Peter Craig is the author of Blood Father, Hot Plastic, and The Martini Shot. As a screenwriter, his credits include The Town, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts I and II and Blood Father, based on his novel. He's a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and now lives in Los Angeles.
Returning to the territory he mined so well in Martini Shot and Hot Plastic, Craig pens a rollicking if formulaic tale of a father coming to terms with his past and a daughter confronting her demons as they go on the lam from a Tijuana drug cartel. After shooting her mob-boss boyfriend, Jonah, in the midst of a drug heist, Lydia Carson turns to the only person she has left to trust-her Hell's Angel-with-a-heart-of-gold father, John Link. Lydia and John have been estranged more than a decade while he's been doing time for homicide. Raised by her mother and a series of grotesque stepfathers, Lydia has fallen into an ever-deepening cycle of drug abuse and delinquency. But together father and daughter dodge the cops, who want Lydia in connection with a murder she didn't commit, as well as Jonah's old gang, who want revenge for reasons unclear until the end, all the while making up for those lost years. As with Craig's previous books, this is, at heart, an exploration of what it means to be family. After John gives Lydia her first lesson on driving a motorcycle, he realizes that "all the weight of his own history... could finally have a purpose" if only he can help his daughter out of the mess she's made. It's moments like this that raise the book above its Hollywood clich? plot and make it an engaging, affecting read. Agent, Nat Sobel. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"This father-and-daughter tale, recast as a fast-paced thriller, solidifies [Peter Craig's] reputation as a writer with a fresh and vivid point of view. Its theme of family reconciliation will especially appeal to readers who like their thrillers to be about more than just good guys and bad guys."--Booklist
"Gruesome, haunting, tragic and, strangely enough, edifying, Peter Craig's Blood Father is nothing short of brilliant."--BookPage
"Headlong, dust-billowing suspense thriller, the best yet from Craig."--Kirkus Reviews
"Rollicking ... An engaging, affecting read ... [about] a father coming to terms with his past and a daughter confronting her demons as they go on the lam."--Publishers Weekly
"It is Craig's continuing exploration of difficult family relationships that gives Blood Father its vivid, pulsing heart."--Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times