Lucky Lucklighter, what a name, is an accomplished hijacker. He is the best in his field. The operation of bringing him down is being taught at the new agents, his modus operate being in the textbook, and his serving time is nearly over. Yes, he might not be serving time in jail anymore, he might be somehow free, he might have a job that gives him money, but he’s still not a free man. His arrangement to serve against the “bad guys” giving his insight and experience, instead of being one, ends in two months. In two months he’s not going to be obligated to wake up and go in a job he hates (or so he says), he will have full access to his account, his name will be on his car and house and his head will be once again out there for every drug-dealer once associated with his past to try and take it off his shoulders. They have a long memory after all. But before all that happen, he must train his replacement.
Bo Schollenberger seems in some very strange ways to be Lucky’s younger self. Past mistakes hunt him too, and he’s not willing to stand back when Lucky’s being the usual prick. Like Lucky, this is Bo’s second chance to life with the difference that Bo actually likes his job and takes it seriously.
From day one he and Lucky don’t hit it well. So what if Bo is stunning, what if his backside has Lucky ogling like he hasn’t done in years, they seem hell bent in knocking each other off, nothing like a good argument for Lucky. Things don’t stay that way though. As they’re assigned together, living in the same house while trying to get the Intel they need to get the job done, things change. They get to know each other, they get intimate, and even if the arrangement is that this intimacy will last for only as much as the job’s on, Lucky’s finding himself drawn to his partner more and more. His past collides with his present and confusion leave Lucky faltering for his future plans for the first time in 8 years.
I don’t know what I loved more about this book. Lucky is a brilliantly written character, snarky, arrogant, witty and so damn the “man” it was like the author had him in front of her and did a damned good job portraying him. His demons were so realistic and his acts wonderful. I’m not even mentioning his sense of humor that had me laughing time and again. I felt happy for him, sad and proud, as if he were my brother. And Bo, wow what a character he was, sweet, caring, and loyal. I adored their flaws, their weaknesses. It made them even more real in my eyes. Their “fraternizing” was fantastic; the convention from a simple hook up to “God, I love you” was perhaps the best I’ve read so far. But that’s not just it. I liked all characters, they were all so well written. And the plot, oh my, this story is one of those you know deep in your heart should hit the Hollywood screens but at the same time you know they’ll just screw it up and never be able to convey it properly. Not the least tiresome, it slowly reveals the reasons behind Lucky’s sentence, the demons that hunt him, Bo’s own mistakes, all this while having incredible action as they try to solve their narcotics case.
I loved, loved, loved this book. It’s one of those that I’ll definitely re-read again, and if you’re the least interested in action/crime you will be thrilled to read this one.