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An estranged family member! A score to end all scores! Continued gastrointestinal issues! Five years after surviving the most harrowing heist of her life, Fantine Park is lured back to the United States by her aunt. The bait: a lead on the identity of her mother’s killer and a score known as the ‘pension plan’, a piece of software that can literally pay out in perpetuity if they can get their hands on it in time.

Working with a team of actual professionals with their own motivations, Fan’s loyalties and beliefs will be tested as nothing is as it seems, especially when one of the members of this crew may have been the last person to see her mother alive.

It’s going to be lies, murder, and gas station hot dogs all the way down as Fan races to get the answers about the day her mother died and maybe, just maybe, the kind of cash that will pull her away from a continued life of crime.

PULL & PRAY author Angel Luis Colón spent some time with The Big Thrill discussing his latest novel:

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

I want people to have a good time reading this story.

How does this book make a contribution to the genre?

It brings a new slant and some perspective to a few tired tropes.

Was there anything new you discovered, or that surprised you, as you wrote this book?

There is so much heart in Fantine’s story. I’m always surprised at how she demands I be a lot more empathetic as I write.

No spoilers, but what can you tell us about your book that we won’t find in the jacket copy or the PR material?

I’m crazy accurate about how a person dealing with a major abdominal injury in their past would react to certain foods!

What authors or books have influenced your career as a writer, and why?

Westlake, Block, Lewis. They quite literally laid the foundation for how I write crime stories.


Angel Luis Colón is the Anthony and Derringer Award-nominated author of No Happy Endings, the Blacky Jaguar series of novellas, and the collection Meat City on Fire (and Other Assorted Debacles). His fiction has appeared in multiple web and print publications including Thuglit, Literary Orphans, and Great Jones Street.

To learn more about Angel, please visit his website.