Tom Stone: Sweltering Summer Nights

Tom Stone: Sweltering Summer Nights

April 5, 2017
Audience Adult
Format Book Length Manuscript
Type General Fiction
Word Count 60-80k (average/short)

Editing, Production, Marketing & Sales

Edited by Lise Fraser
Cover design by Ben Southgate
Formatted by Bob Houston
Published Through Amazon Createspace – KDP

Reviewed on November 6, 2017

Review by Chantelle Atkins

The Rundown

I believe this book is the second in a series, with the events from book one spilling into book two; Sweltering Summer Nights. The action centers around Anthony Angelino, who escaped a prison sentence in the first book, and is now the owner of High Tide, a legal marijuana dispensary. Detective Tom Stone, still convinced Anthony ought to be behind bars, remains a thorn in his side, tracking his every move, legal and otherwise. Things turn nasty when Anthony’s attempt to go straight are thwarted by the drug cartel he double-crossed in the first book. They make it very clear that he now works for them. Anthony now has multiple problems, and his own drug use is just one of them. Meanwhile, when Tom Stone discovers his teenage daughter visiting the High Tide, he becomes increasingly irate about Anthony’s criminal activities and vows to catch him in the act. This book moves at a fast pace and will appeal to anyone who enjoys crime thrillers. I didn’t feel invested enough in any of the characters for this to really work for me, but I do appreciate there are other books in the series. There is plenty of action, double-crossing, betrayal and murder. It all moves at a high speed and is both well written and well researched.

The Recommendation

A fast-paced crime thriller which should appeal to fans of the genre, and anyone who likes double-crossing, gun-fights, betrayal, murder and just a little bit of romance. Great dialogue, plenty of twists and turns and enough action and drama to keep you hooked.

The Rating Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars

4 Stars (out of 5): Recommended. For the right audience, this book is a great read. It can hold its own against any traditionally published novel in its genre.

The Pros & Cons

Pros: Dialogue, Page Turner, Strong World-Building
Cons: Character Developement

Author’s Summary

Redemption. Betrayal. And Murder. It’s just a Sweltering Summer Night in Los Angeles until Detective Tom Stone takes action.

Two murders and a cocaine trail threaten dreams of riches for Anthony Angelino, owner of the High Tide marijuana dispensary in East Hollywood.

Once arrested by Detective Tom Stone on suspicion of smuggling cocaine, the courts set Angelino free and offer a second chance. But the drug cartel that he tried to double cross has a different idea and when Stone’s high school-age daughter is found browsing in the High Tide, Stone starts tracking Angelino and uncovers the ruthlessness of betrayal.

As Stone fights for justice and confronts Angelino’s attorney, he finds himself enamored with her strength and beauty—and admires her principles of right and wrong.

Healing his fractured family and keeping Los Angeles safe make for a long, hot summer.

Short Description

Detective Tom Stone chases after a small-time entrepreneur who discovers the price for betrayal when mobsters fight for control of the High Tide Marijuana Dispensary in East Hollywood.


Rush after power clashes with the pursuit of justice.

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