Mike Miner, Prodigal Sons, (All Due Respect Books, 2014).

Matthew Flanagan is living the American dream. A plum job at an ad agency. A hot wife. A beautiful home in Southern California. But something is eating him up inside and a nasty drinking habit is about to cost him everything. After his life finally collapses around him, Matthew disappears to Vegas with a girl he barely knows. When word reaches the Flanagan clan back in Connecticut, Matthew's brothers Mark and Luke are sent on a mission to find their brother and bring him home. At turns funny and moving, Prodigal Sons is a hard-boiled American odyssey, a family saga with the heart of a crime novel.

“The work of an extravagantly talented writer, Prodigal Sons is one of the best debut novels I have ever read.” —Sterling Watson, author of Suitcase City, Fighting in the Shade, and Sweet Dream Baby.

“Miner’s wicked electric chair humor calls to mind the best of Elmore Leonard and Charles Willeford.” —Patrick Michael Finn, author of From the Darkness Right under Our Feet and A Martyr for Suzy Kosasovich.