new york journal of books
by Sam Millar
Within a few lines of Richard Torregrossa’s hard-hitting new novel, the reader is plunged into a world of mystery, mayhem, and murder. A woman is attacked in an office by a man seemingly looking for a job. She has kept him waiting for 20 minutes, and within seconds of the interview coming to its conclusion, she is dead, her throat cut neatly and expertly by—of all things—a Metro Card:
“He slashes her neck with the sharpened edge of the Metro card. The gesture is so quick and surgical that it makes a perfect incision—so perfect that it seems not to cause pain nor even draw blood at first, just surprise, but when the blood rises to the surface, it comes fast and fluidly. She presses her hand to her neck, but the blood oozes through the interstices of her fingers. Droplets fall onto his resume . . .”
A random killing by an enraged man, mentally unhinged? Or something more precise and sinister?
“The tension and breakneck pace begin on the first page and refuse to relent until the very last. Noir with originality and a unique twist.”
the big thrill
by Dan Levy
During a time when the favored attire of anti-heroes can range from a wife-beater T-shirt soaked with blood and caked with gunshot residue to whatever the nearest Wal-Mart carries to militia gear and camo paint, it’s nice to see certain heroes emerge that still value a suit.
And not a jump suit, flight suit, or space suit. In the case of TERMINAL LIFE: A SUITED HERO NOVEL, the business suit is the hero’s attire of choice. You know, the kind that spawned the pejorative “a suit” to describe a group of men usually painted as ego-inflated idiots, inept law enforcement, or establishment types that are not to be trusted.
By giving the business suit meaning, Torregrossa not only adds depth to a protagonist that is a composite of his favorite anti-heroes, it enabled him to tap into a subject for which he is already a bestselling author and expert. This is evidenced in his book, CARY GRANT: A CELEBRATION OF STYLE.
“By giving the business suit meaning, Torregrossa not only adds depth to a protagonist...(but taps) into a subject for which he is already a bestselling author and expert."
the library journal
May 2, 2014
Hell hath no fury like a terminally ill widower out to avenge his wife’s murder. In fact, Luke Stark, a former Navy SEAL with serious PTSD and cancer, focuses solely on the pursuit of justice in this high-speed, take-no-prisoners thriller. Luke dons a superhero persona when he wears his specially tailored business suit, thus adding to his mystique as he slashes and burns through Brooklyn, with a SEAL-infused side trip to San Diego and Mexico thrown in for good measure. Luke knows his mobster uncle is his primary enemy; now he must prove it. Along the way, he incurs the wrath of assorted criminals, but as the story builds, Luke isn’t flying entirely solo either. VERDICT Those who crave an action-packed thriller with a generous seasoning of noir will gobble up this debut. Don’t expect character development here; this exudes full-on adrenaline with plenty of cinematic scenarios (exploding tanks, etc.). Book ’em, Danno!
"Those who crave an action-packed thriller with a generous seasoning of noir will gobble up this debut."
fresh fiction for today's readers
by Viki Ferrell
Luke Stark is a man on a mission. While he's on his second mission to Afghanistan saving lives as a Navy SEAL, his wife is murdered and his son disappears in what seems to be a store robbery. After spending time in a VA psych ward with PTSD and a complete breakdown, Luke is determined to find his wife's killer and locate his son. He's running out of time, because he's just been diagnosed with cancer.
As Luke implements his plan, he starts with his Uncle Paulie, whom his wife was working for when she was killed. Uncle Paulie owns a legitimate storefront, but actually manufactures, sells and distributes illegal prescription drugs. He hires Luke and asks him to kill off his competition
"Terminal Life is a riveting, fast-paced, action-packed thriller."