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Lucy Ramos is out for blood—she needs to kill a man, but she has no clue how. Lucy calls on the help of aged hit-man, Tito Garza—also known as El Perro of Pedro. Garza’s signature method of killing? Using dogs to maul his targets to death. Now, in his golden years, Garza lives a mundane life in San Pedro, a port town south of downtown Los Angeles. With a backpack full of cash, Lucy persuades Garza to help her murder her mother’s killer, Assistant District Attorney Victor Soto. Together, the forgotten hit-man hungry for a comeback and the girl whose life was shattered as a child set out to kill the man responsible.

But killing Victor Soto may prove to be an impossible task. The newly elected assistant district attorney’s wealth and political clout keep him well-insulated. Lucy and Garza’s plan is further complicated when Lucy begins to develop feelings for Victor Soto’s son, Martin. With their romance threatening to derail the mission, Lucy fights to keep Martin out of Garza’s cross-hairs when his violent urges become more unpredictable.

Will Lucy’s feelings for Martin jeopardize everything she’s worked for? Will Garza’s unchecked rage cause innocent people to die? Lucy Ramos and Tito Garza are furious, deadly, and driven by vengeance—but vengeance comes at a price.

Novelist and screenwriter Aaron Phillip Clark took a few minutes to discuss his latest thriller, THE FURIOUS WAY, with The Big Thrill:

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

I hope readers come away from the novel feeling satisfied and jonesing for more tales featuring Tito Garza

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

Jean-Patrick Manchette has been the greatest influence on my writing for the crispness and economy of his prose and existential undertones that permeate his work.

What was the biggest challenge this book presented? What about the biggest opportunity?

Tito Garza was the central antagonist in the story ‘Twilight for El Perro’ which appeared in Gary Phillips’ short story collection Nate Hollis, P.I. I enjoyed writing the character so much I felt he deserved a series.


Aaron Phillip Clark is a novelist and screenwriter from Los Angeles, CA. His work has been praised by James Sallis, Gar Anthony Haywood, Gary Phillips, Eric Beetner, and Roger Smith. In addition to his writing career, he has worked in the film industry and law enforcement. Clark currently teaches English and writing courses at a university in Southern California.

To learn more about Aaron, please visit his website.