Nighthope A Novel


Stuart Baron, a humble Los Angeles trucking executive, endures a near-death experience. He moves his family from an affluent suburb to an Alabama catfish farm with hopes of quenching a mid-life crisis. Together with Tabitha, his spell-binding wife, and Winchester, his precocious five-year-old son, he rewrites Murphy’s Law of Catfish Farming. Their adaption to the Deep South and the ensuing culture shock is overshadowed by a daunting legacy involving a Mexican drug cartel. In the climactic finale, the Baron family, a quirky DEA agent, and a colorful cast of good ol' boys make for a powerful romp of old-fashioned justice in the backwoods of west Alabama.

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Chapter One

Stuart Baron's bright quest for the good life dimmed again as he gazed through his windshield. He was parked on the middle lane on the Santa Ana Freeway. For the third day in a row, the daily commute made it absurdly clear: he couldn’t go on living like this. At this rate, he calculated, he'd spend three years of his life watching one cluster after another, between two dashed white lines, staring at the towering skyline of Los Angeles. Making it worse, he could barely make out his corner office on the thirtieth floor of the US Bank Tower, two miles away, in the lifting brown smog. He could get there quicker running in his Nikes, but he'd probably get robbed, assaulted, or killed. Inhaling the damned smog would probably shorten his life span another three years.

California happens.


Hilarious, action-packed drama with an unexpected twist

Fortunately for me Nighthope was delivered on a Friday so I was more than ready to give this book a weekend. As was the case with Blue Green, the author’s first novel, I did not want to put this book down after Chapter 2. The characters and dialog are interesting and laugh out loud hilarious. The story moves fast with plenty of action and suspense. As each new situation unfolds the outcome is predictable and hoped for until....Halfway through the story readers come to learn they only know part of the story. In a surprising revelation we learn a key aspect about a central character in the story. And it is at this key juncture the reader is given an opportunity to confront his/her most guarded feelings about race.

Ardent Penguin Reviews