The first thing I have to mention with this book is the title. I spent probably one third of the book trying to make the title fit the story, then it hit me. The title doesn't fit the story--it is the story. There are so many layers and meanings to that one word explored in the story that I'm going to need to read it again with new eyes just so I can find them all. Once I worked it out, everything made perfect sense, but I know I missed some things in the first third--hence the need to re-read. Yes, sometimes, I'm a slow learner!
The plot is another thing that has many layers to it. Bo and Lucky work for an obscure government department, knee-deep in the pharmaceutical black market. They're thrown together as partners and begin a journey that exposes not only the deceptions perpetrated by people and companies but the deeper deceptions they each have lived with, and still live with. Some of those deceptions were created by others, some by themselves, and the journey of discovery is both enlightening and heartwrenching.
Lucky is another bad-guy-made-hero that seems to be becoming more and more popular, but Winters, in her inimitable style, does much more than that. Lucky's character is flawed and complex and revealed in sweet teasers throughout. It's difficult to feel sympathy for Lucky early in the story. He's brash and shallow, and doesn't care about anyone but himself. But read on--you'll soon discover why Winters chose to write about him. He's worth it. The reader discovers all the nuances of his personality at the same time Bo does. Lucky is a dropout, an addict and a thief--the polar opposite of clean living, well-educated Bo. Or is he?
Bo has his own secrets and it takes a man exactly like Lucky to show Bo how to deal with them all.
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E E Montgomery
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