Hopes and Dreams can propel you through the fire; or they can burn you to death. 1975, Chicago: Coleen Brennan and Bobby Vargas fall in love at age six. At thirteen their secret kills Coleen, breaks Bobby s heart forever, and makes Coleen s twin sister Arleen a runaway who s never found. Until today. Arleen Brennan reappears in Chicago to vie for the last-chance breakthrough role that has eluded her for two decades as an actress. Bobby never left; he s a gang cop caught in a street war that could derail the city s upcoming bid to host the Olympics. When Bobby and Arleen collide, their reunion shocks them to their knees. Together they enter a twisted labyrinth of neighborhood secrets, gangland politics and murderous betrayal that threatens to consume everyone it touches.
CHARLIE NEWTON S first novel, Calumet City, was a finalist for the Edgar, International Thriller Writers, and Macavity awards, among others. This is his second novel.