The Boys from Santa Cruz

The Boys from Santa Cruz

A Thriller

In his four previous novels of suspense, Jonathan Nasaw gave readers a charming and unlikely hero against the forces of evil in former FBI agent E.L. Pender. Now, in The Boys from Santa Cruz, Pender faces his most terrifying foe to date.
Like James Patterson and John Connolly, Jonathan Nasaw has proven time and again that he has an uncanny, almost eerie, knack for getting inside the labyrinthine and horrifying minds of the most deranged serial killers. In Fear Itself, Nasaw first introduced Pender, a rumpled, endearingly flawed investigator who immediately won readers’ hearts. In The Girls He Adored, Pender defeated a perverted psycho named Max, then went on to face The Machete Man in Twenty-Seven Bones, called a “skin-crawling, gory psycho-thriller” by the Scottish Daily Record. When last we left Pender, in Nasaw’s sexually charged thriller When She Was Bad, he took on a pair of mentally insane killers and nearly lost himself in the dark and blood-drenched recesses of their two twisted psyches.
With his lust for terror and a frightening talent for getting deep under his readers’ skins, Nasaw promises to deliver more gripping action and unimaginably gruesome detail as he introduces readers to the bloodthirsty The Boys from Santa Cruz.
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  • Atria Books | 
  • 325 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781476710648 | 
  • August 2012
List Price $19.99

About the Author

Jonathan Nasaw
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Jonathan Nasaw

Jonathan Nasaw is the acclaimed author of Fear Itself and The Girls He Adored, both Literary Guild Selections. He lives in Pacific Grove, California.


Author Revealed

Q. how did you come to write The Boys from Santa Cruz?

A. Several years ago, I had one of those spells of inspiration where a character just grabs the pen (or in my case, takes over the keyboard) and starts writing. Nearly a hundred pages later, I had an extended first-person narrative which appears in Boys as the life story of Luke Sweet, but had no idea how to turn it into a book. So I put Luke's story aside and wrote When She Was Bad. And by the time I'd finished that book, my subconscious had figured out how to combine Luke's story with another plot I was working on, and The Boys From Santa Cruz was the result.

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