Robko Zlata is scrambling across America, on the run with a call girl–his ex-wife–on a hot red motorcycle. Robko is a thief, and he has stolen the wrong thing, a device that can guarantee immortality. His wrathful target, a corrupt billionaire politician, wants the world’s greatest piece of technology back. Robko’s new worst enemy unleashes his fortune and corporate security in unrelenting pursuit. “Golden Boy” Thomas Steward is asked to “follow the money” and uncover the thief with massive illegal surveillance. Thomas, morphing into his prey, becomes the most dangerous of hunters. But Thomas could die too. A gang of ex-mercenaries, good at killing, torture, and rape, are hot on the heels of Robko and Thomas. The thugs are ready to murder anyone who knows about the immortality device. Throw in the underground world of thieves and billionaires, drugs and punk clubs, five-star hotels and cheap motels, and Robko and Thomas are in for one hell of a crash.
The great peril of our existence lies in the fact that our diet consists entirely of souls.
– Inuit Saying
Sors immanis et inanis, rota tu volubilis [Fate is monstrous and empty, a turning wheel]
— Carmina Burana, O Fortuna
“When cat burglar Robko Zlata robs powerful ex-Governor O’Brien of his political dirty secrets, he also steals what he thinks is an electrically charged recreational drug. It is, in fact, a digital soul, called the Artifact. This is the year 2020 and in this brave new world, friends, immortality can be purchased—but it ain’t cheap. Soon enough O’Brien dispatches the wily Thomas Steward to recover the artifact, but Steward finds himself the target of the sociopathic hitman, LaFarge, and chaos ensues. As in the best of plots, nothing here is as it seems. Scott Jones is always is fun to read, and The Big Wheel is engrossing, unpredictable, and fast-paced, a twenty-first century morality play. So grab yourself a drink, settle into your easy chair, open the book, and begin. You’re home for the evening. You won’t stop until it’s over.”
John Dufresne, No Regrets, Coyote
“The unrelenting pace starts on page one of this near-future tale and doesn’t let go. When Robert (Robko) Zlata decides to steal the financial and political dirty secrets of the wealthy ex-governor he inadvertently gets a whole lot more. What he thinks is a device for a recreational high turns out to be the source of the politician’s ultimate power— immortality. Needless to say, the ex-governor is not going to stand for this and he sends a hired hand to get Robko. In a race across the nation, hunter and hunted begin to discover that they may have more in common than just the quest for the artifact. Get this book and then hang on for the ride—you’ll find yourself totally immersed in The Big Wheel.”
Connie Shelton, author of the Charlie Parker and the Samantha Sweet mysteries