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"John DeMers' unlikely hero, chef Brett Baldwin, takes us on a spicy, culinary crime cruise through the mean streets of small-town West Texas, and beyond. Hot stuff!" — Peter May, bestselling author of The China Thrillers and The Enzo Files
"John DeMers brings West Texas restaurant life and the scenery that surrounds it ot vivid reality in this yarn, then shoots both through with Hollywood starlets, Mexican drug lords, intrigue, sex and violence. If only going to the office could really be this much fun!" — Mike Micallef, CF Ranch and Reata Restaurant
"John DeMers gets it. Marfa, that is. He does a great job of protraying the various characters around town: the Mexican cooks, the Big Hat lawmen, and the guys in their jets flying in for an artsy weekend. And he expands upon the tensions between newcomers and old timers in Far West Texas with a hodge-podge of characters—and action—that echoes across the high desert." — Melissa Crowfoot Keane, Center for Big Bend Studies
|Brett Baldwin is a Texas chef who keeps his life, his emotions, and especially his restaurant Mesquite under careful control. But, when Meridyth Morgan, a Hollywood star and Brett’s high school love interest, shows up in Marfa, Texas, and begs him to help find her missing brother and then is kidnapped herself, Brett soon finds himself in a world of drug smuggling, human trafficking, corruption, extortion, and murder. With the support from his best friend Jud Garcia, an orphaned Native American who raises bison and enjoys smoking illegal substances, Brett embarks on a dangerous journey to reunite with Meridyth and must confront some unfinished childhood business that, no matter how famous he became as a chef, had kept him from truly becoming a man.
JOHN DeMERS is a well-known food writer and cultural critic. He is the author of 38 books, including Follow the Smoke, Food of Jamaica, and Top One Hundred New Orleans Recipes. He is the host of the Delicious Mischief radio show and a contributor to several online and print magazines, including Houston Arts Today and Houston Modern Luxury. He lives in Houston, Texas.