Dope Thief

Dennis Tafoya

Minotaur Books

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Ray and his best friend, Manny, close ever since they met in juvie almost twenty years ago, have a great scam going: With a couple of fake badges and some DEA windbreakers they found at a secondhand store, they pose as federal agents and rip off small-time drug dealers, taking their money and drugs and disappearing before anyone is the wiser. It’s the perfect sting: the dealers they target are too small to look for revenge and too guilty to call the police, nobody has to die, nobody innocent gets hurt, and Ray and Manny score plenty.

But it can’t last forever. Eventually, they choose the wrong mark and walk out with hundreds of thousands of dollars, and a heavy hitter, who is more than willing to kill to get his money back, is coming after them. Now Ray couldn’t care less about the score. He wants out---out of the scam, out of a life he feels like he never chose. Whether the victim of his latest job---not to mention his partner---will let him is another question entirely.

Dennis Tafoya brings a rich, passionate, and accomplished new voice to the explosive story of a small-time crook with everything to lose in Dope Thief, his outstanding hardboiled debut.

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Chapter One

August

Ray sat in a van on Jefferson Avenue in Bristol in the rain, watching people come and go from the white corner house with blue shutters and a cast- iron bird feeder in the yard. A kid in his late teens sat on the stoop eating candy from a bag and talking to the people moving in and out. Sometimes they handed the kid something; sometimes he just waved them up the steps to the door. Nobody stayed more than a few minutes. Ray’s partner, Manny, climbed from the passenger seat into the back and pulled binoculars out of a gym bag.

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Dope Thief is first-rate literary noir, the hardest core crime novel I’ve read this year. It manages to be funny without ever descending into the trivial, and at its core it’s harrowing. An amazingly assured debut by Dennis Tafoya, a writer I know I’ll be following for years to come.”
---Scott Phillips, author of Cottonwood

Dope Thief is one of those first novels that scream for us to pay attention to an important new voice in crime fiction. Dennis Tafoya writes a fast, quirky, and thoroughly twisted tale of corruption, heroism, and redemption that will leave its mark on you.”
---Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker Award--winning author of Patient Zero


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Dennis Tafoya

DENNIS TAFOYA was born in Philadelphia and now lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His work as an EMT inspired Dope Thief, his first novel.

 

 

 

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Dope Thief
Dennis Tafoya

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
April 2009
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312531157
ISBN10: 031253115X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$24.95

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Minotaur Books
April 2009
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ISBN: 9781429948654
ISBN10: 1429948655
304 pages
$7.99
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