The Lawn Job

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Title: The Lawn Job
Author: Chuck Caruso
Publisher: Cloud Lodge Books
Release Date: October 10th 2017
Genre(s):Contemporary Suspense, Transgender
Page Count: 312
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

When ex-con Craig Collins began his new job mowing lawns, he was ready to leave his former life where it belonged—in the past. But everything changes when Craig suddenly loses one of his contracts after staring a little too hard at the aging trophy wife of his pizzeria mogul client, Big Gino Pasarelli. Soon, Craig begins to hatch a plan for revenge—along with his transgender sort-of-girlfriend, Juana. Since Big Gino seems to enjoy cheating on his wife, Craig and Juana decide to blackmail him with a sex tape. Their plan goes horribly wrong, and Craig finds himself in deeper and deeper trouble. It might be up to Big Gino’s wife, Sheila, to bail him out, but can she be trusted? The Lawn Job is as suspenseful as it is entertaining, a true thriller written with heart and humor.

This book started a bit too slow for my taste. But it was definitively the writing that kept me on reading, and I am glad that I didn’t give up too early.

The second part rewarded me for all my patience. A well written debut novel by Chuck Caruso is a thrilling and at the same time hilarious read. It is an unusual mixture of humor and social satire, a soap opera and psychological thriller. A brilliant final match that won’t leave you indifferent. Even if it won’t come totally unexpected.

But what for a crazy set of circumstances!

It is a point where I can’t give more away not to spoil the story for you.

3,5 stars rounded up without any hesitation and put the author on my don’t miss his next novel list.

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A passionate reader from Germany. I learned to read at the age of 4 and never stopped since then, though my books from that time were very different from what they are now. English is my third language, and I’m sorry for all grammar mistakes I made in my reviews. But I assure you, that my reading English is much better than my writing English. I’m a seeker for the books that differ from mainstream, that provoke the reader or have very often very opposite ratings.

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