From the author of The Winner Maker and Blackquest 40 comes The Pinebox Vendetta: a genre-bending thriller that combines a love story, cold-case murder mystery, and political blood feud — told over the course of a single breathless weekend.
The Gallaghers and Pruitts have dominated the American political landscape dating back to Revolutionary times. The Yale University class of 1996 had one of each, and as the twenty-year reunion approaches, the families are on a collision course.
Owen Gallagher is coasting to the Democratic nomination for president.
Rock Pruitt — the brash maverick whose career was derailed two decades ago by his association to a tragic death — is back, ready to reclaim the mantle of clan leader.
And fatefully in between lies Samantha Lessing. Sam arrives at reunion weekend lugging a rotten marriage, dumb hope, and a portable audio recorder she’ll use for a public radio-style documentary on the Pruitt-Gallagher rivalry — widely known as the pinebox vendetta.
What Sam uncovers will thrust her into the middle of the ancient feud, upending presidential politics and changing the trajectory of one clan forever.
The Pinebox Vendetta is the first entry in the Pruitt-Gallagher saga: a series that promises cutthroat plots, power grabs, and unforgettable characters stretched to their very limits by the same ideological forces that roil America today.
Caveat: Under normal circumstances, I would have read this book in a matter of days, it was that good. However, it took me much longer because my focus has been off due to the pandemic, which has affected my reading time.
Are you like me, that when you read a book by an author for the first time and totally enjoyed it, that you feel like you hit the jackpot? And then to find out that he writes different genres, which I saw on another blog that I follow, (http://bookswithbircky.blogspot.com/2020/05/review-pinebox-vendetta.html), you know you want to get your hands on all his books that you missed!
This book had it all!! A family feud between 2 families of great political prominence that has been traced back to Revolutionary times, a cold case murder, cover ups, extremely flawed characters that you will despise, suspense, friendships, personal dynamics, corruption, and one person’s persistence of wanting to find the truth.
It’s Yale’s reunion weekend and Samantha Lessing, and her daughter Joss will be attending. Sam is looking forward to seeing old friends but also thinking of what could have been. She also has an ulterior motive and that is making a documentary about The Pinebox Vendetta between the Pruitts and Gallaghers. Rock Pruitt and Jamie Gallagher were part of that class and the feud waged on. But one of them would be missing from the event, Sam’s friend, Jamie as he died while doing missionary work. But the class of ’96 will be shocked at what happens during this reuniting.
I enjoy a book whereas I feel that I am “there” and the author did an amazing job with his words and descriptions that lead me into the turmoil of the story and settings. The characters he created were so dysfunctional that I felt total contempt for, except for 14-year-old Joss. I can’t remember a book, that I have read, that created those emotions for the majority of the cast, which in my opinion, the author did an exceptional job in bringing them into existence. The suspense took hold and didn’t let go.
Did Sam find the truth behind The Pinebox Vendetta? Was she able to solve the cold case murder that took place during her time as a student at Yale? Was the outcome the same as her preconceived thoughts? Or was she as floored as I was at the conclusion of this gathering?
A gripping, exciting, and at the same time, infuriating read that I definitely recommend!
Published by: Jeff Bond Books
Publication Date: February 19th 2020
Number of Pages: 264
ISBN: 1732255253 (ISBN13: 9781732255258)
Series: Pruitt-Gallagher Saga, #1
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
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Jeff Bond is a Kansas native and graduate of Yale University. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Michigan, and belongs to the International Thriller Writers Association.
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