A Crush Novel
By Phoef Sutton

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PREVIEW COLORADO BOULEVARD: Colorado Boulevard—Prologue


Heart Attack And Vine
A Crush Novel
November 2016
Hardcover ISBN 978-1-938849-84-8
Paperback ISBN 978-1-938849-68-8
ebook ISBN 978-1-938849-69-5

A Crush Novel
July 2015
Paperback ISBN 978-1-938849-36-7
ebook ISBN 978-1-938849-37-4


From Away
February 2018
Paperback ISBN 978-1-945551-10-9
ebook ISBN 978-1-945551-11-6

Crush is Back!

When K.C. Zerbe, the honorary brother (and roommate) of LA’s toughest bodyguard/bouncer, Crush, is kidnapped, Crush springs into action. Unraveling the mystery takes him to Zerbe’s estranged billionaire father, who’s obsessed with building California’s long-promised bullet train, as well as to Pasadena’s famed Rose Parade along Colorado Boulevard. Along the way Crush has to revisit a traumatic event from his teenage years that’s come back to haunt him.

This third installment in the much-praised Crush series is full of action, suspense, humor, and mystery.

Raves for Colorado Boulevard

“A smart, noirish mystery loaded with clever dialogue and vivid characters. The Crush series is as good as it gets.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“So big, bald, and brutal was he that we took him to our hearts at once… exceptionally fine writing.”

“With playful dialogue and a streak of dark humor throughout, this title is perfect for fans of Elmore Leonard and Lee Child.”
Library Journal

“Man, these Crush novels just keep getting better and better. Crush is like Jack Reacher with a hair up his ass. And the Los Angeles that Sutton writes about is the secret Los Angeles that nobody knows and everybody wants to know. Sutton answers questions about the city that I didn’t even know I had.”
Hart Hanson, author of The Driver and creator of Bones

“Fans of comic capers will find plenty to like.”
Publishers Weekly

“Welcome to the Pasadena you won’t find in the guidebooks as Phoef Sutton puts you in the shotgun seat with the tough and terse Crush in the cold-eyed Colorado Boulevard.”
Gary Phillips, editor of The Obama Inheritance: 15 Stories of Conspiracy Noir

“A family saga meets thriller on the streets of Pasadena—Colorado Boulevard is the best Crush book yet!”
Naomi Hirahara, Edgar-winning author of the Mas Arai and Ellie Rush mystery series

“Caleb Rush, AKA Crush, has a history riveted with dangerous living: soldier, drifter, bodyguard, recovering alcoholic, and “friend bro” to his hapless stepbrother, K.C. Zerbe. When K.C. is kidnapped, Crush sets off on a madcap ride through Pasadena and environs to rescue him. Car crashes, concussions, nail-biting suspense, and a cast of quirky characters…Colorado Boulevard has it all. But it’s Crush’s humor and humanity that highlight the resilience of the human spirit and make this story soar.”
Patricia Smiley, Los Angeles Times–bestselling author of Pacific Homicide.

Want to hear more? Here’s Phoef being interviewed for the Writer’s Bone podcast series.

Praise for Heart Attack and Vine

“In my world any novel that alludes to a Tom Waits song with its title gets a closer look. When that reference also characterizes the sly tone, the slick characters, and the twisty plot, then I’m singing, too. Phoef Sutton’s Heart Attack and Vine hit all the right notes for me… every chapter was steeped in snark, wit and movie references. There’s magic in this book.” — Carole Barrowman, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

“Terrific…. Crush makes a wonderful lead.” — Publishers Weekly

“Sly, knowing, and hilarious, Heart Attack and Vine is a perfect caper book set inside Hollywood’s Dream Factory that just screams ‘movie!.’ Studios, please option this immediately. With its nonstop action, snappy dialogue, and wisecracking characters, this send-up of Hollywood is a surefire winner.”
Denise Hamilton, bestselling crime novelist and editor of the Edgar-winning short story anthology Los Angeles Noir

“Like Kurt Vonnegut and T. Jefferson Parker teamed up to write a mystery.”
W.L. Ripley, author of the Wyatt Storme mysteries

About the Author

Phoef Sutton is a New York Times–bestselling novelist, television writer, and playwright whose work has won two Emmys, a Peabody, a Writers Guild Award, a GLAAD Award, and a Television Academy Honors Award. The first two novels in the Crush series, Crush and Heart Attack and Vine, were Kirkus Best Mysteries of 2015; Crush was a Los Angeles Times “Summer Reading Page-Turner,” and Heart Attack and Vine was a Ten Best mystery of 2016 for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Sutton has been an executive producer of Cheers, a writer/producer for such shows as Boston Legal and NewsRadio, a writer for Terriers, and the creator of several TV shows, including the cult hit Thanks. He is also the co-author, with Janet Evanovich, of two New York Times bestsellers, Curious Minds and Wicked Charms. His other novels include the romantic thriller 15 Minutes to Live. Sutton lives with his family in South Pasadena, California.

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