Renay Jackson. Sweetpeas Secret (2008) 253 pp. [tpo]
Publishers description: Leading a double life as a mortgage broker and successful hitman, Sweetpea (a.k.a. Horace Boudreaux) doesnt kill for pleasure, though hes sadistic enough to smile while doing it, he kills for revenge. Oaktowns notorious gangster Big Ed Tatum is one of his clients and normally immune from Sweetpeas wrath. But Big Ed crosses the line when he courts Sweetpeas older sister Crystal, and worse, almost kills Sweetpeas little sister Peanut. The hitman is happy to slash Big Eds throat in a Vegas parking lot. The dead dont always stay dead though, as Sweetpea learns. Facing death or possible jail time, Sweetpea has no choice but to take on a pair of ruthlessly amoral, baby-faced thugs working the City Center.