St. Martin's, Oct 2004, 22.95, 320 pp.
Life is supposed to be quiet and tranquil in the small Texas town of Brenham but the criminals are moving out of the cities and into the rural areas. Local drug dealer Lamont Stubbs is gunned down when he gets out of his car to meet someone and the killer then shoots Deidre Brown, Lamont's girlfriend who is waiting in the car. Since the killings involved black people, the sheriff gives the case to Black Deputy Sheriff Clyde Thompson. Clyde thinks that Gutterball Jones did the deed since he did time for drug trafficking and has tries to the Canto drug cartel.
On the other side of town former Texas Ranger Jeremiah Spin is ordered by the CIA to help Dallas businessman Mr. Farkas find an accountant who made off with ten million dollars from his company. Farkas was an independent contractor for the CIA and in return for his services they allowed him to enter the United States and become a legitimate businessman. On the surface a dead drug dealer and a missing accountant have nothing in common but when drugs are involved anything is possible.
SACRED MONEY is a story about revenge and the lengths people will go to achieve it. This is an action packed crime thriller that doesn't neglect characterizations. Mr. Farkas comes across as somewhat sympathetic because he wants vengeance on the men who killed his son and even though he breaks many laws to achieve his goal, he is still a grieving father. The protagonists have to wade through a cesspool of dark motivations to try and achieve justice.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner