Size: 6 x 9
Pub Date: 11/2000
Blue's Coach Works
Martha and Ned D'Amour are, by all appearances, a successful couple. They have a dream house and enough money to travel and entertain. But in the process of becoming successful, they neglected their son Ryan, who has a dangerous attraction to fast and stolen cars, and lives with his criminal friend Blue in the most dangerous part of town.
But Ned's success seems to be slipping away, ever since the Environmental Protection Agency began to investigate his company, Resolutions, Inc. With his bank account depleted from lawsuits and his marriage falling apart, Ned must suddenly drop everything when Ryan calls for help. This is a story of a family that reorganizes itself in spite of everything, and how Ryan, Ted and Martha are able to find friends where they least expected them.
"My frantic wife, so anxious to shield Ryan from his own stupidity, has prevailed upon me for three days now to drive her through the worst neighborhoods to find him. She has too much invested in our delinquent boy to risk losing him. My role, as she needs it: someone handy to blame for his crimes, his arrest and now his escape. I never volunteered to be her search party, and I don't appreciate serving as her all-purpose scapegoat. I'm certainly not obligated to drop business (or pleasure, for that matter) to find him and rescue him yet one more time. Truthfully, I don't think I'd care if Ryan vanishes out of my life, not after he sneaked up behind me and knocked me out cold."
Bio: NEAL GRAHAM earned his BA and Masters in English from Columbia University and the University of Vermont, respectively. Blue's Coach Works is his first novel.