Wednesday, September 29, 2010

'Fools Rush In', Sunny Frazier; 2010, Oak Tree Press

Office Assistant III Christy Bristol is at her desk in the sheriff's department substation on a sweltering hot day. Her ex-boyfriend, Wolfe, an undercover narcotics detective, arrives to ask for her help. Wolfe's snitch has been murdered and he wants her help to find the prime suspect, but he wants Christy to use her astrological skills. In the past, he always made fun of her charting horoscopes so she knows he is desperate. She agrees to help Wolfe but doesn't realize until it's too late the real danger she is in as well as her fearful, frightening introduction to narcotics traffiking. Christy sees the drug world up close and it is a place she never wants to revisit.

Sunny Frazier has introduced readers to the world of astrology in 'Fools Rush In', with Christy Bristol engaging in charting. Frazier depicts the decadence of the gloomy, dark world of drugs with intrigue and portrays a blatant disrespect of the underworld's moral values. I found 'Fools Rush In' a bit disturbing but I credit Sunny Frazier's skillful writing about this subject.

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  1. Connie,
    Thank you for reviewing my book. It is meant to be a disturbing but true portrayal of drug operations in the California's Central Valley. Based on a real case I worked as part of a narcotics team, I got a real feel for the players through interview tapes and talking to the case agent. I felt the reading public should be informed in a way that was insightful as well as entertaining.

  2. Clark Lohr says:
    Good review. I just finished Fools Rush In and parts of it were, indeed, genuinely scary and disturbing. I respected that, knowing the author had worked in the law enforcement arena. A lot of tension generates from the main character's forced association with this type of criminal; the heroine is powerless. That's scary, and it's different. As for this type of criminal, there are people like that walking around, and some of them are better organized and more intelligent than the ones Christy Bristol dealt with.

  3. I enjoyed the interview and want to add my 2 cents. I read FOOLS RUSH IN, and yes, it might be disturbing to some, but isn't the whole world disturbing? Clark's right: highly intelligent people are walking around us right now, organizing mayhem for their own delight. I think Sunny nailed the book with a great plot and plenty of reality. I love a good scare in my fiction, and Frazier delivers.

  4. I agree that Sunny does a marvelous job of depicting the dark world inhabited by those involved in the drug trade. Her prose paints that dark landscape so vividly that the reader can't help but feel the growing tension as the heroine finds herself being dragged further and further down into its depths.

    I can only say that as engrossing as Fools Rush In is (and it is VERY engrossing) the follow-up, Where Angels Fear is even more engaging--and may bring the reader into a world that is even DARKER than the one depicted here. Enjoy. It's an awesome read!

  5. WHERE ANGELS FEAR is also based on a true case I worked with Vice. It involves a sex club--we thought it was a fruit and vegetable stand. Okay, we're not the most sophisticated people in California. Things like this sneak up on us.

    The thing about both books is that there is an illusion that crimes like this only happen in big cities. Somehow it seems scarier to realize it is in every backyard.

  6. A disturbingly real read indeed, I agree, Connie--Sunny nails the details and the world she describes.

  7. I'm a big fan of both Fools Rush In and Where Angels Fear primarily because of Sunny's excellent job of portraying the every day and unexpected dangers of working for law enforcement. Her writing is so authentic, it was like being there with Christy while I was reading.

  8. Having read some of the comments posted here I decided to read a copy of 'Fools Rush In.' I expected it to be both dark and disturbing but instead found it to be a very enjoyable read. The characterization was superb and the part of the story line where Christy was kidnapped and held against her will alongside her captors, instead of locked away, was new and refreshing.
    If you want to read dark and disturbing try John Connolly but Sunny reminds me of a John Sandford at his best. My only grumble was I would have liked it to be longer.