Item description for Abigail in Gangland by Ray Reece...
Welcome to Abigail Thrasher's world, where the neighbors are strange, the rules have changed, and falling in love can get you killed. Abigail's nephew Luke should know. He's back in Texas - after 30 years as an artist in Manhattan - to cope with his daffy old aunt, who stands on her porch and hurls invectives at a gang across the street called the Latin Blades. Amidst the mayhem, Luke seeks love in the classifieds, finding some lethal females there, and takes Abigail on a dicey road trip to Mexico. He's fated to be smitten by Raquel Acevedo, the sultry mother of a troubled teen whose gang name is Cobra. And then there's Winston Walsh, the imperious attorney who holds the key to Luke's inheritance...
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2007
Publisher La Ventana Budapest
ISBN 1933538589 ISBN13 9781933538587
Reviews - What do customers think about Abigail in Gangland?
Highly recommended, highly rewarding reading May 7, 2008
Novels require three fundamental elements if they are to be worth the time it takes to read them: Memorable Characters; Unexpected but thoroughly plausible plot twists; and Attention to Detail. "Abigail In Gangland" by Ray Reece complies with each one of these basic requirements of good fiction. Luke thrasher is a working artist who returns home to Fort Wade, Texas after a thirty year career in Manhattan to care for his ailing and senile Aunt Abby. The problem is that Aunt Abby lives in the middle of an Hispanic gang controlled area of the city. Luke inevitable runs afoul of the Latin Blads when he falls in love with the mother of one of the principle gang members. Complicating things further is a multi-million dollar inheritance and a pervasive sense of cultural oppression. As an author, Reece has managed to deftly blend urban mayhem with contemporary social issues. The result is a novel that is highly recommended, highly rewarding reading and a popular addition to any community library collection or personal reading list.
An exceptional read Dec 18, 2007
"Abigail in Gangland" is a powerful novel about love and redemption, racial tension and urban blight, Alzheimer's and marijuana. From the first page, I was pulling for Luke, against all odds, and falling in love with dotty old Abigail. Wonderfully strong characters and beautifully written. The road trip to Mexico is one of the funniest scenes I've ever read. I'm waiting for the sequel -- and the movie!
Out of the Frying Pan Dec 14, 2007
Originally published in Hungary, this third novel by Ray Reece, expat American columnist for the Budapest Sun, is a real corker. Packaged as street lit and described as "neo-beat," it's the story of an aging artist who moves from New York for a gang-ridden Texas town to care for his aunt -- and have a shot at her inheritance. In the end, he rediscovers the value family, his art, and true love. Some loose ends at the end, but that's a lot like life. Surprisingly satisfying.
Great Entertainment Dec 1, 2007
Ray Reeces novel, Abigail in Gangland,is a page turner. It will draw you in immediately, and keep you engrossed from beginning to end. This tale has so many great characters and the way Mr. Reece weaves them together is extraordinary. This novel is also extremely funny throughout,but it has it's share of uneasy drama, to be sure. The surprise ending is simply a thing of beauty. This is the best story I've read in a long time. Do yourself a favor by picking it up and enjoying a great read too.
Very enjoyable read Nov 22, 2007
The writing style is interesting and the story line is fun. There are periodic forays into serious topics while it remains enjoyable and lively throughout. Highly recommend it for relaxation. I will read this author's other books.