. official, and then Santos is on the run from the DEA and the Mexican mob. But the only thing on his mind is revenge against Tony's killers. With multiple parties scrambling to cover their tracks, the body count continues to rise, as Santos and Fernando, a young hustler who witnessed Tony's murder, ruthlessly conduct a manhunt across Texas while pursued by relentless homicide detective Jenna Lessing. Santos de la O is perhaps the most morally ambivalent character to ever appear in gay literature, and Robert Conner's unflinching portrayal of a merciless man seeking redemption behind the barrel of a gun offers a blistering update on the traditional western, where bad men inadvertently become heroes and the law is often irrelevant.
Original title: Cut to the Bone
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Crime/Caper
Fiction→ Gay & Lesbian→ Gay Male