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    Steve Brewer(Author)

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Sam Hill steals cars. Not just any cars, but collectible cars, rare works of automotive artistry. Sam’s a specialist, and he’s made a good life for himself in Albuquerque, NM. Things change one night after he steals a primo 1965 Thunderbird from a lawyer’s house. In the trunk, Sam finds a corpse, a police informant with a bullet hole between his eyes. And he learns that cops are swarming the garage where he’d planned to deliver the T-Bird. Somebody set Sam up. Played a trick on him. And Sam, a prankster himself, can’t let it go. He must find whoever framed him, and get his revenge with an even bigger practical joke, one that soon has gangsters gunning for him and police on his tail. Using his own resourcefulness as well as the assistance of his two pals, apprentice thief Billy Suggs and an inscrutable giant named Way-Way Henderson, Sam learns who’s behind the body in the trunk—Phil Ortiz, a notorious drug dealer and car collector. Sam, it seems, boosted Ortiz’s favorite car—a green low-rider painted with the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe—and Ortiz is determined to get even. And to get that car back. But Sam has other ideas. Such as sticking Ortiz with the body of the dead informant. Such as framing the sweaty salvage man who sided with Ortiz. Such as stealing the drug dealer’s entire collection of valuable cars. The stakes get higher with each round of one-upsmanship. Finally, it’s clear that Ortiz won’t quit until he has the last laugh and Sam Hill’s dead. In Boost, Brewer stirs up his usual potent mixture of high crime and low comedy in a rollicking novel where car thieves are the good guys and the action never stops.

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  • PDF | 221 pages
  • Steve Brewer(Author)
  • Fulcrum Publishing (July 1, 2005)
  • English
  • 7
  • Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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  • By Ldympr on September 10, 2016

    I enjoyed this book! Love cars so I felt a bond. Well written and flowed well. Are the bad guys always bad guys? HaI hope the author writes more with these characters.I will definitely be reading more from this author, like his style and humour.

  • By Margaret Fritz Baker on September 10, 2016

    I didn't like the violence but I'll admit it was essential.

  • By PJ Coldren on October 18, 2006

    If you want a classic car and you have no scruples about where it comes from, you need to make some kind of connection with Sam Hill. This connection is probably going to be through Mitch's Auto Salvage and Robin Mitchell, the current owner and the woman Sam lusts after. Sam steals cars for Robin.The current job is a lovely 1965 T-Bird. The good news is the boost went off without a hitch. The bad news is the wired for sound but very dead junkie in the trunk. Neither Sam nor Robin know why the body is there, but it does complicate their lives. Someone has let the DEA know to check out Sam Hill in connection with their missing informant.Once Sam figures out who is after him, and after him with a vengeance, the games begin. Sam has a protege, Billy Suggs, and his own personal muscle, Way-Way Anderson. Way-Way is a BIG man. The three men, with some reluctant help from Robin, enter into a testosterone-driven contest with the local drug lord to see whose huevos are the biggest.The local law and the DEA get pulled into the fray. The local law would like nothing better than to put Sam Hill away for good and all. The DEA just wants to find out what happened to their informant, and they think Sam Hill should be the one to replace him. Sam thinks not.The not-so-innocent bystanders just want the whole mess to go away, because they tend to be the ones getting really hurt. There is more than enough violence to go around, which isn't surprising considering the participants.Brewer has written an entertaining novel of suspense. The pace is almost rollicking; Brewer's sense of humor keeps the action from getting too intense. The characters are great fun, even the bad guys, although if one really thinks about what is happening, it isn't all that funny. Brewer manages to keep those thoughts out of our minds.If you like action, humor, good characterization, and a plot that moves right along - BOOST is almost certainly a book for you. Brewer has written two other stand-alones, the Bubba Mabry series, the Drew Gavin series, and a non-fiction work; there is plenty out there if you want to read more of Brewer's work. I'll be keeping an eye out for it, that's for sure.

  • By Debra Purdy Kong on July 10, 2008

    For professional car thief, Sam Hill, stealing a gold 1965 Thunderbird for a paying customer is no big deal. The second he opens the trunk and discovers a corpse with track marks on his arms and a wire taped to his chest, Sam changes his mind. In a suspiciously short time, the cops are banging on Sam's door, asking about a missing DEA informant and the stolen Thunderbird. Sam needs to find out who set him up, and why. Once he does, the question becomes what to do about it.Boost is a light, fast-paced novel that centers around risky cat and mouse games between hero and villain. I use the term "hero" loosely because Sam Hill has his flaws. Although I liked Sam a lot, I wouldn't want my daughter dating someone like him, which says a lot about author Steve Brewer's talent for creating interesting, edgy leading characters. His secondary characters, though, were the usual thugs with guns and attitude. Despite the stereotypes, the dialogue was clever, chapters short, pacing terrific, and violent scenes minimal.If you want a break from grim, complex stories about social decay, serial killers, or dysfunctional families in serious need of rehab, then Boost is a great choice.

  • By David Montgomery on December 17, 2004

    Like his charming Bullets of last year, Steve Brewer's Boost is another breezy romp featuring a raucous rogue's gallery of offbeat crooks, cops and hoods.Sam Hill lives to steal cars -- not just any cars but exotic classics collectors lust for and that fetch the biggest bucks on the black market.Unfortunately, Sam steals from a guy one never wants to cross, a violent drug dealer who loves only one thing in life more than money: his car. That theft sets off a chain reaction resulting in a wave of violence and hilarity that sweeps across Albuquerque like Patton through the Germans.Like Elmore Leonard, the writer whose work his most resembles, Brewer writes with a light and deft touch, bringing style and wit to the crime genre, along with a pleasing gift for character and dialogue.

  • By Guest on October 31, 2004

    He looks like an all-American guy but for the last two decades he has made a living by boosting collectible cars. He has amassed a fortune but he still needs the adrenaline rush which is why he agrees to the request of Robin of Mitch's Automotive Salvage to steal a 1965 Thunderbird. Before dropping the car off at Robin's he stops at a 7-Eleven for a drink. The police who are also there admire the car but when a phone rings in the trunk of the car Sam is forced to answer it to allay any suspicions the police might have.When he pops the trunk, he finds a corpse; he drives to a storage place he rents. The dead man has old tracks on his arms and is wearing a wire. He finds out who brokered the deal and then "chats" with Ernesto Morales who informs him that Phil Ortiz, who is heavily into drug trafficking, wanted Sam to steal that car. Sam concludes that it was Ortiz who placed the anonymous call to Albuquerque police Lt. Vic Stanton about the stolen car. When Sam finds out why Ortiz set him up, he drops the car with the body in the trunk outside Ortiz's estate to raise the ante in a deadly game.Although there are some violent scenes in this crime thriller, the author writes in an upbeat manner so that there is a lot of humor in BOOST. The protagonist is an anti-hero who is easy to like and readers will find him adorable for his practical jokes and his protective nature towards those he cares about. Steve Brewer is so good at characterizations that he even makes the villain seem plausible.Harriet Klausner


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