A wealthy Tucson couple is murdered in a home invasion burglary-gone-horribly wrong. They were close friends of Prospero "Whip" Stark, a one-time major league phenom pitcher now living with a colorful group of outcasts in his remote, desert trailer park... and honing his detective skills reading classic crime novels. Hell-bent on justice, Whip's search for the killers leads him to the Champagne Cowboys, a gang of thieves covering their tracks with corpses.

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After fastball phenom Prospero Stark’s baseball career​ craters in a Mexican jail, he retreats to a trailer park in the scorching Arizona desert. He lives in peaceful anonymity with a collection of colorful outcasts until someone leaves his former catcher’s severed hand on his doorstep. Beautiful, hard-living reporter Roxanne Santa Cruz, who keeps a .380 Colt and a bottle of Chivas in her car, joins Stark to help him uncover his friend’s fate, a dangerous pursuit that pits them against a ruthless gang of drug-dealing killers.

Published by Brash Books

. . . . A rollicking page-turner.

- Phoef Sutton, Emmy Award-winning TV writer and New York Times bestselling author

. . . . so good that it’s hard to believe it’s a debut novel.

- Bruce DeSilva, Edgar Award winning author

. . . . a fast-driving thriller. Dusty and wicked and satisfying.

- Bill Beverly,  winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his 2016 novel, Dodgers

Leo with Michelle and Kaylie

Leo with good friends Michelle and Kaylie  at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, AZ.