Tony Salazar has had many labels while working for the Guerra family: drug dealer, hired muscle, and cold-blooded killer. By his early thirties, Tony has only known violence, but he is tired of all the senseless killing to protect this family’sMoreTony Salazar has had many labels while working for the Guerra family: drug dealer, hired muscle, and cold-blooded killer. By his early thirties, Tony has only known violence, but he is tired of all the senseless killing to protect this family’s control of the methamphetamine trade in California’s Coachella Valley.Tony Salazar, a murderous thug who has devoted his life to the Guerra drug cartel, is suddenly questioning his loyalty.
After cleaning up a particularly brutal, revenge-driven murder, Tony seizes on his boss’s poor decision to keep a video memento of the murder to seek out witness protection from the police. Tony, whose biggest previous concern was killing competing drug dealers populating the California desert’s meth land, must also protect a young girl named Xochil, who has unwittingly become a pawn in Tony’s plan of betrayal to escape from the only life he has ever known, a hard-boiled life of meth manufacturing and murder.
This thriller, set in California’s Salton Sea, pits tough guy Tony against even tougher guys who view stomping out betrayal as the only appropriate form of revenge.Give first-time author W.S. McConnell lots of kudos: his narrative style and visual descriptions of violence are reminiscent of great crime movies like the “Goodfellas” and “Carlito’s Way.” Furthermore, McConnell delivers the reader gritty, hard-boiled heroes and brutal violence without apology, showing that even the worst of humanity can transform into an everyday hero.McConnell provides a visceral personal tour of one mans decision to do the right thing, only to have his entire world collapse around him.
McConnells gradual transformation of Tony from the ruthless killer to a deliverer of justice is jolting, and the page-turning factor is guaranteed to kill your Friday night plans, if not your entire weekend. And despite his background as a drug dealer and killer, youll find yourself rooting for Tony to overcome his obstacles in spite of the impossible violence surrounding him.Brutal, blunt, and gritty, McConnells Saving Xochil satisfies all fans of crime thriller fiction.