A Crush Novel
By Phoef Sutton
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PREVIEW HEART ATTACK AND VINE: Heart Attack and Vine—Chapter One
ALSO BY PHOEF SUTTON
A Crush Novel
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A Crush Novel
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Crush is at it again!
LA bodyguard/bouncer Caleb Rush (Crush) is back in this fast-moving, fast-talking follow-up to the hit debut novel Crush. When Rachel Fury, a long-lost con-artist friend, reappears under a new name as a glitzy movie star, she hires Crush as a bodyguard, and he quickly gets drawn into a criminal mess that requires all his brawn, skill, and savvy to negotiate. From a Hollywood Hills villa to a New Orleans cemetery, the Million Dollar Theatre to the Oscars, Heart Attack and Vine is a witty, intricately plotted LA noir novel in the best tradition of MacDonald, Chandler, Grafton, and Ellroy.
“Insanely fun and readable. Sutton writes like a great raconteur tells a story.”
— Hart Hanson, writer/creator of Bones
“Fast, light, and witty, Sutton’s second novel is a pleasure.”
— Kirkus Reviews, starred review
About Phoef Sutton
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 novel in the Crush series, titled Crush, was a Kirkus Best Mystery of 2015 and a Los Angeles Times “Summer Reading Page-Turner.”
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. Learn more at phoefsutton.com.
Praise for Heart Attack and Vine
One of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s “Best Books of 2016“
“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
“Crush is back in town, and the Hollywood sign is in wicked, Technicolor flames. Phoef Sutton’s rabid charmers break hearts and redden all carpets, and his pages fly by on winds of wit. This sly writing has Chandler cross-hairs and is pure, CGI-free magic.”
— Richard Christian Matheson, Amazon #1 bestselling author of Dystopia and Hell Comes to Hollywood
Praise for Crush
A Kirkus Best Mystery of 2015!
A Los Angeles Times 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
“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