By Phoef Sutton


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L.A. bodyguard Crush must untangle the mess of a billionaire tycoon and his wild daughter

Caleb Rush, aka Crush, is the toughest, coolest bodyguard/bouncer in Los Angeles, a man who lives strictly to his own moral code, which doesn’t exactly hew to the standards of US law. When Amelia Trask, the wild daughter of a scruples-free billionaire tycoon, comes to Crush for help, his quiet life roars into overdrive, and he has to use his wits, brawn, martial-arts training, and knowledge of the Russian mafia to stay alive and untangle the mess than young Amelia has wrought. Crush is a rollicking, page-turning ride through L.A., full of action, suspense, memorable characters, and a sly wit, from Emmy-winning writer Phoef Sutton, co-author with Janet Evanovich of the new New York Times–bestselling mystery Wicked Charms.


Phoef Sutton is television writer, novelist, and playwright whose work has won two Emmys, a Peabody, a Writers Guild Award, a GLAAD Award, and a Television Academy Honors Award. He was 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 the co-author with Janet Evanovich of the brand-new New York Times bestseller Wicked Charms; he’s working with Evanovich on another in the series now. Phoef is also the author of the romantic thriller 15 Minutes to Live and the co-author of a new serialized novel, Dead Man.

Listen to his interview on CooperTalk as he talks about his TV career, how he got into writing books, and his newer novels — including Crush.

A Kirkus “Best Mystery/Thriller of 2015” Book!

A Summer Reading Page-Turner!
“With nonstop action and variations on the man-with-a-gun distraction that go Chandler one better, Crush is also an homage of sorts to Chandler’s pulp fiction and, moreover, Elmore Leonard’s crime fiction. Like Leonard, Sutton writes great dialogue and lavishes almost as much care and attention on his villains as he does his heroes.”
Los Angeles Times

“This brief novel crackles with sharp dialogue — “if you can’t lie to your wife, who can you lie to?”— and a witty narrative voice that put the reader in mind of Elmore Leonard… This one could make it to the big screen, but don’t wait for the movie. Buy the book. It may be the first of a long series.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“As slick as a switchblade with a pearl handle.”
LEE CHILD, the New York Times–bestselling author of the Jack Reacher novels

“A swagger of a book whose ironic tone reveals the author’s past…Literate dialogue among the karate kicks and snapped forearms make this an easy sell to anyone seeking a sassy diversion.”

“This is what you want to read poolside in Vegas.”
— Las Vegas Weekly

“Tailor made for the big screen.”
Publishers Weekly

“Written with enthusiasm and spirit… I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.”

“I loved this book, with its myriad twists and turns. It has the pace of an action movie and the humor we’ve come to expect from Phoef Sutton.”
BOB NEWHART, actor and author of I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This

Crush reads like Elmore Leonard on crack… a nonstop thrill ride of a crime novel that’s packed with action, smart-ass dialogue, colorful characters, and one harrowing plot twist after another. This novel will leave you breathless… and aching for the sequel.”
LEE GOLDBERG, author of The Heist and The Job (with Janet Evanovich), The Walk, and many other thrillers

“Phoef Sutton is the rare storyteller who writes with amped speed, laugh-out-loud humor, and utter suspense. Crush deserves to be a smash.”
BRUCE FEILER, New York Times–bestselling author

“In Caleb Rush, Phoef Sutton has created an iconic L.A. character—funny, violent, smart, broke, surrounded by lowlifes and minor celebrities—and zapped new life into a classic genre. How many Crush novels do I want to read? As many as Sutton writes.”
ROB LONG, host of NPR’s Martini Shot and award-winning television writer

“A fast-paced, hard-hitting novel layered with mystery, muscle, and heart.”
REED FARREL COLEMAN, New York Times–bestselling author of Robert B. Parker’s Blind Spot

“Phoef Sutton crushes it in Crush, a nonstop action thriller. If you like Jack Reacher, you’ll love Crush! I did.”
JOEL GOLDMAN, bestselling author of Stone Cold and Chasing the Dead

“Phoef Sutton has created a character who’s impossible not to fall in love with, in a story that moves like a bullet train through the mean streets of L.A. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be begging for a sequel the moment you turn the last page.”
ROBERT GREGORY BROWNE, bestselling author of the Trial Junkies series

“This book never pauses, never quits, and its hero slows down only long enough to reload. Reading it is like holding a burning firecracker in your hand. Much safer to toss it away, but where’s the fun in that?”
NICK GRIFFIN, screenwriter of Matchstick Man and Terriers

“A witty, irreverent and sexy thrill ride through the famous guts of Los Angeles. Sutton writes his characters in great splashes of color, stirs them into a whirlwind, and releases them into his world with glorious results.”
RICHARD ELLIS PRESTON, JR., author of The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin series

Crush hits you with all the power and speed of a maniac wielding a baseball bat. If you ever need anyone to take out Jack Reacher, Caleb ‘Crush’ Rush is your guy. An action-filled, finger-snapping romp.”
PAUL BISHOP, LAPD detective and author of Lie Catchers

Crush is what would happen if The Friends Of Eddie Coyle went out for a night of drinking and fighting. Snappy dialogue, sharp writing, and righteous violence.”
JAY STRINGER, author of the Eoin Miller trilogy

“Award-winning screenwriter Phoef Sutton’s Crush takes the reader on a dizzying carnival ride through the mean streets of L.A. Rush is an ass-kicker from the Patrick Swayze Roadhouse school of self defense.”
W. L. RIPLEY, author of the Cole Springer and Wyatt Storme mysteries

“If you enjoy reading novels peopled by soulful characters forever taking their own psychic pulses, then Crush is not for you. If, on the other hand, you like hard-boiled crime fiction with a narrative line propelled by startling twists and turns and relentless action, then you won’t want to miss this book. That action literally defines “nonstop,” and the eponymous protagonist does the same thing for the term “heroic.” I couldn’t put it down till I arrived at the tangled, violent conclusion. Phoef Sutton has a winner.”
TOM KAKONIS, author of Treasure Coast and Double Down

“As necks snap, lies fester, and mercies scoff, the uncaged beasts in Phoef Sutton’s wildly sly debut novel Crush leave L.A. a time-shared Hades. Fluent in the wicked lowdown, the novel’s dizzying poisons mount, its characters a deadly, deranged splendor. The violence is cinematic, and Sutton’s infrared wit kills.”
RICHARD CHRISTIAN MATHESON, author of Dystopia and screenwriter of many horror films and television shows

“Like a gunshot, Crush starts with a bang, whizzes by at a breakneck pace, and hits its mark with precision. The setting feels like the real underbelly of L.A., and Phoef Sutton’s humorous touches crackle with energy. It reads like you’re watching a modern film noir. It’s a cliche to say that I couldn’t put it down, but that’s what happened. I was riveted from start to finish.”
BILL D’ELIA, director of Boston Legal and How to Get Away With Murder

“Check out Crush, a hilarious novel by Phoef Sutton. A cross between Elmore Leonard and Donald Westlake, Sutton is a real find. Prepare to laugh away the night.”
ROBERT WARD, author of Red Baker and Four Kinds of Rain