Sunday, August 26, 2007

Pg. 99: Don Bruns's "Stuff to Die For"

Today's feature at the Page 99 Test: Don Bruns's Stuff to Die For.

About the book, from the author's website:
Chasing the American Dream could leave you running for your life. Best friends James Lessor and Skip Moore are hardly on the fast track. While James works as a line cook at Cap'n Crab, Skip spends his days selling — rather attempting to sell — security systems to people who have no money and have nothing they care to protect.

James and Skip aren't upwardly mobile, but they're about to get literally mobile when James spends a surprise inheritance on a white box truck. An investment in the future, he surmises, as these two are starting a business. Moore and Lessor, or Lessor and Moore. Have Truck Will Haul.

But the fledgling business takes a shocking turn when James and Skip unload the contents of their first moving job and find some unexpected cargo — a bloody human finger.

As James and Skip scramble to stay one step ahead of the perpetrators of a gruesome crime, they'll learn that there is some stuff you should never touch — and some stuff to die for in this witty, gritty mystery about big dreams, big ideas — and big trouble.
Among the early praise for Stuff to Die For:
"We just love Floridian crime tales, and Stuff To Die For, by Don Bruns, is a perfect example of why. Witty, gritty and filled with brilliantly realized characters, the book a pure delight. Let's hope the rumors are true and Stuff To Die For heralds the start of new series."
Award-winning author Jeffrey Deaver

"A tornado of a tale!"
Edgar Award winner Rupert Holmes

“They may see themselves as aging reincarnations of the Hardy Boys, but James (“never Jim or Jimmy”) Lessor and Skip Moore are much closer in spirit to Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.... The bizarre nature of South Florida doesn’t figure quite as prominently in Bruns’ story here as it does in Carl Hiaasen’s wild imaginings, but it is still an essential element. James and Skip are no great shakes as detectives, entrepreneurs, or lovers, but they are so puppy-dog endearing and funny that they deserve an encore. Perhaps even a series. Like the Hardy Boys.”
Edward Morris, Forword magazine

“On their first job as self-employed movers, twenty-something James Lessor and Skip Moore discover a bloody finger. Throw in the CIA, murderous thugs, Cubans with agendas, and Miami will never be the same — and neither will James and Skip. This quirky engaging mystery by the author of the Mick Sever series (South Beach Shakedown) is a buddy novel as funny as the movie Dumb and Dumber.”
—Library Journal

"One of the best thriller writers today. Read his books for their fast pace and brilliant plots, reread his books to appreciate his writing style which is truly reminiscent of the legends of the genre..."
—Strand Magazine

Stuff to Die For is the latest from Don Bruns, author of the popular and critically acclaimed (by me, among others) South Beach Shakedown. A worthy successor to that fine book, Stuff to Die For is a sure bet to appeal to fans of Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey or James O. Born.”
Read more about Stuff to Die For and view the video trailers for the novel.

Don Bruns is the author of three Caribbean mysteries. Stuff To Die For is the first novel in a new series.

The Page 99 Test: Stuff to Die For.

--Marshal Zeringue