The Warlord of Willow Ridge-Gary Phillips

The Warlord of Willow Ridge

Gary Phillips

Dafina/Kensington, Oct 2 2012, $6.99

ISBN: 9780758203854

 

Heading to San Francisco, O’Connor’s bike dies near Willow Ridge.  With no funds, he decides to hide in Willow Ridge, which once was an affluent gated community, but now has many abandoned vacant houses, some trapped families and several low life punks like the Mas Treces gang who established a meth lab there.  He squats in one of the buildings.

 

Connie begins to clean up his temporary abode, but soon gets involved with the residents when he confronts gangbangers and thugs.  To his shock he enjoys his time in the burb and begins an affair with Gwen Gardner.  However as the Mas Treces and their rivals the Vandal Viking fight for Willow Creek lab rights, Connie finds himself protecting his neighbors.

 

The Warlord of Willow Ridge is an exciting thriller as a noirish loner knows it is time to pull a sting and make like the wind, but finds he is reluctant to leave the burbs.  Fast-paced, readers will enjoy Connie kicking bad dude butt though like him wonder why he stays in a place he never belonged to before. 

 

Harriet Klausner

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