304 pages, 3.74 × 2.52 × 0.43 in
February 18, 2010
St. Martin's Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 031237903X
ISBN - 13: 9780312379032
Read from the Book
Chapter One Lou Starr was in bed reading, covered to the waist by a sheet. He'd set the air at sixty-eight and heard the compressor kick on outside. He pushed up the glasses that were falling off the end of his nose and stared at the signature hole of a new Robert Trent Jones PGA golf course called Whispering Palms. He fondled the medallion that was hanging from a gold chain around his neck, resting on a sweater of chest hair. Lou said, "Want to see the best-looking new hole in golf?" He tilted the magazine toward Karen on the other side of the king-size bed, two feet of mattress between them. Karen didn't say anything. She was propped up on pillows, the bedsheet angling across her chest revealing the pale white skin of her shoulder and the round curve of a breast. She was watching a sitcom on a Sony .at screen that hung on the wall a few feet away. "It's a six-hundred-yard par five," Lou said. "Longest one in golf." He grinned now, imagining himself on the tee looking down the fairway. He took a couple practice swings with his Fusion FT-3 driver and blasted the ball three hundred and twenty-five yards straight down the pike. Hey, Tiger, beat that. Lou hit his second shot over a bunker and a water hazard—on in two. He lined up the putt and sent the ball forty feet over a swale—left to right—for an eagle. He grinned big and closed the magazine and placed it on the table next to the bed. He took off his reading glasses, put them on top of the magazine and turned off
From the Publisher
Peter Leonard showed remarkable maturity for a first-time novelist in his debut novel Quiver. In Trust Me, he reaches for new heights as he crafts a classic noir thriller loaded with double- and triple-crosses.
The first mistake Karen Delaney made was entrusting $300,000 to her boyfriend, Samir, the head of an illegal bookmaking operation. The second was breaking up with him---because Samir holds a $300,000 grudge. A few months later, Karen sees a way to get her money back when two thieves break into her house in the middle of the night. She proposes a scheme to steal Samir’s safe, but Karen soon realizes she’s in way over her head as things begin to spin out of control.
Trust Me moves at breakneck speed through the affluent suburbs of Detroit and Chicago as Karen is pursued by O’Clair, an ex-con/ex-cop who works for Samir and wants the money for his own retirement; by Ricky, Samir’s nephew, who sees the money as a way to pay off his own escalating gambling debts; by the thieves who’ve been double-crossed; and by two ruthless hit men who view the money as their stake in the American dream.
With relentless suspense, striking characters, and plot twists that will leave you white-knuckled, Trust Me marks the continuation of a powerful new voice in crime fiction and more than delivers on the promise of Peter Leonard’s talent.
About the Author
PETER LEONARD lives in Birmingham, Michigan. His first novel, Quiver, received wide-spread critical acclaim.
Praise for Trust Me:“Leonard’s second effort establishes him as a genuinely gifted storyteller. Although the book is similar in many ways to the hard-edged, witty, character-driven novels of Leonard’s father, Elmore, it has its own voice and its own stylistic flourishes….In time, if you find yourself referring to ‘that really cool mystery writer, Leonard,’ you might have to explain which one you’re talking about.” –Booklist "There are many carefully crafted plot twists and unexpected scenes; Leonard's action-packed, fast-paced crime novel is virtually impossible to put down." --Lansing State Journal"Take three deep breaths, exhale slowly, pause, take a deeper breath then open this book. Trust me--you need controlled breathing to get you through Peter Leonard's rollicking thriller. Breathtaking is a reviewer's cliche. But it is simply the best way to describe the pace of Leonard's latest offering." --The Washington Times“The dialogue rings pitch-perfect, the pacing of the plot approaches perfection…So far, Trust Me ranks as thriller of the year. Trust me.” –St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)Praise for Peter Leonard and Quiver:“Leonard has written an accomplished nail-biter, a harbinger of even better stories to come.” --Rocky Mountain News“Reading Leonard is just as much fun as reading, well, Leonard.” --Providence Journal-Bulletin“This is an outstanding debut. . . . Great tension and sharp-as-a-tack writing!” --Seattle Post-Intelligencer“Easily one of the best crime novels o