Lucy Ramos is out for blood—she needs to kill a man, but she has no clue how. Lucy calls on the help of aged hit-man, Tito Garza—also known as El Perro of Pedro. Garza’s signature method of killing? Using dogs to maul his targets to death. Now, in his golden years, Garza lives a mundane life in San Pedro, a port town south of downtown Los Angeles. With a backpack full of cash, Lucy persuades Garza to help her murder her mother’s killer, Assistant District Attorney Victor Soto. Together, the forgotten hit-man hungry for a comeback and the girl whose life was shattered as a child set out to kill the man responsible. But killing Victor Soto may prove to be an impossible task. The newly elected Assistant District Attorney’s wealth and political clout keep him well-insulated. Lucy and Garza’s plan is further complicated when Lucy begins to develop feelings for Victor Soto’s son, Martin. With their romance threatening to derail the mission, Lucy fights to keep Martin out of Garza’s cross-hairs when his violent urges become more unpredictable. Will Lucy’s feelings for Martin jeopardize everything she’s worked for? Will Garza’s unchecked rage cause innocent people to die? Lucy Ramos and Tito Garza are furious, deadly, and driven by vengeance—but vengeance comes at a price.
Clark (The Science of Paul) provides red meat for noir fans with this razor-edged tale of revenge that pulls no punches. Twenty-year-old Lucy Ramos leads a reclusive existence, obsessed with punishing the man she holds responsible for her mother’s murder. Her quarry is L.A. assistant district attorney Victor Soto, and after many years of dreaming of his death, Lucy hits upon a radical plan. She seeks out Tito Garza, the mob contract killer known as the Dog of San Pedro for his use of canines to attack his victims. Against the odds, Lucy persuades Garza to train her to be a killer, after she demonstrates her fearlessness by trying to retrieve his kidnapped Chihuahua from some young thugs. She moves in with him, and gets her first taste of blood when Garza enlists her to get payback for the death of his pet. As in the best hard-boiled fiction, Lucy’s continued efforts to get to Soto only take her further on a path from which there is no return. Those seeking happy endings should look elsewhere. (BookLife)