and new clash in head-on confrontation
When journeyman hit
man Ray Dylan agrees to look in on Sami Bloom, former
mistress of a deceased Canadian crime financier, he
realizes he must keep his profession a secret. What he
doesn't realize is how difficult that is now he has
fallen for this warm-hearted beauty.
While he struggles
with the idea of confiding to her about his secret
past, Dylan learns that Sami Bloom has some secrets of
her own - and her secrets reach into the upper
echelons of the very organization he works for.
Add to that a
greedy young criminal, who along with his bodyguard,
poses a threat to Sami's life, and secerts, Dylan
knows it's time for bullets to fly.
In Friend of a Friend, Cotton paints a stark unapologetic portrait of modern American crime, both at its ruthless struggling-for-power street level, and at its more discreet, tight-lipped, yet equally deadly seats of authority.
Cotton has a unique way of weaving the reader's senses into the story. Known for fast-paced narrative and wry dark humor, Cotton takes inspiration for his stories from TV news and headlines. He creates a raw and colorful, almost desperate atmosphere around modern American culture, yet at some point, unexpectedly, leaves the reader with cause for hope.