Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Rough Justice - Sarah Castile

Rough Justice
Sarah Castile
St. Martin's Paperbacks, Feb 3 2015, $7.99
ISBN: 9781250056603

In Montana Sinner's Tribe Motorcycle Club leader Jagger Knight emphasize strict adherence to the rules that he expects the membership to follow just as he does.  He also avoids emotional attachments ever since his beloved was assassinated as part of a failed coup d’état.

Arianne Hunter is the first daughter of volatile Viper, the divine right chief of the Black Jack MC.  After a lifetime of fearing what her father especially knowing what he did to her mother, she wants out of the lunatic testosterone milieu; but cannot leave behind her addicted brother Jeff, who will do anything for paternal approval. 

Arsonists burn down the Sinner’s clubhouse and shoot a member Gunner in the leg; but they capture one of the intruders.  Axle wants the arsonist dead to send a message, but are stunned when their prisoner is female.  Jagger and Arianne are attracted to each other, but both ironically know he must kill her or face open hostility from fifty bikers.  She insists she did not set the fire and his heart wants to believe her, but this enemy combatant was caught right there.  Even as Arianne remains the prime suspect, Jagger concludes a member cut a Faustian deal that betrays him and the club.

The first Sinner's Tribe Motorcycle Club is a contemporary West Side Story set in the world of the Friends of Anarchy.  Sarah Castile cleverly interweaves club rules into the narrative, which enables the audience to better understand the subculture.  Fast-paced from the opening inferno and never slowing down until the final confrontation, readers will feel transported inside a dangerous environs where loyalty is the prime commandment.

Harriet Klausner

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